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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120 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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!

5. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 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.

12. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Lol, that was my own opinion btw!

18. SleepingOz unregistered

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

23. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

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

117. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

86. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 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.

102. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 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

114. Simona unregistered

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

116. raky_b

Posts: 383; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

124. phableton

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

My 6 inch Huawei Ascend Mate fit in the pocket comfortably with no problem at all. I have a regular sized pocket. I need a bigger phone more than 6 inches. It would be easier to see things on the screen.

29. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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? :)

40. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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❔

71. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

note 4 has a 5.7 inch screen....

90. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

70. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 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!

72. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Hey look how my comments change since last time

73. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

U commented after 100 years?

98. great

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

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

104. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Huawei Mediapad X1 is the best over sized phone

123. phableton

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

The ratio is off on the Huawei MediaPad X1 phone. They made it extra wide for some reason 16:10 instead of 16:9 like every other cell phone. If it was 16:9 I would have bought it.

105. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

115. Simona unregistered

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

122. phableton

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

I MUST have a phone bigger than 6 inches. I never LOOK at any phone that is less than 6 inches. Any phone bigger than 6 inches ROCKS! By the way, where is the 2016 Super-Size article?

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 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

79. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

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

3. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

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

35. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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.

80. lawsofeffect

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 04, 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?

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