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Fabulous Phablets: Best Large-Screen Smartphones

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

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, which the smartphone makers are more than happy to provide. They’re 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 top-rated Galaxy S10+ boasts a 6.4-inch display. The iPhone XS Max? The screen on that one has been stretched to 6.5 inches.

The smartphone industry says a phone with a screen size of at least 5.5 inches is a phablet—a cross between a smartphone and a tablet. But given the current rush to expand the offerings, that doesn’t eliminate many models from the field. So for this article, we’re focusing on phones with super-sized screens of at least 6 inches.

Though that does dismiss some large-screen phones you may know and love—most notably the iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy S9—the devices on this list are all solid choices for any smartphone buyer. And while Apple and Samsung models appear, the list also includes a phone from OnePlus that combines top-notch performance with a lower-than-expected cost.

You also might notice that some phones have switched places or disappeared entirely from this list. That's a result of recent changes in how we test battery life and the fact that we now factor predicted brand reliability and owner satisfaction into our Overall Scores.

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

Check out our buying guide and ratings for smartphones.