Phablet is the nickname given to mobile phones large enough to function as a small tablet. The latest entry into that market is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
This phone has a 5.7 inch display. It’s just a tad smaller than my 7 inch Android tablet.
Samsung says that despite the size, the improved, curved design makes it easy to hold the device in one hand for tasks like reading or listening to music or, of course, making a phone call.
The Note5 also comes with a the new S Pen that gives you better note-taking and drawing capabilities on the screen. You don’t even have to unlock the phone to do it.
The Note5 doesn’t skimp on the camera either. There’s better image stabilization for the 16 MP camera, and more tools for editing video and adding effects. There’s even the ability to steam a live HD video feed to your contacts or even to everyone via YouTube.
The new device has wireless charging technology that should work with about any wireless charger out there.
Of course the big question is the size. Is it too small to comfortable use as a tablet or too awkward to work as a phone? And are devices of this size going to be what finally converges the tablet and the phone into one device.
Unlike previous Note models, the Galaxy Note 5 does not offer a removable battery or an SD card slot and internal storage is limited to a 64 GB model.
An unlocked version of the device costs close to $900, though some carriers do offer discounts with a phone plan.