Phablet Reviews and Comparison

Here is where you will find the latest phablet reviews, specifications, head to head matchup, price comparisons, and ratings from phablist.com. Compare key specifications and find your perfect phablet on The Phablet List.

Google Pixel 2 XL: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In some aspects, the Pixel 2 XL feels like just a run-of-the-mill 2017 smartphone; it’s not a power-user phone like the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, or the LG V30. Overall, the Pixel 2 XL looks like a tidier, cleaner version of last year’s phone, and ironically, it seems like Google is playing catch up with most Android flagships when it comes to features. At the very least, Google is setting the standard for a pure Android experience with the Pixel 2 XL. In this article, we look at what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s downright ugly about the latest big-screen smartphone in the Pixel family. First off, what’s good: the best Pixel 2 XL features. 6-inch, 2880 x 1440 P-OLED QHD+ Display The Pixel 2 XL display is a major improvement over the previous generation, with a 6.0-inch diagonal P-OLED panel that sports a 2880 x 1440 screen resolution (538 ppi density), wide color gamut and 18:9 aspect ratio. … Continue reading Google Pixel 2 XL: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Hands On: Galaxy Note 4 Wireless Charging Receiver by YOUSHARES

Easily bring wireless charging to your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 without replacing the back cover or buying a new case with this Qi Internal Wireless Charging Adapter. Despite being one of the most technologically advanced handsets of its time, the Galaxy Note 4 does not come with built-in wireless charging out of the box. Samsung instead wants to sell you a replacement battery cover for the Note 4 that adds Qi wireless charging capabilities, but these covers are bulky and way over priced. Thankfully, there is a better – and less expensive way – to bring wireless charging to the Note 4 that most people don’t realize exist. For less than $20, this slim Qi wireless receiver from YOUSHARES brings wireless charging functionality to your Galaxy Note 4 without an extra bulk or protective case. The small and discreet design of the Qi Internal Wireless Charging Adapter allows it to be placed on top of the Galaxy Note 4 battery, … Continue reading Hands On: Galaxy Note 4 Wireless Charging Receiver by YOUSHARES

Best mid range phablets: 7 big-screen smartphones for the budget conscious

When shopping for a new smartphone, you may be asking yourself “do I really need to spend this much money on so much power just to meet my daily requirements from a mobile device?” It’s easy to be suckered into getting the hottest phone on the market but it’s usually best to start with taking a hard look at what you plan on doing the most with your handset. Don’t let the name fool you, a “mid-range” smartphone in 2017 could easily stand up against almost any flagship from 2014, as these big screen phones are very capable of handling almost anything you could throw at it in your daily routine. Many people tend to overlook the mid range market in this regard… The key here is simple: maximum screen real estate combined with performance that can make easy work of your daily life, while offering a pleasant multimedia experience for when it’s time to take a load off and … Continue reading Best mid range phablets: 7 big-screen smartphones for the budget conscious

These are some of the biggest smartphones you can buy in 2017

Phablets are all the rage for those interested in greater battery life and more screen real estate to get things done, but while most phablets range in screen size from 5.5 inches to 6 inches, some companies seemingly want to push the boundaries of what we can still call a smartphone. If you think the 5.7-inch LG G6 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ are huge phablets, then you might want to keep reading. We’ve rounded up some of the best phones larger than 6 inches that are worth considering in 2017. Simply put, these phones are so big you probably won’t be fitting any of them in your trouser pocket. Best phones larger than 6 inches 2017 Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Huawei Honor Note 8 Samsung Galaxy J Max Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra Huawei P8max Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Like its predecessor, the Mi Max 2 is targeted at users that consume a lot of multimedia on their phones. It’s 6.44-inch … Continue reading These are some of the biggest smartphones you can buy in 2017

Galaxy S8 and S8+: What you need to know before you buy (FAQ)

The Samsung Galaxy S8 duo is without a doubt one of the best and most attractive looking pair of Smartphones you can buy to date. Both phones feature innovative technology in terms of its hardware specifications – the main difference being screen size – and feature a design language that is arguably the best on the market today. Samsung’s latest flagship will be its first flagship since the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 and a lot rides on the success of the handset for the company. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ pack many new features and have changed a bit from Samsung’s previous flagships in a few ways. If you are planning to buy a new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ but have some questions first, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up some of the most frequently asked questions and answers surrounding Samsung’s eighth rendition of the Galaxy S family. Check out our FAQ below for just about … Continue reading Galaxy S8 and S8+: What you need to know before you buy (FAQ)

