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The 7 best phablets of 2014: the best big-screened smartphones available to buy in the UK right now

Here's where we bring to you the best phablets available to buy in 2013/2014.

6 best phablets of 2013/2014

Phablets (a combination of a phone & tablet) have burst onto the scene in the last year or two. Devices that once were mocked for their oversized screens have now become desirable and powerful mobile tools. Here we present the 7 best phablets of 2014.

Note: we are classing smartphones with a screen of 5in and above as phablets.

The 7 best phablets of 2013/2014

7. Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
  • Reviewed on: 1 August 13
  • RRP: Around £500
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a mid-range smartphone with a gigantic 6.3in touchscreen. It offers excellent battery life and 4G connectivity, but performance is a mixed bag and it's impossible to use single-handedly.

6. LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro
  • Reviewed on: 29 May 13
  • RRP: £229.95 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

LG’s Optimus G Pro is king of the small—but growing—phone/tablet hybrid market (I refuse to use the term “phablet”). It’s a performance powerhouse that, despite its large size, is relatively comfortable to use even with average-size hands. The G Pro loses a few points for its limited multitasking features, but if you’re looking to buy a large Android phone and aren’t dismayed by the underperforming camera, then the G Pro is definitely worth considering.

5. Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 1520
  • Reviewed on: 6 December 13
  • RRP: £550 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Nokia Lumia 1520 has got so many things right including build quality, a great camera and a good looking screen. It's the best Windows Phone yet but software is still lacking and we just wish the darn thing was smaller because it's severely off putting.

4. HTC One Max

HTC One Max
  • Reviewed on: 1 November 13
  • RRP: £599 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

It won't be for everyone, but if you want a big phone (and we mean BIG), you could do a lot worse than the HTC One Max. This is a serious performer that is built to look good and last.

3. Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z Ultra
  • Reviewed on: 11 December 13
  • RRP: £599 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a nicely made device but doesn't represent good value for money. The phablet is extremely unwieldy and doesn't have a great camera. Sony would have been better off making this a 7in tablet rather than a 6.4in phone.

2. LG G2

LG G2
  • Reviewed on: 21 February 14
  • RRP: £399 inc VAT (PAYG)
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

LG has trumped the competition with the G2. The phone offers a combination of value for money with high-end features which we haven't seen from rival flagship devices. A great specification combined with impressive design and handy software features mean there's very little to dislike about this handset - only really the lack of a microSD card slot.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Reviewed on: 26 September 13
  • RRP: £599 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

We're not sure you need all the extra features that Samsung packs in, and we could live without the S Pen. And not everyone needs or wants a smartphone with a 6in display. Neither is the camera all that great. But be in no doubt about it, the Galaxy Note 3 is a high-quality portable device, offering the best performance we've ever seen, a stunning screen and nice build quality.

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