The Best Phablets on the Market

by Sandra Henshaw - , Last Updated on November 7, 2014, Buying Guides

Phablets have a lot to offer, and they’re certainly one of the fastest growing niches on the smart phone market. With all the functionality of a phone alongside the larger screen of a tablet, a phablet offers you two for the price of one. You get excellent viewing, as well as all the phone functions you need, and you only need to carry one device around with you. But with all the phablets on shelves these days, you might be a little confused as to which is going to be the one to go for. And that’s where we come in. Today we’re taking a look at some of the best phablet options around, no matter which operating system you’re a fan of…

The Phablet for iOS Lovers

iPhone 6 Plus Phablet

iPhone 6 Plus Phablet

If you’re into Apple’s iOS, then there’s only one choice out there for you. This year, Apple released their first every phablet: the iPhone 6 Plus. What do specs look like? Well, you’re getting a 5.5 inch screen, which isn’t the largest display available, but it is a full high definition display, so clarity and colour reproduction is excellent. On the power front, the 6 Plus comes with a dual core 1.4 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, so it’s not a slouch.

Of course, this is Apple, so there’s no expandable memory. You’re going to need to choose between a 16, 64 or 128 GB iPhone version. Since most phablet users use their devices for movie watching and storing video files, you’ll need to make this choice carefully. However, since this is the only iOS choice, the iPhone 6 Plus is what you’re stuck with. It’s not a bad choice though, and most users should be more than satisfied with the speeds and performance that the 6 Plus has to offer.

Phablets for Windows Users

Nokia Lumia 1320 Tablet

Nokia Lumia 1320 Tablet

If Windows is more your thing, then there are two brilliant phablet options. Both are obviously Nokia Lumia phones as you’d probably expect. The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the high end Windows phablet, and the Lumia 1320 is the more budget friendly version.

The Lumia 1520 is giving you a full six inch, high definition screen, so there’s no complaints there. You’ll be running a quad core 2.2 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM for super fast speeds. There’s even a 20 MP camera thrown in with Carl Zeiss optics, so you’re going to be getting some pretty sweet snaps.

The budget Lumia 1320 of course is slightly lower spec. You’re still getting a six inch screen, though resolution is slightly lower and the picture isn’t quite as sharp on the 1320. Power wise you’re looking at a dual core 1.7 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM, so not quite as fast either, but still pretty snappy.

The good news is that both the Lumia versions come with a micro SD card slot so that you can add up to 64 GB of additional memory, always nice when you want to store that new season of Game of Thrones to watch on your morning commute…

Phablets for Android Fans

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Phablet

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Phablet

Android users are getting a lot more choice on the phablet market than anyone else, and it’s pretty tough to choose the best of the best. There are really three top end phablets that cut the mustard, along with a couple of more budget friendly versions.

The first of the big ones has to be the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Samsung’s Note series were the first real phablet devices, and the Note 4 is pretty high end. It’s got a 5.7 inch super high definition display (that’s 1440 x 2560, so awesome clarity), and runs a quad core 2.7 GHz processor and 3 GB of RAM, making it one of the fastest mobiles around. It’s also got expandable storage for up to 128 GB of additional space.

Next up is the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. This is one of the largest screens on shelves right now, measuring in at 6.4 inches, and it’s high definition too. On the power front there’s a quad core 2.2 GHz processor and 2 GB of memory, and expandable memory lets you add up to 64 GB of storage space. The Z Ultra is waterproof too, just in case you’re accident prone.

The last of the high end Android phablets is going to be the HTC One Max. This is the only big phablet that HTC make, and for those that prefer the One user interface (particularly business users) then the One Max is the clear choice. It’s got a 5.9 inch high definition display and runs a quad core 1.7 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM. Expandable storage is up to 64 GB. It’s not the highest spec device around, but HTC fans will be more than happy with performance.

If we’re looking at more affordable Android phablets then there are a couple of stand out choices. One is the newly released Samsung Galaxy Mega 2. This sports a six inch screen, though it’s not high definition. It does have a quad core 1.5 GHz processor and 1.5 GB of RAM though, so you’re not compromising too much on speed. Expandable memory is up to 64 GB.

The second affordable choice comes from Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is the successor of the original Ascend Mate, which was one of the best low cost phablets around. This new 7 version offers a whole lot more though, and still for an affordable price. It’s got a six inch high definition screen, and runs a quad core 1.8 GHz processor and 3 GB of RAM, so there’s tons of power.

Phablets do seem to be ten a penny these days, and getting the right big screened device can seem overwhelming. However, these are, in our opinion, the best bets around. So whatever your budget, and whatever your OS preference, there’s a phablet out there for you. All you need to do is choose which of our recommendations fits your needs.

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