10 best phablets in the world today

Bigger is better

The 10 best phablets in the world today

Our hands might not be getting any bigger but our phones certainly are. As flagships like the LG G4 and OnePlus One creep up to 5.5 inches phablets are starting to resemble small tablets, arguably filling the roles of both a smartphone and a slate.

If you think that one device is better than two, or just have really big hands, then there is a growing selection of phones to suit and these are the ten best.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

10. Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Windows Phone on the big screen

OS: Windows Phone 8.1 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

If you're looking for a low cost, big screened, easy to use smartphone then you're in the right place. The Microsoft (not Nokia) Lumia 640 XL checks all three boxes.

The Windows Phone interface is intuitive, and while it may not have the app selection of iOS or Android, at this price you can't really complain and there's a decent spec sheet to back it up.

What's more, pick up the Lumia 640 XL now and you'll be guaranteed an upgrade to Windows 10 when it starts rolling out - making this handset pretty future proof.

Full review: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

HTC Desire 820

9. HTC Desire 820

A mid-range smartphone with a big screen

OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 2600mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP

In the battle of the big phones there are a few players that are trying to make their mark and a 64-bit processor and 8MP front facing camera helps the HTC Desire 820 gain some ground.

The design also has to be applauded. It might be made out of a polycarbonate chassis, but the two tone shell is attractive and feels very well made.

The 720p display isn't the sharpest, but considering the price it can almost be forgiven as you're getting a lot of real estate for your money.

Full review: HTC Desire 820

HTC Desire 820

Z Ultra

8. Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Water and dust proof, the massive Z Ultra is ready for action

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 3050mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP

At 6.4 inches the Z Ultra is monstrous in size and that's a blessing and a curse. It's a true tablet replacement, as it's not all that much smaller than a 7-inch slate, but that of course makes it wildly impractical as a phone.

Still, if you really want an all-in-one device this will do it and size aside there's a lot going for it. The Xperia Z Ultra has a premium build with a glass back and it's super slim at just 6.5mm thick, so it looks good, especially compared to most other phablets.

It's water and dust resistant, has a powerful 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and its screen makes it a great portable movie player too. You're going to be giving the battery a workout, so it's a good thing that its 3050mAh juice pack is up to the challenge.

Full review: Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

LG G Flex 2

7. LG G Flex 2

The only bendable phablet around

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2.1MP

Okay so the LG G Flex 2 isn't exactly cheap, which is part of the reason why it isn't as high up the list as you may think, but it certainly has a couple of neat party tricks.

First up, as the name suggests, it's a flexible smartphone - you can actually bend the banana shaped handset slightly without snapping it in two. Then there's the self healing rear coating which gets rid of minor bumps and scuffs as if by magic.

Its battery life may not be stellar, and it can get rather toasty if you really hammer it, but you can be sure you'll be the talk of the pub when you whip it out your pocket.

Full review: LG G Flex 2

LG G Flex 2

Galaxy Note 3

6. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

It may not be top of the pile anymore, but it still packs a punch

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | Battery: 3200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2MP

The faux-leather rear of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is divisive at best, but with a powerful 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM it's a high performing handset, while its 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display is sharp and impressive.

It's also on the small side, at least as far as phablets go, which makes it easier to hold than some competing devices, while the inclusion of a stylus makes it a joy to use.

Add in an impressive battery life and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 really is a phone that has it all. Great as a phone, even better for media and productivity, high powered and it keeps on going all day.

Full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3