This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Are You Content With Your Phone's Stock Battery Life?

Complain as some people might, smartphones are getting bigger and bigger. Nothing exemplifies that fact more than phablets like the HTC DLX (or other variants, such as the J Butterfly), Samsung Galaxy Note II, and LG Optimus Vu II. Packing 5"+ displays, powerful CPUs, and 2GB of RAM, these phones aren't for your grandmother.

JButterfly NoteII VuII

Left to right: HTC J Butterfly (Japanese variant of the purported DLX), Samsung Galaxy Note II, and LG Optimus Vu II. Not to scale.

  DLX Note II Vu II
CPU Quad-core (Snapdragon?) Quad-core Exynos Dual-core Snapdragon
Display Size 5" 5.5" 5"
Resolution 1920x1080 1280x720 1024x768
Storage 16GB? 16GB 16GB?
Cameras (F, R) 8?12? MP, 2MP 8MP, 1.9MP 8MP, 1.3MP

Obviously, they're not for everyone. But if you were going to buy one, would it be your carrier's version of the DLX, the Note II, or the Vu II?

Pick A Phablet: HTC DLX, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Or LG Optimus Vu II

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Teddy Reardon

    DLX... closest to a phone and not a phablet

    • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

      Yep! Note II feels very big

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      I'm scared about the power button being on the top-middle of the device though. I wish it was on the side... :P

    • SamWise

      @76640cad758aa66b10c5ca96d0ba7cfd:disqus HTC J Butterfly or DLX as the new HTC nexus and that's my pick.There is a way that you can work and earn decent money from comfort of your home... See how...bit.ly/QfEfqJ

  • http://twitter.com/vikramadityarai Vikramaditya

    Note II, without a doubt!

  • http://twitter.com/bohm_nn Nitinart Nunthong

    choose htc j butterfly .the red one and 1080p screen looks good.

  • Tommy Thompson

    Note II because of the Wacom digitizer, etc.

  • Bruno Pedro

    note2. the Vu II is ugly as fuck

    • PINJ

      Is That Why You Are A Virgin?

      • kyle wiggington

        thats abit harsh

  • http://twitter.com/arrioch Milos Mirkovic

    Out of these 3, definitely DLX. I would only choose phablet if it has 1080p, plus with 5 inches it's much closer to phone, i'm quite used to 4,7 on GNex, and from what i can see, with smaller bezel, DLX is not much bigger.

    • Darky

      1080 on a 5"5 inch screen is not a big deal. Will you take some optic instruments to look at it? 20 cm away from your eyes you don't see any pixels.

      • http://twitter.com/arrioch Milos Mirkovic

        Yeah, but there's an obvious difference between 1080p DLX on 5" and 720p on 5,5" (267ppi). Is there a 1080p Note 2 i didn't hear about?

  • yarrellray

    I applaud HTC and their entrance into the arena created by Samsung. I gotta tell you thou this is in comparison with the Lg Optimus G, Droid Razr Maxx Hd, Htc One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Htc Evo LTE. This device doesn't touch the GALAXY NOTE 2 with a ten foot pole. The Galaxy Note 2 is an all purpose/entertaiment device something never seen before with features that can't be touched by "NO OTHER DEVICE ON THE MARKET" Samsung has nothing to worry about what so ever for the next 180 days. When the Galaxy Note 3 hits that device will hit with 2ghz processor Exynos 5250 5'8 to 6.0 screen size and 3gb of ram. Samsung owns this space my friends...

    • PINJ

      It Wont Have A 6" Screen Or 3GB Of RAM. Can Tell You That For Nothing.

    • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

      The Note 2 maxes the screen size that is reasonable. They will just increase the resolution.

    • Muffstic

      Whoa 5 foot screen?

    • squiddy20

      Copy and paste much? http://www.androidauthority.com/1080p-phone-screen-may-not-matter-124408/#comment-688524060
      "Samsung has nothing to worry about what so ever for the next 180 days." And you said the same basic crap of the Evo 3D, and it was discontinued not even a year after it was put out. You even went so far as to state the Galaxy Nexus would be Verizon's flagship phone. You have no clue what you're talking about.
      "When the Galaxy Note 3 hits that device will hit with 2ghz processor Exynos 5250 5'8 to 6.0 screen size and 3gb of ram." Proof or you're just lying/making crap up.

