Your buying guide for the best big phones in 2019

Phones used to be small. Even the first iPhone only had a 3.5in display that today looks remarkably tiny.

The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5in display, and it isn’t the only phone with one that big. In fact, Apple was relatively late to the big phone party.

You may have heard the term phablet, which means phone-tablet. If you’re anything like us, you might even want to use a large phone all the time and not even have a tablet at all.

Size matters

Most phones with displays over 5.5in (measured corner to corner) are considered phablets, but in recent times phones have got taller and thinner displays in order to fit in larger overall displays. Most of the phones in this chart have these taller aspect ratios as they are known.

That's why in our chart below we've listed the screen sizes and aspect ratios of the phones to give you an idea of how wide or tall the displays are.

Not all phones with large screens could be considered ‘big’ though - Despite its 5.7in screen we wouldn't consider the regular Galaxy S9 to be a phablet, because its tiny bezels mean it's not a huge handset, yet we would consider the iPhone 8 Plus a phablet with its 5.5in screen, a regular 16:9 display aspect ratio and big bezels. 

Samsung, Huawei, LG and others all have phones that require two handed use most of the time, such is the size of their displays. But big phones have other great benefits like larger batteries and the pay-off is often well worth it. Though some need the large battery as the big screen drains the cell faster. 

The benefits

Watching films and TV becomes much more pleasant on a large screen phone and you’ll find yourself appreciating the photos you take even more when viewed on a big, vibrant display. 

Take into account that the number of pixels will be stretched over a larger screen area, so a Quad-HD screen will be appreciated here more than it would on a compact phone. That said, though, even a full-HD screen will look crystal clear on a big phone - just watch out for anything lower in resolution than this. 

These are the ten best big screen phones you can buy today

Best big phone 2019

1. Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL
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Screen size: 6.3in
Aspect ratio: 18.5:9

If you can handle that notch then the Google Pixel 3 XL is the best big phone you can get right now. It's got the best cameras on a smartphone, good software, solid battery life and a well calibrated OLED panel.

Read our full Google Pixel 3 XL review

2. OnePlus 6T

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Screen size: 6.41in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

The OnePlus 6T marries excellent premium design with a large OLED display and a price that's more manageable than some other high-end phones. With fast charging and amazing battery life it's a solid choice if you want a large display device. 

Read our full OnePlus 6T review

3. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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Screen size: 6.4in
Aspect ratio: 19:9

The latest Galaxy S phone is best when big. The S10 Plus boasts the best display on any phone with a pill shaped cut out in the top right corner for the front facing cameras. Performance is outstanding and the triple rear cameras are very versatile. 

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review

4. Huawei Mate 20 X

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Screen size: 7.2in
Aspect ratio: 18.7:9

With the largest screen of any phone on this list, the Mate 20 X is a souped up version of the Mate 20 Pro. It has a headphone jack, tiny notch, fingerprint sensor and blazing fast performance, topped off with truly world beating battery life.

Read our full Huawei Mate 20 X review

5. Huawei Mate 20 Pro

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Screen size: 6.39in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

If the Mate 20 X is just too big then the Mate 20 Pro brings the same specs and camera set up to a phone that still has a large screen. It loses the headphone jack and a bit of battery size, but adds secure 3D face unlock and a higher resolution screen than the X.

Read our full Huawei Mate 20 Pro review

6. Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR
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Screen size: 6.1in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

The iPhone XR is the best value high-end iPhone to date with a display larger than the regular iPhone XS. It's LCD but still a very well calibrated panel with excellent touch response. If you're a gamer it's a great choice, and comes in six colours.

Read our full Apple iPhone XR review

7. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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Screen size: 6.4in
Aspect ratio: 18.5:9

The Note 9 is the large screen Samsung phone to go for if you don't want a notch or a cut out. The display itself is phenomenal, and it's the only phone on the market that integrates a stylus well or in any meaningful way. Battery life is also stellar.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review

8. Moto G7

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Screen size: 6.2in
Aspect ratio: 19:9

The best cheaper phone with a large display, the Moto G7 does a lot of what pricier phone can do for less. You compromise on screen quality and resolution, but if you want a phone with a big screen and decent performance that doesn't break the bank, this is it.

Read our full Moto G7 review

9. Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS Max
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Screen size: 6.5in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

The iPhone XS Max is expensive but is the largest iPhone ever. If you really want the biggest possible display and iOS you're going to love it though, with a best-in-class OLED panel, insanely good performance and awesome cameras. The iPhone XR has better battery life, though.

Read our full Apple iPhone XS Max review

10. Honor Note 10

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Screen size: 6.95in
Aspect ratio: 18.5:9

If you can be bothered to import it and sideload Google Play services then the Honor Note 10 is an OLED phone with a huge screen, screaming performance and good battery life for a more acceptable price for some. 

Read our full Honor Note 10 review