Some manufacturers improve the battery of their phones (The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX), others do their best not to change the design of their smartphones (HTC), a third group of manufacturers power their devices with the latest software (all non-leading brands), the rest pack their handsets with cool and useful app collections (Nokia Lumia smartphones with Nokia Collection), while Samsung works on extending the screen size of its products. As a result, the company created a new device, which got the name phablet. This naming refers to devices, which are larger than regular tablets and smaller than smartphones. Thus, we can define phablet as a mobile device the screen size of which is in between 5 and 7 inches.
As you guess, I am talking about the Samsung Galaxy Note. Though the Note is not the first device of this kind, it became the most popular phablet in the market. In 2010 Dell launched the Streak but I believe very few people have heard about it. The other representative of the niche is the LG Optimus Vu. The latter, however, is not released in the main markets, so the Vu, even with its unusual 4:3 aspect ratio display, can’t make a competition to the Galaxy Note.
By the way, the Galaxy Note is not a cheap device. Note! that Samsung Galaxy Note on contract and payg deals are not affordable for everyone. The phablet is sold for nearly $300 with a two-year agreement, while the off contract prices have reached $1000. On the other hand, the demand for these handsets is too high; interestingly, even such a pricing didn’t prevent the manufacturer from selling 5 million Notes in the first 5 months.
Inspired by Samsung’s success other manufacturers also started announcing about their plans on the phablet market. On the whole, ZTE, HTC and Google were talking about upcoming phablets. The Chinese ZTE said it would launch two similar handsets before the end of the year, while the Taiwanese HTC, which is known for its monster-sized smartphones, was rumored to be already working on the handset, which would sport a 5-inch 1080p HD touchscreen, a quad-core Qualcomm Krait CPU with Adreno 320 GPU, HTC Sense 5 UI and a Scribe Pen like the HTC Flyer (so the best free Android apps and games, even the newest ones will run without any lag on it!). As to Google, the software giant is rumored to launch five devices (four smartphones and one tablet/phablet) made by five different manufacturers and running Android 5.0/4.1 Jelly Bean.
If all these rumors come to fruition, the Samsung Galaxy Note won’t be as alone as it is now. Moreover, ABI research assures almost 208 million phablets will be shipped until 2015. While many people doubt ABI’s survey’s trustworthiness, the rest believe phablets are coming to replace smartphones because people want bigger screens to make the use of their portable devices much easier. By the way, portability is an issue for phablets because they are not comfortable to hold in hands, especially if you have small hands. But on the other hand, they can be easily carried in the back pocket.
Well, I guess nobody will mind if I say the Galaxy Note is alone in the entire world. One reason for this is 4.6-4.7 inch smartphones have become a regularity but the bigger the screens are, the easier it is to work with them. You probably remember the case when an elephant was readily playing with the Samsung Galaxy Note. So I hope the phablet market will develop, and the Note will be used for more serious deals.
Find a good deal on the Samsung Galaxy note at www.phones4u.co.uk.