Fabulous Phablets: Best Large-Screen Smartphones

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

The Samsung Galaxy S10+
Photo: Samsung

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 music, social media, and map apps all at once.

All of that requires screen space, and smartphone companies are making displays bigger while minimizing the overall size of their phones by shrinking bezels and eliminating once familiar features such as the Home button.

What was once considered big just isn’t anymore. Not when Samsung’s newest phone, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, boasts a 6.9-inch display. The iPhone 11 Pro Max? The screen on that phone stretches 6.5 inches.

Just a few years ago, phones with a screen size of at least 5.5 inches were considered phablets, a cross between a smartphone and a tablet. But that number no longer covers a lot of models from the field. So for this article, we’re focusing on phones with supersized screens of at least 6.25 inches.

That leaves out some large-screen phones you may know and love—most notably the iPhone 11 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S20

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

One heads-up: You might notice that some older phones have moved up or down in our ratings. That's because we recently added tests to better reflect today's smartphone technology and changed the way we weight some of our test results to better reflect what consumers value most in smartphones.

You can find more information in our buying guide and ratings for smartphones. (Note that some prices shown below might be the per-month cost.)