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The best phablets and big-screen phones money can buy in 2014

The best phablets and big-screen phones money can buy in 2014
Last year could certainly be titled The Year of the Phablet, whether you like the term or not, and 2014 is off to a great start in that category, too. In 2013, Samsung's Note family representatives met some serious competition for the first time, when most every phone maker decided to introduce their take on those 5.5"+ devices that people seem to be jonesing about lately.

In 2013, Sony one-upped the competition with the 6.3" waterproof Xperia Z Ultra, making it a member of the sub-7mm club. HTC also chipped it with the One max and its innovative fingerprint scanner on the back, while Nokia entered the race in a heartwarming manner with its pivotal for Windows Phone Lumia 1520, and the affordable 1320.

This year we already have the LG G Pro 2, with its optically stabilized camera, the Xperia T2 Ultra, with the longest battery life we've ever measured on a mobile device, and the Oppo Find 7a with a Snapdragon 801 processor. There are a lot of entrants in-between also, so let's recap what are some of the best phablets money can buy at the moment, before something even wilder has been spotted just around the corner.

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posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:32 47

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I like the Note 3, the faux leather on the back makes the phone feel and look premium. I'm also excited to see what Nokia will bring to the table.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:39 7

5. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 87; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Same here! :D

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:47 21

8. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Perfect phablet will release soon on October 22, but not with perfect OS. Go Nokia bring lumia 1520 quick.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 09:18 32

15. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


I'm still prefer Note 3 than 1520.
No one can beat note 3 in terms of multitasking and customization!!

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 00:50 17

45. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"perfect phablet" IN YOUR OPINION.
I doubt it'll be able to do half the NOTE III can.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 06:55 8

52. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


I think all OS are not perfect..

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 14:56

68. S4Note3 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Oct 2013)


Ya me too. They are all complex OS.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 12:02 20

31. Damitel (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Note 3 is simply outstanding and the overall better phablet. Any lame excuse: "Samsung were the first into phablet market?, they copied this or that? So unfortunate people hardly give Samsung credit. Note 3 all the way!

posted on 10 Nov 2013, 12:24 5

78. tempdogg74 (Posts: 87; Member since: 04 Jan 2009)


Note 3 all Day.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 09:47 1

81. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Dell Streak was the first, but it failed in sales. Samsung was the first to release a phablet successfully.

posted on 15 May 2014, 18:44

104. cat5fan (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Yeah, I looked hard at the 7" Dell Streak but in the end it was junk. It took another 5 years for them to figure out we want large! Now they are going to shrink the Mega? Why?

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 13:13 8

32. the_s2 (Posts: 239; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


In my opinion, Note 3 no match for the premium finish of the Z ultra! and its a whole 100$ cheaper unlocked. plus the best part of the Z ultra deal is that priceless expression on people's face when you whip out the phablet in public and hold it against your face!

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 09:56 4

83. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Don't you forget expansion and removable battery. Xperia series do not.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:43 1

101. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


can you fit the z ultra in your pocket, without looking like a weirdo as you walk or sit down?

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 15:54 10

37. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Note 3 anytime, any day :)

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 20:23 4

43. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


The Lumia 1520 would be awesome but i don't love OS so Note 3 is the best for me.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 09:47

82. sergiobr (Posts: 712; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Agree !

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 06:17 2

50. pyradark (Posts: 864; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


My Z Ultra is Second Yehey

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:17 7

54. Damitel (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Note 3 is a luminary of functionality, its multitasking stands above the rest! I will even chose note 2 above some of the phablets placed 2nd,3rd,4th as well just because of same reason- functionality.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:02

55. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)


i choose over 1520, perhaps better design and smoother experience is whats more important to me

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 09:45 3

80. sergiobr (Posts: 712; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Note 3 ... " one of the best Android phablets all around". A truly monster !

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 16:41

96. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Agree! Except for the Nokia part...

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:37 31

2. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 385; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Note 3 is the undisputed king of phablets 2013

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:40 27

6. Kurai (unregistered)


don't be so sure . . . and i have one word for you: NOKIA . . .

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 09:05 29

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


Note 3 is clearly the overall winner.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 09:21 15

16. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Why are you so sure?
WP don't even have great multitasking functions just like note 3 :)

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 18:22 11

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


What's wrong with the multitasking in WP❔

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 09:25 9

48. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Try it first on note 3 and WP8..
And then you can see the different...

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 00:55 6

46. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Unless the 1520 comes with Windows 8 on board, it will be no match for the NOTE III.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:38 25

3. Kurai (unregistered)


The one max is a big disappointment for me . . .

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