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Best big phones in 2022: Top phablets 6 inches or larger

The best big phones prioritize screen size and battery life over whether or not they fit in your pocket. They’re the opposite of compact, but you can watch videos, lose yourself in games or text with fewer typos. Every single one of the phones here is sure to require two hands to use.

Practically every high-end handset comes in a super-size option, from Apple’s new iPhone 13 Pro Max to the OnePlus 9 Pro and Samsung’s foldable Galaxy Z Fold 3. All four phones in the entire Galaxy S22 lineup along with both Pixel 6 models sport giant displays, as well, leaving smaller phones in short supply. 

Alongside their more expansive displays and improved longevity on a charge, the best big phones pack more elaborate cameras, with a greater quantity of lenses and the best optics and sensors on the market.

If you’re ready to go big on your next phone, we’ve put together a list of some of our super-sized favorites. And should you want one of the best small phones instead, we’ve got you covered there, too.

What are the best big phones?

The biggest iPhone is also the best big phone available. The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch screen powered by the best-in-class A15 Bionic processor. It also has the best battery life of any of the iPhone 13 family. The ProMotion display can go up to 120Hz, putting the iPhone 13 Pro Max in line with many high-end Android phones.

Samsung looks to challenge the iPhone’s place at the top of the best big phones list with a trio of new phones highlighted by the massive Galaxy S22 Ultra. With a big 6.8-inch screen that’s the brightest we’ve tested, the new Ultra is a standout device for Android fans, though the Galaxy S22 Plus also impresses if you don’t want to spend more than $1,000 on your next phone.

If money is truly no object, there is no bigger phone than the Galaxy Z Fold 3, a $1,799 foldable that opens up to reveal an expansive 7.6-inch display. Not only is this updated handset more durable, it also adds S Pen support. 

At the other end of the price spectrum, you can turn to the $250 Moto G Power, available in a new version for this year with a larger screen and the same 5,000 mAh battery that outlasts just about every phone out there. For another $300, you can go for the Google Pixel 5a, which offers a good mix of quality and budget features.

The best big phones you can buy today

the iphone 13 pro max is the best big phone you can buyEditor's Choice

The display on the iPhone 13 Pro Max stretches 6.7 inches allowing you to get all sorts of work done. (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

1. iPhone 13 Pro Max

The best big phone available for now

Specifications

Display size: 6.7-inch OLED (2778 x 1284)

CPU: A15 Bionic

RAM: 6GB

Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB / No

Cameras (back / front): 12MP wide, ultrawide, telephoto / 12MP

Weight: 8.5 ounces

Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 12:16

Reasons to buy
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Best-in-class cameras

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Excellent battery life

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Immersive 6.7-inch display

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is not only the best big phone around, but it’s the best phone period. Its beautiful 6.7-inch OLED display with its 120Hz refresh rate wowed us, as did the cameras and battery life. Apple made serious improvements this year, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max going for over an hour longer than the iPhone 12 Pro Max in our battery test.

The main and ultrawide cameras have larger sensors now, which let in more light for better photos all around. The telephoto lens got bumped to 3x. So not only is the hardware impressive, but so are the actual photos.

Apple didn’t leave it at that, adding in Cinematic mode and Photographic Styles to improve your creativity. Cinematic mode is basically portrait video with dynamically shifting focus. Photographic Styles are real-time filters that you can adjust to your liking. 

If you want the best phone possible, then you want the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Read our full iPhone 13 Pro Max review.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra best big phonesEditor's Choice

At 6.8 inches, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the new big-screen king among Android devices. (Image credit: Future)

2. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The best big phone for Android users

Specifications

Display size: 6.8-inch AMOLED (3088 x 1440; 1-120Hz)

CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

RAM: 8GB, 12GB

Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB / No

Rear camera: 108MP wide (f/1.8), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.2), 10MP telephoto (f/4.9) with 10x optical zoom, 10MP telephoto (f/2.4) with 3x optical zoom

Front camera: 40MP (ƒ/2.2)

Weight: 8.1 ounces

Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:18

Reasons to buy
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Super bright display

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Cameras offer better low light performance

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Built-in S Pen

Reasons to avoid

Shorter battery life than S21 Ultra

On the surface, not much seems to have changed from last year’s Galaxy S21 Ultra to the new Galaxy S22 Ultra. After all, both phones sport 6.8 inches displays with fast refresh rates.

But beyond the surface, Samsung packed some big changes into the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The new phone features a super-bright display, boasting a peak brightness of 1,750 nits. (We measured 1,359 nits on a light meter, which still makes the S22 Ultra one of the brightest displays we’ve seen.) The refresh rate has been tweaked to scale all the way down to 1Hz when the action on the screen is static.

