PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best phablets

PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best phablets
"Phablet" is a word that didn't even exist until several years ago. Today, these devices bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets by delivering the best of both worlds. They're small enough to be carried in a regular pocket, yet sufficiently large for us to enjoy the web, our apps and games, and our media to their fullest. 

At the same time, people are becoming more and more open to the idea of giving these extra-large smartphones a try. That's why the phablet market share is on the rise and is estimated to continue its ascend over the coming years. And those who have already converted to using a phablet are probably not thinking of going back.

But out of all phablets out there, which are the most deserving our attention? Which are the best phablets one can get? Well, that's what we're here to talk about. Today's category in our PhoneArena Awards series honors the best phablets of 2014. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

As the company that kickstarted the phablet category into existence, Samsung sure knows how to make them, and its fourth generation Galaxy Note handset is its best yet. In fact, we don't think you'll find a phablet better than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It packs a gorgeous screen, it screams with processing power, and its 16MP camera takes excellent photos. Not to mention that the phablet looks attractive with its sophisticated textured back and metal frame around the sides. On top of that, you get a number of perks including an IR blaster, a heart-rate monitor, a fingerprint scanner, and, of course, the lineup's signature S Pen digital stylus, which is more useful than ever. Seriously, what more could you ask for in a phalet?

Google Nexus 6

Having a phablet join the Nexus family was a somewhat unexpected event, but we're not complaining. After all, the Google Nexus 6 has quite a lot going for it – from its high-resolution, QHD AMOLED display and ultra-fast processor to the optically stabilized camera and set of stereo speakers. But the software it comes with is no less worthy of attention. The Google Nexus 6 is a smartphone showcasing the Android 5.0 operating system in all its unaltered beauty, with all its functional and visual enhancements. Add its great battery life to the formula and you get a phablet you can't go wrong with.

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Surprised to see the Huawei Ascend Mate7 on this list? This means you might have not read our review of it very closely. Huawei has actually built a splendid phablet with a lot to like about it – from the solid, premium build quality and design to the performance of its software driven by some mighty powerful hardware. Better yet, the Huawei Ascend Mate7 is a marathoner with an outstanding battery life, beating even the highly-acclaimed Galaxy Note 4 in this category. Long story short, Huawei has proven that it is perfectly capable of producing high-quality handsets, and we're eager to see what's coming next from the Chinese company.

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1. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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: Nov 21, 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: Dec 20, 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: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Man, you guys like to put a LOT of pictures in your articles.

3. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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: Dec 06, 2013

No, they just copy the entire slideshow from the review.

4. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Nexus 6 ftw

16. Orion78

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Cosign dude. Stock Android lollipop and a huge screen...can't beat that.

62. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: Dec 20, 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: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Kinda impressed they didn't mention the iBent +

92. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Because PA Itself knows its just an iCrap.

6. Thedefenitionofawesome

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

You guys know why i'm happy? Try finding the best selling tablet there. *hint* You won't. XD

28. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Because this is an article about phablets.

7. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Waiting for the apple fanboys to bash on this thread..

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Amen, hands down the best looking device they have made

34. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

apple fanboys are the exact opposite of gullible lagdroid fanboys. - LG G3 User

41. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

A fool and admitting to be one without saying so. Classic.

8. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 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: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 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: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 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

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 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

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 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: Dec 06, 2013

But they are not as satisfied as they could be.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31533; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

81. darkkjedii

Posts: 31533; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

K thanx and welcome to the site

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31533; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

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