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The super-sized chart: meet the largest smartphones on the planet (2015)

The super-sized chart: meet the largest smartphones on the planet (2015)
As pertains to large-screened smartphones, a curious sense of insecurity has taken root in the smartphone industry, and it's not so much about the size, but rather the way we deal with it. More specifically, the way we dealt with it in the past has come to haunt many a tech blogger.

Does anyone remember the 4.65-inch Galaxy Nexus? The 4.7-inch HTC Titan? These were the 'crazy' phablets of days past. Today, these are both considered medium-sized flagships. In just a few short years, we went from being horrified at the thought of anything exceeding 4 inches, to a state where those appear tiny, even when compared to the mini versions of popular top-shelf models. So, are we in for another round? Are the below listed giants on path to become the new standard? Or are we reaching a fundamental limit? We sure would like to join voices with the seemingly outraged community, yet we're a tad jittery, and can't quite muster up the courage to make a definitive statement, all things considered. In any case, it does seem like the phablet category will endure, and, if anything, is growing more diverse. And ever larger, of course.

So how big is big enough? Six inches, minimum, at least if you were to ask the creators of the massive beasts you'll find right below. And after all, why the heck no? In the end, bar price considerations, these are small, voice calls-capable tablets in super-'compact' bodies. And, fellas, they are here to stay.

Last update: 06.24.2015

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posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:02 41

1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Anything over 6" is mad, i love large screened phones but its pointless having a phone over 6"! Besides the Note 3 beats all hands down!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:18 36

5. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Don't speak on behalf of others, especially size.

Everyone said the same about original Note(5.3"). But people liked it and tech bloggers had to change their opinion later when Note 2 came.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:48 12

12. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Lol, that was my own opinion btw!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:04 11

18. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Well I do share your opinion, everything over 6" should be considered as a tab.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:55 12

23. JGuinan007 (Posts: 657; Member since: 19 May 2011)


That's what they said 2 years ago about anything over 5 inches.

posted on 26 Jun 2015, 18:44

117. lJesseCusterl (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Apr 2015)


Pretty much this. I remember people being blown away by the HTC Inspire's huge 4.3" screen. Then, when the Note 1 came out, the Inspire felt like a (very solidly-built) toy by comparison.

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 21:32

86. greenelektron (Posts: 474; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


While PA didn't list the zenfone 7 (or is that padfone or fonepad, im confused LOL), they should also indicate the availability and of course the current price. I want to have the 6in nexus.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 04:27 4

102. fyahking (Posts: 306; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


They still said it was too big, until tthe iphone 6+ came out. Now, 5.5in is not too big to the ilovers anymore. it's just the perfect phone size according to them.lol

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 05:39

114. Simona (Posts: 780; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


Parena could include mediapad 2 not x1 which is latest and biggest so BEST

posted on 26 Jun 2015, 05:43

116. raky_b (Posts: 44; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


yes, but for something larger then 5' you need to have big pockets or bags.

posted on 28 Jun 2015, 08:41

118. Simona (Posts: 780; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


http://www.camaro5.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=484526&d=1363104943

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 09:32 1

29. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1169; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


I was just surorised to see that the Note 3 is not up there...!
Hmmm all of a sudden my Note 3 feels so compact in my hands....shame on you all those BIG BIG devices...cant we all go in for something as compact as the Note 3? :)

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:11 1

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


You only say that because the Note3 has a smaller screen.. So, you attest a Note 4 with a 6" screen❔... If you ever get one then I'm going to call you out on this...
Sounds kinda hypocritical, and something a sore loser would say... Heck, the Note 3 isn't even in this league, so why bring that old tiny device up❔

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 16:58 4

71. zunaidahmed (Posts: 123; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


note 4 has a 5.7 inch screen....

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 22:55 2

90. ojdidit84 (Posts: 437; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I was about to reply to him too. Then I realized that this was posted on Jan 13, 2014. I hate when PA necro's articles that are this old.

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 16:55

70. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I like using phones that are 5.2 - 5.7 if I have access to a 7-8inch tablet for my media consumption. However when those are not available, I prefer 6-6.4 inch phablets!

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 17:04

72. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Hey look how my comments change since last time

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 17:22 2

73. akki20892 (Posts: 3798; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


U commented after 100 years?

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 11:26

98. great (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


you should use galaxy w...it dwarfs the note 3 !

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 07:15

104. Ashoaib (Posts: 2881; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Huawei Mediapad X1 is the best over sized phone

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 10:10

105. drunkenjay (Posts: 802; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


not really. some people who are taller than 6foot could have some use for it.

for example a person from a show i saw used to use a galaxy tab 7 inch since his so big.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 16:02

108. Bernoulli (Posts: 2417; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


no it certainly doesn't, the note 3's camera sucks compared to that of the lumia 1520 along with the built quality, not all of us want some cheap plastic.

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 05:42

115. Simona (Posts: 780; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


note 3 ??? that c**p ?? pleaaase
and over 6 inches isnt bad .. you can use it as tablet and as phone ..