Beyond display improvements, the Galaxy S22 Ultra features a new chipset, fast 45W charging and a bigger main camera sensor that helps better capture low-light photos. Android fans who want a big-screen phone with premium features should choose this Samsung model.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review.

pixel 6 pro display on leaning against bottles as one of the best big phones

The Google Pixel 6 Pro has the biggest screen of Google’s newest flagship phones. (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

3. Google Pixel 6 Pro

Best big phone with Android 12

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch OLED (3120×1440)

CPU: Google Tensor

RAM: 12GB

Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB / No

Cameras (back/front): 50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 48MP telephoto / 11.1MP

Weight: 7.4 ounces

Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 7:49

Reasons to buy
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Incredible cameras

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Tensor performs well

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Beautiful new design

Reasons to avoid

Shorter battery life than competitors

While the 6.4-inch Google Pixel 6 is a big phone in its own right, it’s the Pixel 6 Pro that offers the most screen space of any new Google flagship. You get a 6.7-inch screen that can refresh at up to 120Hz depending on your activity.

The screen isn’t the only great feature on this new Pixel, powered by Google’s Tensor chip. You also get a 48MP telephoto lens capable of a 4x zoom. And like the regular Pixel 6, that Tensor chip coupled with Android 12 means you get some pretty powerful new features like a magic eraser for removing unwanted people from the background of photos and a smarter Google Assistant.

Battery life could be better on the Pixel 6 Pro, but thanks to the beefed-up smarts on this device, it’s the one for people who want a big screen and a pure Android experience.

Read our full Google Pixel 6 Pro review.

best big phones: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

There’s no bigger display than the 7.6-inch screen you get when you open the Galaxy Z Fold 3. (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

4. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

The best big phone with a foldable screen

Specifications

Display: Interior: 7.6 inch OLED (2208 x 1768; 120Hz); Exterior: 6.2 inches (2268 x 832; 120Hz)

CPU: Snapdragon 888

RAM: 12GB

Storage / Expandable: 256GB, 512GB / No

Cameras (Back/Front) : 12MP wide (f/1.8), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 12MP telephoto (f/2.4) / 10MP (f/2.2), 4MP under-display (f/1.8)

Weight: 9.55 ounces

Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 7:52 (60Hz), 6:35 (120Hz)

Reasons to buy
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More durable, water resistant design

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Dual 120Hz displays

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Improved multitasking features

Reasons to avoid

S Pen isn’t included

Still very expensive

If it’s big phones you like, why not opt for a phone that gets even bigger when you open it up? That’s the idea of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, which features a 6.2-inch cover display but can open up to reveal a tablet-sized 7.6-inch screen.

Even better, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is more durable than before, thanks to an IPX8 water-resistance rating and both tougher glass and aluminum used for its screen and body. Samsung added S Pen support, too, though that feature is optional, requiring you to buy a separate stylus.

With more apps optimized for the Galaxy Z Fold’ 3’s screen, you should be able to enjoy features like multitasking to a greater extent. While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 isn’t for everyone, it’s a very good choice for big phone fans who need a mobile productivity tool.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review.

Best big phones: OnePlus 9 Pro

The OnePlus 9 Pro’s dynamic refresh rate has an even wider range than all of Samsung’s S21 models. (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

5. OnePlus 9 Pro

The best OnePlus phone yet

Specifications

Screen Size: 6.7 inches

Processor: Snapdragon 888

Size and weight: 6.4 x 2.9 x 0.34 inches / 6.9 ounces

Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:40

5G networks supported: T-Mobile, Verizon (low-band)

Reasons to buy
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Gorgeous design

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Beautiful 120Hz display

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Crazy fast wired and wireless charging

Reasons to avoid

Morning Mist model is very slippery

Nightscape photos are inconsistent

The 6.7-inch AMOLED panel on the OnePlus 9 Pro is one feature that really stands out on this flagship phone and not just because of its size. Like the Galaxy S21 series, OnePlus has outfitted its latest phone with a dynamically refreshing display, so that the refresh rate picks up if you’re doing something that would benefit from a higher rate (like, say, scrolling through a web page). But the OnePlus 9 Pro offers an even wider range than the Galaxy S21, jumping between 1Hz and 120Hz as your activities warrant.

As impressive as that display is, there’s more to the OnePlus 9 Pro, which thanks to a partnership with camera specialist Hasselblad, sports the best array of lenses ever featured in a OnePlus phone. The 9 Pro lasts a long time on a charge — more than 10.5 hours in our test — and OnePlus’ fast-charge technology means you can top off the battery quickly whether you charge wirelessly or not. We also found that the Snapdragon 888 inside the OnePlus 9 Pro can match any Android phone for performance.

