Hot on the heels of tablet invasion comes as a perfect blend of two different products called phablet. The newly launched iPad mini phablet from Apple is a living proof of the fact that no one can/should ignore this emerging field. Being labeled as most polished but a costly gadget producer, people expected Apple to release it at a competitive price, but that didn’t happen. Thus, it would be better to settle your eyes on Android phablets that come with competitive price (read cheaper) and better hardware.
The invasion of phablets is the buzzing word of 2012. Even, Apple couldn’t ignore the importance of the small form factor in the phablet segment, but is a bit skeptical about the same. Late Steve Jobs was not in the favor of anything less than 10-inch form factor, as he firmly believed that it will not deliver the best user experience. There are already many iPad mini alternatives available in the market, which are either better than the offering from Apple or, at least, similar. The smartphone powerhouse, Samsung, is already enjoying most of the pie of this segment. With powerful phablets like Galaxy Note I and Note II, Samsung is a force to reckon with. The situation has slightly changed here, and Apple is supposed to compete with Samsung and other manufacturer in medium-sized phablet segment. Let’s take a look at the some of the best Android phablets of year 2012.
Best Android Phablets
Samsung, LG and many other manufacturers have already tried their hands on providing remunerative product that comes in the landscape between smartphone and the tablet. Phablet segment is an emerging market. It is the next segment that awaits an enviable future. We previously covered many of the phablets on mytechdream.com blog. Let’s take a quick look at the Android devices so you don’t have to waste hours and hours finding the right phablet for yourself or your dear one.
LG Optimus Vu
LG Optimus Vu is already available in Asian markets. Although, it is not as powerful as Note II, it does houses interesting specs. The foremost is a 1.5 GHz quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. The other interesting aspect is that it comes pre-loaded with Android 4.0 ICS processor, which although is not the latest OS, but is still powerful enough. Not to forget, the possibility to update the device to Android 4.1 OS. The weird and unusual 4:3 aspect ratio gives it a squarish look and is said to be difficult to hold in one hand. Ignoring this cosmetics, which again is not something to brag about, LG Optimus Vu does have a powerful processor beneath. If the price is the deciding factor, then LG wins the race over Note II. It also offers 50GB of free cloud storage. Even, the successor Optimus V2 is expected to take people by surprise.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
No one can really pose a significant threat to Samsung’s offerings as far as 5-inch phablet segment is concerned. Just a couple of months back Samsung refreshed its Note series phablet. The newly launched Galaxy Note II sport some subtle changes and is arguably the best Android phablet in the market to the date. It sports an improved S-Pen or its own stylus with a twist. 1.6 GHz Quad-core Cortex A9 processor is pumping the power to the device. With 2GB RAM and 16/ 32/ 64 GB memory variants, Samsung has ensured that it gives best treat to the users. A traditional 1280 x 720p Super AMOLED display gives the crystal picture with razor like sharpness. The imperative Android 4.1 OS is also responsible to give smooth browsing experience while improving the overall performance of the device simultaneously. Nevertheless, the 50GB Dropbox cloud storage lets you store documents, movies and other important files on the cloud on the go. Compared to LG Optimus Vu, it sports a better 1.9MP front facing camera. Although, not a major performance booster, it still holds a supremacy over LG. It also supports 4G technology in case if it already available in your country.
Samsung Galaxy Note I (N700)
The predecessor of Galaxy Note II is still withstanding the competition with a big smile. It still holds a strong position even after one year of its revelation. A 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note I is powered by 1.4 GHz dual core Exynos processor, which pumps enough energy to run this mammoth device. Although, it comes pre-loaded with Gingerbread, you can immediately upgrade to Android 4.1 version. The screen resolution is 1280 x 800 and has a Super AMOLED display which is known for delivering best quality picture. The device comes in white, black and pink color variations. In case, if you’re concerned about high prices of previous devices, then Galaxy Note N700 is your best bet.
So far, only a few devices are available internationally. These are the best Android phablets so far. There are many devices available in India and China, but they come from the local manufacturer. It may not be possible for all to get hold of those device, and hence we have decided to skip them from this list. On the other hand, LG Optimus Vu and Vu 2 is yet to be available in the international market. However, they are expected to be available soon and hence we have included them. We will update the list soon.