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Nexus 5 D820 or D821? Which to buy?

Just like many smartphones, the Nexus 5 actually has two models.There is one version for North America and another for the rest of the world. Both models look the same, and share many of the same specs. The buttons, colors, cameras are the same. The differences are in connectivity, something that you don’t see. The radios in each phone are a little different.

Nexus 5 D820 D821

Nexus 5 D820 D821

The D820 version of the Nexus 5 is designed for North America and will connect to 2G, 3G or LTE on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. The D821 version of the Nexus 5 is set up to work with the rest of the world. European users should have no problem with a 2G, 3G or LTE connection. But some of the Asian carriers that use different networks could pose a problem. For example, China Mobile uses a proprietary 3G pipeline that has kept the Apple iPhone off the roster of the world’s largest carrier.

North America (D820) Nexus 5 model:

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10

WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19

LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

Outside North America (D821) Nexus 5 model:

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8

LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20


Google Announces Nexus 7 Tablet & Nexus Q At Google I/O

At Google’s annual developer conference today, the company announced two new pieces of hardware, each competing directly with an Apple product.

The first one is the widely rumored $199 Nexus tablet, which Google calls Nexus 7 and the second is a $299 media streamer called the Nexus Q.

Google built Nexus 7 in partnership with Asus. It has a 7″ inch display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, and for just $199 manages to pack in impressive hardware. From Google’s blog:


The Tegra-3 chipset, with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, makes everything, including games, extremely fast. And best of all, it’s only 340 grams, lighter than most tablets out there.

Google has also expanded the offerings on the Play Store to include magazines and the option to purchase movies in addition to renting them. The company’s playing the content card as well, by offering preloaded movies, books, magazines, songs and if that wasn’t enough, a $25 credit for spending on the Google Play store.

The Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.1, code named Jelly Bean, which was also announced at today’s keynote.

Google also announced Nexus Q – the spherical device is essentially an Apple TV competitor. Google touts it as the “world’s first social streaming media player,” that  accesses content off the Play store and YouTube. It also connects with other Android devices, and enables a party mode very similar to iTunes DJ. Nexus Q will be available for $299.

What’s most interesting though is, unlike the Nexus 7, the Nexus Q was built completely by Google. Google now joins Microsoft, Amazon and Apple as major tech companies that do their own software and hardware.