Just be aware that a successor, the OnePlus 10 Pro, is already available in China and coming to the U.S. at some point this year.

Read our full OnePlus 9 Pro review.

the iphone 13 is on the smaller end of the best big phoens spectrumEditor's Choice

The 6.1-inch iPhone 13 slots in between the iPhone 13 mini and Pro Max in terms of size. (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

6. iPhone 13

The best big, cheap iPhone

Specifications

Display size: 6.1-inch OLED (2532 x 1170)

CPU: A15 Bionic

RAM: 4GB

Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB / No

Cameras (back / front): 12MP wide, ultrawide / 12MP

Weight: 6.1 ounces

Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:33

Reasons to buy
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Very good battery life

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Comprehensive 5G coverage

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Incredible performance

Reasons to avoid

Slower charging

Cinematic mode capped at 1080p

The iPhone 13 is the best phone for most people. It features several camera enhancements such as larger sensors and sensor-shift OIS. Apple also included the Cinematic mode and Photographic Styles found on the Pro models.

The 6.1-inch OLED is crisp and beautiful with a smaller notch. You get 128GB base storage, up from 64GB last year. The new A15 Bionic chip is a powerhouse, destroying the best you can find in an Android phone. Whatever you need your phone to do, the iPhone 13 can do it.

Read our full iPhone 13 review.

best big phones: Google Pixel 5a

If you want a big screen but a small price, Google’s Pixel 5a has you covered. (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

7. Google Pixel 5a

The best mid-range big phone

Specifications

Display size: 6.43-inch OLED (2400 x 1080)

CPU: Snapdragon 765G

RAM: 6GB

Storage / Expandable: 128GB / No

Cameras (back/front): 12MP wide, 16MP ultrawide / 8MP

Weight: 6.5 ounces

Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 9:45

Reasons to buy
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Stunning display for price

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Excellent wide/ultrawide cameras

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IP67 water resistance

Reasons to avoid

Older chipset

No U.K. availability

With a notable increase in screen size over its predecessor, the Pixel 5a has become a cheaper choice among the best big phones. Don’t mind the lower price however, this phone still takes on much more expensive rivals when it comes to photography and display quality.

Other phones from the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, and Motorola should take note. That said, we don’t think they have much to worry about considering that the Pixel 5a is only available in the US and Japan. So UK readers will miss out on this one. It also uses the Snapdragon 765G, an upgrade over the Pixel 4a, but an old chip nonetheless.

The Pixel 5a also sports mmWave and sub-6Ghz 5G support, and it’s unlocked for all major carriers. It’s $100 more than the Pixel 4a last year, but $449 is still a great price for what you get — that is, the best camera phone under $500. 

Read our full Google Pixel 5a review.

galaxy s22 plus review best big phones

The Galaxy S22 Plus gives you a big screen without as big a price as the S22 Ultra. (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

8. Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

A great big-screen Galaxy flagship for less than $1,000

Specifications

Display size: 6.6-inch AMOLED (2340 x 1080; 48-120Hz)

CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

RAM: 8GB

Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB / No

Rear camera: 50MP wide (f/1.8), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.2), 10MP telephoto (f/2.4) with 3x optical zoom

Front camera: 10MP (ƒ/2.2)

Weight: 6.9 ounces

Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 9:46

Reasons to buy
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Bright, big display

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45W charging

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Improved zoom capabilities

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus features a slightly smaller display than last year’s Plus model. But 6.6 inches is still ample space, and Samsung boosted the brightness on this phone. Like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the S22 Plus offers a peak brightness of 1,750 nits, making it easy to see the display when you’re outside. Unlike the S22 Ultra, you can have this phone for less than $1,000.

It may not be the top-of-the-line model in the Galaxy S22 lineup, but the Plus packs in plenty of premium features, from an improved telephoto lens that offers a 3x optical zoom to the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset powering the device. The Galaxy S22 Plus also supports 45W wired charging. It’s not a big leap forward from the Galaxy S21 Plus, but if you’ve got an older phone, the S22 Plus is a solid upgrade.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus review.

Best big phones: Moto G Power (2021)

Like last year’s model, the Moto G Power (2021) lasts a long time on a charge. (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

9. Moto G Power (2021)

Longest-lasting big-screen phone

Specifications

Display size: 6.6-inch LCD (1600 x 720)

CPU: Snapdragon 662

RAM: 3GB, 4GB

Storage/Expandable: 32GB, 64GB / Yes

Cameras (Back/Front): 48MP main; 2MP macro; 2MP depth

Weight: 7.3 ounces

Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 14:04

Reasons to buy
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All-day battery life

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Low price including a sub-$200 model

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Attractive design for a budget phone

Reasons to avoid

Only one Android update

Ho-hum performance

Big screens require big batteries to stay powered up, but that’s not a concern with the Moto G Power (2021). Like last year’s version of the long-lasting Motorola phone, this device features a 5,000 mAh battery. And it makes every bit of use from all that power, lasting for more than 14 hours on our battery test.

