With competition ever fiercer in the mobile and tablet technology world, customers have never had it so good in terms of the number of options and choices of what, and how many mobile phone contracts they take out. Now a new product has launched that may make people think twice about how they approach their communications and data devices.
Mobile Phones v/s Tablets, and now Phablet
Very few people don’t own mobile phone in the UK, and now a record 56% of the population own a Smartphone. Just over 20% also now own some type of tablet device. Recently we have seen the evolution of the “phablet” device, with the Galaxy Note 2. The Note 2 is basically a Smartphone and tablet hybrid, so now there really is no need to own two devices when you can use this instead. It also means you save money by only having one mobile phone contract.
Tablet PC’s have steadily been getting smaller, with the iPad Mini and the Nexus 7 measuring up at about 7 inches, just a little too large to be used as a phone. No-one really wants to be carrying around a mobile phone and a tablet on a permanent basis, but the arrival of the Galaxy Note 2 means that you now have another option.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is mid-way between these two products. It has a super 5.5 inch screen. OK a tad larger than the Samsung Galaxy S3 (and some think that’s too big!) It’s not so big that you’d feel silly using it as a phone, but comfortably large enough to really enhance your browsing experience. It also comes with a Super AMOLED HD 1280 x 720 resolution display, and is powered by a 1.6GHz quad core processor packed with 2GB of RAM. Storage ranges from 16GB to 64GB, but this can be increased by 64GB with the microSD. This is quite unique in this device range, as you just don’t have this option with the Nexus 7 & or iPad mini.
Now let’s take a look at the killer feature of the Galaxy Note 2. With the Samsung S-Pen you can wield your wand to add a signature to your emails, write calendar events or even pull together presentations!
What’s more incredible is that you can get this “phablet” mobile phone contract for only £47 a month, only £5 more than the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Vodafone (click here to go to vodaphone plans). It might just be us, but we can’t help wondering whether they thought the pricing through? Tell us which phone contract would you choose for the money?
Sheridan writes for GizmoBird, a technology review site, and has worked in both IT and mobile phone marketing for many years. She has a keen interest in technological developments that affect the mobile world.