Phablets (or tabletophones as some geeks call them) – tablet and smartphone hybrids – are among the latest trends in the modern mobile market.
There aren’t many devices of this kind yet, but you can already get confused in the existing ones, that’s why we’re offering a quick overview of the best phablets that can be found in the current mobile market.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung’s new Galaxy Note with its 5.3-inch touchscreen that is too big for a smartphone yet too small for a tablet is the most famous phablet at the moment, so no wonder it’s the first in our list. Soon its dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 won’t be able to compete with the latest quad-core processors, but at the moment it works very fast with 1GB of RAM and Android 2.3. Samsung’s phablet has 2 cameras – an 8MP back one and a 2MP front-facing one; it comes with the famous S Pen stylus, which offers accuracy in drawing and writing, and this is what makes this phone so special.
The Samsung Galaxy Note can be bought for about $620, which is quite a good price for one of the best phablets on the market.
2. LG Optimus Vu
The most recognizable phablet is LG’s Optimus Vu thanks to its unique design and 5-inch screen with unusual 4:3 ratio. The device is not that unique from the inside – it comes with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion, 1GB of RAM, Android 2.3 and two (8 and 1.3MP) cameras.
The LG Optimus Vu is expected to be released soon and get Android ICS after the launch. Its price details will also be revealed a bit later.
3. Kyocera Echo
The Kyocera Echo isn’t a very popular device, yet it’s a really unique one – it has two 3.5-inch touchscreens that can work together or separately. It runs Android, has a 1 GHz Scorpion processor and a 5MP rear camera. It costs about $460 – rather good price for such an original and interesting device.
4. Motorola Droid Xyboard
Motorola can also boast of a hybrid device – something between a smartphone and a tablet. The Droid Xyboard has an 8.2-inch display with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution, protected by Gorilla Glass; it runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb and has a rather unique feature – 2.1 virtual surround sound not every tablet or smartphone can boast of. Plus this device has a very low price – about $380, which makes it even more attractive.
5. HTC Titan 2
HTC’s latest Windows Phone-based device, the Titan 2, isn’t actually a tablet, but you can’t call it a smartphone, too. It comes with a huge 4.7-inch display, a powerful 16MP camera, 1.5 GHz Scorpion with 512MB of RAM and 16GB of built-in memory, so it’s one of the most powerful phablets at the moment, even despite the processor, which is not that great.
The HTC Titan 2 will come to our shelves very soon, and that’s when we’ll learn more about its price. If it’s not very expensive, it’ll be one of the best phablets of 2012.
There are many other phablets in the modern mobile market, too, but I guess the devices listed here are the most interesting ones. If you’re not sure if it’s a smartphone or a tablet you want, something in between – a phablet – can be a rather good choice.
Amelia Hunter is a journalist and a blogger who likes to spend her free time reading and writing about mobile phones, tablets and other devices. She’s a big fan of Android phones and really loves the latest devices manufactured by Samsung.