From the headline, it won’t take a smartphone geek from noticing that we’ve have avoided using the Phablet term. For purposes of this post, a plus size phone is any Portable smartphone (not tablet) with screen real estate between 5.5 to 6 inches . Now that we’ve that out-of-the-way. Let’s look at the best 6 high-end Phablets you can buy in the first half of 2015. Note that the phones mentioned in this post are those that you can easily purchase off-the-shelf or online on eBay, Amazon, Jumia or Kaymu without any hustle.
Galaxy Note 4: Top Dog
Way back in 2011, everyone thought Samsung was barmy when it released the 5.3 inch first Galaxy Note. And now, we are having the likes of Apple playing catch up with the trend. The Korean smartphone maker has now mastered the art of making these best huge phones. And, none of the other OEMs have succeeded the way Samsung has. From the different iterations of its s-pen, to the high quality crisp 5.7 inch Quad-HD display and let’s not forget Samsung’s killer camera. In our opinion this is the best Phablet you can buy in the market today.
iPhone 6 Plus
Apple stubbornly, refused change its phone’s screen size, until it dawned on them that Samsung was eating into their market share in early 2014. By the end of last year, Apple finally entered into the world of the plus size smartphones with the iPhone 6 Plus. The Plus dwarfs every iPhone ever made —putting it between the iPad and iPhone 6— with its 5.5-inch screen. Luckily, the phone’s thin aluminum unibody, softly curved edges, and rounded screen make the gigantic phone relatively easy to hold — for a phablet, anyway. The amusing things is that iPhones don’t need Android specs to perform fluidly, so the speedy A8 processor and 1GB RAM keep things moving, and iOS 8 looks as bright and colorful as ever on the big screen. So this is a perfect Phablet for those locked into the Apple ecosystem.
It was code-named the Whale before its release, and indeed Google’s Nexus 6 is one huge beast of a phone. This 6 inch phone also has all the top-end specs, and unlike its predecessors the price tag also reflected the specs. The slightly curved back, metal frame, and sleek, Motorola Moto X-inspired design gives the Nexus 6 a unique look from other phablets, and makes it easy on the palms. Packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM under the hood, not to mention that it’s running the most gorgeous version of Android yet: 5.0 Lollipop, the Nexus 6 has everything going for it for Android purists.
Windows Phones still leave on and this was Nokia’s last smartphone before the Microsoft take over, and they decided to go out with a bang with a 6-inch Lumia 1520. It’s no surprise that this is the only Windows Phone phablet on our list, and we are sure when Windows 10 comes out, it will look attractive for Windows Phone users. Under the hood, the Lumia 1520 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, making it the least powerful phablet on our list, but just like Apple, the Windows Phone OS can perform well even on underwhelming hardware. With a 20-megapixel camera on the back and a gigantic 3,400mAh (big) battery, the Lumia 1520 was future proofed to last Windows users until Microsoft announces new Flagship phones later this year.
The beauty about LG’s G3 is that it doesn’t even look like a phablet, thanks to the company’s good design decisions. If you hate big phones, but you really crave for a phablet, this is the perfect phone for you. It has a giant, 5.5-inch Quad HD screen and the small, svelte body of a 4.5-inch smartphone. LG was able to pull this off by placing the power and volume buttons on the back of the device and cut down the bezels to nothing on this phone. If Plastic high-end phones are not your cup of tea, we guess you may have to look elsewhere. Just like the Galaxy Note 4, it comes with an impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, and the sharp 13 MP camera. Of course, one can’t wait to see what LG will make of the upcoming G4, which is expected to be even more awesome within a few months time when it’s announced.
Huawei Ascend Mate 7
Last on our list is this Chinese smartphone maker that has risen from nothing to now being among the top 5. It has taken several iterations for the Ascend series from Huawei to hit the jackpot. Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 Phablet has the looks to die for, it comes with a humongous 6 inch screen, a fingerprint sensor, a Huawei made octa-core HiSilicon processor, 2 or 3GB of RAM and a 13 MP camera. The design of this phablet is reminiscent of the iPhone 4 or HTC smartphones, and screams premium when you hold it.
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