Throughout the years, phones have grown increasingly larger with Apple starting the movement with the iPhone.
When most phone companies were competing over how small they could create a working phone device, Apple revolutionized the tech world by bucking the trend with a larger, more capable device.
Since then, smart phones have overtaken the world, with tablets close behind. Now, though, the tablet and the phone are quickly moving toward becoming the same device.
Here are three reasons why the “phablet” (phone plus tablet), despite its juvenile moniker, will soon become the next big trend:
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Ever been to Disneyland and notice a few people using their iPads or other tablets to snap a photo? While usually a dead on clue to a tourist, this use of a large device in everyday life is not so unusual anymore.
The main difference between phones and tablets lies in their size and networking capabilities. While tablets can harbor the same intuitive apps and ease of carrying around something with a screen larger than a phone but smaller than a computer, they lack the ability to actually perform a call, text or ability to work apart from Wi-Fi.
This leaves connected users sometimes carrying around three devices: a phone, tablet, and a laptop.
However, tablet sales have decreased as sales for larger phones have increased. Since the release of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and LG’s G2, which feature 5-inch screens, more people are opting to trade in their 7-inch tablets in favor of something similar in size with the convenience of only needing one device.
Because tablets were unable to perform the same functions as laptops or desktop computers, specifically in the case of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, many people found themselves toting around both a laptop and a tablet.
However, with increasing technology, there are plenty of apps that allow for Word processing compatibility, eliminating the necessity of needing to carry both a laptop and a tablet around.
This leaves users now with a phone and a tablet. But, since phone sizes have increased, and anything that can be done on a tablet can be done on a phone, it is more practical for tech users to simply carry around one device.
Although performing a call on something as big as a 5-inch screen might seem awkward, and currently industry is still determining what size phone makes sense, more and more people are ditching their smaller phones and big tablets for the middle man “phablet.”
The compromise between a slightly smaller screened tablet in order to have phone capabilities is well worth it to consumers, and practically no compromise at all.
Instead of paying for a smart phone, contract, and a tablet, which can only be used over Wi-Fi, users can consolidate their tech spending into one device. Although these larger screened phones are more expensive than a typical smartphone price, it is cheaper than paying for both a phone and tablet.
Use a Bluetooth to make phone calls, and embrace the “phablet.” It is the one-stop shopping for all communications.
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