A phablet is basically a hybrid of a smartphone and a tablet, hence the name phablet. The main feature that distinguishes phablets from smartphones and tablets is the screen size. A phablet is larger than a smartphone but smaller than a tablet. The screen size often ranges between 5.1 and 6.9 inches. It is now safe to say that it has been established that tablets have screens up to 5.0 inches while tablet screens start at 7.0 inches. Many people think that phablets are nothing more than a fad – an oversized phone that is uncomfortable to use. The truth is that phablets are proving to be more resilient and curving out a market niche. Some people love phablets, largely because of the screen size and the power it comes with while others prefer either smartphones or tablets, nothing in between.

Great features of Phablets

It is not uncommon today to hear someone’s phone ring and when they go to pick it, they whip out a 6.9 inch monster that covers half their face and head. Most phablets in the market come with both the features of a smartphone and those of a tablet. This means that the device has the power to process various tasks such as document editing, video playback, web browsing and video editing while having the capability to make calls and receive and send text messages and emails with ease, just like a smartphone.
People who go for phablets often choose it because of the large working screen. Some operating systems and user interfaces today offer multitasking capability for devices with large screens and users with smartphones are major beneficiaries of this. The large screen also means that manufacturers have sufficient space to add more features and more importantly a larger battery pack to cater for the processing needs of the device as well as provide sufficient power for the huge screen. Most users love their phablets because they are better than phones in browsing the internet, watching movies, viewing and editing photos and running various graphic applications. Phablets are also easier to carry than tablets and often come at a cheaper price yet have almost the same hardware specifications as tablets.Bla bla bla bla

Downsides of phablets

The major feature of a phablet is also its greatest weakness – the large screen. Most people who can afford it would rather go for a smartphone with a smaller screen – a more portable device specially designed for such uses and buy a separate tablet for use in other tasks that the smartphone is short of. Many people still have laptops and seeing how phablets may not have a place in the future of mobile computing, the demand is not as high as it should be. A typical phablet does not fit a pocket and because of the screen size, it often is power hungry and demands that a user charges it more often, especially if using it for the purposes a tablet is designed for.

Popular phablets

As of now, many companies are in the rush to produce phablets and get a piece of the new market niche. The most dominant players in the phablet market are Samsung with their 5.5 inch Galaxy Note II and recently Galaxy Mega phablets available in 5.8 and 6.3 inch variations, Huawei with the 6.1 inch Ascend Mate and LG with the Optimus G Pro which has a 5.5 inch screen. Sony is currently working on a 5.5 inch Xperia Z Ultra phablet, Samsung has the Galaxy Note 3 in the pipeline and HTC will be launching the One Max, a larger version of the 5 inch HTC One in the near future.