The phablet is an unusual device. It is too large to be considered a smartphone, and too small to be a tablet. This means that it is either, depending on your view, an oversized and bulky smartphone or too small to be considered a useful tablet computer. However, there are benefits to these devices, and both Sony and Nokia have their own 6” models.
The Sony Xperia Z is billed as a 6” phablet, but it is actually 6.4” in size. This means that it is actually very close to being the 7” size that most tablets offer. It also means that using it as a mobile phone will prove very difficult to get used to. You may have to have special clothing tailor made with larger pockets to have a hope of carrying it around with you.
However, there are benefits to the size. The screen is incredibly crisp and clear, offering 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and excellent viewing angles. It offers 341ppi density, which isn’t as high as the 441ppi offered by the original Xperia Z, but the difference will not be discernible to most users. You will be able to enjoy gaming, TV, and HD video clips.
It also has a 2.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. In terms of memory, there’s 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The size of the device means that they could just about have included DVD, but, alas, they didn’t.
The Lumia 1520 from Nokia hasn’t yet been released in the UK, but it is another behemoth of a device. It’s only a 6” screen, but it is full 1,080p HD. It also has a similarly speed 2.2GHz quad core processor and the same 2GB of RAM. There’s double the internal memory, of 32GB, however, and this will be required because the Windows phone features full versions of the Microsoft Office suite of tools.
The Xperia Z Ultra has a very ordinary 8mp camera, while the Nokia has a much better 20mp snapper.
Expect to pay between £500 and £600 for these, but be happy that by emptying your wallet you may have made some of the room that you will need in order to store your phone. Neither are particularly portable, but both are pretty powerful.