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

0. phoneArena 13 Jan 2014, 04:58 posted on

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 are tiny even when compared to the mini versions of popular top-shelf models. So, are we in for another round?...

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posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:02 17

1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; 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 12

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 3

12. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Lol, that was my own opinion btw!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:04 6

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 4

23. JGuinan007 (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 May 2011)


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

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 09:32

29. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; 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

40. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; 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 13 Jan 2014, 05:02 6

2. Duketytz (Posts: 410; 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 13 Jan 2014, 05:08 4

3. fouadqr (Posts: 288; 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

27. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


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

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 15:57

35. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; 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 13 Jan 2014, 16:10 1

39. Bioload25 (Posts: 194; 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

41. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; 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: 1; 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

47. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


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

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:16 2

4. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5251; 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 3

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

36. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; 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 13 Jan 2014, 05:22 6

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


Lumia 1520 is the best

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:48 4

13. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; 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: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Lol :P

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 13:08

34. MistB (Posts: 554; 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: 3523; 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 13 Jan 2014, 05:29 1

7. brrunopt (Posts: 472; 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 1

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2529; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Oh no iPhone is so small. :P

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:42 3

9. rizevnarastek (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


HTC One Max is the best of the lot.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:04

38. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; 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: 843; 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

26. pyradark (Posts: 752; 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

42. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; 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.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 19:16

46. pyradark (Posts: 752; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


well it depends on your taste!! I love Z Ultra triluminos display, it gives more color to the screen and the X-reality display is phenomenal, people skintone is natural while its surrounding is vibrant compare to AMOLED, people skintone become yellowish its like they take tanning machine eiwww

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 20:03

48. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I think the 1520's strong points are sunlight readability, viewing angles, brightness, and other technologies.. IOW it features
1. ClearBlack polarization: Advanced screen filter.
2. Assertive technology: actually adjust each pixel with a very intense algorithm
3. Sunlight readability option: further adjust brightness if selected.
4. Lumia color profile: Allows you to adjust temperature, and saturation.
5. Super Sensitive touch: Allows the screen to be used with gloves, finger nails..
6. Pure Motion HD plus: 9ms refresh time: fastest in the industry. Most are around 23ms..

And, that's just the screen... That's what you call attention to detail... Lol❕

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 06:04

14. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


What was Nokia smoking when it made the 1520 its flagship?! Its a great device but its too big for most people (including myslef). They should have brought out a 5'' phone and made this like an option.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:58

24. DFranch (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


a 5" version (Nokia Icon) is going to be released on Verizon soon, perhaps even this week. It's supposed to have virtually the same specs as the 1520 except for the battery being smaller (2510 MAh I think).

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 06:20

15. twens (Posts: 557; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Funny thing is the galaxy mega is the only phone with minimum bezels both top and bottom. Samsung really knows how to do big phones unlike these other wanna be manufacturers with insanely enormous bezels.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 08:56

28. Chris.P (Posts: 261; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Check out the Alcatel OneTouch Hero.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 21:20

50. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Wannabe manufacturers❔.. And you think Samsung makes the best hardware.. You just killed your reputation dude.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 06:49 1

16. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


7 inch CoolPad Great God/Halo..... Crazy!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:07

20. papss (unregistered)


The l1520 is a great size but that's as big as I can have. I have fairly average hands as it is.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:24

43. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I actually would like a successor that's got a bigger screen.. I could handle the overall dimensions a tad bit taller, but no wider.. Microkia is going to have to figure out how to fit more screen in the 1520's dimensions for the next device.. But, I do want a bigger screen, just not a larger device.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 08:21

25. Desmund (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


Got to agree I saw the Nokia Lumia 1620 I think it was at AT&T put my LG G2 up against it and was like that's just TOOOO Much.

I like 5 inch phones my cut off will probably be 5.5 or even 5.7 anything above that is just overkill.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 09:56 1

30. HildyJ (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Please, please, please, when you do posts like this, let us know which of these are actually available and in what markets.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 10:51 2

31. techloverNYC (Posts: 392; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


According to Iphone users : If you want a bigger screen, simply place the iphone closer to your face/eye.......

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 20:47

49. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


And, that's what they call innovation..

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 12:00

32. hurrycanger (Posts: 984; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Why is the Asus Fonepad not here? It's 7".
Is that because the Fonepad is so slow it's not considered a smartphone?

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 12:30

33. zunaidahmed (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


7 inches is NOT a phone anymore, It's the same size as samsung tab 7 or something released a couple years back, which could also make calls. IF this is considered a phone, than that tablet should also be a phone.........

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:04

44. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol❕❕❕ Not if the tablet doesn't have a PHONE ON IT❕
LMFAO! WOW❕

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:11

51. LikeMyself (Posts: 238; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Anything larger than 75 mm wide is a big no for me as I can't hold it comfortably with one hand :) Vertical height as long as I can sit with it in my pocket.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 11:42

52. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


How long will the trend continue? Until the usual happens....we put it in reverse and everyone will be told the smaller the better. I have the Note 3. Awesome phone but let's face it, it's made for a purse, not a guys back pocket or even inside pocket of his suit jacket. It is just to big and yes, even too heavy. Currently I have a MOTO X, SAMSUNG S4, SAMSUNG NOTE 3, SAMSUNG GEAR WATCH, IPHONE 4 and 5 and SONY ZL (my least favorite due to horrible phone quality). Recently I decided to use my IPHONE 5 for a few days which has turned into more than a few days. Why? Size! Carrying the Note 3 is like not checking your luggage at the airport. The IPHONE 5, MOTO X and SAMSUNG 4 or SONY are all easy to carry. So here is my take. If APPLE want's to get back in the game they will come up with a phone that will reverse consumer wants and demands meaning a phone that is is packed full of NEW and INNOVATIVE features and is also SMALL. Perhaps a phone that folds? Watch for it!

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 12:02

53. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Forgot to mention that the only phone that does manage to have size and is still able to be carried in a pocket, is lightweight and has beyond amazing battery life is the best phone on the planet. It is still at the top of my list. The LG G2.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 13:33

54. Jayshmay (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


Personally, I draw the line at a screen size in between the S4 & LG G2, 5.0-5.2, that's it. Nothing bigger than 5.25 that is rumored for the S5. I'm a moderate person, and I like a good balance in size/use/multimedia.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 02:23

56. EternalDarkness (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


The writer never mentioned the grand daddy of the phablet! The Dell Streak Mini 5, it was a great device that Dell did not know how to market correctly and AT&T didn't want Froyo because they were afraid flash eat up all of their bandwidth. Currently I use an international Galaxy Note 8 with a native dialer I have friends that use the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a phone.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:30

57. EternalDarkness (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


The writer never mentioned the grand daddy of the phablet! The Dell Streak Mini 5, it was a great device that Dell did not know how to market correctly and AT&T didn't want Froyo because they were afraid flash eat up all of their bandwidth. Currently I use an international Galaxy Note 8 with a native dialer I have friends that use the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a phone.

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