Ten years ago, the telecommunication industry was working on making mobile phones smaller and smaller. Today, the same manufacturers are striving to make their flagship devices are getting bigger and bigger while tablets are becoming smaller and smaller. At what point does a smartphone become ridiculously big and a tablet becomes too small? The meeting point between smartphones and tablets is what gave birth to a new device: A phablet.
An Android phablet is a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet. The device comes with all the features of a smartphone and has the benefit of tablet hardware, power and large battery. Phablets aren’t necessary for users who already have or prefer having both tablets and smartphones, does it mean there is no future for phablets? Will smartphones just grow bigger to bridge the gap with tablets hence phasing out phablets? Some say yes while others argue that phablets are here to stay.
Phablets are here to stay
Samsung was among the first companies to release a phablet to the market and its most successful phablet is the Galaxy Note II. This 5.5 inch Android device has sold over 10 million units over the past year since it was launched. As a matter of fact, most companies decided to dive into the phablet fray after Samsung’s first phablet, Galaxy Note, was a big success worldwide and cleared the path for the even more successful Galaxy Note II. Samsung is getting ready to release the next phablet in the Galaxy line, the Galaxy Note III, just months after it launched another phablet, the Galaxy Mega with a 6.3 inch screen. This move is proof enough that Samsung has faith in the future of phablets and we should too.
Phablets are very handy – they are a perfect blend of a phone and a tablet and this means it has more functionalities and offer more features than either a smartphone or a tablet. Phablets also offer smoother web browser because of a bigger screen and is easier to use in gaming as well as sketching, drawing or any other task. Phablets also have more space for a higher capacity battery and may help users overcome smartphone’s battery capacity problem. What’s more, phablets have larger screens, they are lightweight and the displays are just big enough for a clear view with high pixel density at 1080p full HD resolution.
Phablets are a fad
Phablets’ big bright displays drain battery power and will offer less time on a single charge than smartphones. Although they have larger screens, phablet’s poor battery performance cancel out any other benefit it has over the smartphone. However, as technology moves forward, we may get better batteries that can last longer than current batteries do. Perhaps one reason that will cause the extinction of phablets is that it does not fit in a typical pocket thereby not being as useful as smartphones are.
Another reason such a large screen of the phablet has no future in the telecommunication market is that typing on it is a hassle. Even the stylus the phablet comes with is not the most effective data input tool for a phablet.
Phablets have the benefits of both smartphones and tablets but it also carries the weaknesses of both. While it is the perfect gadget for many buyers, the majority of the market is not convinced the benefits of a phablet outweigh the weaknesses and may not be going for one soon. For now, phablets sell like hot cakes but this trend may not last long.