December 06, 2013, 12:08 PM — Big-screen smartphones, called phablets, are the next big thing for those looking to increase their productivity on the go. But with a slew of phablet introductions, which one should you buy?
Phablets, smartphones with 5-inch or above screens, are already eating into tablet sales because they're large enough for productivity apps as well as for entertainment.
There's Samsung's mega-phablet, the 6.3-in. Galaxy Mega, Samsung's popular phablet, 5.7-in Galaxy Note 3, the Windows Phone-based Nokia's Lumia 1520, the Android-based HTC One Max, the Android-based LG Optimus G Pro, and many others.
When it comes down to it, though, the latest iteration of the phablet that started the phablet boom, the Galaxy Note 3, is still the top of the heap when it comes to productivity. To start, its beautiful 5.7-inch full HD screen gives you plenty of real estate to get work done (and for entertainment and play as well) and is easy on the eyes.
Samsung has managed to give the Note 3 that large a screen while at the same time shaving off a half an ounce from earlier versions of the phablet. It's a svelte 5.9 ounces and 6 inches long by 3.1 inches wide and 0.33 inch thick.
It's also got plenty of power -- in fact, it's lightning fast, powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM instead of the usual 2GB of its competitors.
Because it's an Android phone, you've got plenty of productivity apps from which to choose, including Google's free Quickoffice office suite. And you also get access to Google entire ecosystem of productivity apps, including Google Drive, among others.
And then there's the stake driven into the heart of its competitors: the S Pen stylus for drawing, taking notes, writing, interacting with the phone, and more. It's got great built-in pen software that translates your written notes into text and even transforms then into to-do lists, or pops them into the great Evernote productivity tool.
There's other useful productivity-boosting Samsung software built into the phone as well, such as Advanced Multi Window that as its name implies lets you run multiple windows and apps on the screen at once.
There's a lot more as well. But what you need to know is this: The Note 3 is the best productivity-boosting phablet you can get today.