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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 new Galaxy Note 3 is the latest member of Samsung's phablet clan. Its 5.7-inch display is slightly larger than the Note 2's 5.5-inch screen, but its dimensions are essentially the same as its predecessor's. Display resolution is impressive at 1920 x 1080 pixels, or 386 pixels per inch (ppi). By comparison, the iPhone's 4-inch Retina display is 1136 x 640 pixels (326 ppi). The Note 3 is powered by either an 8-core, 1.9-GHz Exynos or a 4-core, 2.3-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. There's a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2-megapixel shooter on the front. The 3200-mAh battery is a bump up from the Note 2's 3100-mAh unit. And, of course, there's the S Pen stylus, a unique feature of the Note family that most phablet (and tablet) makers have shunned thus far.

Perhaps the Note 3's greatest novelty is its partnership with Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which lets Note 3 users make calls, send texts and do other tasks without having to reach for the gargantuan phone. Calling Dick Tracy!

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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.
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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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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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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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