In 2011, a very unique term was coined to describe the Samsung Galaxy Note phone. Due to its extremely large proportions compared to its peers, the Note was dubbed a “phablet,” or a phone and tablet combination. Small enough to be used as a hand-held phone, but large enough to display games, web browsers, and documents in a much more tablet-like manner, these devices instantly became popular among many users. Fast forward to 2014 and the industry has rapidly expanded, with Apple even breaking into the market with the newly released iPhone 6 Plus. With the wide selection of these devices available, the question now is: tablet or phablet?
The concept of a tablet computer or a much smaller and portable computer has been around for many years. This type of device became insanely popular in 2010 with the release of the Apple iPad. Consumers loved the portability of the device, while still being able to perform many of the functions of a laptop computer, such as playing games, writing documents, and surfing the web. The touch screen interface was also revolutionary and excited consumers beyond belief.
- Smaller size compared to laptops means greater portability.
- Tablets offer a portable option for gaming, creating/viewing documents, browsing the internet, and other computer-based activities.
- Portable entertainment, such as watching movies and TV shows, becomes simple and beautiful.
- The battery life on most tablets is phenomenal, easily beating laptops, and even most phones.
- Many tablets can carry hefty price-tags, especially given their size.
- Although they are more portable than laptops, they are still relatively large to carry.
- Usually, no native calling features, and they are too unwieldy to hold to your ear anyway.
In recent years, the growth of the phablet has exploded. The release of the new iPhone 6 Plus has made a huge impact on the smartphone and tablet market, and smartphones are continually trying to add inches to the screen size. Many people feel that phablets are more than capable of fully replacing tablets.
- Phablets are slightly smaller than tablets but still offer the same features.
- They always have built-in calling capabilities.
- Extremely long battery life for hours of entertainment.
- High definition display offers crystal clear video and image playback.
- Smaller screens are more difficult to navigate and type on.
- Bluetooth keyboards are possible but awkward.
- They are still quite large, so people may find them too bulky.
- Phablets are costly, sometimes even more expensive than tablets.
While both have merit, phablets are eating into the tablet sales significantly for a reason. They offer more functionality on a more manageable screen. Some may find them too small for multitasking, but they will satisfy the needs of most customers. You can easily cut costs by opting for just the slightly more expensive phablet, rather than purchasing both a smartphone and tablet. Therefore, people are starting to lean heavily towards the large smartphones being released in recent months.