  • anzensepp1987

    The Vu is not a Phablet, not a Phone, not a Tablet - it's a piece of ugly crap, if you ask me^^

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      That's next week's poll.

    • KB26

      It's an iPad Mini running android! ^_^

  • http://twitter.com/IdoShamriz Ido Shamriz

    Definetly the HTC DLX, love htc's design, sound, camera and of course the Sense interface, and 5.5" it is just too big for me

  • Ryan Wallace

    HTC without question. Superior build quality, Better natural screen colors (none of that over saturated crap samsung makes), oh and yes 1080p (never settle for less)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1849765376 Jordan Rushing

      Over-saturation? No no, it's perfectly saturated, you're just used to looking at under-saturated displays; so when you see an accurate display, it looks too vibrant.

      • alexxx

        You are absolutely wrong. Samsung display is over saturated, nowhere in life do you see those colors. You cannot have photorealism on note, galaxy shitscreens-its absolutely cartoonish and for adolescence!

        • Darky

          Wrong. On this new model you can change your display colors so if you want your display to be a washed up one go on to it!

          • alexxx

            Oh my GOD man, samsung amoled doesn't have WHITES! I did my extensive comparison in person after I researched the subject THOROUGHLY. It's not white, its light blue, I have a OneX, its an IPS, I KNOW what correct color reproduction looks like, just like iPhone users Do. Amoled will get there, its not there yet , but it will.

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    Optimus VU has a very weird shape

  • L boogie

    HTC J Butterfly or DLX as the new HTC nexus and that's my pick

    • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

      I can't consider HTC DLX because of the buttons.. that's a big issue for me. HTC Nexus DLX would be awesome!!!

      • btod

        all three choices have buttons...

        • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

          That's why I want it as a Nexus

  • http://twitter.com/Davidthemexican David Whittley

    I've had my Note II for just over 10 days now and love it. I honestly don't even think of it as large any more. A friend bought the SIII and is really jealous of the pen and the size of the Note II! He regrets not waiting for it.

  • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

    "I don't need no stinkin' phablet!" Then choose, it's a double negative..

  • PINJ

    DLX, No Question. And Its Still 5" And/Or Under So It Counts As Phone... These Are The Rules :D

  • ruperto17

    Every time I see someone pull one of these out of their pockets, I laugh =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.a.pratt Steven Pratt

    Note 2 wins easy because of the stylus. And it's bigger, but I have large pockets.

  • sky stanojevic

    how do you even hold the VU II ?/. no thanks,pass.. 1080p screen does it for me.. HTC it is,if its all false or doesnt come to Big red D-bags,then ill hit up the Note 2 fasho :)-

  • PINJ

    And The Resolution Of The Note II Is 720p Not 1200x800.


      wish it was 1280x800 :/

      • fixxmyhead

        80 pixels is not even noticeable :/

        • DCMAKER

          yea it is when it comes to web browsing. I'll take any amount of pixels i can get. going from my 1920x1200 to 1080p is night and day and thats only 120 pixels. another 40 more and its a huge difference.

          • PINJ

            That Likely Has To Do With The Different Screen Technologies Because Unless You Have Eagle Vision You Shouldn't be Able To Notice The Difference.

          • ericl5112

            As I said above, 10% resolution difference is noticeable enough.

          • PINJ

            Its NOT 10% Of The Screen -__-

          • ericl5112

            Um what? It's provable that it is, in fact, 10% of the screen with some elementary school math. 1280*800=1024000. 1280*720=921600. Divide 921600/1024000 = .9. You have exactly 90% the real estate. There are easier ways to do it that don't require such "difficult" math, but that's pretty much the most obvious.

        • ericl5112

          10% of the screen. Noticeable enough.

