Smartphones are designed to limit the number of gadgets you had to carry. Yesterday, I made the case for the Apple iPad mini as a device to supplement a feature phone – which means carrying two gadgets. Samsung says it has a better idea: its Samsung Note 2 "phablet" – both a smartphone and a tablet.
So, is the Samsung Notea phone or a tablet? No, the Samsung Note 2 it's a "phablet" – a portmanteau of "PHone" and "tABLET." Here's the technical details: 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, Android 4.1 Jellybean, a removable 3100 mAh battery – just enough for a full 12-hour work day of heavy usage on a single charge but it does take a while to recharge, 16 GB of built-in memory plus a microSD memory card slot, 8 MP rear camera with flash and 1080p video recording, and a front-facing 2 MP camera.