PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best phablets
1. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
King on its throne. Is it so hard Samsung to put this much time and effort you did for Note 4 in your other phones and make them epicly good in their price range?
50. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)
Well they made Galaxy alpha. Pretty good phone, i have it for some time now. Just wish they put bigger battery...
I agree N4 is best phablet atm, but still think Ip6+ is better or even with nexus 6 and much better than Huawei...
Just my opinion, not trying to start rage war.
83. Camikazi (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Dec 2014)
Actually Samsung is the only real phablet here, the others are just oversized phones, the Nexus 6 is nice but does not comes close to the Note 4 and the same goes for the IP6+, i have not tried the H. Ascend yet but I suspect it goes on the same line as the Nexus 6 but with non really useful bloatware everywhere, like Samsung does on their other handsets
2. tedkord (Posts: 9915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Man, you guys like to put a LOT of pictures in your articles.
3. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
Its cause all the tech geeks in this site haven't seen any photos from the phones up there so they need to be reminded. Oh wait... Nevermind!
18. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)
No, they just copy the entire slideshow from the review.
16. Orion78 (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
Cosign dude. Stock Android lollipop and a huge screen...can't beat that.
62. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Nexus 6 will be better for many developers and power users who want to root their phones.
I like the Note 4 a lot, but it is locked down and currently not rootable on ATT, VZW, and other large carriers. ATT also puts non-removable apps on the phone that are known for stealing data, such as Uber.
If you look on XDA, there is already tons more enthusiasm and developer support for the Nexus 6 vs. the Note 4.
84. Camikazi (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Dec 2014)
Well to bad you are only thinking in terms of US carriers, get an international version and you wont have to deal with all the crapware that carriers load into them.
5. chaosnightmare (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 May 2010)
Kinda impressed they didn't mention the iBent +
92. iTechies (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
Because PA Itself knows its just an iCrap.
6. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)
You guys know why i'm happy? Try finding the best selling tablet there. *hint* You won't. XD
28. Commentator (Posts: 3655; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Because this is an article about phablets.
7. Fallen1 (Posts: 282; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)
Waiting for the apple fanboys to bash on this thread..
9. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
New iPhone 6 owner who thinks there isnt a better phone than Note 4(but that meizu mx4 pro seems also epic) and best phablet out there. Wish sammy made the Alpha with better cam, less touch wiz and got rid of the plastic back and I would have been all over it.
15. Fallen1 (Posts: 282; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)
Amen, hands down the best looking device they have made
34. amasog (Posts: 338; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
apple fanboys are the exact opposite of gullible lagdroid fanboys.
- LG G3 User
41. joey_sfb (Posts: 5256; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
A fool and admitting to be one without saying so. Classic.
8. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Definitely agree with the Note 4 and Mate7. I think you could argue between the Nexus 6 and the OnePlus One, but overall a great list.
10. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 604; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
I think the main reason i keep getting a Note every year has nothing to do with being a fanboy. I think it's because of the things that i expect, Samsung always delivers. The Note 4 is soo good people.
35. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
note 4 is the best phone available in market. More I am using it, more I am loving it. Copy paste with s-pen is a very cool feature, way better than taking a screen shot. All other phablets are just large size phones, only note 4 is truely a productivity device
11. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)
I think the IPhone 6 plus is the best phablet. It has the best apps, games and the best camera in my opinion in any phone..
Even though I haven't seen any data just yet I believe the IPhone 6 plus is the best selling phablet at the moment and it seems that Apple is beating samsung in their own game.
Samsung suppose to have all this experience at making phablets but for some reason they couldn't stop Apple from having crazy success with the 6 plus.
12. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 604; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
Apples not beating Samsung at their own game. Some IPhone buyers are MINDLESS. People would have snatched up tons of 6Plus regardless of how great the Note 4, Nexus 6, and Mate7 are. IPhone will ALWAYS sell well. No matter what. What matters, is what's best.
14. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)
Who said IPhone buyers are mindless?
As far as I know they are 100% satisfied with their devices, I think Apple was voted the company people trust the most.
19. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)
But they are not as satisfied as they could be.
23. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I sure am, and it sure was. Apple rocks, the Eco system, customer service, product support, and lineup are second to none. Gotta have my iPhone bro. Proud owner of a 128 gig gold 6 plus, just left Apple an hour ago. After the restore completes, I'll have 90 gigs available.
