Phablets are all about screen real estate and 2014 saw a host of them being released into the market, each trying to outdo the other. We list 5 of the very brightest and the fittest screen monsters who made it to our list of the top phablets of 2014.
5. The LG G3
This phone fashioning the 2K display is LG’s best yet. The build was a little plasticky and the the infamous back buttons from G2 didn’t really add to the features of this LG flagship. That said, the engine room was what made this phone a great candidate on this list. Sporting a Snapdragon 801 clocking at 2.5 GHz on each core and 3 gigs of RAM to play with, this phone was a definite winner.
The smartphone manufacturing giant faced some stiff competition from the Android army this past year. It’s got arguably the best camera (despite holding only 8 MP) among the forces. But something that even we failed to understand is the fact that Apple, who under Steve Jobs studiously avoided the phablet (to the extent of even making fun of them) category, went on to join the big-screen bandwagon after having fought a lone battle for so long. While the “bendgate” did get the phone a lot of attention, it’s the specs and the beautiful screen which really make this phone a true blue phablet.
One of the classier tablets of 2014. Google went all guns blazing with the specs on this one. 3GB of RAM mated with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 chipset(Quad-core 2.7 GHz) and 32 and 64 GB storage options mean that the Nexus could eat the competition for breakfast. Then there’s the joy of owning a Google flagship for all the OTA juice one is entitled to ‘before-anybody-else-can’.
It made it to the top of our Definitive List of the Top 10 Phones of 2014 and with a good reason. One could feast on a juicy 64 GB piece of art for just $350, making it the cheapest phablet in the list. The only problem being the (almost nightmarish) invite system. The specs included a Snapdragon 801 clocking at 2.5 GHz on each core and 3 GB of RAM to slide around. It runs the latest Cyanogen (CM11) and although the recent fiasco with the Micromax may have made things a little ugly and uncertain about the OS, the future looks very bright for Oneplus.
For what we call the ‘King of Phablets’, the Note 4 takes the cake, the baker, and the bakery. Let’s start with the specs: A Snapdragon 805 chip clocking at 2.7 GHz for every core. 3 gigs of RAM provide plenty of breathing space. It hosts a 16 MP camera which supports 4K recording. The build is considerably better than the previous versions too, albeit plasticky. Samsung certainly outdid itself with this badass of a phone. Although they can do away with Touchwiz altogether, the Note 4 is clear winner among phablets.
Honorable mentions: The Oppo Find 7 and the Find 7A and the Redmi Note 4G make it to the list of also-rans. These guys also made quite an impact although not enough to raise enough dust among the stalwarts.