My problem with ‘phablets’: They’re great for everything except as phones

So I’ve been playing around a lot with Samsung’s (005930) impressive Galaxy Note II for the past couple of months and I’ve found it does a lot of things very well. With Google’s (GOOG) mobile Chrome browser installed, it’s a joy to surf the web on. Its beautiful, bright screen makes it a fantastic device for mobile gaming. And I’ve found the stylus very useful for jotting down quick notes or making small shopping lists. But there’s just one problem with the Note II and all other similarly sized “phablets”: I simply cannot stand using them as mobile telephones. Let’s set aside the fact that I and many other people look completely ridiculous holding the mammoth-sized Note II up to

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