With the ever growing need for bigger screens on our smartphones, we’ve seen the development of the phablet, a super-sized phone that is too small to be considered a tablet.
But who actually buys phablets? What reasons should you have to buy one? And is it a worthwhile investment?
A phablet is essentially a mix between a phone and a tablet, hence the name ‘phablet’, but what defines one?
Basically any mobile phone with a screen over 5” and under 7” is considered a phablet, often packing a more powerful set of specifications under the hood compared to your standard smartphone, but sacrificing sizing.
Tablets often start at around 7.5” in smaller models, heading up to 12” at the moment, but some manufacturers are reportedly working on sizes up to 20”.
A great example of a phablet is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which is currently the most popular phablet on the market.
Anyone who is unhappy with a smaller screen on their phone would be the easiest answer here, but the phablet also meets the needs of many business users, who would struggle to manage spreadsheets etc. on their regular sized phones.
Also, due to their increased size, phablets often pack more of a punch in terms of performance, meaning users can browse the web faster and use all of their apps more efficiently.
Another major plus is the increased screen size, offering a much better viewing quality when watching films and other media.
Plus, because a phablet also offers all of the standard smartphone features, you can still use the device to speak to people and send texts, essentially cutting out the need or both a tablet and a smartphone by merging the two.
Phablets also reach out to the e-book lovers out there, allowing you to read and store thousands of books on your handset without any hassle.
The only issues you will encounter when owning a phablet are based on the handset’s size.
Obviously if you are looking for a device that doesn’t look or feel too big, then a phablet certainly isn’t for you.
But also, due to the increased screen size, displays can sometimes come out slightly more blurry compared to smaller screened phones and often use up more power, making the battery run down sooner.
Whilst many phablets counteract this with a larger battery, this adds to the weight of the handset in most occasions.
Finally, due to the phablet’s increased size and specs, the price also often gets a healthy increase in size as well, it isn’t a huge difference compared to the latest flagship smartphone releases, but you will certainly notice the difference.
The top phablet currently available is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 thanks to a mixture of brilliant features and great design.
It sports a 3GB RAM as well as a 5.7” screen and is powered by Android, making it perform brilliantly across the board.
Other good phablet investments include; the Nokia Lumia 1520, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the HTC One Max.
All of these phablets offer great specifications as well as smart and intelligent designs to give the user a good phablet experience from top to bottom.
If you fancy a bigger screen in your pocket and are willing to pay a few extra quid, then the phablet is a bit of a no brainer.
They’re ideal for so many users with their larger screens and higher specs, the only issues you really have to consider are the price and overall size.
The best way to tackle this is to simply play with one, and see if it’s the right sort of handset for you.
Written by Luke Hatfield