Smartphones vs tablets

Technology is very dynamic. It keeps on changing every now and then. It takes a lot for one to stay abreast. Not long ago smartphone were the in thing, however, with the arrival of phablets, it seems as if there is a sudden paradigm shift. More and more tech enthusiasts are embracing phablets for a number of reasons. What exactly is the difference between smartphones and phablets? This piece will highlight some of the striking difference between the two.


Have you ever come across the term phablet? If not, here is something for you. The name phablet is derived from the words phone and tablet. It can be defined as a mobile device that combines the functions of both a smartphone and tablet. Typically, phonelets are known to have screens that diagonally measure between 5.01 and 6.9 inches. It is believed that the screen size is aimed at supporting the device’s intensive screen activities including web browsing and for multimedia viewing purposes. The Samsung’s Galaxy Note was given credit for pioneering the phablet craze in 2011.  Up to date, the Samsung Galaxy Mega commands the industry as the largest mass designed device with its 6.3-inch screen.

It looks as if phablets are here to stay. In 2013, the International Data Corporation reported that phonelets shipment had overtaken the shipment of both laptops and tablets in the Asian market during the second quarter. In order to accommodate the growing trend, clothing companies are becoming more creative with their designs. The vice president of Dockers Clothing said that they decided to resize the size of their pocket pants in order to accommodate the growing size of smartphones.

Besides the tablet’s relatively large size, there is no much difference with the phablet. It has all the features of a tablet starting from the touchscreen, the stylus, the on screen keyboard to the sensors. To add to this, the phablets come equipped with OTG functionality. This technology allows the devices to be connected through a USB.

Why Phablets  

Phablets introduced users to a whole new world of entertainment. Before, smartphones such as the Huawei Ascend G6 had display and processing power below HD and less than 1 GHZ. This meant that the devices were not able to support HD content. With an increased demand to watching HD multimedia content on a larger screen and the need for heavy duty gaming, phablets were introduced to meet this demand. Consumers were now able to enjoy playing PC level games on mobile devices via a larger screen which would allow them to appreciate the graphic details to the latter.

Phablet is also considered as a hybrid device that combines the best features in a smartphone and a tablet. Tablets were introduced since they were seen as a compact form of the regular laptop. The same logical explanation can be adapted for the phablet. One can argue that they were introduced for convenience purposes. Instead of walking around with three devices (laptop, smartphone and tablet) the phablet was certainly the best option.


What the future holds

Since there are those people who do not fancy larger devices, smartphones are still going to remain present in the market. What is going on with the major smartphone manufacturing companies is that they have all launched at least a phablet device of their own. They are continually working on the concept to try and improve their creation to even come up with better options for consumers. It is even rumoured that iPhone is planning to launch iPhones with larger screens.

With all the amazing features that phablets come with, it is only a matter of time before smartphones are completely replaced with the phablets.

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