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:02 10

2. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


It is so big that even Note 3 is not on the list of the top 15 biggest phones. One day we will be putting 40 inch TV to the side of our heads

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 18:38 1

79. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 432; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Perhaps a small device that can expand into a 40 in "tv" that can also fit inside a pocket

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:08 9

3. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Lumia 1520 is the best :D and the best looking for a huge device

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 08:42 2

27. Bernoulli (Posts: 2417; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Sure is man! With the best specs and fastest, smoothest operating system

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 15:57 10

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


The 1520 is the best IMO❕
Best camera.
Best screen quality.
Best screen technology.
Best audio capturing. 4 HHAC RRS mics
Best battery life. 3400mha
Best processor widely available.
Subjective...
Best Design
Best OS..
The 1520 is the best overall device for me.

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 19:05

80. lawsofeffect (Posts: 42; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


what of the Huawei Medipad X1 (Honor), not even on the list, fully functioning 7" inch screen, phone (3g & 4g) - who writes these things?

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 23:51 1

91. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


And its biggest draw back that kills it? Windows OS.

I have nothing against windows mobile OS, its actually a really nice system, however, as far as sales go, its doomed from the start.

I realy wish Microsoft wouldn't have had to buy Nokia to stay in the game. I really wanted an android phone with a Nokia pureview camera on it. I would have bought that in a heartbeat.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:10 6

39. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I think the Z ultra has more style,although it has those huge bezels

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:15 2

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


Oh, I love the Z Ultra to.. As a matter of fact, I love the way Sony does their hardware.. As far as style, and quality, Sony is only rivaled by Nokia, and Apple, IMO... HTC next, and the others are way at the bottom of the list... But yes, I agree.. The Z Ultra is awesome..

posted on 23 May 2014, 12:04

55. tunaofthedirt (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 May 2014)


Samsung does most of the hardware for iphones and ipads, and probably a lot of those other devices....

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 19:03 1

45. lilduderob (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


It is amazing. I bought it thinking replace my 5s it is just to big for me as a phone. I can't stop using it. I use it as a tablet and love it. It has the best screen. It is very fast. Everything works perfect on it. Love it

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 19:49 1

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


Yep❕ 1520 is the best overall.. No doubt..

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 17:24 2

74. akki20892 (Posts: 3798; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Of course 1520 is best looking phablet so far.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:16 3

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


Smartphones are getting bigger these days, imagine holding one of the 6 inchers above the beside your ears, you will look awkward because you're holding a brick. Just look at the Hisense X1 for example, the person holding it must be like WTF is this? Don't even think about the Coolpad Great God, it's just ridiculous. We aren't sumo wrestlers or
King Kong.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:05 7

19. papss (unregistered)


Sorry man but I disagree.. My l1520 is trhe perfect size and I have no problem holding it up to my ear... Its others around me that have the problem with it. Loll

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:00 2

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


I agree the 1520 is the best❕..
And, if the Note 4 has a 6" screen Note fans will stop being sore losers saying that 6" is to big.... Pathetic.

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 16:32

66. wilsong17 (unregistered)


Sorry but note 3 fit fine on my dressings pant anything over that is ridiculous. ... beside I always have a lg tone Bluetooth headset

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 19:39

81. willard12 (Posts: 1193; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


"Can you please move your ginormous phone?" - Microsoft commercial for Nokia.

It looks like two whole corporations were saying screens were too big....until they decided to make phones with big screens.

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 19:56

82. Venkatramanan (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


I have T2 Ultra and I done have any problem of holding this phone. 6" suits to my need.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:22 8

6. ali123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Lumia 1520 is the best

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:48 6

13. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


it isn't though is it....

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:03 2

17. SleepingOz (unregistered)


in your "humble" opinion.. :]

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:19

21. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Lol :P

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 13:08 1

34. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I like nokia too but I concur, the 1520 ain't the best by a longshot.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:01

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


Most definitely agree that the 1520 is overall the best.. It has so many innovative features,, much more than any other device..

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 19:59

83. Venkatramanan (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


Though I like WP and I agree 1520 is one of the best, I need to admit that, Except Samsung, No other OEM have not made the larger phone to fully utilize the larger screen. I mean, There's no other extra feature for 1520 compared to other smaller screen WP phones.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 11:03

100. aleunge (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


No, that's early on release. A few updates back the large screen WP devices like the 1520 and 1320 gained real screen estate within the OS. Although they don't have split screen yet, they do at least show more than other smaller screen WP phones.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:29 2

7. brrunopt (Posts: 705; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I was hoping for a picture with all of them together , and iphone for size scale ;)

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:42 2

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3540; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Oh no iPhone is so small. :P

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 16:30

65. bucky (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Thank goodness someone is still making phones, not tablets that can make calls.

Even the 6 is a bit too big.

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 11:05

101. aleunge (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


That's the great thing about anything not with IOS though. There are lots of choices if you have a specific screen size in mind, not two.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:42 4

9. rizevnarastek (Posts: 338; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


HTC One Max is the best of the lot.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:04

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


The ONE Max is cool. I saw it the other day.. I love HTC, and Sony, devices..

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:43 2

10. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Typo. In One Max's slide it's Oppo N1. it should be one max

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:45 1

11. pwnarena (Posts: 1046; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


poor z ultra. the only thing it can hold an unbeatable claim to has now been snatched by some unknown chinese brand.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 08:27 4

26. pyradark (Posts: 809; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Lol... The slimmest phabet 6.5mm on a premium water/dust resistance and the best display out there and you can used any thing to write on it!! Hahahaha

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:20 1

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


I don't know which screen is better. The 1520's or the Ultra's.. That would be a good in depth comparison.

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