5. Huawei Ascend Mate 7
The phablet from China, with love
OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Along with Oppo, Huawei is another relatively unknown name that's creeped into the list, but the Ascend Mate 7 is worthy of attention.
With a big 6.0-inch 1080p screen, an attractive aluminium casing, good battery life, an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and even a fingerprint scanner there's a lot to like here. A 13MP snapper and a microSD card slot don't hurt either.
The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 isn't quite the most powerful phone around (though it's not far off) and there are handsets with sharper screens, but it doesn't feel lacking, so if you don't mind skipping past the brand names you can save yourself some money and still get a top flight phablet experience by picking up one of these.
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4. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
A cool side screen with extra functionality
OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.6-inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 3.7MP
With its curved screen it would be easy to write the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge off as a gimmick, but that would be a mistake. While the edge is hardly an essential feature it does add some handy skills to the phone, such as the ability to exile video controls to the edge so they're always visible without obstructing the display.
Those minor features aside the Galaxy Note Edge is also almost as impressive a handset as the Note 4, with heaps of power, a super-sharp QHD screen and an S Pen stylus, so you can write by hand and even sketch on your phone.
A slightly smaller battery and marginally worse performance are the only things holding it back from the Galaxy Note 4 and the number one spot.
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3. Google Nexus 6
Pure Google and pure Android on the big screen
OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 5.96-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3220mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2MP
The Nexus 6 is Google's first phablet and it's a real winner, with an enormous 5.96-inch QHD screen, a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM.
Of course it also benefits from being a stock Android device and first in line for new OS updates and even its camera- traditionally a weak point on Nexus devices, is capable of taking some pretty stunning snaps.
Add to that extra features like Qi and turbo charging and it's clear that this is a real flagship device with no cut corners. If there's a downside to all this it's that it's not the budget bargain that many Nexus phones are, but it's hard to argue that it's not worth every penny.
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2. iPhone 6 Plus
Apple does supersize, and does it well
OS: iOS 8 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 2915mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
Can a phone with a 5.5-inch screen really be considered a phablet? Maybe not in Android land, but for Apple this is big, really big.
The iPhone 6 Plus has a sharp 1080 x 1920 display and specs that punch well above their weight, with its optical image stabilisation-equipped 8MP snapper capable of some of the best photos you can take on a smartphone and its dual-core processor somehow delivering impossibly slick performance.
Being an Apple device it also has a sumptuous design and build, with a slim metal shell leaving it as the best looking phablet on the planet. While its Touch ID fingerprint scanner is a nice bonus and for the time being it's the only iOS phablet available.
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1. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
King of the phablets
OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3220mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 3.7MP
Samsung was one of the first companies to jump on the phablet train and its most recent one, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, is not only one of Samsung's best phones but the best phablet money can buy.
Its super sharp, bright and vibrant but still fairly pocketable 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED display is perhaps the star of the show. Or maybe that honour should go to its ridiculously slick performance, supported by a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM. Then again its 16MP camera complete with optical image stabilisation is also highly impressive.
We haven't even touched on its metal frame or its innovative and useful S Pen, let alone its fingerprint scanner, but it should be clear by now that we're huge fans of Samsung's latest phablet. It's big (but not too big), powerful, stylish and feature packed. If you've got the money and want a big-screen phone this is unquestionably the one to go for.
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