The 10 best phablets in the world today

Bigger is better

6. Samsung Galaxy Mega

When it comes to phablets, Samsung is mostly known for its Note range, but it's also released the Samsung Galaxy Mega, a curious proposition which has a bigger screen than any Note but rather more middling specs.

Its 6.3-inch display makes it good for media, but it's only 720p, so it can't match many of the other devices on this list for quality. It has a microSD card slot but it only comes with either 8 or 16GB of storage, so it's not equipped for masses of movies and games out of the box, so in many ways it feels like a device of half measures.

Galaxy Mega

The specs meanwhile settle on the mid-range, thanks to a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1.5GB of RAM. The 8Mp camera is similarly middling.

So in other words it's not a device that's likely to wow you, but it's a solid, dependable performer with one of the biggest smartphone screens around.

7. LG G Flex

If you want something even more eye-catching than the Oppo N1 then you'll struggle to do better than the LG G Flex. As the name suggests, the G Flex has a curved, flexible screen.

While the curve is arguably a bit of a gimmick it does make the 6-inch screen more manageable and it will certainly impress onlookers. Its 13MP camera can take some great snaps too and it has a long lasting battery, which is arguably even more important for a phablet than a normal smartphone, given the increased media use it's likely to get.

G Flex

Plus it's as powerful as you could hope, with its 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM.

It's not all good news though. The screen is only 720p and while it's technically flexible it doesn't sound very happy when you attempt to flatten it.

8. HTC One Max

We were huge fans of last year's HTC One, so when we heard that the Taiwanese firm planned to turn it into a phablet we had high hopes, but sadly the HTC One Max didn't quite live up to them.

It has a similar design to the HTC One, with an aluminium back and dual front-facing Boomsound speakers and at 5.9 inches it has a phablet sized screen. It even ups the battery size and adds a microSD card slot and fingerprint scanner. Great, right?

One Max

Well, it would be, but that fingerprint scanner is poorly implemented, while the microSD card slot is located underneath the back cover (which is now removable). A removable back cover can be a good thing but it spoils the unibody design that we fell in love with on the HTC One and the battery still isn't removable, which is a shame.

Then there's the fact that while the screen is bigger, HTC hasn't taken advantage of that. Other phablets often have styluses or multi-window modes, but this is just an oversized HTC One, complete with the same, now slightly dated specs.

It's not a bad phone by any means and it's still one of the best looking phablets around, but it feels like a missed opportunity.

9. Nokia Lumia 1320

The Nokia Lumia 1320 seems like a bit of a missed opportunity too. Essentially it's a mid-range alternative to the Lumia 1520. Like the 1520 it has a 6-inch screen, but the 1320's one is only 720p and the handset is chunkier and less premium than its sibling.

It's also a lot less powerful, as it uses a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM. Its 5MP camera is far worse and it only has 8GB of built in storage, though there is a microSD card slot.

Lumia 1320

None of which is necessarily a problem, as it still has a decent screen, its battery life is great and despite the lower specs its performance is still fluid. The problem is that while it's not overly expensive at around £230, you can get the Nokia Lumia 1520 for less than £100 more and it's a substantially better handset.

Still, if your budget won't stretch that far then the Nokia Lumia 1320 is a solid option, particularly if you specifically want a Windows Phone handset.

10. Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei was always going to have an uphill struggle on its hands with the Ascend Mate, going up as it is against the might of Samsung, Nokia and Sony.

It passed the first hurdle by equipping it with a big 6.1-inch IPS LCD screen, putting it in genuine phablet territory. It's a decent screen too, with great viewing angles and good colours.

The phone also has a battery which just keeps going and going and while the 8MP camera won't be winning any awards it's capable of some solid photography.

Ascend Mate

But despite making big claims about the power of its custom 1.5GHz quad-core processor, the Ascend Mate turned out to be laggy in use, while it's also uncomfortably large and heavy and only has 8GB of internal storage, though that can be expanded with a microSD card.

Ultimately there's nothing that bad about it, especially as you can now get it for a shade over £200, but there are plenty of better phablets out there.