The Phablist Opinion section features editorials, opinion articles, and letters to the editor on the big-screen smartphone news of the day.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is too small to be a phablet in 2017

Xiaomi some took heat for the original Mi Mix last year. It featured a 6.4-inch screen that many complained was just too big. We loved it. Its enormous screen was pushed to the very corners of the phone’s frame, and the entire design of the device was driven by the goal to eliminate the bezel entirely. The Mi Mix was a pioneer of the borderless display that is quickly becoming commonplace. Xiaomi had a chance to make a big statement yet again with the Mi Mix 2, but instead decided to jump in line with companies like Samsung and LG by churning out a vanilla 2017 smartphone. People complain that the original Mi Mix was hard to use one-handed and hard to fit into a pocket, but that’s the price you pay for a big screen. Xiaomi had it right the first time, it’s not like it was a secret how big the Mi Mix was. Why would you intentionally … Continue reading The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is too small to be a phablet in 2017

This is why the Galaxy Note 4 still kicks ass in 2017

Following the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in 2016 and the uninspired performance of the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy Note 4 has grown to become the preferred device for phablet fans. Despite the fact that the Note 4 is now well over two years old, it packs some great hardware and features that have continued its viability within the smartphone market. A high-quality camera, a huge replicable battery, a solid processor and a stylus to boot – the Note 4 has just about every feature a smartphone owner could ask for. Rapid LTE data speeds and a 2K Super AMOLED display easily make the Note 4 equal to other top-rated handsets — even after all these years. If you’re operating on a budget or simply don’t want to spend the best part of $1000 on a new phone, here are the many reasons why you should consider buying the Note 4 over a new mid-range handset. Removable … Continue reading This is why the Galaxy Note 4 still kicks ass in 2017

The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a slight disappointment but worth the upgrade

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi on Thursday launched its next generation Mi Max phablet at an event in Beijing, China. It’s a 6.44-inch mid-range phablet with one outstanding feature: a 5,300-mAh battery that can charge the iPhone 7 Plus twice over. Much like its predecessor, the Mi Max 2 stays true to Xiaomi’s reputation of offering up decent specs at a competitive price but some would argue it’s a slight downgrade over the Mi Max when it comes to raw processing power. Below, we take a look at the Mi Max 2 and breakdown whether or not it makes sense to make the jump to the latest version. The display hasn’t changed The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has the same 6.44-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution display we saw on the original Mi Max smartphone with 2.5D curved glass, and a peak brightness of 450 nits. These are decent specs for a mid range device that give you a pixel … Continue reading The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a slight disappointment but worth the upgrade

7 Hilarious Galaxy Note 7 Explosion Memes

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 literally hit the market with a BANG. After being released in August, the Note 7 was an instant success and highly popular. Then, all of a sudden, units started catching fire and it didnt take long for the internet to respond with all sorts of really funny jokes, images, and memes. We’ve compiled seven of the best Note 7 explosion memes for your viewing pleasure. Click any image to view full size. Note 7 + Gear VR = Regret. Gear VR owners were warned by Oculus against using their headsets with the Galaxy Note 7 until a replacement phablet could be obtained from Samsung. Many believe, as the saying goes, “There is a grain of truth inevery joke”, and this meme is no exception. A man traveling to Australia on business claimed that his Galaxy Note 7 phablet exploded overnight in his hotel room as he slept with it charging nearby the bed. The explosion caused … Continue reading 7 Hilarious Galaxy Note 7 Explosion Memes

I survived the Galaxy Note 7 recall and all I got was this microSD card

It’s been a crazy month for Samsung and the Galaxy Note 7 after exploding batteries wreaked havoc across the globe, causing the tech giant to call back one million units following nearly 100 reports of injuries and property damage in the United States alone. The Galaxy Note 7 “Batteryexplosiongate” is among the largest smartphone recalls in history. Safety regulators in the United States have issued warnings in recent weeks cautioning consumers not to turn on their Note 7s on airplanes — and not to use their phones at all. Going down in the history books doesn’t always pay off, as Samsung has learned after losing more than $14 billion of its market share in the recall to cover the costs involved with providing loaner smart-phones and exchanging defective units in favor of other select Galaxy devices free of charge. Not to mention the additional parts and labor required to refurbish the phablets with new batteries. Samsung recently shipped 500,000 new … Continue reading I survived the Galaxy Note 7 recall and all I got was this microSD card

