If you are shopping for a phablet – that is, a phone-tablet hybrid with displays between 5 and 7 inches across – and do not like what…

Phablet Options: Alternatives to Samsung’s Galaxy Note II

If you are shopping for a phablet – that is, a phone-tablet hybrid with displays between 5 and 7 inches across – and do not like what Samsung offers in the Note II or want less expensive options, here are a few alternatives in the market.


LG Optimus Vu P895

LG-Optimus-Vu-Rubberdium Pen

First up is LG’s Optimus Vu. It has a smaller display at 5 inches and with a 4:3 aspect ratio. That ratio fits better with how webpages and books are designed, so it supposedly should make for easier reading and browsing. It runs Android 4.0 though and some might find that a step down from Jelly Bean.


The Vu is powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. There is an enhanced stylus in the picture too which has been branded a Rubberdium Pen.

The Optimus Vu will set you back by only N79,000.00, which is significantly less expensive than the Note II.


Samsung Galaxy Note N7000

Samsung Galaxy Note

Next up is the Note II’s older sibling, the original Note. The Note is still quite a compelling phablet and is getting a firmware upgrade to bring it to Android Jelly Bean. A less capable stylus is there, and the display is slightly smaller at 5.3 inches.

The Note N7000 will set you back roughly the same as the Optimus Vu – N79,500.00.

On The Way


To be sure, there are not many phablets in the market at the moment. HTC has announced the Butterfly, a 5-inch display phablet that will be hitting the market soon. The Butterfly (why such a sissy name for a workhorse?) packs a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM too, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, making it a very up-to-date device.

If you are a fan of HTC products, or you have been longing to give them a go for a while, you should be able to spread your wings like a butterfly soon.

What are your thoughts? If the Note II was not an available option to you, which of the alternatives would you spend on?

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  1. I think I like the aspect ratio of the Optimus Vu. It truly makes reading easier and drastically reduce the need to use the device in landscape mode. And yes, it is cheaper but also very capable. The only possible drawbacks for me are the lack of SD card slot and I have not heard of USB-On-The-Go mentioned in connection with the Optimus Vu.

  2. @Mr. Appleton:

    Is it just my eyes or the Vu is really one ugly piece of device?

    There is no doubting that the LG Optimus Vu looks odd and maybe even ugly as you said, but if you want you opinion to remain the same, don’t ever try using the device. I truly didn’t like the form at first, but when I tried it out, my view changed.

    Of course your view may never change even after trying it out, but I can tell you that this device won’t look as ugly if you have the opportunity of using it even briefly. Initially, my major concern was how easily it can be pocketed, but that isn’t really a problem as it can easily be slipped into the side pocket except if you are …..

  3. As far as I am concerned, I am in a train that runs faster than yours. All the above mentioned smartphones are outdated, atleast as far as I know. Presently. i’m waiting for Huawei ascend mate; a 6.1 inch super IPS-LCD HD display. The phone is better than the note 11 in many aspects and spec wise. Moreover, Huawei has overthrown LG to grab the no. 3 position in the mobile phone industry. Next, is the LG optimus G pro all coming out very soon and are better than the note 2 considering what each packs onboard.

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