PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best large smartphone

PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best large smartphone
It is known that humans are creatures of habit – most of us don't like change, or at least not when it comes suddenly. That's simply how our brains are wired. The scope of this statement extends to technology as well, which is why many were skeptical about extra-large smartphones when they started to pop up. Remember the first Galaxy Note smartphone and how it was made fun of because of its size? Yeah, nobody's laughing at it now, as Notes are selling by the millions. The market has grown mature enough to accept smartphones of large size – or phablets, as they're often called – and to appreciate their benefits.

This brings us to today's post in our PhoneArena Awards series – it is time to honor the best extra-large smartphone of 2015. And our top pick will hardly come as a surprise. It is made by the company that single-handedly kickstarted the phablet category and made us rethink what the upper limit to a phone's size should be. Ladies and gents, the best large smartphone of 2015 is the...

Samsung Galaxy Note 5


If a large, powerful, well-made smartphone is what you need, this is definitely one of the first models you should take a look at. And look at it is what you'll be doing for quite some time, as the Galaxy Note 5 is quite the attractive smartphone – made of glass and metal, it is a device that makes heads turn. But design is far from the only reason why we chose the Galaxy Note 5 as this year's best large smartphone. The Galaxy Note 5 also performs to par in every department, has the specs to make a geek drool, and packs a rich set of functional features, the S Pen stylus being among them. Simply put, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has all it takes to justify both its premium price tag and its top place in the category.





Runner-up: Huawei Nexus 6P


Powerful and stylish, the Huawei Nexus 6P is a worthy successor to last year's Nexus 6 and one of the best large smartphones you can get right now. There's just so much value that you get for your $500 bucks – premium design and build quality, a big and crisp display, a fast and capable camera, and the buttery-smooth performance of the newest Android release to date, 6.0 Marshmallow. And that's just part of the whole package. The Nexus 6P also treats you to goodies like front-facing speakers, a fast fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C connectivity and fast charging. If that's not enough to make a great phablet at a great price, we don't know what is.



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Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 3450 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo

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79 Comments

80. TrevorB1

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

You're dang right the Note 5 got the reward lol I love my Note 5 to death! Samsung all the way!

79. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

A chicom phone, hahahaha, you boys really missed the mark on this one. The 6s plus is the fastest phone around.

73. gkn11

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 09, 2015

iPhone 6s+ 16 GB price in Indonesia is expensive about Idr 11.399.000 = USD $814.2 Note 5 32GB Idr 9.999.000 = USD $714.2 S6 edge+ 64GB Idr 10.999.000 = USD $785.6 S6 32GB Idr 7.400.000 = USD $528.5 S6 edge 64GB Idr 8.500.000 = USD 607.1 Z5P Idr 12.500.000 = USD $892.8

71. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Feels good to own the best smartphone of the year. I was a skeptic when I bought my Note 5, but it's won me over. It's an awesome, awesome device. I've owned HTC, Motorola, LG and Samsung. Samsung has really set itself apart this year. I like some of the other manufacturers flagships, but Samsung just has EVERYTHING I want right now. It will be my phone for a while unless The Turing phone goes CDMA. That is the most beautiful, interesting phone I've ever seen. I could care less about anything else. I just have to have it if it comes to Verizon. It won't though.

66. iM2.0

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

PA is so biased!! WHERE IS THE PHONE OF THE YEAR, THE iPHONE 6S PLUS??

70. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Where it belongs, behind the Note 5.

64. chenski

Posts: 798; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Replace nexus 6p with lg v10, then put nexus 6p in the best smartphone category, wahahahhha

58. mike2959

Posts: 700; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Side by side 6p vs 6s plus. Display Apple hands down. The quality should be better on the 6p but isn't. Processor. Again you would think, but alas the 6SP has it. Build quality? The only one that's close to Apple is Sony. Guys (teens) before you just spew out stuff, seriously actually spend time with these devices.

59. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Lol sony has awful quality. That glass will shatter if you just look at it the wrong way. You have no clue what you're talking about

57. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Moto X Pure. Price/Peformance victory for large handsets.

75. -whis-

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 15, 2015

a little dissapointed with battery life and camera quality, but still worth the money

56. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

I must be in wrong site. No Apple iPhone in top? End of The World is close?

74. -whis-

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 15, 2015

wait a little and they'll make "PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best iPhone"

55. ZackZL

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Wait, no iphone 6s+ as runner up? you've got to be kidding me PA

53. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I was gonna call straight BS, if the N5 didn't take this one.

61. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It really is the 800lb gorilla. I loved my Note 4, but this just takes it to a new level.

62. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I went into my Note 5 purchase with great expectations, so I'm not surprised at all by its performance. My only gripes are, not being able to listen to music while on a call, and not being able to watch certain videos while on a call. Other than that, it's the best ever in my book.

72. ph00ny

Posts: 2085; Member since: May 26, 2011

I like other little things they did with the call where phone calls pop up as a mini window when you're actively using the phone and you can take your call while continuing with the task

76. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

One of the best little features ever. +1.

46. Rocket

Posts: 747; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

best large phones. 1st Note 5 2nd Edge+

45. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Best large Android phones of course.

63. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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30. drazwy

Posts: 378; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

The note 5 is cool as long as everything works as intended. It has a LOT of problems. Not sure I could pick a phone with that many issues.

33. Jason2k13

Posts: 1489; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Let me guess, you bought a note 5, returned it the next day due to issues and maybe burnt amoled screen, and bought an iphone or nexus and said "samsung never again"?

39. maherk

Posts: 7102; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Issues like what? Have for 3 months now and it is still running like a champ.

54. ph00ny

Posts: 2085; Member since: May 26, 2011

What are some of those issues you're experiencing? I have 64GB gold version and 0 issues

60. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Zero issues on mine. Not only does everything work as intended, it works super fast and smooth. In fact, I had one of my first ever app crashes on it just the other day - Apple Music.

18. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

What a pleasant surprise - I really thought the iPhone 6s plus would have been the runner-up lol

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Having owned neither device, I can definitely say that PhoneArena made the absolutely correct choice!

11. mahima

Posts: 746; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

iphone 6s plus is a large phone, not just the screen, but the bezel as well, so it should be the winner!

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