Whether you enjoy watching videos, gaming on the go or simply texting with fewer typos, big-screen phones offer a lot of benefits. These devices — once called phablets — also tend to pack larger batteries than their smaller brethren, which translates to longer battery life.
Apple's massive 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max leads our list of big-screen behemoths, thanks to its gorgeous Super Retina XDR display, gobs of power and immaculate triple-lens cameras. But last year also saw a slew of contenders in the category from Samsung, including the 6.4-inch Galaxy S10 Plus, 6.7-inch S10 5G and 6.8-inch Galaxy Note 10 Plus. If their four-digit asking prices are too steep for you, Samsung also offers the Galaxy A50, which packs a massive 6.4-inch AMOLED display and triple cameras, for the far more agreeable price of $349.
If none of those strike your fancy — or perhaps you're waiting to see what the Galaxy S20 series brings — there are alternatives to consider as well, like the more modestly priced OnePlus 7T, and Google's crazy-smart Pixel 4 XL.
Here are the best big phones that have risen to the top of our list. And if you'd prefer something on the smaller side, we've got you covered there, too.
Best big phones of 2020
- iPhone 11 Pro Max (6.5 inches)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (6.8 inches)
- iPhone 11 (6.1 inches)
- Google Pixel 4 XL (6.4 inches)
- OnePlus 7T (6.55 inches)
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (6.4 inches)
- Google Pixel 3a XL (6 inches)
- iPhone XR (6.1 inches)
- Samsung Galaxy A50 (6.4 inches)
- Moto G7 Power (6.2 inches)
1. iPhone 11 Pro Max
The best big phone money can buy
Display (Pixels): 6.5-inch OLED (2688x1242) | CPU: A13 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage/Expandable: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB / No | Cameras (Back/Front): Triple 12MP / 12 MP | Weight: 7.97 ounces | Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 11:44
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is a familiar-looking phone that happens to pack a lot of improvements under the surface. Chief among them is the camera system. Now upgraded to three lenses, comprising wide, ultra-wide and telephoto optics, the latest range-topping iPhone has the versatility to capture stunning photos in any scenario.
But it's not just hardware that makes the device perfect for capturing moments. Apple's breakthroughs in computational photography take center stage on the iPhone 11 series, thanks to improvements to Smart HDR, the all-new Night Mode and another new feature coming soon called Deep Fusion. All of these software enhancements automatically balance lighting and detail based on contextual awareness gleaned through machine learning, so the new iPhones are as intelligent as they are powerful. And with a fantastically bright 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display at your disposal, you'll have all the room in the world to view every photo and video you take — in stunning HDR, no less.
Read our full iPhone 11 Pro Max review.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
The only choice for the stylus faithful
Display size (Pixels): 6.8-inch AMOLED (3040x1440) | CPU: Snapdragon 855 (US) / Exynos 9825 (WW) | RAM: 4GB | Storage/Expandable: 256GB, 512GB / No | Cameras (Back/Front): 12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP and time-of-flight / 10 MP | Weight: 6.91 ounces | Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:47
Samsung miraculously found a way to shoehorn a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display in the Galaxy Note 10 Plus without making the device's footprint significantly larger. It's quite an impressive feat, especially considering the Note 10 Plus also packs a big 4,300-mAh battery with superfast 45-watt charging, a microSD card slot and an S Pen stylus that can be used like a remote control, with gestures for shortcuts.
When it's time to snap some photos, a quartet of camera lenses on the back is built to handle everything from shallow depth-of-field portraits to ultrawide-perspective landscapes, and you can switch between each shooter with the tap of a button. It's not quite our favorite flagship mobile camera around, though it is tremendously versatile, and feeds the Note series' reputation as the jack-of-all-trades among modern smartphones.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review.
3. iPhone 11
The best big, cheap iPhone
Display size (Pixels): 6.1-inch LCD (1792x828) | CPU: A13 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage/Expandable: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB / No | Cameras (Back/Front): Dual 12MP / 12MP | Weight: 6.84 ounces | Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 11:20
Think of the iPhone 11 as occupying sort of a middle ground for display sizes on Apple's latest iPhones — not as massive as the iPhone 11 Pro Max, though not as compact as the iPhone 11 Pro. At 6.1 inches, the iPhone 11 gives you plenty of screen space to work with. Best of all, there's nothing middle ground about its price — at $699, it's the least expensive of the new iPhone models Apple introduced in 2019.
