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Fabulous Phablets: The Best Large-Screen Smartphones

Consumer Reports' testers give the nod to devices from Samsung, Apple, LG, Huawei, and Google

Bigger is better, right? That seems to be the thinking of many smartphone makers—and consumers—these days.

More people are using their phones to catch up on must-see TV, show off photos of their adorable children, and multitask by running more than one application at a time.

All that requires space, which the smartphone makers are more than happy to provide. They’re making displays bigger while also minimizing the overall size of their phones by shrinking bezels and eliminating once-familiar buttons.

The industry analyst IDC says global sales of smartphones with displays of 5.5 to 7 inches jumped 42 percent to 622 million units last year. That equates to 43 percent of all smartphones sold, down slightly from the 49 percent share in 2016.

Like IDC, the smartphone industry generally considers phones with a screen size of at least 5.5 inches to be phablets—a cross between a smartphone and a tablet. But these days that doesn’t eliminate many models from the field. So, for the purposes of this article, we’re going to raise the minimum screen size to 5.75 inches.   

While that does dismiss some large-screen phones you may know and love—most notably the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus—the phones on this list are all solid choices for any smartphone buyer. They include the Samsung Note8, the iPhone X, and other models that combine clever features and top-notch performance. 

As with all of the smartphones in our ratings, Consumer Reports bought all of these phablets at retail and ran them through an extensive range of tests to evaluate the display and camera quality, battery life, and more.

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