3 Best Phablets for Under $300

Mar 2, 2015 Huawei, lumia, nokia, 0 Comments
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Modern digital phones are nice, but it can be hard to read those little screens, and tablets are convenient but they don’t make phone calls. This is why the newest generation of phablets has appeared on the market — they are smaller phone/tablet hybrids that give us the best of both worlds.

The problem is that theses new gizmos are expensive, I’ve done some hunting and come up with three of the best value phablets out there.

3 Best Phablets for Under $300

I only looked at windows and Android based phones and tried to keep them under $300.

ZTE Grand X Max+

The ZTE Grand X Max+ was unveiled at CES 2015 by Cricket Wireless and is available for round $200. It has a 6″ HD display, wide-angle 5 megapixel front camera, 13 megapixel rear camera with flash. It is also capable of 4G LTE. Like most phablets it is a little unwieldy and its size combined with a smooth glossy, curve free exterior makes it a little tough to hold on to. At 6.38 x 3.27 inches x 0.31-inch it is also a little hard for smaller hands to make a phone call, which is fine because many people have complained that there is a constant underlying static on the calls.

The 6″ Screen has a 1280×720 pixel resolution and it’s bright HD display makes it easy to view outside in the sun. IT has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a microSD slot for up to 32GB, and a SIM card slot.

The X Max+ uses Android 4.4.4 and runs on a quad core 1.2 GHZ Snapdragon 400 processor . The device also has Bluetooth 4.0, 16GB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB and comes with 2GB of RAM.

Key Features

  • Large 6″ screen with 1280×720 resolution
  • 5 mm headphone jack
  • 16GB internal memory
  • 2GB Ram
  • Micro SD slot for up to 32GB expansion
  • Sim Card Slot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 13 MP rear camera with flash
  • 4G LTE Capable
  • Quad core 1.2 GHZ Snapdragon 400 processor

Pros

  • Bright, crisp display
  • Strong Battery Life
  • Expandable Memory to 32GB

Cons

  • Weak Audio
  • Difficult to hold for smaller hands
  • Camera doesn’t do well in weak light

Price

$199.99 with Activation at Cricket Wireless

Nokia Lumia 1320

The Nokia Lumia is available for around $250 and is the phablet to get if you want Windows. This unit is LTE capable has a 6″ high resolution 1080P display and runs Windows 8. The Lumia 1320 has a slightly rounded back, making it more difficult to hold on to and at 6.46″ by 3.38″ by 0.39″ it is even more awkward to operate one handed. Its unibody construction makes it difficult to access the battery, sim card and micro SD cards unless you want to pop the whole back off.

It has a 5 mega pixel rear camera and LED flash and a 0.3MP VGA front camera. This unit also features Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA, Wi-Fi and GPS. The Nokia has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400.

Key Features

  • Large 6″ Screen with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 8GB Internal storage
  • Micro SD slot for up to 64MB
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1080P video capture
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 7GHz dual-core with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400

Pros

  • Long Battery Life
  • Expandable Memory up to 64MB
  • Good Video Capture

Cons

  • Size and shape makes it difficult to hold on to
  • Only 1GB Internal RAM
  • Not the best call quality
  • It doesn’t have the camera features you have come to expect from Nokia

Price

You can get an unlocked one on Amazon for around $225. Cricket Wireless offers it on contract for $249.99.

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