Remember the times you were desperate to be able to fit your phone into a swivel holder on your belt? Having a Nokia 1110 (250 Million units sold!) was all the fashion not too long ago—smaller and smaller phones. Not anymore.
Since those days, phones have gotten bigger and bigger, not smaller. The trend lines started to reverse with the Motorola Razr, which represented the pinnacle of thin, telephonic-style accessories that could be waved around a nightclub like chunky gold jewellery.
Smartphones have become so smart and screens so vibrant that, today, you want as big of a phone as you can handle. With that in mind, here’s our view of the best large-screen phones available right now. You’ll notice that we haven’t numbered the handsets in order as we have been in disagreement here at Airphone Headquarters for days over which phone tops the list so we’ve given them all a fair spot, you’ll have to decide for yourself:
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are both one-of-a-kind phones, to say the least. Both cram an industry leading 577ppi (pixels-per-inch) into their 5.1-inch screens (for a 2560×1440 resolution, if you’re counting), which allows for unparalleled clarity when watching movies, flipping through pictures, or reading an e-book—even at a distance.
The S6 edge’s dual-edged display, gently curving over each side of the phone’s body, will make heads turn. Beyond looking elegant, the side screen also displays your top contacts and notifications, as well as becoming the coolest alarm clock you’ve ever seen when you turn on Night Mode.
What makes it standout: The curved display, naturally—and the phone’s crazily high-pixel density and performance.
Samsung Galaxy S6
The Galaxy S6 is no goof, either. It’s the same phone as the S6 edge, minus that curved screen, giving it a more classic look—and a different feel in the hand — which some people might prefer. It also has a slightly lower price tag. In the end, though, both models pack a punch performance-wise, and with new Corning Gorilla Glass 4 (on the back AND the front) and metal bodies, they’re the best looking Galaxy S phones ever.
What makes it standout: It’s classic look, and the same magical high-pixel density and performance found in the S6 edge.
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
Behind the scenes, there’s a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (expandable via memory card, as we’ve already said).
The Lumia 640 XL sports a very large 3000mAh battery and an Adreno 305 GPU powering its 720 x 1280 pixel screen. There’s a rear-facing 13-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel snapper on the front.
If you’re on a budget and you want a big phablet-style handset, then give the Lumia 640 XL some serious consideration.
What makes it standout: A massive battery that provides ultra-long life: up to 30 hours of heavy use with days and days of standby. And not forgetting, as with every other Windows Phone 8.1 device out there, Microsoft is promising a free upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile when the time comes, so you’re not limiting yourself to outdated software.
iPhone 6 Plus
The iPhone 6 Plus is the probably the best looking phablet around. Its specs don’t match the Android power houses and it can be tricky to hold, but there’s no denying Apple’s beautiful (yet expensive) 5.5 incher is a true contender for number 1.
It’s the first iPhone to pack a full HD display and its bigger body means it houses a larger battery than its 4.7-inch brother. With an A8 64-bit processor, 1GB of RAM, M8 motion coprocessor and an 8MP rear facing camera this iPhone could easily be taken as reference for Apple’s future of iPhone. The camera on the iPhone 6 Plus even benefits from OIS (optical image stabilisation).
What makes it standout: The iPhone 6 Plus brings together excellently Apple’s tried and tested design, craftsmanship and interface into the larger form factor – providing the perfect smartphone for those who require a bigger display while also revelling in the simplicity and intuition that an Apple handset continues to bring.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 packs all the power that comes with Galaxy technology and the S Pen, not to mention an eye-catching huge 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED touchscreen. Pair the Note 4 with the perfect counterpart, one of the Samsung Galaxy Gear wearables, and you’ve got even more screen to use.
What makes it standout: The S Pen. It gives you tremendously accurate command over that massive screen, so you can make pinpoint photo edits, take notes or drag and move multiple windows. When you’re done, it slips discreetly into its own case within the phone.
Well that’s our view, what’s yours? Please feel free to comment if you think we’ve missed one of the stand-out Phablets and we will make sure to do a review on it next time around!
In the meantime, if you’re looking to upgrade your Nokia 1110 give Airphone a call on 01733 340034 and take a step into the future with our wide range of handsets.