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Rise of the Phablets

‘Phablets’ – because apparently some of us couldn’t decide whether we wanted a phone or a tablet.

It’s time we all take Phablets seriously, the cross-breed has even earned itself a place in the Oxford dictionary.

noun trademark

  • a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer:a 3.5 inch screen is inadequate in a market that is trending towards phablets

Origin:

early 21st century: blend of phone1 and tablet

No I didn’t make any of that up. The rise of the Phablets is upon us, so why don’t we take a closer look. phablet

Clearly the first benefit is that you have the convenience of a smartphone combined with the large screen of a tablet.
The average smartphone screen is usually rather unsatisfying but we still want something more portable than a tablet, right?
Hello, Phablet.

However, although the idea of mixing portability with the big screen experience sounds lovely. In reality Phablets are two-hand devices – this may displease the smooth and experienced single hand user.
But of course if you were planning to buy a tablet, purchasing a Phablet may be a cheaper option AND of course the multi-functional device will double up as your brand new smartphone too.

Lets take a look at a live one. Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Although the Galaxy Note 3 has a similarity in design to the Galaxy phones, Samsung have tried to give the Note 3 a more premium look. Rather than the usual glossy plastic back used, the Galaxy Note 3 features a leather-look back.

Samsung have combined the leather back with chromed and ridged plastic edges, to finish off the look.

phabletNote, the ‘tried’. Arguably a ‘fake’ leather look is the opposite to premium.

However, I think it’s down to personal taste. I’d rather have a fake leather back or a glossy plastic back than shiny glass, far too fragile!

In fact the Note 3 is definitely far from fragile. Samsung made sure their phablet was solidly built and shows no weakness. Weighing in at 168 grams – around the same weight of 67 pennies, the Note 3 keeps it’s elegance through it’s lightweight feel.

The front of the device is dominated by a magnificent, bright and colourful large 5.7in screen. Equipped with full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, visually everything is pin sharp, looks like it’s here you’re getting your premium quality.

However you’re paying a premium price too.  At 594.99, the Galaxy Note 3 is quite pricey but as quoted by the Guardian, ‘If you’re after a phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the best one available right now

We’ll talk you through why the guardian may have said that. The Galaxy Note 3 not only has a luxurious screen, feather light feel but is fully equipped with an a ray of amazing features.

First up, the Note 3 gives us the power to multi-task freely, smartly and effortlessly. By using the ‘Drag & Drop’ mode in new Multi Window, you can easily drag and drop words or captured images from one window to the other in an instant for enhanced productivity across different applications.

Also, you can now open the same application in two windows at the same time: read the news in one browser while searching in another or chat with two different people on ChatON, etc.

More so, this device lets you get really personal with it’s ‘My Magazine’ feature.
The GALAXY Note 3 lets you own a large-screen, magazine-type interface designed by you.

Enjoy the news, social media and more you’re interested in, all in one place in a modern and dynamic presentation. With My Magazine, you won’t miss out on anything that’s important to you.

With AirCommand you can paint your life anew from a palette of 5 useful S Pen features.

Just hover the S Pen over the screen and simply press the pen button to instantly access 5 useful S Pen features:

  • Action Memo : Activate your memos instantly
  • Scrapbook : Organize important pieces of your life
  • S Finder : Search from your entire phone to the web
  • Pen Window : Draw to perform another simple task
  • Screen Write : Enjoy annotating on captured images

Samsung definitely made sure the Note 3 brings convenience and ease to our lives.

It doesn’t just look like a beaut but it captures beautifully too. The main (rear) camera boosts 13 mega-pixels and incorporates great features such as : Auto Focus camera with Smart Stabilization, LED Flash(High CRI), and Zero Shutter LagSub
The front camera has 2 Mega-pixel BSI sensor with Smart Stabilization, Full HD recording @30fps.
Not forgetting the bucket load of fab modes such as Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Animated Photo, Eraser, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Golf, Surround shot, Live effect so you can capture the perfect image every time.

Samsung fitted the Note with a top of the range processor – the 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800. This allows the phablet to whizz away, with near-instant app loading and without any lagging in operations.
The Note 3 runs on Android 4.3 “Jelly Bean” thereby having all access to Google apps and services that are available through the Google Play Store, including Gmail, Chrome and Google Now. Phabtastic.

The Camera Smartphone.

Nearly all of us have smartphones of which it is safe to say nearly all incorporate a camera. Though ‘phonetography’ is on the up rise, a smartphone camera will never beat a digital camera. This may be where the likes of Nokia and Samsung saw a gap in the market.
Why not make your camera, your smartphone? But the question is what do you think about this? Is the quality of either function compromised? Can we have both? Do we really want both? Many of us secretly enjoy having our fancy tech, our smartphone, camera, tablet, we may even throw in a smart watch too. Below we are going to take a closer look at the benefits of having one super gadget – the camera smartphone.

Nokia Lumia 1020 – An Amazing Camera
Introducing the Nokia Lumia 1020, this device sports an amazing 41 mega pixel camera. When compared to the 8 mega-pixel camera belonging to the Apple iPhone 5S, Nokia’s Lumia 1020 does give the wow factor. The Lumia 1020 camera doesn’t stop there though, with an array of features such as pure-view technology, HD video, optical image stabilization and an amazing high-resolution zoom, it matches up to a compact camera with ease.
Camera Smartphone Nokia Lumia 1020

But what about it’s smartphone qualities? 
The Nokia Lumia 1020 runs on Windows 8 and has all the features you would expect from your phone – clock, calender, phone book, alarm, pictures, music, and so on. The only compromise we can see so far is that your Lumia 1020 won’t lay flat when is it lens side down but do you really need it to?

Value for money 
Most importantly, the value for money, the Nokia Lumia 1020 carries what may be seen as a hefty price tag – around £582 sim free, but it must remembered that the price covers two of your tech needs and is still equivalent to the price of the Apple iPhone 5S 16GB – sim free. 
However older Lumia models such as the 925 have extremely similar smartphone capabilities so if you are not a dedicated picture taker, it may not worth it. For those who are, the Nokia Lumia 1020 offers an exquisite camera and the abilities of a fully functioning smartphone. If you are looking for a super gadget this may be the device for you.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom 3G – The 2-in-1 Device. 
Not a fan of the Windows operating system? Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom 3G, this 2-in-1 device runs on Android Jellybean 4.2, offering a fast and smooth performance. The main camera offers 16 mega pixels, clearly better than the average smartphone but the Nokia Lumia 1020 still steals the limelight. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom does kick back though, available £127 cheaper at £454.99 sim free and sporting an amazing 10x optical zoom.
Camera Smartphone Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Overview 
Overall, as far as both devices go for smartphone functionality, you won’t miss out on any features. However, you may find that both are slightly awkward to hold and still shouldn’t expect the most amazing camera – hence why everybody didn’t start mashing phones and cameras together. 
But these devices do offer a far better camera than other smartphones and a lighter and more convenient way to travel with the tech you love. If you value multi-functioning and having one gadget that covers all your needs, we would recommend a camera smartphone to you.