Posts tagged with: Phablet
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    One of the most interesting things about category-defining devices is that they tend to polarize opinions based on one or several unique characteristics. Also, these standout features typically survive into the products' sequels, which typically launch before anyone's finished arguing about their worth. That's certainly the case with the recently-launched Galaxy Note II, bursting onto the market almost exactly a year after its predecessor, and touting the same standout features of S Pen stylus and massive display. We talked a little about the S Pen earlier this weekend with our guided tour ...

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    I've written about them, shot hands-on videos with them, and debated their ups and downs on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast ... but I've never had the opportunity to actually use a "phablet," a smartphone/tablet hybrid, outside of a showroom floor. That is, until now. Yesterday, a package arrived at my door containing Samsung's newest offering for the phablet market. The South Korean company created the category last year with the original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, and it's following up that model's surprising success with the even-more-beastly 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II. The new device bears ...

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    HTC has been busy. The company, working hard to get its groove back and compete with supersized rival Samsung, is pressing forward on several fronts. It's working on an upgrade to its flagship One line with something we've been calling the One X+, it's prepping a device code-named "DIX" for Verizon Wireless, and it's investing in the Windows Phone ecosystem like never before with its phalanx of "Signature Edition" WP8 Devices. One thing HTC is missing, though, is any presence whatsoever in the tablet space since the abortive Flyer. And that includes anything in the sub-tablet category. ...

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    In the world of cellular phones, sequels have a spotty history. This reality has been at the forefront of my thinking recently, fueled by my two most recent reviews of the Motorola Atrix HD and HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. Both of those devices were the latest in their "family line," each the third iteration in a venerable legacy. And each one followed a sequel device, a number-2 release that was unimpressive. As I said in each review, I found both the Droid Incredible 2 and Motorola Atrix 2 to be very underwhelming devices compared to their forebears, watered-down and uninspired versions ...

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    I'm one of those people who uses his tablet in bed. In fact, that was one of my biggest justifications for purchasing an iPad in the first place; bedborne browsing has for years been one of my favorite ways of drifting off. For much of that time, though, it was a cumbersome process. I was either awkwardly chained to a notebook computer, with its accompanying fan-port and form-factor headaches, or confined to browsing on a 3" smartphone screen- not ideal for eyeballs already weary from staring at displays all day. Early in the iPad's quest to popularize consumer tablets, I bought one, and ...

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    As you can clearly see in the image above, the phone outlined on the left is exactly the phone pictured on the right, which means that the LG VS950 is indeed the LG Optimus VU -- or a variant of some sort. On this exact same note we can draw the conclusion that the LG VS950, aka LG Optimus VU, is heading to Verizon, at least according to FCC. There's no mention of the "Optimus VU" moniker though, but the filing reveals that the VS950 is packing NFC and LTE band 13 plus GSM 850/1900MHz compatibility. LG introduced its 4:3 aspect ratio phablet with the occasion of this year's MWC and the ...

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    Look here: Samsung's Galaxy Note passed the 5-million-units-sold mark in March. That's sold, not shipped. Current sales estimates hover between 7 and 10 million Galaxy Notes circulating in the wild. That's a lot of units for a device as unique as the Note, with its monstrous 5.3-inch screen and accompanying oversized casing. Indeed, the Note was the first device to focus worldwide attention on a new sub-category of devices, commonly referred to as "phablets." While some consider that portmanteau of "phone" and "tablet" to be a derisive term, I don't think it is- and it certainly hasn't ...

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