Posts tagged with: Phablet
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    I ordered my 32GB Midnight Blue Nexus 6 from the Play Store on November 5th, 2014. Two weeks later it was on its way to the Pocketnow Boston office so Michael Fisher could give it the full review treatment. After patiently waiting, my Nexus 6 finally arrived here, in Utah, about a month ago, my first impression wasn't positive: "holy crap, this thing is huge!" I went to work setting it up (an easy task thanks to Lollipop's new "getting started" process), and have used it as my daily driver exclusively since that day. The life of a tech journalist marches ever onward and I have other phones ...

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    It feels like Samsung started the trend - phones that were half-tablet with large screens that barely fit in our pockets. Now it seems like everyone is trying to jump onboard the phablet train! Over the last few weeks I've been looking at the ZMAX from ZTE, which proves that even affordable phones have "big phone" fever! To start with, the ZTE ZMAX is big. With its 5.7-inch screen it's right up there with the big guys like the Note 4 and the Nexus 6. It feels significantly larger than my daily driver, the Nexus 5, even though it only stands about 1-inch taller and a quarter of an inch ...

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    Based on how 2014 is stacking up, I think it's safe to say this year will be remembered as the year of the phablet. We saw Apple's mammoth iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung released its Note 4, Google is set to begin taking pre-orders for the Nexus 6, and others like OnePlus and ZTE even threw their hats in the ring. Now Motorola has thrown another big phone into the race, and it's being called the DROID Turbo. Interestingly enough, it looks like it's pretty much a Nexus 6 for Verizon with a cool carbon fiber back. How do the two compare, and which one should you get? Specs Let's take a look at ...

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    Here in these United States, Google's latest Nexus smartphone - the Nexus 6 - isn't available for pre-order until October 29th, 2014. That date is approaching quickly, so those of us who are considering making that purchase need to make our decisions quickly. Mine wasn't easy to make. Here's why I almost didn't buy the Nexus 6. I've been a "Nexus guy" since before they were calling them by that name. I started out in Android with the T-Mobile G1. Shortly after the Nexus One was released I joined Pocketnow (has it been that long?!). I've owned every iteration of Nexus smartphone since ...

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    There was no huge release party. We didn't even get a live-stream event. Instead, Google quietly announced the new Nexus devices and Android 5.0 Lollipop on its blog. Based on the hardware we're seeing, Google didn't need any hyped up fanfare, the devices speak for themselves. Let's take a look at the Nexus 6, and see how it just killed most of the competition. Nexus 6 Finally, after months of speculation, we know that Google's new smartphone is called the Nexus 6, not the Nexus X or anything else. We know that it's more of a phablet than a smartphone (some would even argue that it's a ...

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    By now we've heard the rumors, we've seen the mockups, and we've oogled over the guy who made a "Nexus 6" out of a block of wood just to show us its size. If all this holds true, the Nexus 6 (or whatever it will be called) is going to be big. Or is it? The Nexus 5 wasn't a small phone when it was released, but by today's standards, it's not overly large. We may be sitting on the edge of a screen size revolution and not even know it. Samsung's Note family and the new iPhone 6 Plus help illustrate this point - both are undebatably in the phablet size. One of the biggest complaints I'm ...

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    The LG-built Nexus 5 is a wonderful phone. Before it landed, many complained that the screen would be too big, and the overall size of the device would be prohibitively large for a smartphone. In the year since its been around, however, the Nexus 5 has proven to be very usefully sized, without being too large to comfortably carry. Now that we're getting close to when we suspect the "Nexus 6" will launch, we're hearing rumors that it may be called the "Nexus X" and codenamed the Motorola Shamu. If what we've pieced together holds true, the Motorola Shamu will be Google's first Nexus ...

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    We've criticized the approach that many OEMs have taken with tablets and phablets because many have decided to simply increase the display size, and very few have done a smart job at giving you an added level of usability through it. Apple and Samsung have both done an amazing job with their iPad and Galaxy Note lineup, but with the rumors of a 5.5-inch iPhone 6, you'd wonder how Apple is planning to approach its first phablet. Developer Steven Throughton-Smith recently decided to modify Apple's iOS simulator in order to portray what apps would look like on a 5.5-inch display and 2208 x ...

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    Samsung's latest feat of technological wizardry is the funky curved screen on the Galaxy Note Edge. While that may appeal to some, it really takes seeing it in action before the utility of the curved part of the screen can really be appreciated. We went hands-on with the Note Edge to help you see just how cool that new feature is... but we're right-handed. Most of the time, tech sites don't focus too much on the right- versus left-handed utility of devices. Other than power and volume buttons, smartphones and tablets are typically dominant-hand-agnostic. Once the device is on, the ...

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    One year ago, almost to the day, I received the Sony Xperia Z Ultra in the mail from Negri Electronics. Brandon and Michael decided I would be the one to review the massive 6.4-inch smartphone from Sony, likely because I've always had a penchant for extra large smartphones – excessive smartphones. Just two months before the Xperia Z Ultra landed on my doorstep, I had reviewed the Galaxy Mega. All things considered, I really liked it. Its specs and display could have been better, but Samsung did a pretty good job at keeping the Mega's physical footprint reasonable – more like the Galaxy ...

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    As we get closer to Apple's rumored launch of the iPhone 6 in September, more rumors continue to point to a separate launch of the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model. Most of these rumors mention that both devices will be almost identical to each other, one being just bigger than the other as we currently see with the premium iPad lineup. Still, until these products are launched, rumors can change dramatically over night and that's what seems to be the case with Apple's new smartphones. Analysts now believe that Apple is planning to launch the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 phablet with a beefier ...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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