What Do You Get When You Cross A Tablet With A Smartphone?
A Phablet - Part Phone, Part Tablet
According to Wikipedia, "The Phablet is a class of mobile computing devices designed to combine or straddle the size format of smartphones and tablets". Phablets usually have a diagonal display measurement ranging from 5 - 6 inches — “a range that offers screen-intensive activity such as mobile web browsing and multimedia viewing”.
The reason for the development of the phablet? In a word - consumers. Consumers have high expectations regarding the size of their devices. Will it comfortably fit into my pants pocket? Or even a jacket pocket? Or a reasonably-sized pocketbook? Or am I walking around holding it all the time? What does it feel like to hold? Or when I make a call?
Taking these questions into consideration, the development of the phablet concept was born and began with the birth of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10, a combination mobile phone, tablet, and digital notepad, which included Samsung’s S Pen stylus for drawing, note-taking, and highlighting. What a combo, right?
The new Samsung device was bigger. It’s 5.3-inches diagonal, halfway between the Kindle Fire and an iPhone, and was dubbed a “phablet” – half-Android phone and half-Android tablet.
It’s a device Goldilocks would definitely approve of. For those who said the tablet felt a bit too big to carry around, and others who were not happy with the smartphone’s small screen size, the inevitable creation of the phablet was — a tech hybird that’s not too big and not too small, but just right!
So, phablets are essentially smartphone-tablet crossbreeds. They’re feature-rich devices with screen sizes between 5 and 6 inches that offer the portability and functionality of a smartphone crossed with the larger screen experience of a tablet. Some of the more popular phablets you might have heard about include the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Apple® iPhone® 6s Plus, LG V10™ and the Samsung Galaxy Note5.
Here are the main selling points of the phablet, according to Verizon Wireless: .
1. Phablets Offer Exceptional performance
Because they’re larger, manufacturers have had more flexibility to play around “under the hood”, offering you a more powerful handheld device. The iPhone 6 Plus, for example, added a new and more powerful A8 chip, which is known for delivering faster graphics displays significantly more efficiently. The end result? You will be able to play games that are graphic-intensive, or videos at higher frame rates longer than ever before.
2. Phablets Often Have Spectacular displays
Many of us have been watching videos or favorite television shows on our smartphone’s too small screen. If you are in that category, you’re really going to love the screen size of a phablet. Playing games, reading e-books and editing documents are easier tasks on the larger screen. Examples include the iPhone 6 Plus, which boasts a higher resolution 5.5-inch Retina HD display.
3. Phablets Have Incredible Cameras
These days, it’s all about the camera. Consumers feel that there seems to be no point in owning a mobile device that doesn’t have a spectacular camera. The iSight camera on the iPhone 6 Plus has a new sensor with Focus Pixels, which delivers better and faster autofocus that can even be seen in preview mode. Newer models offer more updated features and will require doing a search for the specific features you are seeking.
4. Phablets Offer the Next-Level of Multitasking
Sure, the larger screen size offers great viewing, but it also means that you can take multitasking to a whole new level. The Galaxy Note’s Multi Window technology means that you can open up multiple windows on a single screen and run two apps simultaneously—or even open one app in two windows. So you can watch a video while drafting an email or carry on two chat conversations at the same time in different windows. Like I said, it is all about research and find the features you desire!
Sources: Wikipedia, Verizon Wireless, Forbes.