You don't have to make many tradeoffs for that lower price tag either. The iPhone 11 has the same top-of-the-line A13 Bionic processor found in the pricier Pro models, and though it only has two cameras to the three lenses on back of the iPhone 11 Pro, it offers many of the same photographic capabilities. This is the iPhone to get if you're overwhelmed by both the iPhone 11 Pro Max's size and price.
Read our full iPhone 11 Review.
4. Google Pixel 4 XL
The smartest big phone
Display size: 6.4 inches (3040x1440) | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6GB | Storage/Expandable: 64GB, 128GB / Yes | Cameras (Back/Front): 12 MP, 16 MP / 8 MP | Weight: 6.81 ounces | Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 9:42
Google's latest big-screen phone retains the same screen size as last year's Pixel 3 XL, but that's about all that the Pixel 4 XL has in common with its predecessor. The divisive notch is gone, with Google turning instead to a larger top bezel to house the front camera and sensors that support the Pixel 4 XL's face unlocking features and air gesture controls. Flip the phone around, and you'll find a second rear camera — a telephoto lens that gives the Pixel 4 XL a 2x optical zoom.
Google improved the camera's software, too, with a dual exposure feature that lets you tweak brightness and shadows on the fly and an improved Night Sight mode that can capture starry skies. If you're finding it hard to decide between the 5.7-inch Pixel 4 and the larger XL, consider that this model packs a bigger battery, helping it last considerably longer on a charge.
Read our full Pixel 4 XL review.
5. OnePlus 7T
The bargain among big flagships
Display size: 6.55 inches (2400x1080) | CPU: Snapdragon 855+ | RAM: 8GB | Storage/Expandable: 128GB, 256GB / No | Cameras (Back/Front): 48 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP / 16 MP | Weight: 6.7 ounces | Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 8:47
At $599, the OnePlus 7T simply seems too good to be true. There are smartphones that cost hundreds more that can't match the 7T's ultra-smooth 90Hz Fluid AMOLED panel. It helps too that this display is quite large, measuring 6.55 inches from corner to corner. The experience of using Android, watching content and playing games at 90Hz feels revolutionary the very first time you do it, and as soon as you get accustomed to it, you'll find it's hard to go back.
You'll also get used to the 7T's impressive performance, thanks to the phone's 8GB of RAM and Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. The 855 Plus is slightly more powerful than the older 855 silicon inside the majority of last year's Android flagships, giving the 7T a slight edge over the likes of the Galaxy S10 and even OnePlus' own 7 Pro. A trio of cameras on the back offer a variety of vantage points, from ultrawide perspectives to 2x optical zoom, and the 3,800 mAh battery on board — while not the longest lasting — does at least recharge quickly thanks to OnePlus' new Warp Charge 30T technology.
Read our full OnePlus 7T review.
6. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Our favorite Android with stellar battery life
Display size (Pixels): 6.4-inch OLED (3040x1440) | CPU: Snapdragon 855 (US) / Exynos 9820 (WW) | RAM: 8GB, 12GB | Storage/Expandable: 128GB, 512GB, 1TB / Yes | Cameras (Back/Front): 16-MP, 12-MP, 12-MP / 10-MP, 8-MP depth sensor | Weight: 6.2 ounces | Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 12:35
At 6.4 inches, the Galaxy S10 Plus has a display that's the same size as the one in last year's Galaxy Note 9. That said, the S10 Plus is a slightly more pocketable phone, thanks to its Infinity-O design that lodges the phone's dual-lens, front-facing camera inside the top right corner of the screen, as well as its super-slim bezels and sloping Infinity panel that follows the curvature of the phone's sides.
Samsung is also making the most out of the new device's larger frame by filling as much of it with battery as possible. The S10 Plus' 4,100-mAh battery delivered an impressive 12-and-a-half hours of longevity in our battery test, and has enough juice to spare that it can actually function as a wireless charger for other Qi-enabled devices, thanks to Samsung's Wireless PowerShare feature. Toss in a Snapdragon 855 processor, a minimum of 8GB of RAM, triple-lens rear cameras, an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor and — last but certainly not least — a headphone jack, and the S10 Plus is all the phone you could possibly need.
