Why Your Next Phone Should Be a Phablet

Now that Apple has decided that bigger really is better, there is a renewed focus on phablets, those oft-derided hybrids that attempt to combine the functionality and portability of a smartphone with the size and productivity of a tablet. That focus will only increase with this month’s release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the successor to the most widely-acclaimed phablet prior to the arrival of the iPhone 6 Plus.

Coupled with the increased dimensions of the regular iPhone 6, this move towards super-sized screens has left a lot of existing smartphone owners scratching their heads. After extolling the virtues of simplicity and convenience, are we now expected to return to the days of pocket-busting devices that feel more like oversized calculators than sleek state-of-the-art smartphones?

Surprisingly, the answer might well be ‘yes’ and there are a number of reasons why.

First though, what actually constitutes a phablet? While there is no hard and fast rule, we are probably talking about smartphones with screens bigger than 5.3 inches. So while the iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inches) and the Galaxy Note 4 (5.7 inches) clearly fall into that category, the iPhone 6 (4.7 inches) and the Samsung Galaxy 5 (5.1 inches) do not.

While size is the main criteria, it’s not the only determining factor. As mentioned above, these mega devices are trying to mimic the functionality of a tablet and it’s really the additional apps and processing power that makes them so attractive.

In particular, the Galaxy Note 4 comes packed with useful work and productivity features that deliver on the promise of the mobile office. A more organized and color-coded home screen, split-screen multitasking, super-fast charging, and a completely redesigned S-Pen can quickly turn the Note 4 into an essential business tool.

But if you’re not looking for your smartphone to be an extension of your office, then the big screen media potential of a phablet will surely get your attention. The difference between viewing photos or watching a movie or TV show on a regular smartphone and a super-sized phablet is like night and day.

Five inch displays and 500+ ppi densities make for an incredibly sharp HD viewing experience, which is impossible to replicate on a smaller device. Add the improved sound quality and a series of innovative media apps and phablets are rapidly becoming the personal entertainment centers that we always dreamed of.

For some, the standard objections to larger devices are hard to overcome – they require two hands to operate; they are hard to carry – but for others a phablet means the best of both worlds and one less device to worry about. If you need to replace your current device, think about a phablet. When it comes to smartphones, good things don’t always come in small packages!


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