Posts tagged with: Phablet
  • by | March 24, 2014 4:00 PM

    We've heard rumors of Apple getting ready to launch as many as two iPhone 6 models this year, and most of these rumors point to a WWDC launch as well. The odd thing is that there are many conflicting rumors about the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 phablet. Some call this the higher-end device that Apple may launch, and others don't. Regardless of the source, we get some additional rumors today that may disappoint those looking forward to this. A new research from UBS analyst Steve Milunovich points to Apple not really planning on launching both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch models at the same ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 4:35 AM

    ZTE today announced the newest handset in its Android phablet line, the Grand Memo II LTE. The new device follows in the footsteps of last year's Grand Memo LTE, mating a 6-inch IPS display with a 3200 mAh battery and squeezing it all into a frame just 7.2mm thick. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 400 chipset (MSM8926, the quad-core version with the Adreno 305) backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, with a 13MP Sony BSI camera around back and a 5MP unit up front. That hardware is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat with version 2.3 of ZTE's MiFavor UI running on top. According to ZTE, ...

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  • by | February 10, 2014 7:01 AM

    To date, essentially all manufacturers who have attempted to mimic Samsung's success with the Galaxy Note line of oversized smartphones have done so by packing as many great specifications as possible inside the phone and slapping a premium price tag on it to boot. But not everyone who wants a smartphone-tablet hybrid wants or needs an over the top smartphone. And they may not want to pay premium prices to get such a phone. Much smaller phones, like the Moto G, have impressively replicated the performance and experience provided by the much more expensive Moto X. So why can't a so-called ...

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  • by | January 28, 2014 9:00 AM

    The ZTE Iconic Phablet we've seen at CES, and handled, turned out to be just a "placeholder" name for the device, as it now pops up with the ZTE Boost Max moniker on Boost Mobile. It will set you back $299.99 but it can also be coupled with Boost Mobile's $55 Monthly Unlimited Plan -- with Shrinking Payments which can make your fee as low as $40. The Boost Max packs a 5.7-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, eight-megapixel main camera with flash, one-megapixel front-facer, Android 4.1, and a 3,200mAh ...

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  • by | January 16, 2014 7:02 AM

    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | January 4, 2014 7:35 AM

    We live in a day and age where people just aren't satisfied with having a smartphone or a tablet -- or both. Instead, many seem to want some unholy combination of the two: a phone that's too big to be considered a phone, but a tablet that's too small to be considered a tablet. This Frankensteinian creation has a name: the phablet. I didn't say it was a pretty name, but it's a fitting one nonetheless. Once you get your head around the fact that such a beast exists, that there is a market for it, and people actually enjoy their phablets, one aching question remains: why do phablets cost so ...

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  • by | December 7, 2013 2:19 AM

    Earlier today, while we were busy hanging with some of you fine folks on the latest episode of the Pocketnow Live, a lot was going down elsewhere. Our LG G Flex review was in the final polishing stages; our own Taylor Martin was kicking out some coverage on Motorola's mold-breaking budget wonder, the Moto G; and friend of the show Marques Brownlee was interviewing Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility. All that activity demands a followup, of course, and what better venue for an end-of-week wrapup than the Pocketnow Weekly podcast? We can't think of any, either. So whether you're here ...

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  • by | December 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    "There's nothing flat about you." Depending on your gender, self-image, and the cultural values where you live, that quote (from Dr. Ramchan Woo, LG's Head of Mobile Product Planning) could be taken any number of ways. But applied to the whole of humanity in the most general sense possible, it's true: we're a race of rather rounded organisms. Yet the smartphones we carry with us to communicate with our curvy compatriots are almost invariably flat: boxy, right-angled handhelds that often pay little more than passing attention to ergonomics. That's the reason, according to Dr. Woo, that LG ...

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  • by | December 2, 2013 7:17 AM

    Take a look at Apple's iPhone. Other than incremental updates and improvements, an iPhone is basically just like any other iPhone. Apple has it easy in that it doesn't have to compete with any other manufacturer. Unfortunately, that also limits the options Apple can offer. Many will claim this is a weakness, others will claim it's a strength. Truth be told, it's probably a bit of both. But what of the other players in the game? Windows Phones come in a variety of configurations, but the wildcard is Android. Devices powered by Android can come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, in ...

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  • by | November 30, 2013 6:02 AM

    If you've been paying attention to the Pocketnow crew the past few months, you'll know that one of us is somewhat enamored of the LG G Flex. We spent much of this week's podcast talking about our week with the unusual phablet, its curved casing a breath of excitement in an otherwise stolid and straitlaced world of right angles. But there's more to the G Flex than the subtle hint of bananaphone in its chassis. LG's latest Android device also brings another first to the high-end smartphone world: a "self-healing" coating designed to seal up minor scratches in a few minutes' time, keeping the ...

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  • by | October 31, 2013 5:54 AM

    Got a few hundred clams burning a hole in your pocket? Do you love absurdly oversized smartphone displays? Do you see no need for mobile devices to include a stylus in 2013? Then you, friend, have come to the right place. The subjects of today's Pocketnow comparison are not alien to us. Each is a positively massive smartphone featuring powerful media consumption capabilities. We’ve already separately reviewed both the HTC One max and the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, and we’ve also subjected them to innumerable comparisons - some worthwhile, some outrageous. But there's nothing quite so ...

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  • by | October 22, 2013 7:51 PM

    Adam Doud sure doesn't like the idea of a Windows Phone phablet. Pocketnow's newest editor is, if nothing else, consistent. He's denounced the concept of a Nokia-made smartphone/tablet hybrid more than once, with his latest anti-phablet proclamation coming on the heels of today's unveiling of the new Lumia 1520. Adam's arguments are quite valid. His insistence that modern Windows Phone software can't effectively utilize the added screen real estate of a phablet is understandable, even if the problem isn't confined to Microsoft's OS (we recently took the Android-based HTC One max to task ...

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  • by | October 22, 2013 12:30 PM

    Nokia shocked the world today by actually having a Nokia World event in the twilight of their device manufacturing days. With the door on the phone factory about to close – at least the door with the “Nokia” logo on it - Nokia brought some pretty nice devices to the Windows Phone Lumia lineup, including two new six inch phablets and the oft rumored Nokia tablet. The crowd went wild. Go Nokia! Having said that, I have already made my general disposition toward a Nokia phablet known in a previous editorial. I understand the concept of it. I understand the reasoning behind it. I ...

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  • by | October 1, 2013 7:55 PM

    Watching the Galaxy Note line evolve over the past two years has been very, very interesting. Samsung kicked off a new category with the original Note back in 2011, packing the specs and performance of a small tablet into the body of a large smartphone, and throwing a modern-day stylus into the mix to sweeten the pot. The device beat all expectations to become a hit - but it did so at a fairly modest scale. So for its next trick, Samsung endeavored to "consumerize" the Note line, slimming its hardware and aligning its feature set more closely with the flagship Galaxy S series - something ...

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  • by | September 28, 2013 1:24 PM

    Back at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Samsung announced its biggest, baddest, most bodacious smartphone/tablet hybrid ever, the Galaxy Note 3. After getting some hands-on time with the world's beefiest phablet, we were keen to get it into our labs for some one-on-one testing ... and thanks to Negri Electronics, we've been able to do just that. The SM-N900 version of the Galaxy Note 3 recently arrived at the door of the Pocketnow review booth, and we're putting it bezel-to-bezel against its predecessor, the Galaxy Note II. So before you go dropping a boatload of bucks on the season's latest spec ...

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