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PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best phablets
Remember when the very first Samsung Galaxy Note hit the shelves? It was ridiculed by many for its sheer size, but eventually, the handset did turn out to be a winner for its maker. In fact, it is the smartphone responsible for the advent of a new category of phones – phablets, as they are commonly being referred to. And quite a few of them saw the light of day in 2013. Most of the major smartphone manufacturers already have at least one phablet in their portfolios, with more to surely come in the foreseeable future. Having that in mind, it makes sense having a category dedicated to phablets in this year's PhoneArena Awards. Well, here it is! We give you our favorite phablets from 2013 – the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Nokia Lumia 1520, and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best phablets
Samsung kickstarted the rise of the phablet category with its highly successful Galaxy Note handsets, and the third Galaxy Note smartphone is arguably the best member in the class. All that a phablet user may ever need, the Galaxy Note 3 delivers in a pretty package with a ribbon on it. It is a device that simply has it all: from the large, high-res display, powerful hardware, and capable camera to the rich array of software features, multitasking modes, and extra apps the user experience is complemented by. And to top it all off, the S Pen stylus is always at your disposal in times when hand-written input is required.


Nokia Lumia 1520


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best phablets
While Nokia is but a newcomer to the phablet party, overlooking its Lumia 1520 would be a serious mistake. It is a rock-solid device – the most powerful Windows Phone specimen in existence, for that matter, packing nothing but top-of-the-line hardware inside its slender polycarbonate body. But specs aren't all that make this gorgeous handset stand out. The launch of Nokia's first phone of this caliber goes to show that the phablet territory isn't an Android-exclusive zone. It proves that there's room for Windows Phone based phablets as well, and that the Android competition now has something it should really be worried about.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra


PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best phablets
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra isn't just a phablet. It is an engineering marvel that has so much to stand out with. It instantly managed to grab our attention with its OmniBalance design. Simply put, the Z Ultra is beautiful – thin and crafted out of materials that make interacting with the device a pleasure. And yes, as other high-ends by Sony, the Z Ultra is a water-resistant handset, protected against dust and water damage. Specs-wise, there's little we can complain about. Sony has equipped the Z Ultra with a mighty processor and lots of RAM, ranking it among the most capable Android smartphone out there. 

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posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:18 24

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


These were pretty much the only high end phablets this year (HTC One max doesn't count since it sucks), so no surprises. But finally they included Sony!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:32 10

15. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


iPhone 5S is best phablet tbh

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:36 16

16. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I'm suprised they didn't try to say the iPad mini is a phablet.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:48

22. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


What do you think this is The Verge or Gizmodo?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:09

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 22013; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


It's not part phone

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 20:03

63. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


No iPhone Phablet❔

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:37 14

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Knowing PA, they would have ranked it #3 and left out the ZUltra.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:44

33. Finalflash (Posts: 3204; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


I'm actually disappointed they didn't.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:05 1

59. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Not a joke
I'm surprised Ray didn't do, like the other tech sites would do, if they write such an article:
Put together with this 3 devices , the rumored iPhone 5.5" incher, with rumored specs(in their imaginations), and make it win .
ROTFL

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:46 1

60. skyline88 (Posts: 467; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


and Macbook is the best paperweight back in my home

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 02:47

68. lalalaman (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Beauty of SARCASM:D

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 15:47

72. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


PA is totally biased here... iphone 5s is the best phablet ever. Infact iphone 5 is still at the 2nd best... iphablets superiority is far too great to match... they are light years ahead even with the hardware of mid range phones.. the shear 6.5inch screen of 5s makes it the largest phablet ever made.. iphones without a shadow of a doubt is greatest in the catagory of "phablet" which it introduced back in 2011 with the great invention of iphone 4s... small screen and low specs note and z ultra are no match for iphone 5 n 5s

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:19 20

2. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Nothing against the Nokia and Sony phones, but I think Samsung definitely made the best one.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:38 10

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Proud owner of the best phablet of 2013. :)

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:46 11

21. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I'm not a Samsung person by any means, but the Note 3 is definitely a beast and stylish too.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:24 5

31. utg001 (unregistered)


Although I'm a die hard fan of WP and don't really like Android that much, but the truth is, Note 3 IS in fact the best. I get the best multitasking experience which is exactly what phablets are meant to be. Can't say much for WP8 until 8.1 rolls out.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:42 1

54. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


WTF is "phablet"? What the specs are needed, to cal smth,- like this? Who sick brain invented this stupid name, to invent fictional "category"?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:52 2

62. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Screen size bud.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 20:03 1

64. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You have a Lumia 1520❔

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:25 7

3. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


"Remember when the very first Samsung Galaxy Note hit the shelves? It was ridiculed by many for its sheer size, "

It was mostly ridiculed by you , the tech media experts. You were trying hard, to kill the big screen phones, but this time you didn't succeed . Most of the ppl liked it , no matter how loud and brutal you were.
When you saw that you are helpless , your revenge was to call them "phablets".

Just say "sorry" and apologize for all the BS you wrote, and the brains that you washed to hold up the progress.

You did it same with W8 and hybrid

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:46

8. cezarepc (Posts: 716; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Such hate and anger in them words.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:13

39. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


"anger"?

I'm just explaining has happened, really.
Shouldn't I?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:17 1

12. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


When was PA "loud & brutal" in ridiculing the note? Link or it didnt happen & you're just talking BS

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:20

41. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I mean all so called "tech media".
All of them used the term:
"Too small for tablet, too big for phone= fail"

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:57 2

24. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 225; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Yes only some apple hype tech media wrote like that !
i liked from starting itself the size of note !
it was the something i was looking for !
thanks samsung !!!
apple sites can never win!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:22

42. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


"only some apple hype tech media "????

All the so called "tech media"

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 16:29

48. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I think the worst criticism came from Gizmodo. They gave the original Note no chance to succeed and just laughed it off. I will have to find the article when I get home but it was back in 2011.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:44

55. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Not only "Gizmodo", Mr Advocate

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:01

66. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Dude supply some links or stfu

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 09:41

70. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Should I supply links to you??? LOL. As you don't know , that I'm right?? Come on.

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