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Like Your Smartphone BIG? Here are Our 3 Favourite Phablets
The official definition of a phablet, according to the technology research company ABI Research, is a "phone/tablet hybrid with a screen which measures between 4.6 and 6.5 inches".
With over 80 million phablets ordered globally last year and 150 million expected to sell in 2013, the phablet will make up almost 20% of the smartphone market.
If you like your phone on the large side, you might want to pick up one of our 3 favourites below.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Galaxy Notes really set the trend for phablets and have been a massive success for Samsung with the devices flying off the shelves - much to the surprise of many in the industry who thought that phablets wouldn't take off.
Building on the original Galaxy Note, both in size and capabilities, the Note II is a substantial phablet which boasts a 5.5-inch screen and a superb Super-AMOLED display. With a powerful 3,100 mAh battery, expandable memory and LTE capabilities, the Note II is the classic phablet and definitely one of our favourites.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
This phablet is so big - it boasts a 6.3-inch screen - that it's pushing the definition of 'phablet' to the limit. It's 0.3 inches from technically being a tablet you can phone your friends on.
The massive LCD screen delivers a more than decent resolution - 1280 x 720 pixel resolution at 233ppi - but the Mega comes into its own when it comes to its processing power and battery. The former is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor, a dual-core setup clocked at 1.7GHz which will ensure snappy operation. The battery is a chunky 3,200mAh meaning you’re going to be able to run this thing for ages between charges.
The rear-facing camera is an 8-megapixel offering which can also capture 1080p video, whilst the front facing version is a 1.9-megapixel offering more than adequate for video calling.
It's a great phablet - just don't expect to be able to fit it in your pocket!
Sony Xperia Z
With a 1080 pixel Full HD screen measuring 5-inches and a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, the Xperia Z packs in some powerful features and boasts HD Voice which makes for decent quality phone conversations.
Operated by Android Jelly Bean 4.1 you have the option of using standard email or Gmail and there are some fun touches with the ‘doodle’ feature which you can send as a MMS. You can also use Google Maps to attach your location to an SMS – very handy if you’re meeting someone.
As you would expect from Sony, music quality is also superb as well as the amazing HDR video camera with Exmor RS which features cutting-edge image sensors which allow you to shoot impressive videos and images.