10 must-have accessories for the LG G6: essential tech for 2017

We break down some of the best gadgets — from cases and car chargers to connected devices — that will help to protect your LG G6 as well as make it more functional. LG’s latest flagship handset — the G6 — is a major leap forward over its predecessor with its large 5.7-inch display and slick new 18:9 design. While the G6 is easily one of the best Android smartphones available in 2017, your user experience can be improved even further when paired with some great accessories. Depending on the type of user you are, these accessories are either a must-have or a down-right necessity. Since the LG G6 is among the major flagship Android devices launched this year, you will find some decent discounts and deals on most of the accessories featured here. Best LG G6 Accessories Screen Protectors microSD Cards Protective Cases USB Car Chargers USB Charging Cables Micro-USB to USB-C Adapters Wireless Charging Pads Chromecast Bluetooth Speaker … Continue reading 10 must-have accessories for the LG G6: essential tech for 2017

CES 2017 Phablet Roundup: Big smartphones steal the show in Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show for 2017 has come and gone – and while normally what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, the rules don’t apply when we are talking about the latest gadgets. Out of close to 15 smartphones by our count worth mentioning from the show, nine of them were phablets, which means big screens take the cake yet again. Here is our roundup of the biggest phones from CES 2017. CES 2017 Phablet Roundup LG Stylo 3 (5.7″) Asus Zenfone AR (5.7″) ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom (5.5″) Huawei Mate 9 (5.9″) Honor 6X (5.5″) ZTE Blade V8 Pro (5.5″) ZTE Hawkeye (5.5″) Xiaomi Mi Mix White (6.4″) Alcatel A3 XL (6.0″) LG Stylo 3 Just as we expected, LG officially took the wraps off its third generation of the mid-range Stylo phablet at CES 2017. The Stylo 3 (called the Stylus 3 outside the US) offers some moderate upgrades over the previous version like an improved stylus and … Continue reading CES 2017 Phablet Roundup: Big smartphones steal the show in Vegas

3 upcoming phablets in 2017 that are worth waiting for

It’s a new year and that means new phablets are on the way! It’s time to put 2016 behind us and look toward the horizon. If you are thinking about buying a new smartphone this year, don’t even consider an upgrade until you take a look at these upcoming phablets for 2017. 1. LG Stylo 3 LG recently announced that they will debut its third generation of the mid-range Stylo smartphone at CES 2017 later this week. The Stylo 3 (Stylus 3 outside of the United States) will offer some moderate upgrades over the previous version like an improved writing experience and fingerprint scanner. The new stylus will sport a 1.8mm diameter fiber-tip stylus to provide the feel and feedback of an actual pen when writing on the screen, according to LG. The Stylus 3 also features a enhanced user interface with Pen Pop 2.0, Pen Keeper and Screen-off Memo. With Pen Pop 2.0, your memos can be set to … Continue reading 3 upcoming phablets in 2017 that are worth waiting for

T-Mobile Phablets: 9 of the biggest smartphones you can buy right now

What are the best phablets on the market going into 2017? With an increasing number of handsets now coming with 5.5-inch screens and larger, the phablet spectrum isn’t as expansive as it used to be. T-mobile has a number of excellent phablets to choose from ranging anywhere from 5.5 to 6-inches, all with different key strengths and weaknesses. We’ve rounded up the best phablets available through T-mobile right now and grouped them by screen size and price point. T-Mobile phablets ZTE Z Max Pro (6″) $ – Runner up LG V20 (5.7″) $$$ – Our Second Pick LG Stylo 2 Plus (5.7″) $ Kyocera DuraForce XD (5.7″) $$ Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5″) $$$ – Our first pick Apple iPhone 7 Plus (5.5″) $$$ Apple iPhone 6S Plus (5.5″) $$$ Alcatel IDOL 4S (5.5″) $$ – Runner up Samsung Galaxy J7 (5.5″) $ 1. ZTE Z Max Pro For those obsessed with screen size, the ZTE Z Max Pro is … Continue reading T-Mobile Phablets: 9 of the biggest smartphones you can buy right now

6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

People who love phablets are also those who like to standout from the crowd. They know that big screen smartphones are awesome because they give you more real estate for videos and getting stuff done. With smartphone screen sizes getting bigger at a rapid rate, most flagships are now hovering anywhere from 5-5.5 inches. It’s funny to think that not too long ago; the top-tier handsets of the day only had a screen size of 4.3 inches. Remember how everyone reacted when the original Galaxy Note made its debut? If you’re looking to buy a big-screen phone in 2016, its time to broaden your spectrum, and by that we mean going with something that’s bigger than the conventional 5.5-inch handset, yet smaller than a 7-inch tablet. The following is our list of the top 6-inch phablets for 2016. Top Phablets 2016 – 6″ Display Size Sony Xperia XA Ultra Oppo R9 Plus ZTE ZMax Pro ZTE Grand X Max 2 … Continue reading 6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

Need a Note 7 Loaner? One of these phablets will hold you off while you wait for a replacement

