What Is a Phablet Phone?

A “Phablet” — Phone-Tablet — is a smartphone with a bigger screen than the typical smartphone but smaller than a tablet. Most phablets have a screen size between 5.5 to 7 inches diagonally, but the actual size of the device varies with different models. A smartphone’s size is generally less than 5.6 inches and can be used with one hand. A tablet can measure anywhere between 7 to 13 inches. Phablets are bigger and faster smartphones, and you need both hands free to use them. If the tablet is too big and the smartphone is too small for you, then the “Phablet” is perfect for you.

The phablet’s larger display means you can comfortably multitask by taking advantage of the split-screen mode. In addition, a phablet is a great aid for people with vision problems as reading is much easier on a bigger screen. Some phablets also come with a stylus for comfortable use. The Samsung Note, released in 2011, was the first modern phablet, but user preference has changed since. For example, mobile phones are not just limited to voice calls anymore; people have started using mobiles more often for Facetime or video calls.

Consequently, 2013 became the year of phablets as Google, HTC, Sony, LG, and Huawei all started offering phablets. At first, Apple resisted the trend, but finally in September 2014, they released the iPhone 6S Plus. As of 2022, most Android or iOS smartphones are phablets, with a minimum 6.2 to 6.5-inch screen size and a height of 160 mm or more. You can even compare and buy a wide range of the latest phablets on the Mobile Guru website at affordable prices.

Pros and Cons of a Phablet

While bigger screens are much better for watching videos or playing games, phablets have their downsides too. Sure, there’s more space to add extra features like multiple camera lenses, but it no longer fits the pocket easily, and you have to use both hands. Here are the pros and cons of a phablet.

  • Pros
    • Great for streaming videos and playing games
    • Can comfortably view and edit documents
    • Perfect for using split-screen mode
    • Exceptional performance
    • Spectacular display
    • Incredible camera quality
  • Cons
    • Not pocket-sized
    • It can be uncomfortable to operate
    • Can’t be used with one hand
    • Bulky
    • Expensive
    • Prone to scratches
    • Lower battery performance

The term phablet is quite old and seems obsolete now because it doesn’t have a distinct niche anymore. The space for a unique device between a smartphone and a tablet is no longer there. Smartphones have filled that middle ground and expanded over time.

Some users prefer smaller phones, which makes sense, but most people have gotten used to bigger modern smartphones. It's just that we don't call them phablets as often as we used to. Are you looking to upgrade your device to a phablet or a large-screen smartphone? Call Mobile Guru on 1300 362 017 and our dedicated team will be happy to help you. Alternatively, write to us at hello@mobileguruaustralia.com.au for more information

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