The rise of the phablet has been meteoric and with the trend of ever bigger screens on smartphones showing no signs of waning we take a look at the best phablets on the market today to help you find your perfect smartphone.
The increase of use of our mobile phones for watching videos, playing games, social networking and web browsing has meant that the small compact screens of the past generations of smartphones just don't cut it anymore. The phablet was created to bridge the gap between your smartphone and your tablet with all the major manufacturers getting in on the trend.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is packing a fantastic 5.7-inch touchscreen Super AMOLED display with a dual-edge display. These edges of the screen have their own functionality showing incoming notifications and allowing you to respond quickly and easily to calls and messages.
This phablet has lots of power on board with an impressive 64-bit octacore processor and 4GB RAM ensuring that Android Lollipop runs seamlessly and multitasking is no problem for this powerful phone.
The camera quality is another high point of this phone with a 16-megapixel lens on the back with Optical Image Stabilisation and enhanced low light performance and for selfie fans the wide-angle front 5-megapixel camera lets you get more of your friends in the shot.
Connectivity-wise the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has all you could need with 4G and Wi-Fi for superfast browsing, NFC for contactless payments and Infrared for controlling your home entertainment via your smartphone.
Apple surprised fans with the first plus-sized smartphone when they launched the iPhone 6 Plus and this latest version of that shows they are sticking along with the trend. The iPhone 6s Plus is packing an impressive 5.5-inch Retina display with a superb resolution of 1080 x 1920 and many apps have been optimised for the bigger screen with special landscape modes.
A standout feature on the latest iPhone 6s is the addition of 3D Touch which detects how firmly you press the display with a light touch giving you a preview or Quick Menu and a full press launching an app. The latest A9 64-bit chip is on board with promises of 70% faster speeds than the previous iPhone making this the best iPhone yet along with the very latest iOS 9 giving you enhanced features on Siri and much more.
The iSight camera is a 12-megapixel lens with the ability to record 4K video so you can capture fantastic video clips and enjoy them on your 4K TV at home.
Want to know more about the Apple iPhone 6s Plus? Read our iPhone 6s Plus review for more information.
A phablet list would not be complete without a Galaxy Note making an appearance, seen by many as one of the first groundbreaking phablets to start the trend the Note series has gained popularity among smartphone users. The Galaxy Note 4 is packing a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display taking things to an almost-tablet level of screen viewing and the S Pen opens up a new way to interact with this phablet.
To power along the big screen there is an octacore processor and 3GB RAM and connection-wise you get all the best options with Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and 4G. Samsung has included a superb 16-megapixel camera with OIS, simultaneous HD video and image recording and a front facing camera with wide-angle lens and enhanced low-light capabilities.
The Huawei brand may not be the first that comes to mind when choosing your next smartphone but for anyone that loves a good deal the Ascend G7 is a great choice. This high quality phablet has a 5.5-inch IPS display and a sleek metallic body encasing the high capacity battery.
The 13-megapixel camera uses a Sony 4th generation sensor for fantastic photo and video results and the front facing 5-megapixel camera has Beauty Mode for great selfies.
This value phablet has a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and Android 4.4 on board which all delivers a great performance and allows for mobile deals that have attractive prices.
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is another budget phablet that has plenty of great features while remaining great value for money. The large 5.5-inch touchscreen display performs well when web browsing and enjoying movie clips and under the hood the 2GB RAM and octacore processor ensures a decent performance.
The Smart Ultra 6 includes a similar camera package to the more high-end phablets in this list with a 16-megapixel rear snapper and 5-megapixel selfie camera.
The on board memory is only 16GB but the addition of a microSD card slot for adding memory ensures you won't run out of space for your music, apps and photos.
For anyone that is tired of trying to use a small screen for entertainment or finding the smaller compact smartphones just too small for big fingers a phablet is the way to go. For many smartphone users there is a brand of choice and with all the big manufacturers offering a big screen experience Samsung and Apple fans are catered for and those who want to the big screen experience on a smaller budget can choose from our value phablets above.
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