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When it comes to viewing videos, Web surfing and gaming on your smartphone, bigger is usually always better. We're talking about screen size, of course.

While Apple has finally upgraded to a 4-inch display for the iPhone 5, high-end Android smartphones have inched above the 4.5-inch mark and beyond. You could even consider the option of getting a 7-inch tablet, but you'll look ridiculous holding it up to your ear.

A larger screen comes in handy for viewing text-heavy Web pages, and reduces the trouble of scrolling. Coupled with a higher resolution, you get to see a lot more detail in your pictures and videos, too.

The disadvantage of these large screens is that they are more power-hungry, which can take a toll on phones' limited battery life. Also, these smartphones may not fit well into skinny jeans and can be uncomfortable for one-handed typing after a while.

Ultimately, it boils down to your own preferences, as well as the size of your pocket, purse or hands. Here is a roundup of large-screen handsets--already available or coming soon--to consider.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3  5.7-inch

We all knew it was coming, but now its official – the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is here. Toting a new and improved faux leather back, that’s available in a myriad of colours, as well as a 5.7-inch full HD display, this is the ‘phablet’ to beat. Samsung has also beefed up the software features, adding in an improved S-Note app and useful quick menu. Powering this rather large device is quad-core processor, paired with 3GB of RAM and you’ll have a choice between 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.


Sony Xperia Z1  5-inch

The latest flagship phone from Sony, and taking over from the pretty impressive Xperia Z, the Z1 is a powerhouse – both in terms of processor and camera. Under the svelte chassis is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, whilst taking care of the all important photos is a 20.7 megapixel camera with Exmor RS tech and a BIONZ image processor. It’s fully waterproof, svelte looking and packing an impressive, 1080p display.


Alcatel One Touch Hero  6-inch

Alcatel One Touch may be known more for their budget devices rather than the high-end ones, yet the Hero may just change all that. Boasting some seriously flagship specs including a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 13MP camera and a stylus for the 6-inch Full HD display, this device is certainly not destined for the bargain bin. Best of all though are the accessories, which include an e-ink cover and a snazzy projector.


Acer Liquid S2  6-inch

If recording video in 1080p is just not enough for you, the 6-inch display toting Acer packs the ability to shoot your video in glorious 4K. Along with this uber HD tech is a high-res screen, 13 megapixel snapper, NFC and LTE connectivity. A load of nifty camera enhancements are included as well, including an auto tagging widget, panorama mode and control over the exposure.


HTC One  4.7-inch

So the Android phone to currently beat is the HTC One, not to be confused with the One X+ and One X. Powering HTC's latest sleek One Series offering is a Quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocking in at 1.7GHz with 2GB of RAM. A 4.7-inch, 468ppi display takes centre stage making a mockery of the pixel density sported by the iPhone 5 and with its Ultrapixel camera the One can shoot stellar snaps letting in 300% more light compared to its 13-Megapixel pic-grabbing rivals.


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