It’s larger than a smartphone, but smaller than a tablet – it is just somewhere in between the two.  That is why it got the name ‘phablet’.  A phablet is essentially a mobile device with a screen size between 5.1 and 6.9 inches.  One of the most popular phablets, and one that actually popularized phablets in the first place, is Samsung’s 5.5 inch Galaxy Note II.  When it entered the US market last year, the device performed better than most market analysts had predicted and was the reason many manufacturers followed suit to make phablets with both the features of a smartphone and tablets.  Other most notable phablets in the market now include LG’s Optimus Vu, HTC’s One Max and Butterfly S, Huawei’s Ascend Mate and Samsung’s Galaxy Mega.

Who needs a phablet?

Because a phablet has the features of a typical smartphone including call functions, most buyers often look for something that has larger than normal screen but can still work as a phone.  The first group of users would therefore be those that want a phone but with a larger screen.  These include business people who have to conduct their businesses on the go, students who want a device they can carry to class without trouble and still use as a phone and other professionals who essentially complete various tasks on their mobile devices.

Unlike a smartphone, a phablet also come with an input stylus which is convenient considering the large screen that would make inputting data a hassle.  One of the biggest drawbacks of smartphones is that even the 4 inches that an average smartphone has is still too small for most tasks people need to complete on the device.  Because of this, the phablet comes in handy although at the expense of size and easy portability.  With a stylus, entering data, sketching and reading e-books is much simpler and hassle-free.  It is therefore safe to say that the phablet was also made for individuals who want to read, artists who sketch and other skilled professionals like architects and designers who find that tablets are too large to carry around but smartphones screens are too small to be productive.Bla bla bla bla
Web surfers will find the phablet a better device to own than a smartphone.  Although a modern smartphone has an HTML5 browser which means even web pages optimized for desktop browsing loans just fine, the screen size limitation is a major hindrance to comfortable browsing.  This is an issue that phablets solve.  Users who primarily need a mobile device they can use to access desktop sites, watch YouTube videos and want an unrivalled web browsing experience without worrying about data consumption can go for the phablet.

Gamers are another group of users who will appreciate the large screen that the phablet has.  Most graphic games today can be handled by smartphone processors and graphic units but the screen size is a limitation for most users.  Most manufacturers know this and optimize the phablets for such uses by equipping them with better and faster processors, more RAM, better graphics units and more internal memory.