October 5, 2022

Whether or not you like them or hate them, 5-inch gadgets fill that good hole proper between telephones and tablets. Some customers could complain that 5-inches is manner too large for his or her arms, whereas others could discover them simply excellent.

One factor is bound, nevertheless — 5 inches positively doesn’t make a compact cellphone and it might be a little bit ridiculous to hold such-sized cellphone round in your pocket, a lot much less to reply publicly everytime you get a name. However, in case you’re somebody who needs the performance of a pill within the comparatively smaller dimension of a cellphone, these gadgets could also be after your coronary heart.

After the debut of the Samsung Galaxy Observe, at one level dubbed a “phablet” or “phoneblet” because it dipped its ft in each smartphone and pill waters, a lot of different 5-inchers have cropped up. Although neither of those two contenders have hit the market but, each LG and Panasonic have determined to provide the 5-inch territory a shot and present Samsung that it’s not the one one keen to push the envelope.

First launched and introduced on the Cell World Congress this 12 months, the LG Optimus Vu and the Panasonic Eluga Energy could or might not be contenders for the Samsung Galaxy Observe’s crown. Although extra particulars will seem as soon as these telephones hit the market, let’s see how they could fare towards the accessible Galaxy Observe.

Design and Show

Let’s begin with the Samsung Galaxy Observe, because it was the primary to essentially push the boundaries. With dimensions of 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm and a weight of 178 g, the Observe is provided with an HD Tremendous AMOLED 5.3-inch capacitive touchscreen and an 800×1280 pixel decision.  Simply from these show specs alone, the Galaxy Observe is assured in showcasing media resembling motion pictures, movies, and photos.

Although it’s acquired a plastic physique, it does include Corning Gorilla Glass, which can make this system a little bit extra sturdy.

What actually made waves when the Observe got here out was its stylus and with good motive; the stylus’ presence brings new methods to work together along with your cellphone, resembling with the ability to jot down notes and even doodle a little bit in case you really feel bored on the journey dwelling.

Sadly, the stylus is small and will really feel a bit like holding air. It additionally has delayed response and will take some coaching to make use of. One particular benefit is that the stylus can snugly match into the cellphone, which makes it simpler to convey round.

Artists who work extensively with graphic tablets could also be thrilled to know that the Observe’s display screen responds to pen stress. For individuals who love taking down notes, however detest bringing round cumbersome notebooks (whether or not we’re speaking in regards to the old school ones made out of paper or the digital ones with a keyboard), the benefit of not simply having your cellphone in your hand but additionally as one thing to make use of in school is certainly a bonus.

Set to debut first in Korea, the LG Optimus Vu has dimensions of 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5 mm and a weight of 168 g. We will already see that it’s an entire 10 grams lighter than the Observe, however its 5-inch show can be on the barely decrease decision of 768×1024 pixels at a side ratio of 4:3.

The Optimus Vu additionally comes with a pen dubbed the Rubberdium. However, in contrast to within the Samsung Galaxy Observe, it doesn’t match wherever contained in the system. This makes it extremely potential to lose your pen in case you’re not cautious.

Panasonic determined to leap into the ring with the Panasonic Eluga Energy, which persons are calling the massive brother of the common Eluga. The cellphone’s builders aimed to ship the comfort of a 5-inch HD display screen, superfast charging (reportedly full cost in lower than an hour or so),  water and dirt resistance, in addition to including options like NFC.

Individuals who’ve tried texting with the Eluga Energy have reported that it’s simpler to wield than the Observe however could also be a little bit awkward to kind on with the thumb of 1 hand, given its dimension. Outfitted with an OLED display screen, the Eluga Energy has a 720×1280 pixel decision for a 5-inch show. Its dimensions are 136 x 70 x 9.6 mm and has a a lot lighter weight at 133 g.


You should buy your Samsung  Galaxy Observe with both a 16 GB inner reminiscence or a 32 GB, relying in your wants. If you happen to want further area, you may broaden reminiscence with as much as 32 GB extra,  due to the Observe’s microSD card slot. It’s acquired 1 GB of RAM.

To not be one-upped, the LG Optimus Vu additionally packs 1 GB of RAM however is just accessible with 32 GB inner reminiscence.  You may max out with a microSD enlargement card of as much as 32 GB.

The Panasonic Eluga Energy, by comparability, appears to have an obstacle on this space because it has been reported to have inner reminiscence of solely 8 GB. Storage enlargement as much as 32 GB additionally applies to this system, in case you’re nervous about not having sufficient area on your recordsdata, music, and apps.

Digital camera

All three of those telephones are packing a 8-megapixel cameras, nevertheless it’s within the entrance going through digital camera that they differ.

The Samsung Galaxy Observe’s personal entrance going through digital camera packs 2 megapixels, whereas the LG Optimus VU solely packs 1.3 megapixels.

As of this writing, there doesn’t appear to be any specs for the Panasonic Eluga Energy however we’ve been knowledgeable that it’ll have a front-facing digital camera.

Processor and Working System

The Samsung Galaxy Observe comes out of the field with  Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Within the system, you’ve acquired an Exynos chipset, a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, and a Mali-400MP GPU.

The LG Optimus Vu additionally comes with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread however LG has already introduced that an Ice Cream Sandwich needs to be hitting the Optimus Vu in just a few months. The Optimus Vu comes with a   Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon chipset, a dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor, and an Adreno 220 GPU.

To not be bested by the Samsung Galaxy Observe and the LG Optimus Vu, the working system is admittedly the place Panasonic is aiming to shine. Fairly than settling for Gingerbread, the Panasonic Eluga Energy is pushing for Ice Cream Sandwich proper out of the field. Inside, we’ll discover a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and an Adreno 225 GPU.


The Samsung Galaxy Observe has been examined and the battery within the system can supply a standby time of 960 hours on 2G and 820 hours on 3G. The place discuss time is worried, in case you’re on 2G, you’ll get about 26 hours out of your cellphone, whilst you could solely get about 13.5 hours whereas on 3G. After all, size of battery life could differ, relying on how you utilize your Observe.

Although these two contenders haven’t been examined but, we’ve been informed that the LG Optimus Vu packs a 2080 mAh battery, to supply us with longer life, whereas the Panasonic Eluga Energy has a 1800 mAh battery, which is claimed to cost quicker.


We’ve but to see the efficiency of the LG Optimus Vu and the Panasonic Eluga Energy within the arms of customers, however their enhancements over the Samsung Galaxy Observe’s dimension is certainly value looking for.

If you happen to’d like the massive stunning show {that a} 5-incher can present you, however not the majority that comes with it, the Panasonic Eluga Energy appears to be the most effective contender when it comes to weight. The Eluga Energy additionally appears probably the most promising, with its Ice Cream Sandwich out of the field but its inner storage is a little bit skimpy subsequent to the LG Optimus Vu and the Samsung Galaxy Observe.

We’re actually looking for the efficiency of the Optimus Vu’s battery, which could possibly hold the system working for an extended interval and hold us away from charging on the finish of the day.

Till we see and really maintain these two contenders, the Samsung Galaxy Observe should still hold its crown and hold note-takers and doodlers alike entertained whereas in school, conferences, or simply killing time commuting.

Have you ever already settled for a Samsung Galaxy Observe?  Inform us how superior it’s.  Or, are you holding out for both the Panasonic Eluga Energy or the LG Optimus Vu?

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