S-Pen on the Note 7 Accidentally Pops Out Too Easy

It’s not uncommon to find the S pen sticking out after putting the Note 7 in a pocket or dropping it onto a soft surface. The ejector mechanism does not lock very well, which puts your S-pen at risk for getting lost or breaking. The one feature Samsung’s Note phablet has that sets it above the rest is the mighty S Pen. With each Note release, the digital scribbler gets better, and in the Note 7, the S Pen comes with a host of new benefits, and is arguably better than ever. However, it seems like ever since Samsung decided to go with the push to eject style S-pen, storing the S-pen has taken a turn for the worse. We all remember the “S-Pen-gate” of 2015, where people putting their S-pen’s into the silo backwards, only to find out it gets stuck and damages the detection sensor. Bummer. Now in 2016 it looks like we have a repeat of the … Continue reading S-Pen on the Note 7 Accidentally Pops Out Too Easy

No, the phablet is not dead.

Smartphones may be getting bigger, but that doesn’t mean the word “phablet” is no longer relevant. Contrary to what some may lead you to believe, the phablet is not dead. To those who think there is no longer a category of smartphones that blur the line between a phone and a tablet I argue that you are wrong. Just because a majority of flagships now feature a screen size of at least 5-inches doesn’t mean that the phablet category no longer exists, only that it should be redefined. Here’s why. In the summer of 2011, Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Note with a 5.3-inch screen. At that time, it was considered to be extremely large since most popular smartphones of the day had an average screen size of anywhere between 3.5 and 4.5 inches. PC World called the Note "awkward" and even "too big to use as your primary smartphone," and with only 2 million sales in the first two … Continue reading No, the phablet is not dead.

Sorry, but the Blackberry Passport is not a Phablet

The latest handset from Blackberry is bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 but its design makes it far from being considered a phablet. Last week, we learned that Blackberry’s CEO John Chen confirmed the existence of the much rumored “Windermere” handset at the company’s quarterly earnings call. Dubbed the “Passport,” it is a monster sized Blackberry with a QHD screen that the company hopes will secure them a spot in the rapidly expanding phablet market, but there is just one problem – it’s not a phablet. One thing is for sure: the Passport is one of the biggest Blackberry’s we have seen to date and at close to 5-inches wide it is even bigger than the Galaxy Note 3, the unofficial gold standard of phablets, but unfortunately for Blackberry physical dimensions alone are not what make a phablet. First off, the Passport features an unusual 4.5-inch square display with a resolution of 1440 x 1440. Sure, the resolution is … Continue reading Sorry, but the Blackberry Passport is not a Phablet

Yes, it’s True. Phablets are the Future of Mobile Computing

A new global survey published by Accenture reveals that nearly half of all consumers who plan on buying a new mobile phone in 2014 would rather have a phablet over the conventional smartphone. As part of their annual Digital Consumer Survey released Monday, Accenture asked 23,000 consumers across 23 countries about their interest in buying various electronics and found that 57 percent of respondents said they plan on buying a smartphone in 2014. Among them, 48 percent said they prefer to buy a smartphone with a screen greater than five inches over the traditional size of four to five inches. While research has suggested that phablets will continue to increase in popularity, the survey by Accenture finds that the phablet revolution is more evident in emerging markets compared to developed ones. In the United States, for example, 40 percent of respondents indicated a preference to buy a phablet whereas close to two thirds of consumers want phablets in China (66%), … Continue reading Yes, it’s True. Phablets are the Future of Mobile Computing