The best phablets in the world 2016 - reviewed

Prepare your puny pockets: the world’s greatest bigphones are here to stretch your trousers

You can put away your tablet and lose that laptop: your next smartphone will be big enough to battle them both.

Gone are the days when mobile phones meant mini phones. Like TVs and Greece’s deficit, on-the-go talky-boxes are only getting bigger – and, in 2016, a better bigger has arrived.

With an average display diagonal of 5.7in, this is pocket-stuffing hardware for multitaskers, in a world where big devices still need to perform like glass-and-metal slabs half their size.

OK, so the palm-filling phablet concept has been around for a couple of years, but the current crop of big-screen, slim-body machines is the most desirable ever to hit the shelves.

What’s more, in this clash of oversized titans it’s all up for grabs. Old favourites have faltered, new pretenders have arrived and edgy offerings have sliced their way to the very front. Who’ll take the giant crown?

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