Before everyone starts to ponder over the form factor enabling the phone to be considered as a Phablet let’s give an insight! Phablet is a mobile device having a screen size in between 5-6.9 inch (cohered with the help of Wikipedia!) Phablets have been roaring success in the Smartphone market considering the slew of media rich applications that have cropped up in the recent years. The name Phablet is coined from the conglomeration of Phone and Tablet. Let’s steal glimpses of the best Phablets currently available in the market.
1. LG G2
LG might have not set the sales chart on fire with its G2 but it has definitely produced one of the most solid and feature rich Android phone. The build is impeccable with neatly molded plastic case. G2 has a carbon fiber like finish rendering it a rugged look. The 2.26 GHz processor is the fastest of the lot and can handle any tasks thrown at it with grace. The 5.2 inch screen is brilliant with its 424 ppi density. The 13 Megapixel camera does a beautiful job along with the OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) which helps in capturing clean images. LG G2 is definitely a good choice for users upgrading from phones like Galaxy S2 or Micromax Canvas series. The 3000 mAh battery offers enough juice to last for an entire day after heavy usage.
2. Galaxy Note 3
Galaxy Note 3 has the largest screen as compared to its contenders. The 5.7 inch screen offers flawless viewing angles and high clarity being full HD screen. The build is tacky and carries the typical cheap plastic look. The rear panel is sewed along the periphery gives a slightly upmarket feel. The S- Pen slides neatly into the phone and is very useful for sketching, cropping and editing engineering drawings. Note houses a 13 Megapixel camera along with a 2.1 Megapixel secondary camera. Image quality is good however the pictures appeared washed out at certain angles and the color balance is not what you would accept from a 13 Megapixel camera. Battery is not its strong point and gets discharged in a short span. The Exynos5 SoC handles the tasks in an efficient way. Samsung has been very aggressive in the Phablet segment and has dedicated its entire Note line up for the same.
3. Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia has been creating waves with its high resolution camera sensors and the Windows phone platform. Lumia 1520 is the only Phablet in this shootout that runs on Windows 8 platform. Lumia 1520 is built solidly bearing the typical Lumia family look. The 2.2 GHz Snapdragon processor is extremely quick. Lumia 1520 has incorporated a 20 megapixel camera Carl Zeiss sensor paired with dual LED flash. The phone feels ergonomically good and the non-glossy finish makes sure that the phone offers good grip. The camera is fabulous with HDR that works extremely well and autofocus is highly precise. The phone is a steal considering the Camera, powerhouse and the mating with Windows 8. Lumia 1520 is perfect for people looking for an extremely fast phone mated with an equally powerful camera unit.
4. Gionee Elife E7- Rs
Gionee E7 has hit the headlines for the right reasons. E7 is the most affordable yet high on feature phone. Gionee has packed a 5.5 inch screen into a sharp rectangle form factor which looks elegant and sharp. The 2.2 GHz processor comes from the Qualcomm stable and is at par with the flagships from other manufacturers. The 16 Megapixel primary camera unit is a wonder capable of capturing highly detailed macro shots. The 8 megapixel secondary camera comes as a surprise when the industry leading manufacturers flagship models employ a maximum of 3 Megapixel Sensor. The 16Gb internal memory might be a letdown for some people but the expandable memory slot takes care of this problem blessing the user with additional 32 gigs to fiddle with. Gionee has entered the Indian market with fanfare and is already planning to structure its dedicated sales point. Gionee E7 is perfect for people who are on a shoe string Phablet budget and yet want the comforts of a Samsung or a Nokia Phone.
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