With the release of the newest Samsung Galaxy Note, the popularity of “phablets” keep growing. But why? This article will try to solve the mystery behind the ever growing phablet.
Before we delve into the world of the phablet, let’s start at the beginning. What is a phablet? To put it simply a phablet is a really big smartphone. It is so big that it is borderline a tablet (phone + tablet = phablet, get it?). According to our good friends over at Wikipedia, “Phablets typically have screens that measure (diagonally) between 5.01 to 6.9 inches (130 to 180 mm), which complement screen-intensive activity such as mobile web browsing and multimedia viewing.” The phablet made its first appearance back in 1993 with the AT&T EO 440, but they really gained their popularity with the release of the HTC Advantage.
With the larger screens, you can look at pictures without having to zoom and distort the image, it’s more enjoyable to watch videos, play games, etc. Some phablets have a longer battery life than smartphones and tablets (this is at least true for the Samsung Galaxy Notes). Most phablets have decent cameras, at least 8 megapixel, which meets most of the needs for the standard user. Also, the webcam feature is comparable to that of a tablet which can be used for video calls perfectly.
While the larger screens can be great for photos, videos, etc. they make it almost impossible for one-handed use and can make phone calls uncomfortable so you might need to get some type of headset. Another downside to the larger size is portability. While most phones will fit in your standard pant pocket, the phablet is not so easily transported (unless you shop for special large-pocketed pants, if those are a thing).
So in summation, the pro is the size and the con is the size. While there are more pros and cons to add to the list, this seem to be the make-it-or-break-it considerations people run into when debating on making the leap to a phablet.
It seems like the more pressing question should be, “will the phablet take over smartphones?” It could be a possibility, given that smartphones keep growing in size with every generation (i.e. iPhone 6 will have a model with a 5.5” display). Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the phablet, but that is really just due to my compulsive need to have my phone in my pocket or on my person in some form, at all times. If you are ok with carrying your phone with you either in your hand or in a bag, then I say, go for it.