78. Luzifer (unregistered)
I usually don't comment just read articles and leave but created an account just to go 1 on 1 with you. First all read your comments. Just because iPhone sell well doesn't mean it's the best pahablet or phone out their so the thing about number don't lie doesn't implement here. Second good you bought the 6 plus for yourself and your wife your money whatever you buy not anyone's business but my business is when you say it's better or the best or out of the world. My cuz has it and I do own a shop been working in phone selling business for a while. Yes iPhone resale is pretty good but no way 6plus is better than the note 4 if it was I would have said so. Idc it's apple or Samsung all I care about is technology and who brings his A game in the market and in pahablet what apple brought is C. Doesn't utilise that big screen just a bigger iPhone 6. Does nothing for the multitasking. No multi window which is actually us full on bigger screens if you can't see that and are blinded and want to belive your pahablet is better go ahead no one is stopping you but when you say it's better than note 4 which almost every website every reviewer has said it's the best pahablet you can buy and from personal experience as well all I know is you are just justifying your purchase and dude 4 days aren't enough to fully understand note 4. And touchwiz does not lag or studder on the note 4. And next year if apple does beat Samsung in the pahablet category I'll be the first one to buy I don't mindlessly throw money at company used all iphones till 5s and 6 plus and just 6 for 2 days. 6 is good phone nothing against it but 6 plus just cuz it sells well doesn't mean it beats the note 4 oh and let this be a reminder to you I'm here because I will argue with you only logically. Enjoy your 6 plus but think twice before saying it's the best cause it's just not and above rankings proove my point.
22. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Dude, chill with the "iPhone users are mindless" crap, that's played out. iPhone users are the same as Note users, we like and trust our purchase just like they do. Notes are great, and so are iPhones. I tried the Note 4, but returned it...I prefer the 6 plus. As I type this, I'm currently restoring my gold 128 gig 6 plus, I just got from apple an hour ago. Sold my silver 64, put some cash with it and scored.
31. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 604; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
Look Dark, I have nothing against people who buy the phones that they like. It wasn't my intention to generalize iPhone users. For that I got a little carried away. But there are A LOT of people who buy them JUST cause they're iPhones. Which is cool. But I just get a little mad when people talk about Apple beating Samsung cause of sales. I mean
, tons of things sell well that are awful it doesn't mean they're good. That's all I'm saying. That being said the IPhone 6 Plus is a great device.
33. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
not a lot people, most people. Most people buy iphone bcoz its iphone. Darkk, not everyone is in the ecosystem and if you think they are then you are living with illusions. Most people do nothing more than texting, chating and calling. In my city iphone is the talk of the town. you'll see almost everyone holding iphone, even kids but it doesnt mean they understand ios and its ecosystem. I can bet, hardly 10% people will be in the ecosystem. There are some mindfull and intelligent iphone users as well, best example is you Darkk. But TreytreyTaylor's statement "iphone users are mindless" holds the ground too, trust me.
87. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You're rite bro, for several it is a status symbol. I'd be stupid to argue against that. +1
42. Diezparda (Posts: 824; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
Totaly agree, i am using android tablet once and move to iPad because many user said it was much better tablet over any android tablet. now i'm still using iPad 4, i am stuck... never think to upgarde it to newer iPad Air 2 which is very expensive in Indonesia and not worth the upgrade or offer any useful feature which older generation can't except those fingerprint gimmick for me.
i'm using note 3 so i know better, android phablet especially Note 4 is a beast, it's useful, it's powerful and offer a tons of feature.
43. shahrooz (Posts: 702; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)
iPhones are great devices with their flaws as well (like any other phone) which are way overpriced in my opinion and I refuse to buy things which are overpriced otherwise I would have tried them. as the guys above me mentioned iPhones do not sell because they are good devices, the main reason is because they are iPhones.
21. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)
One would think that the actual Tim Cook would post without stupid spelling errors or at least spell the name of his product right. iPhone 6 Plus not IPhone... Stop impersonating Tim or learn how to correctly spell iPhone... Thanks
96. jpartlow32 (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 May 2013)
It's "Tims" horrible keyboard on his highly proclaimed/anticipated "phablet".
27. vikingsfootball09 (Posts: 70; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)
hey tim, how would apple fair if there were dozens n dozens of ios oems? do you think apple would be where they are if there were dozens of ios oems?
and apple is only putting out 2 iphones out just recently, equates to great sales per iPhone...if there were a dozen iphones out a year, I wonder the per iPhone sale would look like, and im leaning towards iPhones eating up sales against each other.
