Fabulous Phablets: Best Large-Screen Smartphones

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

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.

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 new Galaxy S21 Ultra and Note20 Ultra both boast 6.9-inch displays. The iPhone 12 Pro Max? The screen on that model stretches 6.7 inches.

Just a few years ago, phones with a screen size of 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 6.5 inches.

That leaves out some large-screen phones you may know and love, most notably the iPhone 12 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S21

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.

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