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Phone? Tablet? Phablet!

The "pablet" or phone + tablet combination is a new category of smartphone. Check out my overall impressions of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to see if this phone is worth checking out!

Some say it’s a phone.  Others say it’s a table.  Me?  I call it a PHABLET!

Ok, so if you aren’t hip to geek speak, there’s this new device category that seems to be too big for a phone but too small for a tablet.  Of course the two words were combined to form “phablet.”  Very appropriate!

My Verizon Wireless contract was recently up and my inner geek got the best of me.  I was hesitant to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as it is a new category of device.  My initial thought was that this phone would be too big to comfortably handle on the day to day.  Wrong!

The Note 2 may be almost 50% bigger than the old iPhone, but it actually feels good in the hand.  It’s not too heavy and it actually fits just fine in my pants pocket.  I wouldn’t suggest sporting skinny jeans with this 5.5 inch phone though!  And, concerning the specs, we’re talking about not only a huge Super AMOLED display, but also a 1.6 Ghz quad core processor with 2 GB RAM!  Yeah, not bad.  It also does all of your standard smartphone tricks including front and rear cameras, HD recording, pictures at 8 MP, expandable storage via MicroSD, etc.

And the one tick this phone does that others don’t?  Introducing the S-Pen!  Ok, so maybe I haven’t found a huge use for the pen besides jotting down some quick notes, but who knows, I’ve only been using it for 48 hours!  It’s a nice added feature at the least.

Oh yeah, and at the end of that 48 hours, I’ve still got 30% battery life!  I’m sold on that fact alone!  I was lucky to get through 12 hours on a full charge with my Motorola Droid Bionic.  Times have definitely changed!  In that 48 hours I have downloaded a ton of apps, checked numerous emails, streamed music, utilized a ton of Bluetooth, surfed the web, and wrote a million txt messages.  This is one of my favorite features, no doubt.

One of my other favorite features?  The stock keyboard.  Yeah, that never happens.  Now it did.  I LOVE the dedicated number row on this keyboard.  So nice!  And since this phone is wide, typing on this thing is a dream.  Great work Sammy!

Overall, in this mini review, I am comfortable to say that I really like this phone so far.  My biggest fear of its large size is no longer a fear at all.  It may not work for everyone, but it works well for me!  The screen is beautiful, the overall speed is very quick, and the battery life is second to none!  Take a look at the unboxing video below.  Feel free to weigh in with your comments!

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