Smartphones with ginormous screens (roundup)

You love big screens and you cannot lie. Why should you? These large, bold, tabletlike smartphones will meet your needs.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
If you're into phones with huge screens, you've come to the right place. Sarah Tew/CNET

For some of you, there's no such thing as too huge when it comes to smartphone screens. The larger the display, the more space you have for reading e-books and news stories, playing games, and immersing yourself in photos and video graphics. Whether you have enormous mitts, the desire for a smartphone that performs tablet functions, or just a penchant for big, beautiful screens, these are for you.


The LG G Flex sports a curved screen and scratch-resistant back. CNET
LG G Flex

With its large and curved 6-inch screen, the LG G Flex provides an immersive viewing experience for movies, games, Web sites, or whatever you throw at it. The phone's sizable battery also helps the Flex to serve up an impressively long run time. Read the LG G Flex review.


The LG G Pro 2 is the latest big-name entry into the phablet arena. Sarah Tew/CNET
LG G Pro 2
As a follow-up to its G Pro phablet, LG has unleashed the new G Pro 2 onto the world. This device is bigger, faster, and all-around better in every way, which makes it a worthy challenger to the mighty Note 3 even if it lacks a stylus. Read the LG G Pro review.


The undisputed king of oversize phones is the Galaxy Note 3. Sarah Tew/CNET
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The latest in the legendary franchise which started the whole phablet phenomenon, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 represents the pinnacle blend of massive screen and phone smarts. Its battery lasts ridiculously long, its screen is absolutely luscious, and its processor and camera are top-notch. And oh yes, it has a sophisticated S Pen stylus if you want it. Read the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review.


The Galaxy Round merges Note 3 power with a big, curved display. Sarah Tew/CNET
Samsung Galaxy Round
What would you get if you merged all the mobile computing power of the Galaxy Note 3 with a phone flaunting a big, curved screen? That's easy; you'd have the Samsung Galaxy Round. This device features a large 5.7-inch display that's concave to cut down on distracting glare. It also comes with the same speedy components as the Note 3 sans stylus. Read the Samsung Galaxy Round review.


Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE
The Sony Z Ultra GPE's main draw is stock Android 4.4 KitKat and lovely 6.4-inch screen. Sarah Tew/CNET
Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition
There's no question the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition really pushes the limit of what it means to be a phone versus a tablet. With a gigantic 6.4-inch LCD screen, pure Android KitKat, and a water-resistant chassis, the Ultra is certainly a distinctive device. Compare these phones head-to-head.
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Samsung Galaxy Round

Banish all skeptical apprehension about the Samsung Galaxy's round curved screen and back; the arched shape is an unexpected improvement. / Read full review

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LG G Flex

The Bottom Line: Despite a novel construction and scuff-proof exterior, the LG G Flex's doesn't flex enough muscle against the Samsung Galaxy Round or the Note 3. / Read full review

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Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition

The Bottom Line: The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition's insanely large size and stratospheric price make the Nexus 5 and Note 3 better options for pure Android power. / Read full review

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LG G Pro 2

The Bottom Line: The LG G Pro 2 delivers plenty of power, a huge and lovely screen, and a feature-packed camera, but the Galaxy Note 3's stylus and superior styling give it the edge. / Read full review

About the author

Brian Bennett is senior editor for mobile phones at CNET and reviews a wide range of mobile communication products. These include smartphones and their myriad accessories. He has more than 12 years of experience in technology journalism and has put practically anything fun with a micro chip through its paces at some point.

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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