If you recently bought a Note 7, you now have a tough decision to make. You can either go to bed every night wondering if your phablet is going to explode while you sleep, or you can exchange that ticking time bomb for a new phone with some peace of mind. Unfortunately, letting go of your beloved Note 7 won’t be easy, even if it’s only for a few weeks until the replacement models come in from Samsung – which are expected to ship to the U.S. no later than September 21, according to the official Note 7 recall page. With the Note 7 recall now official in the United States, carriers like T-mobile are offering complementary “loaner” devices to anyone who recently made an unfortunate purchase. For those thinking about going with a replacement or the dreaded temporary loaner, exchanging with another Samsung device means seamless functionality with your wearable devices and other accessories. Here are four suggestions worthy … Continue reading Need a Note 7 Loaner? One of these phablets will hold you off while you wait for a replacement

6 Amazing photos captured with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 has an incredibly dependable and responsive 12 MP camera, fitted with pro features that will have any mobile photographer salivating over the endless shooting possibilities. Even in auto mode, the Note 7 can effortlessly capture sharp, high-contrast images in almost any condition. With a super fast f/1.7 lens, the latest Galaxy Note is able to capture more light than any of its predecessors in the series. If you’re looking for a phablet that can replace your point and shoot, Samsung cameras are the best in-class among mobile phones right now. Combining the same powerful camera tech found in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with a beefy 5.7-inch display makes the Note 7 a great choice for those who want it all. Just take a look at these photos and decide for yourself… Landscape shots are stunning on the Note 7, packing rich color and sharp detail throughout the depth of field. By dialing in the … Continue reading 6 Amazing photos captured with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7

These amazing infrared photos show a Galaxy Note 7 getting really hot

With all the hype about Samsung batteries catching fire, we thought it would be fun to put one to the test with an infrared camera. Watch things get heated and see how hot this Note 7 actually got when we took it full throttle with a fast charger connected. The device used for this test was a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Model #SM-N930T, manufactured in China. Recent reporting by Phone Arena suggests that this phablet most likely has ATL-packaged battery cells inside, which are not believed to be fire prone. Nevertheless, T-mobile is also taking part in the voluntary recall being carried out by the other US carriers. Baseline readings (10%) At the start of the test, a baseline photo was taken without the charger connected. Battery life was at 10% with a surface temperature of 87.6°F. The phablet was then connected to the standard Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging Adapter and the Samsung USB-C cable that shipped with the … Continue reading These amazing infrared photos show a Galaxy Note 7 getting really hot

Lenovo 6.4-inch Phab 2 Lineup Features 3 Price Options

Lenovo has officially launched their appropriately named “PHAB 2” family of phablets, which consists of three different models for you to choose from, the Phab 2, Phab 2 Plus, and, the worlds-first Tango-ready Phab 2 Pro. With the trio expected to launch next month, let’s break down all three to see what the differences are between them. For the most part, the three phablets all share the same fundamental design language, as seen in a YouTube video by The Verge. The trio has plenty of real estate to bridge the gap between 7-inch tablets and the average sized flagship, as each model showcases a big, beautiful 6.4-inch screen. The main design difference in all three devices comes down to the build materials. As you might expect from an entry-level phablet, the Phab 2 has a mostly plastic body and does not feature a fingerprint sensor. Moving up a level to the Phab 2 Plus will swap out some of that … Continue reading Lenovo 6.4-inch Phab 2 Lineup Features 3 Price Options

Lack of Features Makes Nexus 6 Little Value for the Money

The latest phablet offering from Google is not only bigger than its competition; it boasts flagship hardware specs with blistering performance. But is the Nexus 6 really that great of a value when compared to the top tier phablets of the day? Now that Apple has finally decided to make an iPhone that can compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3, big screens are officially trendy. As noted in a recent article by Forbes, web browsing on smaller screens is falling 11% year on year meaning it won’t be long before a 5-inch display is considered normal. This means more apps and games are being tailored for a bigger screen. Of course this is not news to regular Phablist readers, who already know that if you want the best smartphone experience money can buy its either go big or go home, which is why we should all set our eyes on the new Nexus … Continue reading Lack of Features Makes Nexus 6 Little Value for the Money

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Review

The fourth generation Galaxy Tab from Samsung offers a slightly more compact design with a small boost in performance over its predecessor. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is the smallest, most affordable variant of the Tab 4 series of tablets released by the Korean tech giant earlier this month. It features a slightly more compact design with a small boost in performance over the Tab 3 series released last year. Overall, the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a solid device for those looking to perform everyday tasks while on the go and have a separate means of photography. We’ve been using this Tab 4 for about three weeks now, so here’s what we think: Design and Build The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 stays true to the current evolution in the Galaxy line of devices, with a design that can be described as a cross between the Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Note 3. The tablet is constructed of … Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Review