Phablets are those big little devices that are too small to be a tablet yet too big to be a smartphone and yet possess nearly the same characteristics as the two. Mobile makers are starting to take them seriously even if many of us are not. According to the Guardian, phablets are a huge hit in Asia, particularly India and China with an IDC report confirming that 25.2m phablets were shipped in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan), compared to 12.6m tablets and 12.7m portable PCs. Analysts have even gone on to say that 2013 may in fact be the year of the phablets. In this post we take a look at five of the best Android phablets in the market today.
Best Android Phablets in the Market Today
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Galaxy Note 3 is by far the best phablet in the market today. It’s got superior specs, comes with a stylus and is even compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The device features a 5.7 inch full HD supr AMOLED display. a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and a 32/64 GB storage with microsSD card slot. Software: Android 4.3.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra
If you hate Samsung and are looking for a phablet other than the ones they offer, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is definitely worth checking out. It closely matches the specs and performance of the Note 3 but just falls short of beating the former. It comes with a waterproof and dustproof design, is the slimmest full HD smartphone in the world and is even compatible with the Sony smartwatch. Specs-wise it comes with a 6.4 inch TFT 1920×1080 display, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and 16 GB storage with microSD slot. Software: Android 4.2
HTC One Max
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The HTC One Max has one feature that none of the other tablets have, a fingerprint scanner that lets you use up to three fingers to open up your phablet and launch up to three applications at the same time. While this device is still not officially out in most countries, it will become available by the end of the month in most parts. The HTC One Max comes with a 5.9 inch Full HD 1080 display, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, 1.7GHz quad-core CPU, UltraPixel rear camera, 2.1MP front camera and 16GB/32GB with microSD slot. Software: Android 4.3
A pretty solid phablet from the Electronics giants, LG, the LG G2 comes with a 5.2 inch full HD 1080p display, 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 13MP rear camera, 2.1 MP front camera and 16/32 GB storage. The unique feature of this device is that the power and volume buttons are found at the rear of the device. Software: Android 4.2.2
Samsung Galaxy Mega
Another phablet from the Samsung family, the Galaxy Mega is one phablet that certainly lives up to its name with a 6.3 inch 1280×720 display. The rest of its specs though is a shade when compared to the Note 3 and if you are serious about getting a Samsung phablet, I’m not sure why you would want to choose one with a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.9 MP front camera and 16 GB storage with microSD card slot. Software: Android 4.2.2.
What do you think of the 5 inch plus phablets? Do you think that the phablet will one day replace the smartphone?