36. tedkord (Posts: 9915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
And, as usual, you are wrong. The Note 4 is far and easy away the best phablet - the iPhone 6+ isn't even in the ballpark.
48. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
From my short experience with the N4, and very long one with the N3, the 6 plus is more than in the ballpark, it's a tie game to me. The Note has the sluggers, Bonds, Giambi, and Papi. The iPhone has the hitters, Jeter, Ichiro, and pre 2004 A-Rod.
69. tedkord (Posts: 9915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I haven't watched a baseball game since the last strike - baseball analogies are lost on me.
And I have to disagree. The 6 Plus is just a bigger 6. The Note 4 is in a class by itself. The Note 4 is MLB, the iPhone 6 Plus is Triple A. (sorry, that's as close as I can get to a baseball analogy.)
Now, if you're talking iPhone 6 versus Galaxy S5, that's more of a tie. Each has its pluses and minuses.
56. WWThinker (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
@ TimCook. Be aware that this article is about "best phablet", not "best selling phablet"! Therefore, it is impossible for iPhone 6 plus to be the best phablet (just look at the list of missing features described later here).
Regardless, when iPhone 6 plus is missing a long list of features, how can it be the best. Truth is, iPhone 6 plus sells more than the Note 4 because there are a bunch of people in Asia and in US like yourself with the following behavior: 1) I like it; 2) it is said to offer better user experience (in fact, it is not) than Android; 3) it doesn't crash (my latest iP5s kept crashing on social networking and newspaper apps), 4) it doesn't stutter (my latest iP5s often didn't recognize my finger swipe made from different angle/strength/curse), 5) iPhone is a status symbol (I gave up arguing with the Asians upon this), 6) it is from Apple, the most innovative company (Apple is out of top 10 companies awarded with the most IP this year worldwide, Samsung is within top 3).
The features missing from iPhone 6 plus, versus Note 4 are: removable battery, removable micro SD card of up to 128GBytes, truly retina display of the modern era (1440 x 2560 versus the pitiful 1080 x 1920 of iP6+), higher camera pixel count (16M vs the pitiful 8M of iP6+ at about the same pixel size), truly multi-tasking and split-screen display (versus restricted multi-tasking and no ability to split the screen to display two contexts simultaneously), dual-SIM support in certain geographies, pen support. In fact, the only better feature offered by iPhone 6 plus is the finger sensor.
So, grow up and look at the real substance beyond all the hyped features of iPhone 6 plus!!
89. Camikazi (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Dec 2014)
Beating Samsung at it's own game? Do some research please. More than 80% of Iphone 6 and 6+ sales are from returning customers, so you are trying to say that the remainder of that 100% (less then 20%) are Samsung customers switching to Iphones and that is what is causing Samsung market sales to be lower than expected? I guess other smartphone makers didn't play a part of it after all? Hahahaha you are funny.
By the way the article title is Best Phablet of 2014. and guess what even tho apple consider the IP6+ a phablet, it is nothing more than an oversize iphone.
Phone Arena made another article called Best smartphone of 2014 and the IP6 came out on top,i point this out to illustrade you on the meaning of the articles. It has nothing to do with ecosystem or games.
13. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 604; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
I actually feel sorry for some people. Such greatness the Note 4 possesses and people hate it so.
24. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I really like it, but the 6 plus suits me better. The S-Pen, multi window, pop up video, and S-Pen features are awesome. Mos def the most versatile phablet on the market.
46. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)
Don't feel sorry, just try to understand, obviously you believe the Note 4 is a great device , and I respect that, but that doesn't mean everyone shares the same believes with you.
No phone is perfect, every phone has some features people like and some features people dislike.
As a customer myself if I was in the market for a phablet I wouldn't consider buying the note 4 and please Let me explain...
The note 4 has some things that bother me, my biggest issue with samsung devices is touchwiz. I don't like touchwizz, it bothers me.
Second is Android and the lack of Apps. Until now ios has better apps and games than Android.
Finally I don't like the looks of the note 4 and the s pen is something I have no use for...
Many people have the same issues I have with the note 4 therefore don't buy it,
For many people touchwizz alone can be a reason to absolutely avoid samsung devices, for others can be Android, for others can be just the looks of the device, maybe the size is too big, for others can be the brand ( bad experiences in the past with a particular brand makes people not to trust them enymore )
I am pretty sure people who don't like Apple devices have their own reasons..
One thing is for sure, the mass prefers the features of iPhones, nobody is stupid and brain washed, they buy something because they like it and they are free to chose what they want.
53. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Well said post TM. While I think more highly of the N4 than you do, I agree with your general points. You're not trolling at all, you're simply speaking your mind. I tried it a week ago, kept it from Friday to Sunday and returned it, the 6 plus is my preference and I'm good. Finally scored my 128 gig gold 6 plus. +1
57. WWThinker (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
@ TimCook. Your reason of "touchwizz" is laughable, and ridiculous. Touchwizz is nothing but a skin. It doesn't stop you from the use of the good features and hardware of Note 4. On the other hand, I found the skin of iP6+ and iOS8.1 unsophisticated and plain. The icons and colors appear to be drawn by a child, simply without depth and sophistication. Of course, my opinion is very subjective. But, a product should NOT be judged by superficial appearance because this is a shallow approach and not fact-based!
You are dead wrong. The mass (only in certain geographies like US and China) who are buying the iPhones mostly carry a lot of one-sided perception and do not make their buying decision based on absolute merits (i.e. hardware capability). Just look at the poor resolution and limited features of iPhone 6 plus. Besides, Apple insists on the proprietary 9-pin charging connector while the rest of the industry consolidates on the micro-USB. Therefore, as an iPhone user, you are helping Apple to kill more trees!
As for lack of Apps. Don't make me laugh. You cannot be serious with that point. Please educate us what games and apps are not available under Android. Android is not a perfect OS. But, so is iOS. They both have their pros and cons.
In conclusion, your reasons of disliking Note 4 is so subjective while none of those reasons are deemed scientific and fact-based. Once again, you simply don't recognize the true values of iPhone 6 plus and Note 4 because you have too much perception in your mind. Please realize that Samsung is in the top 3 of the companies in the world, which were awarded the most patents this year, while Apple is far out of the top 10!
61. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)
Touchwizz is something I don't like, even though the Note 4 is a powerhouse the UI is still slow, ugly looking and more lagy than other android skins and ios. That's my opinion, if you feel different go buy the Note 4, I personally won't.
All people and countries are the same, if the iPhone is killing it in some specific regions more than others then so be it....people are people and money are money.
About the games and apps, I use Ms word for work ( still not available on android ), Pixelmator for photo editing ( ios exclusive and by far the best photo editing app ), my facebook app on my IPad is tablet optimised I think the Android version is not optimised for tablets just yet, at the moment I am playing 4 games, Vain Glory, Seabeard, Bertram Fiddle and Game of Thrones ( I think, only Game of thrones is released on Android)...
Samsung is a company with many patents, that's true, but is also true that their sales are declining...
73. tedkord (Posts: 9915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
If you don't like touchwiz, that's fine. It's your choice. But it's not laggy (as every review has stated).
Sales have zero to do with what's best. Virtually every tech review site has proclaimed the Note 4 the better device. The 6 Plus doesn't even make the top three here.
93. iTechies (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
Have you even use a note 4? I just laughed at your comments here. Yeah, touchwiz may be lag, but not on the note 4 and note 3! With 2.7ghz quad of the note 4, i dont see any lags or delays you are saying about the note 4! And besides, note 4's design is far better than you iCrap6+! Note 4 has the bigger screen than the 6+ but yet 6+ has the bigger body size because of its thick bezels! Sorry, but i think the note 4 is far better, and dont say that android lack of apps, i might believe you if said WP8 lacks of apps.
85. Camikazi (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Dec 2014)
In other words what you like is an oversizes phone, not a phablet. You have to learn the difference between the 2.
17. RareCandy (banned) (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)
iphone 6 plus, full stop, enough said, no argument, end of discussion :)
26. wilsong17 (unregistered)
so what can you do on a iphone 6... it just a phone with a big screen no real power like the note 4 has
29. Commentator (Posts: 3655; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I wish people would stop bashing the iP6+ here, it's not even mentioned in the article!
Anyways, you can do whatever you can on a normal-sized iPhone, but on a bigger screen? What's hard to understand about that? Some people just want a bigger screen is all, and you can do a lot with an iPhone.
38. tedkord (Posts: 9915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
He only bashed it because someone mentioned it, claiming it was better than the devices listed in the article.
55. Commentator (Posts: 3655; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Yeah, that's the point of the comment section, to put other people in their place!
Also, I wish I didn't have to point out that I was totally bashing the iP6+ in the first part of that comment, but if people gloss over that part, it's a problem with my writing and I feel obliged to further explain.