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8 Best Phablets You Can Buy in 2015

What’s the best phablet on the market in 2015? There are a lot of terrific models to choose from right now, all of which have their own key strengths. We’ve rounded up the best 5.5-inch, 5.7-inch and 6-inch smartphones to help you make the perfect purchase.

Phablet is a word we love to hate, but this sub-section of smartphones is growing at an alarming rate. A combination of ‘phone’ and ‘tablet’, phablet is a name reserved for those phones with a 5.5-inch screen and larger. Many people love them, others simply don't.

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Our list includes the best big smartphones with features like long battery life, impressive camera optics and high-resolution displays.

As part of our latest update we've said goodbye to the iPhone 6 Plus, but Apple fans don't fear, the new 6S Plus takes its spot. We also welcome Motorola's Moto X Style to the party – it's the biggest phone in the series yet, but it's the low price that really makes it stand out. Oh, and there's the Nexus 6P – the first phablet in this list to score a perfect 10.

Hit the dropdown menu above to head straight to our short reviews or read on for more phablet buying advice.

Best Phablets – Why should you buy one?

Why have phablets become so popular? Many think it’s because people don’t want to buy a phone and a tablet, but there are a number of other clear advantages to owning one.

Screen quality

It’s no secret that mobiles are growing larger by the year. Phablets, which are generally regarded as any smartphone measuring in at 5.5 inches and above, are huge right now. The fact that Apple, which was once so opposed to big-screen phones, has joined the phablet fanfare demonstrates just how in-demand they are.

The most obvious benefits of owning a phone so large come with the screen. Phablets are usually blessed with stunning displays that are great for watching movies, playing games and reading. They’re very popular amongst commuters for these very reasons.

While LG and Samsung were quick to embrace super-sharp QHD panels, Full HD on a large screen still provides a superb viewing experience.

Performance and battery life

Since phablets are also more likely to be used for gaming purposes than smaller smartphones, they tend to run on more powerful hardware. Almost all of the mobiles in this round-up can handle complex 3D titles without issue, making them ideal choices for intrepid gamers.

Big phones tend to come with enlarged batteries, and phablets are very well-endowed in this department. Forget about worrying whether your mobile will last the day; most phablets can go for around two days between charges, and some can last even longer.

Other things to consider

Design and ergonomics are always important areas to think about when buying a smartphone, but they’re particularly important with phablets due to their size.

Most manufacturers are putting every effort into making their large-screen smartphones as user-friendly as possible, whether that’s through a slim frame, a dedicated stylus, centrally-positioned soft keys or a one-handed operation mode. However, we’d still recommend trying one out in a shop first, especially if you have small hands. Make sure they can fit in your pockets too.

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  • 5.0 Inch Capacitive Screen Not Too Big And Not Too Small, You Can Handle It With One Hand Easily.
  • Smart Wake Up When the phone in sleep state, double click screen to Wake Up the Phone, Slide Upward to Unlock, Slide upward to Camera, etc
  • Dual Core with Low Power Use MTK6572 processor, allows you to operate multiple programs meanwhile fluently
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  • Unlocked Phone: 2G/3G Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz Works with International carrier.
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