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Fabulous Phablets: The Best Large-Screen Smartphones

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

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

The industry analyst IDC says global sales of smartphones with displays 5.5 inches or larger rose 2.5 percent to 437 million units last year, accounting for 30 percent of all the phones sold. The firm also predicts that phablet sales will rise from a projected 611 million units this year to 1 billion units in 2021.

According to IDC, consumers are increasingly using their phones for videos, gaming, and social media, making display size a big factor when they’re shopping for a new device.

The iPhone XiPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Note8 are among the phablets highly rated by Consumer Reports, but other devices combine clever features and top-notch performance, making them solid choices for any smartphone buyer.

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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