7. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440p | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: removable 3,220mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 3.7MP
Samsung is on the best smartphone list three times starting with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It's simply a better phablet than what Apple and Google have to offer out of their own labs.
The 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display dials up the pixel count with a Quad HD resolution and it's sharper and brighter than other two-handed phones. And it comes with the S Pen stylus.
Note 4's camera exhibits punchy colors, and for the most part works flawlessly. In fact, some scenes look more dramatic than real life due to Samsung's image processing. Under the Gorilla Glass 3 is a solid Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 3220mAh Fast Charging battery.
Samsung's support of microSD cards and a removeable battery is also laudable. Just be warned, the best phablet will cost you. It's $300, and that's with a carrier's two-year contract in the US.