Big-screen smartphones: The 5 best you can buy right now

Not all big-screen smartphones are equal, each is optimal for specific tasks


The iPhone 7 Plus is great for shooting videos, you can also edit videos and photographs.
The iPhone 7 Plus is great for shooting videos, you can also edit videos and photographs.

It seems to be the age of large display devices, be it phones, tablets or their in-between offspring, the phablets. If you are looking for a device that has plenty of screen-surface area but can still be carried around with a degree of comfort, you will be spoilt for choice, whether it is a super-compact computer replacement that you seek or a great camera, or something that gives you better music playback. But which of these big screens is best suited to be your digital companion? Here’s our rough guide for different people, and the best phones you can buy right now.

Photographers

More megapixels don’t result in the best photos, and robust image processing is important.

Apple iPhone 7 plus 

Rs72,000

The iPhone 7 Plus has an extremely consistent camera. The dual cameras allow for 2x optical zoom. It is great for shooting video as well and thanks to the treasure trove of apps on iOS, you can also edit videos and photographs. The A10 Fusion processor handles everything you throw at it with ease. It has a 5.5-inch display.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 4 GB RAM.
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 4 GB RAM.

Travellers and business users

Business users require adequate processing power and consistent battery life.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro

Rs32,490

The 6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) AMOLED display is among the best on phones. It runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 4 GB RAM, and a massive 5,000 mAh battery, which gets close to three days on a single charge. You also get the split-screen viewing feature, allowing you to view two apps next to each other.

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra is wonderful for multimedia.
Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra is wonderful for multimedia.

Movie buffs and gamers

For a couch potato, the simple requirement would be a fantastic display and good audio-handling capabilities.

Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra

Rs49,999

The sheer size of the Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra is stunning. It has a massive 6.8-inch display. The Asus’ phablet is wonderful for multimedia. The Full HD resolution and dual speakers combine to deliver an excellent experience while watching movies and TV shows. The high-quality audio processing chip makes its presence felt if you have good earphones. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage is more than sufficient for most gaming needs as well. Round that off with a 4,600 mAh battery that can last days when used as a primary phone, and also ensures that you keep watching videos for hours on end. 

Students

Students would need a phone that allows for both work and entertainment, so a big screen is ideal.

Xiaomi Mi Max Prime 

Rs19,999

Xiaomi’s Mi Max Prime edition is very well designed. It has a 6.44-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage. The 4,850 mAh battery can last close to three days of use and the 16-megapixel camera can take great images in good-light environments. At this price, not many rivals come close.

LG V20 comes with an excellent pair of Bang & Olufsen headphones
LG V20 comes with an excellent pair of Bang & Olufsen headphones

Music lovers

A phone’s music-playback quality depends on how good the audio-processing hardware is.

LG V20

Rs54,999

LG’s flagship does come bundled with an excellent pair of Bang & Olufsen headphones, which take full advantage of the Quad DAC chip. In addition, it packs in high-end hardware, including a 5.7-inch quad HD display, dual cameras, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. 

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