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Phablets: The Comparison

The best phablets from 2015
Phablets: The Comparison

Well, now that all of the major phablet flagships for 2015 have been released, we can compare them for you. 

In highly press covered event, yesterday Samsung revealed its two newest members of the Galaxy family: the Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus. As I have already discussed, both handsets were disappointingly similar. However, it shed light on what the consumers are after, and for 2015 the answer is pretty clear: phablets.

Since Samsung released its first Note back in 2011, we’ve seen a slow-but-sure increase in phone size. Nowadays, it seems you need a minimum of even 4.7-inch screen to even qualify as a flagship. Well, now that all of the major phablet flagships for 2015 have been released (except for maybe the Nokia), we can compare them for you.

In terms of resolution the G4 is the real winner: it has an outstanding 538 PPI.

When it comes to screen size, Samsung and Motorola went the biggest, with the Galaxy Note 5/S6 Edge Plus and Moto X Style having 5.7-inch screens. The iPhone 6 Plus, OnePlus 2 and LG G4 managed to keep the minimum phablet number: 5.5-inch screens.

In order to be taken seriously, I think you have to have a QHD screen, or 2,560 x 1,080 resolution, which is what the Galaxies have, as well as the Moto X and the G4. Sadly, the iPhone 6 Plus and OnePlus 2 had a measly 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, and obviously, the least amount of pixels per inch (PPI). Both handsets have 401 PPI, whereas the Galaxy models have 515 PPI, where the Moto X has 520, but the G4 is the real winner: it has an outstanding 538 PPI.

Plastic is not premium. Sadly, LG didn’t get my memo, so the G4 is framed in plastic. 

I’ve said it over and over, but to be a serious premium phone, you need to be cased in metal. Plastic is not premium. Sadly, LG didn’t get my memo, so the G4 is framed in plastic. Everyone else was invited to the party though: the Galaxy variants and Moto X are both cased in metal and glass, and the iPhone 6 Plus and OnePlus 2 are full metal.

Obviously, all the android phablets run 5.1 Lollipop, with Samsung’s own TouchWiz, OnePlus’ OxygenOS, Motorola’s Moto Features, and LG’s UX 4.0. Apple, the stand alone operating system, has iOS 8.

Samsung opted to go for their own Exynos processor after the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating disaster, smart move. The CPU hits a mind-blowing fast 2.1GHz quad-core speed.

Samsung opted to go for their own Exynos processor after the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating disaster, smart move. The CPU hits a mind-blowing fast 2.1GHz quad-core speed. OnePlus 2 is next in line, with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 (but don’t worry, it’s the second version) that hits 1.8GHz at quad-core. Meanwhile, the Moto X and LG G4 have the same everything: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 processor, that speeds along at 1.8GHz dual-core. Apple, as usual, in the last in line: A8 and M8 motion coprocessor, at a wimpy 1.4Ghz dual-core.

Storage matters, that’s why pretty much every device mentioned will offer either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB - the iPhone 6 even offers 128GB. Sadly though, neither Samsung, nor Apple, nor OnePlus will offer expandable storage by microSD. Only the Moto X and G4 offer that.

Apple, as usual, in the last in line: A8 and M8 motion coprocessor, at a wimpy 1.4Ghz dual-core.

Samsung slams the competition with 4GB of RAM, which is optional on the OnePlus (you can have either 3GB of RAM or 4GB). Moto X and G4 offer 3GB, and Apple, pathetically, gives only 1GB - you can find more on budget phones.

As for the battery, pretty much everyone except LG decided to have a non-removable battery, which is a bad call in my opinion, so I give this round to LG. The OnePlus has 3,300mAh, which is by far the most in the group. Moto X and LG both have 3,000mAh, and so does Samsung - but Samsung’s new processor will take less battery power, so maybe it’s actually a bit more. Apple, once again, in last place: 2,915mAh.

Samsung slams the competition with 4GB of RAM, which is optional on the OnePlus (you can have either 3GB of RAM or 4GB).

The cameras are the big sellers, so here we go: Samsung killed it, the same cameras as in the S6 and S6 Edge, the front camera has 16 megapixels with an f/1.9 lens, which has amazing low light capacity. The G4 also have 16 megapixels but with a f/1.8 lens, which is pretty excellent as well. The Moto X has an impressive 21 megapixels alongside f/2.0 lens.

The OnePlus has a surprisingly low 13 megapixels with f/2.0, and Apple, always failing the exams, has 8 megapixels alongside f/2.2. I should say though, the Apple camera is a major upgrade from all previous handsets.

All in all, I think the winners are clear, but more importantly, so is the loser (looking at you, Apple). 

All have 4K video recording capacity, except for (you guessed it) Apple.

Samsung even has a fancy new feature: wireless charging. It also has rapid charging, but so does the Moto X and the G4. Apple and OnePlus just can’t get it together.

All in all, I think the winners are clear, but more importantly, so is the loser (looking at you, Apple).

 

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