  • John O’Connor

    I've been waiting for the Note 2, but the DLX sounds enticing with it full HD screen. Will have to see what the build quality and performance is like

  • KreeTerry

    while my opinion mught change once its announceed the dlx looks pretty sweet. unless its just a huge phone, in which case i might just to to my first choice(the note 2).

  • http://twitter.com/fins71 daniel j. williams

    I'll be getting the note2 this Thursday since it will be available on Sprint then. Have only used HTC devices so far (wife gets my LTEvo) but no information if or when Sprint would get a version of it. That's the reason I have the LTEvo instead of sgs3. First available to buy usually wins. Plus HTC not having removable battery sucks. Note2 has everything I want in a phone. Hopefully build quality will be impressive.

    • daniel candelaria

      It won't be, it's samsung.

  • kennedy myril

    I'll take HTC's build quality anyday.

  • Garry DeWitt

    1080p wins it for me, good job htc

  • tomn1ce

    If it wouldn't have been because of the small non-removable battery on the DLX I would've pick this one. 1080p display is good and all but with a small battery how long will it be powered on b4 it dies? I would pick the G-Note 2, bigger removable battery. A device this big should come with at least a 4000mAh battery....

  • Bryan L

    Note 2, no stupid Secu Flag for devs/hax to figure out how to disable.

  • aatifsumar

    Love the Note 2's software. However the HTC phablet doesn't have the deprecated Options button, so choose that.

  • u d

    Why are people voting for the HTC when the Note II is already on the market. Poor vote if you ask me.

    • FrillArtist

      Because it has a better design. Samsung designs are very uninspired.

  • Freak4Dell

    Fuck phablets.

    Just in case you missed it, the downvote button is right there beneath this post. It will have a large number by it, I'm sure.


      to each their own


    by far your guy's sloppiest post ever...wtf? How hard is it to wikipedia the specs? or search AP for your review for specs...wow

    • PINJ

      Pdadb.net Is Nerdier Than Wikipedia :)

      • PINJ

        I Just Had To Enter Captcha And I WAS THE ONE WHO REPORTED SOMEONE For OBVIOUS Spamming. Not Nice AP, Not Nice :(.

    • AaronGingrich


      • DCMAKER

        I see you corrected the screen res but still all the ? floating in the review and others have pointed out other type-os and lazy as editing and spec checking.


    I'll take the G note 1 because of the better res and 16:10

  • chronus719

    The Note 2 is just WAY too big for me. I find that even my Galaxy S III edges on the side of being too large on occasion (particularly when I'm trying to use it 1-handed). Seems to me that the DLX would be the best of large screen and maintaining some level of 1-handed use.

    • PINJ

      Yeah My One X Is Too Big. Im Going To Get The Panasonic Alpha Next With 4.5" And Same Specs As Oppo Find 5. Nothing More Than 4.5" For Me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ron.cashman Ron Cashman

      You have 1 handed option in GN2 & yes it is a awesome phone & you get used to the big screen

  • Derrick Hodges

    Other. Sony Odin 6"

    • PINJ

      The Sony Odins Supposed To Have A 5" And The Same Thingy Going On As The Oppo And J But With Better Battery And Even Better Shell. Oh Yeah.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matts.lindmark.7 Matts Lindmark

    I was initially thinking about getting the N7100 Note II but the rumors about the Huawei Ascend Mate killed those plans. 6.1" display, 2 GB RAM, quadcore and 4000 mAh battery is too good to ignore.:)

    • lordmerovingian

      OMG, 6.1 inches?!! Lawd have mercy...

      • DCMAKER

        too big lol just carry a 7inch 3g tablet with you than hahahahah

    • PINJ

      Yessir And 1,8GHz Quadcore Sweetness. Dang O Matic, Huawei Does It Again.

  • Gav456

    I promised myself during rooting my sensation XE that it would be my last HTC, and that my next phone wouldn't have buttons covering the bottom section of the screen. HTC are making that a problem with the DLX cuz that fone is da shiz! I just wish manufacturers would do more to accommodate "power users" and accept that most geeks have androids and make them optionally less "appealing to the masses".
    I want the powerhouse but would, in a heartbeat, have it 2mm thicker, 20g heavier and £50 more expensive for a mügen battery and a sdhx slot.
    And wow, only 2/1100 voted LG, that's harsh!

