Posts tagged with: Phablet
  • by | October 25, 2012 11:31 AM

    Last night, Samsung unveiled the US edition of its Galaxy Note II in a New York City event that traded subtlety for scale, a bombastic blowout scaled to fit the larger-than-life smartphone/tablet hybrid. In addition to a phablet-praising video testimonial from LeBron James and a star-studded VIP guest list, the packed house was treated to the musical stylings of Kanye West later in the evening as hundreds of new Galaxy Note IIs rolled video. Thanks to Samsung, we had an opportunity for a few minutes of studio time with one of the new Galaxy Note II units. There's not a lot new here; if ...

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  • by | October 19, 2012 4:17 PM

    We've seen the trend of larger screens on our smartphones evolve for some time now. Then we saw the rise of the 10-inch tablet. Now we're seeing 5-inch smartphones and 7-inch tablets. Now we have an entirely new category: the Phablet -- part phone, part tablet. The phablet is powerful enough to do all the "tablety" things a 7- or 10-inch tablet can do, has a good sized battery, but fits it inside a package that somehow manages to fit inside your pocket (as long as you have large pockets). Our smartphones, however, are getting larger and coming closer to the "phablet" size.  Isn't there ...

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  • by | October 11, 2012 6:38 PM

    "Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? It's Galaxy Note!" So read the quote that kicked off the ad campaign surrounding the original Galaxy Note, the 5.3-inch hybrid device Samsung unveiled last year. Like many Samsung ad slogans, this one was a tad inaccessible, but at least the first two-thirds of it accurately stated the question a lot of us were asking: was the product a smartphone or was it a tablet? And furthermore, what place did it have in the market? What exactly did "it's Galaxy Note" mean? To the surprise of some -and the delight of Samsung, no doubt- those questions didn't keep the ...

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  • by | October 11, 2012 3:37 PM

    It's the biggest deal in phablets, and one of the hottest things in smartphones as a whole. We've been covering it in editorial and video pieces for a solid week, and now we get to talk about it on the air.  On this episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, we're talking Galaxy Note II. Of course, that's not all we're chatting about on this episode of the podcast. Join us for discussion about last week's AT&T event in NYC, Samsung's new Galaxy S III Mini and weird little Galaxy Music, HTC's future prospects and the Windows Phone 8X versus the Nokia Lumia 920, and the iPhone's continuing Maps ...

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  • by | October 10, 2012 9:36 AM

    The Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet is right smack in the middle of its coming-out party, and we're hard at work on the full review. In the meantime, since we've compared it to the Galaxy S III and given an S Pen lesson already, alongside a few written editorials, we thought it only fitting we should hold the new Note up to its predecessor, the former king of phablets and the one that kicked off the whole category, to see where the newer model excels. Nothing much fancy going on in this quick-and-dirty comparison video; just a lot of side-by-side comparisons and close-up & medium shots ...

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  • by | October 9, 2012 7:58 AM

    I put a poll up there on the Twitters yesterday, asking what you fine folks prefer: quick-and-dirty (but timely) videos, or smooth-and-polished (but delayed) ones. Those who responded were pretty much split right down the middle, so I decided to do what I maybe should've done in the first place: I put the question to my boss. And he wanted you folks to see this video as soon as I could shoot it. Here, then, is fifteen minutes of some of the fiercest, blood-lettin'-est, nastiest head-to-head action in existence, featuring the Samsung Galaxy S III doing battle against the newest phablet on ...

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  • by | October 8, 2012 8:00 AM

    The S Pen has been with us since the original Galaxy Note, but the one Samsung is packaging with the new Galaxy Note II is an improved model. The new phablet also offers enhanced software features meant to take advantage of the most advanced stylus implementation ever to hit the smartphone market. Michael Fisher, fresh from hands-on time with some awesome new AT&T devices in New York City, is due for a weekend off. Before then, though, join him for a backyard session with the Galaxy Note II he unboxed the other day. Take a tour of the new S Pen's features and capabilities, and see how ...

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  • by | October 7, 2012 1:13 PM

    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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  • by | October 4, 2012 2:28 PM

    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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  • by | September 27, 2012 3:28 PM

    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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  • by | August 6, 2012 8:01 AM

    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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  • by | July 11, 2012 7:17 PM

    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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  • by | June 29, 2012 4:20 AM

    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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  • by | June 11, 2012 12:57 PM

    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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