A phablet is a device with smartphone features but bears the size of a tablet – at least between 130 to 180 mm (or 5 to 6.9 inches). Since this kind of product was introduced in the market, one by one, mobile phone manufacturers started to develop their own models to sell among gadget lovers and consumers. In this case, this review is going to compare and contrast two of the newcomer tablets in the industry, which are the Huawei Ascend Mate and ZTE Grand Memo. This will help consumers make a better decision in choosing which gadget should they purchase as their next investment.
New User Interface For A Big Screen Phablet
The best thing to say about the Huawei Ascend Mate is that it has incorporated Emotion user interface provided by its manufacturer. This new software aims to cater a different and more unique experience for its users. With the Google Android 4.1, the Emotion functions as a new layer for a customized operating system. Effectively, the changes are noticeable. This adds points to Huawei’s device given that they were able to impress experts with their new innovation.
Specifically, the Huawei Ascend Mate has a line of new icons that will help users control and navigate their devices easily. On the home screen, the manufacturer incorporated a panel which includes weather information, time, two of the most favorite contacts as well as the music player. In addition to that, there are also built-in shortcuts that will lead users to their favorite applications such as the camera, email and internet browser. On a related note, Huawei assured their customers that this new development will not necessarily drain the Ascend Mate’s battery. With 4050 mAh of battery capacity, it can stay for at least a standard amount of time to offer its services to its users.
Compared to the Grand Memo by ZTE, the Huawei Ascend Mate has a bigger diagonal screen size of 6.1 inches. This means that browsing the internet, social networking, streaming online media and playing games can be done with a much greater quality. Even reviewing captured photos and recorded videos, courtesy of the 8-megapixel camera and 1080p camcorder, can be an out of the ordinary experience for users. Given the 1280 x 720 pixels of screen resolution, consumers can bet that this phablet will not disappoint them.
A Grand Phablet With Grander Features
On the other hand, although the ZTE Grand Memo only has a smaller diagonal screen size of 5.7 inches, the advantage is that this handset is more portable and easier to carry around. Fashioned with a metallic blue finish at the back, it is very pleasing to know that this phablet is considerably thinner than its rival. Not only is it lightweight, it is also very comfortable to hold when being used. Experts even commented that it looked almost alike with LG’s Optimus G Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2.
Moving from the looks department, the ZTE Grand Memo also has features to showcase on its own. First of all, it contains one of the latest and fastest quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset which has a clock speed of 1.7 GHz. Performance-wise, this phablet can deliver tasks without delays causing inconvenience to its users. To top that, ZTE also layered the device’s Android 4.1 operating system with its own user interface – just like Huawei! Now, it showcases animations when users click the application panel as well as a notification bar that provides updates.
In terms of its photo-taking abilities, the ZTE Grand Memo boasts a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash, Geo-tagging and time lapse features as well as a 1080p recording quality. Meanwhile, the front camera can also be used for video chatting and taking self-portraits with its acceptable but not necessarily impressive 1-megapixel quality. Although the 3200mAh may be smaller than the Ascend Mate, it is still a respectable battery to provide its users long hours of usage.
The Huawei Ascend Mate presents decent specifications for a phablet that consumers can definitely consider if they plan on replacing their old ones. Although it has some bad sides such as the lower camera megapixel and heavy build, it still has positive features which can outweigh and convince consumers. It costs $429.99 or more on Amazon.
However, if you prefer a phablet with a smaller physique and better camera, then the ZTE Grand Memo is a great option. And even though it does not have a memory card slot, it still has 16GB of internal storage plus a fast processor that users can definitely appreciate. On Amazon UK, it sells at £336.79 which is more or less $537.
Did any of these phablets kept your interest? Which one?