    • PINJ

      I Like The CAPACITIVE Buttons On The Bottom OF The Screen Over Wasted Screen Estate Tbh :<

  • KB26


  • KB26

    Just make the Vu wider, and we can get the LG Optimus Box.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    HTC better bring some badassery in the software if they're gonna keep up with the Note 2.

    • PINJ

      They Wont. And, Oh Yeah, The Battery Will Suck And To Make Up For The Couple Cents Per Mobile They Couldve Spent On A Bigger Capacity Battery They Will Re-Introduce Their Amazing Kill-Everything-In-The-Background Mechanic

  • oneillperson

    It depends on what I'm gonna use it for.
    If I want a phablet for taking notes or for business purposes, then I'll get the Note II...biggest screen and it has a stylus.
    If I want an everyday phone, then I'll get one that actually fits in my pocket.

  • abqnm

    Samsung because of the stylus and the lack of bloated Sense.
    HTC has the specs for sure though.
    The Vu should be used for nothing other than target practice.
    Ideally - HTC DLX design and hardware with a stylus and STOCK JB. Make one of those and I am sold.

  • http://twitter.com/Dr_MBambi Moaz Bambi

    My next phone is never going to be less than 5"!!! I'm sick of my tiny screen,

    I still have Galaxy Nexus with 4.65" screen, can you imagine that :P

    But I'm serious, No less than 5" in my next phone!!
    I like the approach Samsung took with their upgrade in the Note II.. very smart move to decrease the width while increasing the height.

    But of course, my vote went for HTC for their amazing designs.

    • PINJ

      You Must've HUMONGOUS HANDS!!!

  • ericl5112

    Note 2 would be 10x more tempting if CyanogenMod hadn't pulled Exynos support.

  • http://twitter.com/technoveg Josh Phillips

    Any open 5" phone with soft keys wins... looks like I'm waiting for a nexus.

  • defred34

    Ok, I'll go out on a limb here and say the Vu II. I just got the original Vu as a present last week, and boy I am impressed. The 4:3 makes web browsing a whole lot of a better experience. It's also light for its size. The only problem is if you watch a lot of videos (which I don't!), and some games get their resolutions screwed up. Otherwise, I am actually impressed by the Vu's peculiar design, and will surely get it over the Note II any day.


      cool it works for you! To each their own!

  • Dan

    I really like HTC phones but am worried about the battery size with that 1080p screen. I think the Note II nailed it, got my vote.

  • MikeCiggy

    The Galaxy Note II is an easy pick because the stylus and the stylus software. It changes the entire game.

  • Bala

    who needs the htc one with 2100mah

  • Doctor

    Can we all agree to abandon the awful term "phablet"?

  • isis2012S

    Galaxy ll for sure. HTC phones can't handle updates. ICS update burnt out my HTC Sensation and HTC never admits or addresses these issues. Other previous HTC owners had similar issues. Once you get an update on your HTC phone it's never the same. I have the Galaxy lll and it's worth the hype, can't wait for the Jellybean update!

  • isis2012

    Galaxy Note ll for sure. I was a previous owner of two HTC phones, the latter being an HTC Sensation in which the ICS update fried the phone. HTC phones can't handle updates and HTC refuses to admit or address it. Previous HTC owners before me said once your HTC gets an update it's never the same. I have the Galaxy lll and it's worth the hype, can't wait for the Jellybean to add more hype!

  • kyle wiggington

    I like the note and the htc to hard to choose

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    I am on the split between Samsung and HTC... HTC has better spec and better resolution while Note has bigger screen and better software...

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    Does anyone besides Samsung make a phablet with Wacom digitizer? If not, then Samsung it will be.

  • brew1brew

    I hope T-mo gets the DLX or it's own version.

  • Homer

    I agree with tomnlce, I won't buy a phone that doesn't have a replaceable battery. If not for that I would go with the DLX. Instead I would have to vote for the Galaxy Note II.