Posts tagged with: Phablet
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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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    A short time ago, every high-end Android handset was pitted against Apple's famed iPhone. Few were fortunate enough to be called an "iPhone killer", and even fewer lived up to the name. Those days are long gone, though. It's more evident now than ever that Android and iOS are two vastly different platforms and comparing the hardware is more like comparing fruits and vegetables thanks apples and oranges. Not to mention, the iPhone met its match nearly two years ago when the first LTE and dual-core handsets hit shelves. Now we're on to quad- and octa-core processors, 5-inch (and larger) ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Ubuntu phones that may be coming as early as October 2013. Then we move to the LG Optimus G Pro, which seems to be LG's next phablet and also Galaxy Note II twin for a possible MWC launch. Then we talk about new Nokia Lumia models that are probably close. Facebook takes the spotlight next because there seems to be another smartphone in the works under the codename of HTC Myst. We end today's show talking about Samsung's possible new endeavor of launching the Galaxy S IV with Floating Gestures. All this and more after the break. Stories - ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent announcement of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, which will apparently make the iPad mini look overweight. Sony later takes the spotlight again as rumors of their first phablet emerge as well. The Nexus 10 goes next as it seems we'll see a minor hardware refresh at MWC 2013. An iPhone math, yes weird name included, is next as apparently Apple is working on a larger iPhone prototype. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sony Announces 10.1-Inch Full HD Xperia Tablet Z - Sony Leak Foretells Six-Inch-Plus Handset - Hardware-Refreshed ...

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    One of the reasons I like Huawei, and why its press events continue to excite me, is its tenacity. The company is the embodiment of persistence. Month after month, it struggles to crack its way into new markets like the United States, and time after time, it gets shut down. Like the nameless protagonist in that classic by Chumbawamba, though, Huawei "gets knocked down, but it gets up again." We're (apparently) never gonna keep it down. Part of the reason for Huawei's difficulty is that, in the consumer space, it's a new brand: for much of its history, the company has functioned as an ODM ...

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    Recently, the good people at Samsung Mobile USA were kind enough to provide us with a spare Galaxy Note II for giveaway purposes, and a giveaway is just what we announced last week. We asked you to send in your answers to five trivia questions placed randomly throughout our articles and the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, and you responded en masse: nearly 700 of you weighed in with your responses to Galaxy Note II-based trivia questions asking about everything from hyperglaze to battery capacity. The logistics are now complete, the numbers have been drawn, and the revels are just beginning for ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Note II continues to redefine the smartphone space. The phone/tablet hybrid achieved a 9 out of 10 in our comprehensive review, demonstrated excellent staying power in its recent After The Buzz appearance, and continues to sell well as we head into the holiday season. Now, thanks to the fine folks at Samsung, we have the opportunity to give one away. So that's just what we're going to do. If you've been dreaming of sticking an S Pen-enabled phablet in a loved one's stocking this holiday, but you'd like to avoid spending $600 in the process, this post contains everything ...

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    With the Galaxy Note II, Samsung has already achieved a sort of double-surprise success. The manufacturer has not only forced an Android-based smartphone/tablet hybrid into mainstream popularity; it's done it for the second time in two years. And this time around, it's not just featured on one national US carrier, but all four - and it's available in 128 countries at the time of this writing. How Samsung achieved this level of success with such an unusual product is no puzzle if you've read our full Galaxy Note II review. The device scored higher than almost any other smartphone we've ...

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    What do you get when you cross the biggest, baddest Samsung hardware with the latest and greatest HTC superphone, the one everyone insists on mislabeling a phablet? You get this Galaxy Note II-vs-Droid DNA video, of course, except with the names inverted. Because in this biz, the new-hotness gets first-word respect. Dig? In the video below, we take the Note II and the DNA on a short spin around the block, comparing their benchmark scores, in-hand feel, app launch times, browser performance, and -of course- their massive displays. We don't yet know the DNA well enough to put its other ...

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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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