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8 Phablets To Watch

Is it a smartphone or tablet? Samsung led the trend early -- but Apple and Microsoft want in now.
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The Ascend Mate has a gargantuan 6.1-inch display, Android 4.1 (meh) and a "Magic Touch" feature that lets a user operate the touchscreen even while wearing thick gloves, Huawei claims. Its phablet's best feature is arguably its 4050-mAh battery and power-saving software, which should deliver more than a day's use under normal conditions. The cons: The 1280 x 720-pixel (241 ppi) screen, while decent, isn't best in class; nor is the phone's 1.5-GHz quad-core processor. Not surprisingly, the rumor mill is rife with reports that the Ascend Mate 2 is in the works and should arrive soon.

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Laurianne
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10/4/2013 | 6:03:27 PM
re: 8 Phablets To Watch
Is "mini-tablet" a more appealing phrase than "phablet"? I wonder if iPad Mini has shaped this already.
OtherJimDonahue
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10/7/2013 | 6:55:36 PM
re: 8 Phablets To Watch
Mini-tablet is MUCH better. "Phablet' is horrible. I cringe every time I read it.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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10/9/2013 | 3:49:28 PM
re: 8 Phablets To Watch
The Atlantic just did a very funny piece on why people hate the word "phablet": http://www.theatlanticwire.com...
OtherJimDonahue
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OtherJimDonahue,
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10/9/2013 | 6:55:35 PM
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Ha--I was just about to send you that link!
Byurcan
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Byurcan,
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10/10/2013 | 1:29:36 PM
re: 8 Phablets To Watch
phablet is a terrible word, but you need a word other than mini tablet to difefrentiate these devices from the ipad mini, which is not a phone. How about "Tabone?"
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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10/10/2013 | 7:17:07 PM
re: 8 Phablets To Watch
That sounds like a steak.
rd282
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rd282,
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10/10/2013 | 12:57:09 PM
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I have always hated the term "phablet" because to me it evokes the words "Fake Tablet." I Think it must be from Phablet sounding a little like Fauxblet. Ha!
That is just not the case as these are really Mini Tablets.
Ellis Booker
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Ellis Booker,
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10/13/2013 | 10:20:45 PM
re: 8 Phablets To Watch
I desire the Note 3. I've been using a single-core Galaxy Infuse for years now (using a custom ROM), but the dang thing is simply too slow compared to the current generation. Plus, I'm curious about the utility of the "S" Pen.
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