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Samsung introduces the first phablet

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Samsung calls it a "phablet." The Samsung Galaxy Note is half smart phone, half tablet computer, and if you are among the millions of connected individuals studies say are currently lugging around 2.7 devices, the Galaxy Note is a way to lighten your load.

The Android-powered device has a 5.3” display with HD Super AMOLED technology, a high-resolution screen that provides bright, rich colors, plus vivid clarity and a 180-degree viewing angle.

A 1.5GHz dual-core processor ensures responsive performance, especially when teamed with the neck-snapping speed of AT&T’s new 4G LTE network. The device even includes a creative tool called the S Pen, which allows you to create fine lines and detail, somewhat like using a WACOM tablet with a PC.

It sounds impressive, but is a phablet something we all need? A lot depends on your size. The Galaxy Note is light, but I can't see a petite woman holding it up to her ear to make a phone call. At 5.75 x 3.25 inches, it's about the size of an index card, and then there's the question of where (or how) you're going to carry it.

Granted, the unit provides a ton of screen real estate, front/rear cameras (2MP/8MP), HD video, expandable storage, and on and on. With its oversize screen, the Note is also hard to beat if you use a smart phone as an e-reader.

Nevertheless, I don't think many of the consumers currently carrying 2.7 devices will choose this option. NFL linebackers, NBA stars, and professional wrestlers, perhaps, but anyone under five foot five, no way!

Also worth mentioning is the fact that the Note currently runs Gingerbread, which is designed to power Android phones. If the unit ran Honeycomb, it would behave more like an Android tablet. This means, for example, that you won't be shown tablet apps when you visit the Android Market. Furthermore, some Android apps might not render properly on the Note's oversize screen, be prepared for the occasional anamoly.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is available in carbon blue and ceramic white at AT&T stores for $299.99 with a two-year agreement. For more information, visit ATT.com.

Dell throws its hat into the Ultrabook ring

Yes, another ultrabook. I warned you. Until Windows 8 arrives, ultrabooks are currently the hottest things in the PC world. Get used to hearing about them.

An "ultrabook," as you probably already know, is a thin, lightweight notebook with a powerful processor, a solid state drive, and fast boot-up times.

Apple's MacBook Air created the genre, but Intel came up with the name "Ultrabook" so the Win

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