Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung has certainly made the Galaxy S7 Edge the “next big thing” — at 5.5-inches, the phone is a beautiful addition to the Korean company’s lineup, and a brilliant successor to the Galaxy S6 Edge. The S7 Edge improves on its predecessor in every way, with an Always On screen, better Tasks Edge features, and an IP68 waterproof rating. You’ll also find Quick Charge 3.0 helps give you juice faster, and the battery life is decent. The brilliant 1440p display has 550-pixels-per-inch, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820. There’s 4GB of RAM, and the S7 Edge comes with a minimum of 32GB internal storage. While the battery isn’t removable like LG’s G5, you still get access to a MicroSD card slot, allowing for up to 200GB of extended storage. The S7 Edge also improves on the camera, which boasts 12 megapixels, super fast focusing, and an aperture of f/1.7. It even performs pretty well in low-light scenarios. If you can get past Samsung’s clunky user-interface, the Galaxy S7 will leave you more than satisfied. Read our full review here.
LG’s V10 is a real powerhouse. The V10 can take a tumble on the pavement unscathed with its stainless steel frame and scratch-resistant Dura Guard silicon back. It’s got a huge 5.7-inch screen, which is made up of two displays. The second, 160 x 1,040 pixel IPS screen sits unobtrusively above the primary IPS QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixel) screen. The extra screen is always on, shows notifications, and gives quick app access. LG popped the power button, which houses a fingerprint sensor, on the back of the device and cut down the bezels to nothing on this phone. There’s also the matter of the impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 4GB of RAM, and the sharp 16-megapixel camera to contend with. Read our full review here.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung more or less invented the phablet, and each passing Note has been better than the last. The Galaxy Note 5 has a 5.7-inch screen that’s even slightly bigger than what’s become the almost standard 5.5-inch phablet size. Perhaps Samsung’s greatest contribution to the smartphone industry is not just the idea of the phablet, but also the great stylus that goes with it. The S-Pen is an excellent tool that really sets the Galaxy Note 5 apart from every other phablet. Add to that the super fast Exynos 7420 processor, 4GB of RAM, Samsung Pay support, and a really great camera, and you’ve got a really productive phone. There’s always the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, if you’re into big phones with edges. It’s got the same specs as the Note 5. Read our full review here.
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Motorola Moto X Style Pure Edition
The Moto X Style Pure Edition is the real flagship killer of 2015, and it also happens to be a big phablet. It’s got a 5.7-inch Quad HD screen, a sharp 21-megapixel camera that takes great photos, and top-end specs — all for $400. The slightly curved back, metal frame, and sleek look make it easy to handle, and the design is fully customizable on Moto Maker. The Moto X also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and 3GB of RAM under the hood, not to mention the fact that it’s running the most gorgeous version of Android yet: Lollipop. Android purists will go gaga for this phablet. Read our full review here.
The OnePlus 2 is not as exciting as the Moto X Style — and it’s a lot harder to get a hold of — but it’s still a great phone. This phablet touts a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and 4GB of RAM. OnePlus also offers several color options, including some wooden backs, which are nice. Perhaps one of the phone’s coolest features is its zippy fingerprint sensor. Annoyingly, you’l have to snag a special invite if you want to buy one of these bad boys. Read our full review here.