Where bigger is better – 5 of the best large-screen phones

November 11, 2014 : TECHFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

Is bigger better 5 of the best large screen phones

Do you remember about ten years ago, when it seemed the measure of how advanced your phone was depended on its size – and the smaller the better? If you didn't have a handset you could lose in the tiniest handbag, you were so out-of-date in the fashion stakes who might as well have been walking around wearing shoulder pads or red braces.

Fortunately for anyone who needed reading glasses or even a magnifying glass to see their texts, this has changed – and the pendulum has swung the other way with the new craze for large-screens phone.

Yes, bigger is definitely better in today's smartphone world, with phone and tablet hybrids – sometimes called 'phablets' by people who want to destroy what's left of the English language – the latest must-have gadget.

But with a growing number of these large-screen gadgets on the market, which one's right for you? Here's our pick of some of the best five-inch plus options available right now.

The original choice – Galaxy Note 3

The first Galaxy Note is widely regarded as the first phablet – and like many new innovations, it was much-mocked at the time. They said who wants a phone you can't even hold in one hand? How are you going to look holding it to your ear? Well those critics had better like the taste of humble pie, as the Note has gone from strength to strength.

Now in its third version, this powerful handset boasts a quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM – that's more than some budget laptops. It also offers Bluetooth integration with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, so you don't even need to take it out of your bag or specially-designed oversized pocket to read your new texts or emails.

The big beast – Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Even for a phablet, the Sony Xperia Z is huge. With a 6.4-inch screen, it's threatening the territory of devoted tablets like the Nexus 7 and iPad mini. Its beautiful full HD screen makes it one of the best choices for movie fans and it even has a decent battery life, which you might not necessarily expect for something this size.

The gadget is even water-resistant, so if you've got small hands that have trouble keeping hold of its massive frame, it won't be the end of the world if you drop it in the sink.

The stylish option – HTC One Max

HTC's flagship One was among the prettiest phones released in 2013, with its smooth, single piece of aluminium, front-facing speakers for better audio performance and sharp 1080p screen. You might think there's only so much you can do with a rounded rectangle, but HTC is proving there's still room for good design to stand out.

The One Max takes all of these features and stretches out the size from 4.7-inches to 5.9-inches, while keeping everything that was great about the original. If you were impressed by the One, you won't be disappointed with its big brother.

The up-and-comer – Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei may not be a name that rolls off everyone's tongue, but if the Chinese manufacturer has its way, you'll be hearing a lot more about it in the future and it moves ahead with an ambitious expansion into Europe.

Its Ascend Mate is cheaper than many of its key rivals, but don't think you'll be seen as a cheapskate for choosing it, as you still get a 6.1-inch screen, powerful processor and shiny screen. If you want functionality on a budget and aren't bothered by not having a big brand name to flash around, you should give this serious consideration.

The left-field alternative – Nokia 1520

What all the above phones have in common is they all run on Google's Android system – and until recently, that was the only real choice you had for a phablet. Microsoft's Windows Phone wasn't capable of displaying properly on large screens, while Apple remains strangely uninterested in the sector, even though it's four-inch iPhone now looks positively miniscule when up against its main rivals.

But this has now changed thanks to an update to Windows Phone, offering those who don't fancy giving themselves over to Google's all-knowing embrace a different option. Nokia's 1520 runs the latest version of Windows Phone and features a six-inch 1080p display. The Windows mobile platform might also be more intuitive to those used to the desktop version and for business users, its range of productivity apps is hard to match.

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