Posts tagged with: Phablet
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    Big phones are in. Well, sort of. Some manufacturers seem to think so. Smartphones have been growing in size for years now, from a once normal 3.5-inches to upwards of 4.7-inches. Ever since Samsung introduced a smartphone that broke the 5-inch threshold, the idea of carrying a phone that rides the ever-shrinking barrier between smartphones and tablets became somewhat popularized. Now, a great deal of flagship devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4, come with displays that measure 5-inches, diagonally. And that's only the beginning. We just finished reviewing the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, a ...

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    "Wait, that's a phone?" That is one of the many bewildered questions we've received from passersby, friends, family, and everyone else since we received Sony's latest … device last week. And that's the very question that has unintentionally answered another we've been trying to resolve for going on three years now. At what point is a smartphone no longer a phone but a miniature tablet? Smartphones have been continually growing for the last three years, from a common 3.5-inch display to 6-inches and beyond. The race has transferred from "who can cram more pixels in a panel" and "who can ...

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    After the first leaked photo of the HTC One Max reached the webs yesterday, it was the general consensus that even though it does look like an HTC One, it's hard to tell if it really isn't just a good camera trick to make the HTC One or HTC One mini seem bigger. We've heard about HTC's phablet project for the longest time, but until yesterday, we hadn't really seen it in anything other than diagrams. Today we have some more leaked photos from ePrice, and this time they were nice enough to put all our worries to rest by actually comparing the HTC One Maxx to another phone. Surely comparing ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's Unpacked event which is already scheduled for IFA in Berlin, and where we expect to see the Samsun Galaxy Note III. The HTC One Max is up next as we finally see the device in leaked photos. LG's G2 event is just days away and we have a leaked user manual, which reveals a couple of things from the final product. Spotify takes the spotlight next as the company is launching a new Browser feature that brings you curated playlists. We end today's news talking about how the Obama administration has vetoed the ITC ban on the iPhone 4 and ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some more launch-date plans for the LG G2, which you already assumed after so many leaks. Then let's continue with Samsung as it seems that the Galaxy Note III won't have the fingerprint scanner after all. More rumors of a Nokia 6-inch phablet resurface and we hope it's great. We later talk about the Consumer Reports verdict on the camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020, which we don't agree with. We end today's show talking about the Samsung, HTC and Sony plans for upgrading their smartphone line-up to Android 4.3. All this and more after the break. ...

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    Sony announced its new Xperia Z Ultra at the Mobile Asia Expo last week, and the mammoth monstrosity caused quite a stir in our little corner of the internet. In case you missed the announcement: the device packs quite a few features into its 6.5mm-thin frame, including the processor that, according to Joe Levi, you want in your next phone, and stylus support that, if you ask Stephen Schenck, should be standard in all devices across the land. Indeed, the Xperia Z Ultra seems like a very capable smartphone in nearly every respect. There's just one problem, tough: it's not a smartphone. It's ...

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    When Anton didn't immediately scowl at the thought of using an 8-inch tablet as a phone replacement, I called him crazy. I literally thought he'd lost it. The point of a cell phone – for portable communication – is completely negated by substituting it with a device that doesn't fit in your pocket. And when he got the Fonepad by ASUS, actually liked it and didn't change his mind like I thought he would, and scored it as an impressive (for a tablet) eight out of 10 in the review, I was fully convinced Tony had gone off the deep end. Exactly one week ago, I received an email from ...

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    While the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and HTC One have very little in common, both are symbolic of their respective makers' current financial status and recent market performance. HTC is currently struggling and put every ounce of effort and know-how into a single smartphone. And the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is only one of many Samsung smartphones that have few realistic reasons to exist other than the fact that Samsung can afford to experiment to see what sticks. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 towers over pretty much every other smartphone on the market. And the HTC One packs one serious wallop with BoomSound, ...

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    Samsung announced its newest line of smartphones (made for giants) back in April: Galaxy Mega. If the name isn't indication enough, maybe the screen sizes of these phones will get your phablet flags waving, as Mr. Fisher would say. The Mega comes in two sizes – 5.8 and 6.3-inches. Huge, at least for being marketed as a simply a phone, is an understatement. Where the Galaxy Note 8.0 (non-US model) and Fonepad are small tablets with phone capabilities, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is nothing more than a giant phone. We received one yesterday morning and, as always, gave it the unboxing treatment. ...

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    The probability for a Nokia phablet is still unknown. However, such a device has been nonetheless subject to rumors in the past, alongside the mystery EOS PureView Lumia device. If a six-incher made by Espoo will become a reality, that would happen only in 2014, according to a recent report. Information coming from "industry sources" might go either way, so we're wearing our skeptical hat for this. It might seem like a logical move though. After the success of jumbophones, especially from Samsung, said sources claim that Nokia is reportedly in discussions regarding such handsets for next ...

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    The Fonepad is a first effort from ASUS, and a decent one at that, though often frowned upon. It's not the only tablet on the market that is equipped with a physical earpiece, but it is part of a select few products from companies that try to address a specific, though not overly popular, need of the market. If you do a lot of on-the-go work on your tablet you surely know the feeling of carrying around another device: a phone. Whether that's for tethering or, most of the time, calls, it really depends on your particular needs. While you can easily overcome the phone-tablet combination ...

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    Apparently Samsung wants to create a phone and/or tablet that's perfect for every person on the face of the planet -- even if that takes 7 billion different models. Okay, that may be a bit of an over-statement, but honestly! Samsung, can't you do something about your runaway screen sizes? The Galaxy Note II has a diagonal screen measurement of 5.5-inches. That's a pretty big "phone". It's so big, in fact, that we had to coin a new term to describe it: the "phablet" -- part phone, part tablet. It's a strange beast, but it ends up working pretty well, as long as your hands are big enough. We ...

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    It seems Android smartphone superstar Samsung won't be happy until it offers a Galaxy device at every possible screen size and price point. That's a trend we've been commenting on for a while, but we're not talking about brand dilution or new product categories today. The Galaxy product line seems in no danger of foundering under the weight of its wide selection, and the latest products out of Seoul aren't exactly blazing a new trail in form factor. They're phablets -phone/tablet hybrids- through and through. We're talking about the new behemoths on the Android playground, natch: the duo ...

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    The world of mobile technology is one of the fiercest competitive markets ever. In the quest to stand out from the pack, some companies make bold moves and succeed brilliantly. Others are more meek and fade into the unexceptional background. Still others fill the space between, innovating once, then endlessly iterating over and over again. Then there are those that just screw it all up. Thanks to choices that are either too bold, too meek, or just plain-old absolutely insane, these are the products that fall flat on their face. They’re not to be mocked, but the lessons they teach should ...

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    Once considered a niche device that held no true purpose, the tablet has beat all odds to become a thriving, mainstream product. It has come to be a choice item in many people's mobile arsenal, a common household item for many. For me, the tablet has become a staple in my workflow. Such is the case for many of the people I know – colleagues, friends, family and strangers. I can't go to the local coffee shop without seeing at least a couple people plop their iPad on the table. And just about all hours of the day, I have my iPad mini propped up, waiting to notify me of any incoming ...

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