Smartphones with ginormous screens (roundup)
For some of you, there's no such thing as too huge when it comes to smartphone screens. The larger the display, the more space you have for reading e-books and news stories, playing games, and immersing yourself in photos and video graphics. Whether you have enormous mitts, the desire for a smartphone that performs tablet functions, or just a penchant for big, beautiful screens, these are for you.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon), October 24, 2012
The screen-size granddaddy of them all, Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 with its 5.5-inch HD display carries on the "phablet" frenzy with its part phone, part tablet philosophy, and its stylus and productivity tools.
Whether you, like CNET photographer Josh Miller, call it the Samsung Galaxy Large, or you prefer to think of it as the Galaxy Just Right, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device has top-shelf specs (like a quad-core processor. Heck yeah!) and a terrific 8-megapixel camera. Read the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review.
LG Intuition (Verizon), September 6, 2012
Samsung's bitter rival LG followed up the Galaxy Note announcement with its own ultralarge Android smartphone. The Intuition, which we first saw at Mobile World Congress as the Optimus Vu, has a very bright 5-inch LCD IPS screen with a 1,024x768-pixel screen resolution. Memo-writing and sketching are spotlight activities on the Vu, but it lacks an internal cavity for quickly stashing your stylus. Read the LG Intuition review.
Samsung Galaxy S3 (T-Mobile, plus AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, U.S. Cellular), June 21, 2012
Samsung's flagship phone steps away from tablet territory with a 4.8-inch HD screen that's nevertheless enormous compared with more moderate 4-inch, 4.3-inch, and even 4.5-inch displays. The AMOLED technology makes colors vibrant and sharp, but the screen never got quite as bright as some of its rivals'. An outstanding 8-megapixel camera, an ultrazippy dual-core processor, and a slew of software bells and whistles enhance the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich superstar. Read the Samsung Galaxy S3 review.
HTC One X (AT&T), May 5, 2012
HTC's One X flagship phone sports a 4.7-inch screen that's just 0.1 inch smaller on the diagonal than the Galaxy S3, yet what you lose in size you more than gain back in color accuracy and maximum screen brightness. Like the GS3, the HTC One X revs Qualcomm's fastest dual-core engine and has a terrific, high-speed camera, making it a superb all-around choice. Read the HTC One X review.
HTC Evo 4G LTE (Sprint), May 9, 2012
HTC and Sprint doctored up the One X to fit it neatly into the Evo family. Thanks to a red racing-stripe kickstand, the Evo 4G LTE is a more than worthy successor to the original Evo 4G. Of course, the Android 4.0 handset has all of the One X's screen and processor credits, but with a style all its own. Sprint customers will know that until the carrier's 4G LTE network reaches their market, the phone will run on disappointing 3G data speeds. Read the HTC Evo 4G LTE review.