Pit the Galaxy Note 2 against the Xperia Z and you'll get a good match. The Samsung device is an unabashed phablet while Sony has obviously configured its new 5-inch flagship to test the waters that the Note series has been familiar with.
Specs-wise, the Note 2 and the Xperia Z are in equal terms thanks to the brimming features that the devices were dispatched with. When you get two equally-capable gizmos, the battle boils down to usability or how well a gadget delivers in real-world setting.
On that respect, the Note 2 has the edge, not because it is bigger, more powerful and popular plus a certified bestseller. This Samsung phablet is a runaway winner because it provides more premium offerings that matter in everyday use.
And here are the reasons why.
Before the Note 2 was even conceived or its predecessor for that matter, the stylus was already part of the gadget world. But it was eventually relegated to the sidelines and Apple even insisted that it's a tool that no one would want as potable gadgets, more so smartphones and tablets, should be manipulated by human hands.
Samsung decided to disagree. It resurrected the device accessory and ported it with the Note series. Backed by useful applications, the pitch picked up and gambit paid as Samsung was able to convince that the S-Pen or stylus has a place in today's gadget environment.
Now, Note 2 owners can't imagine losing this sleek electronic pen, which proved writing notes and editing images fun and easier with a phablet.
The Note 2 did rollout with brute processing chips for nothing. Thanks to Premium Suite's Multi Window View, owners of the phablet can perform two tasks on its 5.5-inch screen. The features allows for some Facebook status checking while reading and firing away emails.
And soon enough, the same device will offer more business-friendly interface with the upcoming introduction of Samsung SAFE with Knox. Once installed, the app will deliver a separate and secured handset profile that users can access for their professional sphere.
It may look awkward at the onset but once the Note 2 size and make grow on users the result is convenience to the maximum. It has a big footprint but not a bother at all. Its size in fact is what makes its more attractive as the body accommodates the 5.5-inch viewing window. Gaming or movie watching is a delightful experience with the Samsung phablet and unless Sony stretches the screen of the next Xperia, it will not measure up. Also, the Note 2 is not a hand-strain even when used for some time. It is big but it is the right size.
Faster network access
Reviewers have attested that the LTE chip installed with the Note 2 is almost universally compatible with the LTE system implemented by major telcos around the world, whether in Australia, Japan or in the United States. This advantage means the phablet is a dynamo for breakneck internet speed. Sadly for the Xperia Z, users will have to make do with next best thing, that is 3G or whatever network that its radio signal is suitable with at the moment.
Longer operating hours
Out of the box, Samsung has already included a more than decent battery with the Note 2. But thanks to the phablet's removable back cover, users can elect to bring with them a fully-charged second battery, ready to slide in once the Note 2 juice shows sign of drying up.
Now this is the best scenario compared to what Xperia Z users must endure - nervously watch for battery level all through the day and scamper to search for a power outlet when the handset's energy starts withering away.
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