Read our full Galaxy S10 Plus review.
7. Google Pixel 3a XL
The best big camera phone at an unbeatable price
Display size (Pixels): 6-inch OLED (2280x1080) | CPU: Snapdragon 670 | RAM: 4GB | Storage/Expandable: 64GB / No | Cameras (Back/Front): 12 MP / 8 MP | Weight: 5.9 ounces | Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 11:44
The Pixel 3a XL takes the phenomenal 12.2-megapixel camera on the back of the Pixel 3 XL and incorporates it in a $479, 6-inch handset. While the 3a XL features a slower Snapdragon 670 processor compared to the flagship model's Snapdragon 845, the rest of the device is surprisingly similar.
You still get three years of guaranteed software updates from Google and all of the Pixel line's best AI-boosted features, like Call Screen and Night Sight, for snapping photos in the dark. But one area where the new midrange Pixel actually bests its pricier siblings is battery life, thanks to that efficient silicon and a 3,700-mAh battery — the largest ever in a Pixel device. And if you want everything this phone offers in an even cheaper and slightly smaller package, the $399, 5.6-inch Pixel 3a is a fantastic option, too.
Read our full Pixel 3a XL review.
8. iPhone XR
The cheapest full-screen iPhone
Display size (Pixels): 6.1-inch LCD (1792x828) | CPU: A12 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage/Expandable: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB / No | Cameras (Back/Front): 12 MP / 7 MP | Weight: 6.8 ounces | Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 11:26
The iPhone XR may no longer be the new 6.1-inch kid on the iPhone block — that'd be the iPhone 11. But there's still plenty to like about this year-old phone, starting with its price tag. With the release of the iPhone 11 family, Apple kept the iPhone XR around and cut its price to $599. That means you still get an impressive iPhone for less than $600. And even though Apple's newer phones feature a faster processor and significant camera improvements, the A12 chip inside the XR still outperforms Android devices powered by the more recent Snapdragon 855 chipset.
Read our full iPhone XR review.
9. Samsung Galaxy A50
An excellent Pixel 3a XL alternative for less
Display size (Pixels): 6.4-inch LCD (2340x1080) | CPU: Exynos 9610 | RAM: 4GB | Storage/Expandable: 64GB / Yes | Cameras (Back/Front): 25 MP, 8 MP and 5 MP / 25 MP | Weight: 5.86 ounces | Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 9:37
The Samsung Galaxy A50 may have a nearly bezel-free, AMOLED Infinity-U display, a trio of cameras on the back, a beefy 4,000-mAh battery and 4 GB of RAM — but it only costs $349. That's an unbelievable value, even compared to Google's stellar $479 Pixel 3a, which packs a better camera but costs $50 more. The Galaxy A50 is the kind of phone your friends will look at and assume you paid twice as much for; one that pushes the boundaries for budget phones. Initially, the A50 was only offered through Verizon and Sprint, though it's since become available unlocked as well, making it an even more compelling value.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy A50 review.
10. Moto G7 Power
The longest-lasting big budget phone
Display size (Pixels): 6.2-inch LCD (1512x720) | CPU: Snapdragon 632 | RAM: 3GB | Storage/Expandable: 32GB / Yes | Cameras (Back/Front): 12 MP / 8MP | Weight: 6.9 ounces | Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 15:35
Looking for a big phone that's also a cheap one? The $249 Moto G7 Power features an expansive 6.2-inch display with a notch up top and relatively slim bezels all around to maximize screen real estate. However, its most impressive feature would undoubtedly have to be its battery life, which delivered over 15-and-a-half hours of website streaming over LTE in our testing.
The rest of the G7 Power is pretty solid too, thanks to a pure Android approach to the software experience, Snapdragon 632 power with 3GB of RAM on tap and respectable — if not dazzling — dual cameras. If battery life is priority number one for you, there's no better bang for your buck on the market right now.
Read our full Moto G7 Power review.