Time was, a “phablet” (that’s half phone, half tablet) was defined as anything with a display measuring 5in or above, but with phones like the Sony Xperia Z sitting at 5in and the Samsung Galaxy S4 just 0.01in behind, that definition has changed. Well, in my head, anyway.
Purely because I like a) lists, and b) phones, I present unto thee a collection of some of the biggest phablets kicking around – in terms of both size and status. I’ve set the phablet bar to 5.5in here, so anything below that I’ll class as simply a large phone.
Ready? It’s quite a motley crew I’ve assembled. Let’s rock!
Not content with the 5in Sony Xperia Z, the Japanese manufacturer quickly followed up with a little something (or should I say a big something?) called the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, a 6.4in beast.
Since ditching Ericsson, the Japanese manufacturer has done a pretty good job of catching up with the rest of the Android pack, and it’s nice to see them adopting the new tradition (arguably started by Samsung with the Note) of having a large flagship, and an even larger phablet beast.
Putting our concerns about glass to the side (heck, a case would take care of that), there’s not much about the Sony Xperia Z Ultra that we don’t like – on paper, at least.
Specs: 6.4in display (1080 x 1920), quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 16 GB internal storage (with microSD)
When you think of Asus and tablets, generally it’s the 7in Google Nexus 7 or the range of Eee Pads that springs to mind.
But spare a thought for the Asus Fonepad. Like the Google Nexus 7, it has a 7in display, but it’s also capable of taking a SIM card to make calls.
Asus Fonepad specs aren’t exactly jaw-dropping (there’s no rear camera to speak of, oddly), though the wallet-friendly phablet can generally be found for less than £200.
EDIT: Also check out the Asus Fonepad Note. Who knew?
Specs: 7in display (800 x 1280), Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 1.2MP front camera, 8/16GB internal storage (with microSD)
What the South Koreans call a Note, the Chinese call a Memo.
If a 7in phablet doesn’t appeal as your primary phone, maybe you’ll prefer the Grand Memo from ZTE. At 5.7in, it’s definitely tending towards being more pocket-friendly.
The ZTE Grand Memo actually made a little history back at Mobile World Congress 2013, as one of the first devices to rock a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
Indeed, the rest of the ZTE Grand Memo spec sheet makes for pretty impressive reading too.
Specs: 5.7in display (720 x 1280), quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear camera
Here we’re looking at top contender for Stupidest Phablet Name. “Hey, what’s that you’re using?” “Oh, just the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue.”
The 6.1in Huawei Ascend Mate was the Chinese manufacturer’s biggest phone until recently (unless I’m mistaken, which is entirely possible), when its crown was stolen by the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue.
The Huawei Ascend Mate has more impressive specs for sure, with the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue serving as more of a cheapish 7in tablet that happens to be capable of taking a SIM card and making calls.
Specs: 7in display (600 x 1024), quad-core Huawei K3V2 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 3.15MP rear camera, 8GB internal storage (with microSD)
It’s amusing to think that the original 5.3in Samsung Galaxy Note (credited with/blamed for starting the whole “phablet” craze) was mocked for being so big, but now there are countless devices around the same size – or even bigger.
Heck, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 manages a full extra inch over the device that started it all.
Elsewhere, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 specs make for fairly modest reading. The Samsung Galaxy S is still very much the flagship, while the Note generally pushes the boat out spec-wise.
Still, with the price falling below £350, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is an option if you like your phones a) big, and b) cheaper than £500.
Specs: 6.3in display (720 x 1280), dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 8/16GB internal storage (with microSD)
(Lead image nicked from PC Advisor)