Another Kind Of Hybrid: Eight Top-Notch Phablets

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Display Size: 5.5 inch

Storage: 16/32/64 GB + microSD card up to 64 GB

Features: Samsung seems to be appealing to the creative minds with this phablet. The stylus, called the "S pen," allows users more artistic control over personal content and media. For example, send handwritten emails or morph photographs into sketches. Use the S pen as a highlighter, tool for cropping pictures or to simply navigate through pages and apps. Operating on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 1.6-GHz quad-core processor, the Note 2 can morph fluidly from single screen to multitasking to easy mode. Key functions find their home right on the home screen, and Air View allows users to quickly view pictures or text without shuffling through cluttered folders. There has been a slight downgrade in picture quality from the original Galaxy Note, now at 1,280-x-720 resolution from 1,280-x-800, but the phablet retains vibrant, clear images.

List Price: $799.99, without plan


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