Six of the best Android-powered 'phablets' (October 2013 edition)

Six of the best Android-powered 'phablets' (October 2013 edition)

Summary: Phablets – they're too big to be smartphones, and too small to the tablets. With a display usually between 5-inches and 7-inches, this is the latest battleground for Android handsets makers.

TOPICS: Mobility, Android

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  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    Sony's Xperia Z Ultra packs a lot of cool features under the hood, sporting the sharpest LCD panel on the market, and a 13-megapixel camera capable of capturing high-definition video.

    This handset is also thin, coming in at a svelte 6.5-milimeters. But don't the thinness fool you, the Xperia Z Ultra is tough, featuring tempered glass, and a dustproof and waterproof build, rated to with IP58.

    This is the smartphone you need if you want to be able to submerge it in 1 meter of water and still have a working handset.

    • Android 4.2 'Jelly Bean'

    • 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor

    • 6.4-inch TFT 1920 x 1080 display, powered by an updated Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 with 342 pixels-per-inch

    • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera

    • 2-megapixel front-facing 1080p HD video capture

    • 16GB storage plus microSD slot

    • Compatible with the Sony SmartWatch 2
  • Asus FonePad 7

    The Asus Fonepad 7 is one of the largest phablets available. Featuring a 7-inch display, this is the closest you'll get to a tablet without buying a tablet.

    • Android 4.2 'Jelly Bean'

    • 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS

    • 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor

    • 5-megapixel rear camera

    • 1.2-megapixel front camera

    • 8/16/32GB storage plus microSD slot
  • LG Optimus G Pro

    The LG Optimus G Pro is at the smaller end of the phablet spectrum, but it still packs a lot of features into the petite package.

    • Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean'

    • 5.5-inch 1080p HD IPS display featuring 400 pixels-per-inch

    • 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor

    • 13-megapixel rear camera

    • 2.1-megapixel front camera

    • 32GB storage plus microSD card

Topics: Mobility, Android

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    • What are you talking about man?

      This is an article about android, what the hell are you yammering about?
      new gawker
  • All expensive brand names

    Try a few of the generics. I use a Freelander with two phone sim slots. Great tablet, great phones. I wear hearing aids and have a Bluetooth adapter that lets me talk hands free.
    Two cameras 5/2 megapixel, gps, quad-core, etc. great $150 tablet.
    • mind if you elaborate more of the generics??

      Wonder if you are allowed to share the 'generic' tablet's make?

      Amy Wells
  • If only the Galaxy Mega was bigger

    If it was the size of the Kindle Fire HD then it would be worth getting. Well and if it's specs were just that little bit better.

    I have no idea what you mean by plausible in terms of screen size. You clearly haven't understood where the market is ultimately headed. Small 'phones are dead weight. It's much better to have a productivity sized/powered tablet that can work as a 'phone hooked up to your smart watch and bluetooth headset. What clown really wants to be getting their 'phone out all the time!
  • Has the reviewer been asleep?

    ". . . . not only does it come with a stylus . . . ."

    Eh? So did the Note and Note 2. The stylus is THE feature which makes the Note stand out and which users rate above all else.
    AN O'Nymous
    • Really?

      I have both the Note 1 and Note 2. The stylus had nothing to do with my purchase. The same applies to all the people I know that own one. Myself and most people I know don't even use the stylus. The reason people buy the Note is because of the size and the Android operating system.
  • it is awesome

    imagine holding a 5"-7" book on your ear, to make a phone call. It might be useful in summer, as a nice shade, or in a windy winter time, when it would protect you from this freezing wind. Or imagine using it in a car. Normal phone you can hold with one hand. This joke needs both hands. Good luck with that.
    • You must be really young

      The first cell phone I bought in 1996 was a Motorala. It was not as wide, but just as long if not longer. It was about 10 times as thick. With all that size, it only had a small screen to display red LED characters. The rest of the phone was the numeric keypad.

      If you need both hands to hold the phone, then you are a small woman or have extremely small feminine hands. If that is the case, then maybe it isn't for you. However, I know just as many women with the Note as I do men. As far as driving? Why are you holding ANY phone while driving? I haven't had a car stereo receiver that didn't have bluetooth connectivity in many years.