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PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best phablets

0. phoneArena 04 Dec 2013, 11:12 posted on

Remember when the very first Samsung Galaxy Note hit the shelves? It was ridiculed by many for its sheer size, but eventually, the handset did turn out to be a winner for its maker. In fact, it is the smartphone responsible for the advent of a new category of phones – phablets, as they are commonly being referred to. And quite a few of them saw the light of day in 2013. Most of the major smartphone manufacturers already have at least one phablet in their portfolios, with more to surely come in the foreseeable future. Having that in mind, it makes sense having a category dedicated to phablets in this year's PhoneArena Awards. Well, here it is!...

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posted on 05 Dec 2013, 08:23

69. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Actually he has a point. The Note wasn't the first phone to have been ridiculed for its screen size. Remember the Dell Streak in 2010 with its 5" display, the tech media thought it was too much. 2013 and 5 inches is the standard. I know the Streak sucked in many aspects but the media should have learned sometimes you have to break the status quo to be successful.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:26 6

4. Sauce (unregistered)


Finally a list to shut up the Sony Xperia Z fanboy babies lol.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:23 2

13. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


+1 __

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:01 5

26. TMach (Posts: 460; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


And your point is what exactly? Sonyis not allowed to have fanboys but other companies are? BTW, you might want to understand that every company has its share of rabid fanboys. Me, I am catholic in my tastes and happy to have used/owned pretty much most top end phones, currently on the G2 and Z1. I do happen to think the Z1 is the best premium phone out there currently. That may change when the S5 lands or the HTC M8, maybe even the Z1 successor.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:34 17

5. ianbbaa (Posts: 305; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


no iProduct in here? How comes iPA?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:42 16

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Lol. I'm surprised that i---PhoneArena didn't find some reasons to count iPhone 5S as a phablet

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:59 1

25. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 225; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Hahaha they can put iphone in the best 'MINI' phones in the world ! :P

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:54 4

23. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


It's only a matter of time my friends. I'd say somewhere in the distant future Apple will push the envelope AGAIN and re-introduce the 5 inch screen to the world! And all the tech sites will marvel at the massive display, the 720 resolution and 360 degree viewing angles (Yes! You will be able to see the screen from the back!) Let's not even mention that it week be .1 mm thick, holographic projector and keyboard... AND there going to be made of black Onyx, elephant Ivory, or solid gold bricks. Oh yes my friends, that day is approaching and all Android fans will mock no more! Lol.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:19 1

30. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I'll take 50!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:18

29. mikelemon (Posts: 95; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


The comments here are DroidArena

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:10 1

37. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Oh com'on, you must see the "Yah, Apple..." articles here all the time. Just about every Nokia has a better camera than the iPhone, yet look at who got 3rd place.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:39 3

6. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Glad to see the Z Ultra getting some credit. The Not 3 definitely wins hands down, but they are all great phablets.

I am shocked that some Apple product didn't find it's way in this category here on ApplePhoneArena. ;)

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:56

9. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Should put on all phones over 5.5 inches just for the heck of it

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:01 7

10. willard12 (Posts: 1720; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Didn't Microsoft make a commercial saying "can you please move your ginormous phone." What a difference a month and a half makes.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:11 2

11. Naruto_Uzumaki (Posts: 26; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


I much prefer Lumia 1520

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 14:10 1

34. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


It is basically an oversized lumia, it has no extra features like note 3. Lumia 1520 doesn´t make any use of its gigantic display like the other phablets, there is absolutely nothing special about that phone (except the camera). I have no idea why Phonearena even bothered to put the lumia in this article.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:33

44. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


The Lumia 1520 is amazing and definitely deserves a spot on the list, but I too prefer the Note 3.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:56

46. MojoDojo (Posts: 102; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Why are you writing like the multitasking were designed specially for the Note 3? You have the same splitscreen system in the Galaxy S4. Why arent you saying that Note 3 is basically an oversized Galaxy S4 with a stylus?
I think most of the phablet buyers buy because of the screen size. Both are very good phones!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:26 1

14. twens (Posts: 979; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


So in actual facts when we put screen size and the word phablet aside the samsung galaxy note 3 is easily the best smartphone in the world till the note 4 comes out.
i say this for these reasons.
1. Big bright sharp looking display
2. Above average battery life
3. Almost near perfect lag free experience both on touch wiz and nova
4. overall snappy performance
5. average speakers
6. Very good camera ( if not for the lumia 1020 and xperia z1 this phone would have easily been the best imaging mobile device of 2013
7. the only phone with 3 gb ram and USB 3.0
8. the only phone with 4k video recording
9. the only phone that can truely multitask like a pc
10. Very matured and classy design. looks like it was designed for the woorking class.

these are just a few reasons why this phone is simple the best all round performer of 2013.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 14:16

35. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


8. the first phone with the ability to record in 4K was Acer Liquid S2.
5. ''average speakers'', how makes this the note 3 the best phone in 2013.
Otherwise you are correct in all other aspects.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 15:33

71. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


For your kind knowledge... first phone guy, Acer s2 is not even been launched in the market... how it is the first? Note 3 is the first... only thing is this acer got a chance (by chance) to announce their phone first in IFA. It doesnt mean its the first phone in the market... use common sense

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:50 1

56. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


How could you forget the great Wacom S-pen function??? LOL

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:41 1

19. dorianb (Posts: 600; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


No honorable mention for the DNA? It was a 5 incher, or was that only phablet size Dec of '12.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:45

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


December or 2012.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:15

52. dorianb (Posts: 600; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Was a 5 inch screen ONLY considered phablet size in December of the year 2012?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:42

32. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Not quite sure the DNA was considered a phablet either. The OG Note was 5.3 so i'm guessing that's the base. The Xperia Z might be the exception here but I don't consider anything under 5.2 a phablet

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:00

65. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


This is for phones from 2013...

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:09 6

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 22025; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Everyone knows the iPhone 5S is the best phablet, 5.7 in. screen, 1080p, 3 gigs of ram, smart scroll, multi window, pop up video...hmmm reminds me of another phone lol.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:11 3

38. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


That does sound familiar, lol!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:08 1

49. darkkjedii (Posts: 22025; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Note 3 is beast bro, plain and simple. Mos def the baddest pocketable device rite now. That can't be argued, I love my 5S but specs and overall features...note 3 rules. +1

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