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Phablet: The Fusion of Phone and Tablet

February 25, 2013
By Robbie Pleasant, Virtual Office Contributor

There’s an interesting pattern with technology. First, we try to make it as small as possible. Then, we make it larger again. This is the case with smartphones now, which have been sufficiently compressed to pocket size, and are now getting larger screens.

Larger screens are, naturally, easier to work on than smaller ones. You can see everything more clearly and in better detail without having to constantly zoom, and users are more likely to not constantly hit the wrong key by mistake on the touchscreen. This is part of the reason why tablets are so popular in businesses of all sizes, especially in a virtual office setting. They provide all the functionality of a smartphone (except for making calls in some occasions, but just some) with a large enough screen to comfortably control everything.

So, then we see the tablets still in the state of shrinking. While phone screens grow, tablets get smaller to become more transportable. Eventually, the two meet in the middle to become something referred to as a “phablet.” And no, I’m not making that up.

Phablets are basically smart phones with screen sizes around five to seven inches. That’s a size still small enough to be a phone, but large enough to be a tablet, combining the best of both worlds. It may not fit easily into one’s pocket, but it allows for easy transportation and large screens, combining everything that makes tablets and smartphones great for business.

Are phablets the next big thing? Technically, they’re a combination of two big things, so they already are. Those who use phablets, though, tend to rave about how convenient and useful they are. If you need to make calls, it can do that. Want to use an eReader? It’s all there in clear print. Surfing the Internet? No problem, it’s in crystal clear display. While some may still prefer the larger tablets or the pocket-sized phones, phablets are undeniably taking off for many businesses and users.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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