4 Alternatives to Samsung Phablets

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Half smartphone and half tablet, the phablet has taken the world by storm since Samsung released the Galaxy Note in 2011. A variety of companies quickly stepped into the phablet manufacturing arena, giving consumers a wide array of options to choose from online. However, not all available phablets are created equal, and there are only really a handful that can be considered true competitors with the Samsung Galaxy series.
The iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus The super-sized version of the iPhone 6, the Plus has a 5.5-inch display, landing it firmly in phablet territory. Apple's first venture into the phablet market is possibly the most serious competition for the Samsung Galaxy, as the company has a reputation for quality and performance. The iPhone 6 Plus comes with an A8 processor built on 64 bit desktop power architecture, an M8 motion processor, a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and an eight megapixel camera. This allows the iPhone 6 Plus to support fast LTE download speeds, so its Internet functionality rivals that of larger tablets. The body of the iPhone 6 Plus is a sleek metallic aluminium that wraps around the side of the phone to meet the display seamlessly. Consumers in the market for a high-end phablet need look no further than the iPhone 6 Plus, which is available at Apple stores and online retailers.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z Ultra With a 6.4-inch high definition display, the Sony Xperia is built around big visual experiences, despite the fact that it is one of the slimmest phablets on the market at just 6.5 mm thick. The Xperia Z Ultra is also at the high end of the performance curve, hosting a quad core Snapdragon 800 processor that works with the built-in LTE 4G modem to make surfing the web and streaming videos extremely fast. Like Sony's tablets and smartphones, the Xperia Z Ultra phablet is waterproof and highly durable, and can withstand daily use in all sorts of outdoor conditions. The display is the largest HD display on the market, and the camera features High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology that produces clear, sharp photos even in high contrast situations.

Asus Fonepad Note FHD 6

Asus Fonepad Note FHD 6 The Fonepad Note FHD 6 is Asus' attempt to corner a share of the phablet market by downsizing many of the features of their best selling Android tablets into a smaller device. The result is one of the most powerful options in the phablet market. The Fonepad Note FHD 6 comes with a dual core Intel processor running on a 3G network. Made for entertainment, the 6-inch display offers HD resolution at 1080 × 1920 pixels and a dual front facing stereo speaker system. An ergonomic design gives the Asus Fonepad Note FHD 6 comfortable style while the side flip cover accessory uses durable material to keep the device protected when on the go. With an Android OS similar to Samsung's, this is a phone for those who love the Galaxy series but want to try a next generation product from a competitor.

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro Smartphone giant LG's foray into the phablet market has proven to be one of the most successful alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy Note series yet. The Optimus G Pro features a quad-core processor from Snapdragon, 2 GB of RAM to run multiple applications and games, and a 5.5-inch full HD screen for viewing. The Optimus also comes with advanced features not found on other phablets like "Smart Video," which monitors the position of the viewer's eyes and pauses the video when it detects that they are looking away. The LG Optimus G Pro also excels in the photography department, housing a 13-megapixel HD camera on the back and a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front. This allows for simultaneous shots and video of the user and the subject matter, so that reactions are recorded alongside events. Various multitask capabilities such as the Home Entertainment Engineer, which turns the phablet into a remote control, and VuTalk, which lets you share drawings over the phone, make the LG Optimus G Pro one of the most innovative phablets on the market.

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