Other aspects of the Moto G Power like its cameras and processor are more basic, but the price is certainly eye-catching. The 64GB version of the Moto G Power with 4GB of RAM costs an appealing $249. But if you can get away with less RAM and storage, you can find the phone for less than $200. That’s a bargain almost as big as the Moto G Power’s 6.6-inch display.

Read our full Moto G Power (2021) review.

Samsung galaxy s21 fe showing ap bio on the screen of one of the best big phones

The Galaxy S21 FE’s 6.4-inch screen falls right between the size of the standard S21 and the S21 Plus. (Image credit: Tom’s Guide)

10. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

A big-screen Samsung phone for less

Specifications

Display size: 6.4-inch OLED (2400 x 1080)

CPU: Snapdragon 888

RAM: 6GB, 8GB

Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB / No

Rear camera: 12MP (f/1.8) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 8MP telephoto (f/2.4)

Front camera: 32MP (ƒ/2.2)

Weight: 6.2 ounces

Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 7:46

Reasons to buy
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Big, bright screen

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Costs less than other Galaxy S21 models

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Features same Snapdragon 888 chipset in other top Android phones

Reasons to avoid

Subpar battery life

Screen’s refresh rate doesn’t dynamically adjust

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE may have a bigger screen at 6.4 inches than the 6.2-inch Galaxy S21, but it has a smaller price tag. And that’s the kind of size disparity the fans of the best big phones want to see.

You pay $699 for the Galaxy S21 FE, $100 less than the standard S21. As a result, you’ll get less RAM and a fast-refresh display that you have to set manually. But the top features you’d associate with the S21 family — the Snapdragon 888 processor, the excellent rear cameras and the bright display — are all available when you opt for the FE.

With the Galaxy S22 available for $799, there’s not much a price drop to get the Galaxy S21 FE. If you can swing the extra $100, it may be worth getting Samsung’s newer phone to benefit from the improved cameras and brighter display. Still, if you don’t want to go over $700 for your next phone, the Galaxy S21 FE offers some premium features.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 FE review.

How to choose the best big phone for you

  • Android or iPhone? Android phones give you more choice in terms of price, size and innovative designs — many of them happen to be larger, too. However, iPhones offer speedier software updates, better games and apps and better security and privacy. See our iPhone vs Android face-off.
  • Unlocked or carrier? Most shoppers in the U.S. buy new phones through their wireless carrier. But an unlocked phone gives you the freedom to buy the device without any sort of contract and then bring it to the provider you want to use.
  • Screen size: For fans of big phones, 6 inches and up is a good place to start. The biggest phones are 6.5 to just under 7 inches. If you want something you can easily use with one hand, go with one of the best small phones with a screen under 6 inches.
  • Cameras: Don’t pay attention to the megapixel count. Instead, look at camera face-offs between phones to see the photo quality and look for special features like Night Mode to get better quality in low light. Also see our best camera phone roundup.
  • Battery life: Generally, phones with larger batteries (measured in mAh) offer the longest battery life, but that’s not always the case. That’s why we run our own custom battery tests, where phones repeatedly load webpages over a T-Mobile data connection while set to 150 nits of display brightness until they run out of juice.

How we test smartphones

In order for a smartphone to make our best phone list, it needs to excel on several tests that we run on every handset. We perform some of these tests in our labs and some in the real world.

When it comes to performance, we rely on such synthetic benchmarks as Geekbench 5 and 3DMark to measure graphics performance. These tests allow us to compare performance across iPhones and Android devices. We also run a real-world video transcoding test on each phone using the Adobe Premiere Rush app and time the result.

To measure the quality of a phone’s display, we perform lab tests to determine the brightness of the panel (in nits), as well as how colorful each screen is (DCI-P3 color gamut). In these cases, higher numbers are better. We also measure color accuracy of each panel with a Delta-E rating, where lower numbers are better and score of 0 is perfect.

One of the most important tests we run is the Tom’s Guide battery test. We run a web surfing test over 5G or 4G at 150 nits of screen brightness until the battery gives out. In general, a phone that lasts 10 hours or more is good, and anything above 11 hours makes our list of the best phone battery life.

Last but not least, we take the best phones out in the field to take photos outdoors, indoors and at night in low light to see how they perform versus their closest competitors. We take shots of landscapes, food, portraits and more, and also allow you to be the judge with side-by-side comparisons in our reviews.