Poll: let's talk Nougat phablets — Google Pixel XL or LG V20?

Poll: let's talk Nougat phablets — Google Pixel XL or LG V20?
So, now that the Note 7 is officially dead, it seems that the Nougat-toting Google Pixel XL and LG V20 are the only high-profile Android phablets of the second half of 2016. The Pixel XL carries Google's own Pixel launcher, revolving around the Google Assistant, built on top of its latest Android build — 7.1. LG's V20 has its own spin — the LG UX 5.0 — but it's still built on top of Android 7 Nougat, making LG the first 3rd party developer to launch a phone with the newest major Android build.

That's pretty much where their similarities end. Both phones have their own unique features, and both are targeted at different audiences. The LG V20 seems to be aimed at the photo, video, and music buffs, with its dual cameras, high acoustic overload points for the microphones (can record loud, loud noises), elaborate manual video mode, and quad DACs. The Pixel XL takes a more casual approach when it comes to hardware, with no extra bells and whistles or extreme bling. But it is Google's new platform for software concepts and solutions and the Android faithful probably have what to be excited about.

Cast your vote: LG V20 or Google Pixel XL?

I'll have the Google Pixel XL!
31.65%
The LG V20 is my weapon of choice!
60.26%
I really can't imagine myself using any of those phones... ever!
8.09%

Related phones

V20
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(14.17h talk time)
Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)

FEATURED VIDEO

17 Comments

1. PilzXDA

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

Let's be clear: The Pixel XL is NOT a phablet. 5.7in and above should be called a phablet because 5.5in displays are tiny relative to the increased area that extra 0.2in gives you. I own both phones and would call the V20 a true phablet, in fact I love how gigantic the two displays make it. I really wish Google would bring back the 5.96in or even 5.7in screen in their phones. I still really like my Pixel XL, its just not a phablet like my V20

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Sure it is. There is no set definition of a phablet that is 100% agree upon. In fact, it seems to be a rolling definition as size preferences change with the times. For now, 5.5 inch devices are most definitely phablets.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I disagree. The term phablet was coined back when the Dell Streak 5 came on the scene in 2010 (a year before the original Galaxy Note debut in 2011). You have to understand that at that time almost every smartphone had a screen size less than 4 inches, so a 5 inch device was very large. When the Galaxy Note debuted with it's 5.3 inch display, smartphones were still sporting around 4 inch screen sizes (I think HTC was the only major manufacturer at that time producing 4.3 inch screens with the Desire). I mean we were talking about a drastic difference in size. I owned the original Note and people thought I was carrying around a TV in my pocket compared to their smartphones. So, in my opinion, a phablet in today's world has to have a more drastic screen size difference than the current popular smartphone screen size (4.7 to 5.3 inches). Think of devices like the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, Huawei Mate 9, Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, etc. I think if a device is at about 6 inches or larger then it deserves the phablet nomenclature.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

And that would be a personal definition, which is fine However, the term phablet is a rolling one, and there isn't a true consensus on the definition. Google the term, and some of the first results you'll find say anything 5 inches +, which seems outdated. Also, do we define a phablet based purely on screen size, or do we consider overall device size? Is the Note 7 a phablet, but not the iPhone 7 Plus? The Plus is a much bigger device, despite having a slightly smaller screen. Same goes for the Pixel XL. Does commonality come into play? IS a phablet a phablet simply because it is larger than the average device that people own? 5.5 inch devices seem much more common these days than even a year ago, but has their actual adoption rate increased to the level that they are commonplace? Not where I live. And for that matter, is a device a phablet in one region, but perhaps not in another?

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You are missing the point that not only do you consider the common screen sizes of smartphones, but you also have to also consider the common screen sizes of tablets as well. A few years ago, 7 inch tablets were the norm alongside their 10 inch counterparts. So a phone at 5-6 inches was very much inbetween a 4 inch phone and a 7 inch tablet, hence being a phablet. Nowadays, most tablets are at least 8 inches. There are no real 7 inch tablets from a major manufacturer. So, it would be reasonable to assume that as the majority of smartphone displays increased from 4 inches to 5 inches and tablets from 7 inches to 8 inches, that the definition of a phablet should also increase from 5-6 inches to 6-7 inches.

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I disagree completely. Tablets as a whole, have declined remarkably. That being said, the company with the largest year over year growth in tablets was actually Amazon, with their offerings being mainly in the 6 and 7 inch variety. Also, take Apple as an example. Is the iPhone 7 Plus a phablet? If not, does the company simply produce two smartphones?

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well Apple would be considered doing the same thing as Google with the Pixel and Pixel XL. Or the same as Samsung with the S7 and the S7 edge. I mean would you consider the S7 edge in the same category as the Note 7 even though one has a 5.5 inch screen and the other a 5.7 inch one? Are you saying they're both phablets? Also it's disingenuous to suggest that because Amazon sells a lot of their 6 and 7 inch tablets that it means that tablets with a 7 inch screen size are popular. Why you ask? Because it's not about the screen size in Amazons case, it's about the price. Even I bought a 7 inch Fire tablet last holiday season when the price dropped to $35. Even at $50 it's a tremendous price for a tablet. I didn't care what the screen size was. And I think you will find articles, business articles, backing up that claim: it was because of the price for what you got.

13. PilzXDA

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

For me a phablet will always be a phone with a 5.7in or greater screen. 5.5in is too small for a phablet because phablet = phone+tablet (obviously), and 5.5in isn't big enough to bridge the gap between the two.

15. Everma

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 25, 2016

Speaking of a 'phablet' - starting with the Dell Streak (the very first large screen pocket device, I agree with you here), how many tablet-only apps have people been able to run on these so called 'phablets', which were marketed as a 'phone and tablet rolled into one'? None, that's how many. So arguing what size of smartphone should be called a tablet is futile. Be it less than 4 inches, more than 6 inches, or anything in between - end of the day, they are all 'smartphones', nothing more, nothing less.

17. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Would you mind elaborating on what tablet-only apps you are talking about? I can't think of any tablet-only apps on Android. I think there were some back when Android first made Honeycomb for tablets only, but I haven't seen any tablet-only apps on today's Android.

9. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

If you guys want to get technical, all touchscreen smartphones are phablets. Even them itty bitty 3" screen phones. Besides, "phablet" is a made up word. Ligers on the other hand, are real

4. partylikeaninjastar

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

I think it's still fair to call the Pixel a phablet. Smaller screen, but almost the same footprint. I wouldn't call the G3 or G4 phablets, though. Same size screen as the Pixel XL, but much smaller. The V20 is the only true phablet.

3. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

One of the main reasons why I will not buy a pixel is the 5.5"largest size is not a phablet

5. jsjammu77

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

I would prefer the Pixel XL but T Mobile is throwing in $200 for an 4G enabled phone so my original Moto G would be a good candidate for it.

7. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

OnePlus 3 Sorry but why would anyone pay twice as much for something that's only slightly better and arguably worse in some regards? I don't get it, I doubt I've ever be spending flagship prices again with companies like OnePlus and Axon delivering such great value products.

11. Alter

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

LG V20 for me. I'm sure the Pixel is a solid phone but it's my type at all. I don't like how it looks, don't like the name, not interested in Google Assistant. The V20 on the other hand has a removable battery and ir blaster, 2 features that are rare in today's flagship arena. Also I like the focus on audio experience and the 2nd screen.

16. hulk_14

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

Definitely Lg V20! Pixel has nothing more to offer then Chinese high-end phones (that usually offer only efficiency) that cost half of it. Lg: V20: great DAC!, second screen, replaceable battery, great audio-video recording,

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.