Is "phablet" a necessary word anymore?
As you may know, phablet is a portmanteau word with rather vague origins. No one seems to know exactly when, and by whom it was used for the first time - although GSMA’s Director of Technology claims it was him who made up the term first (but proving this fact is, uhm, difficult - to say the least). In any case, the word usually designates a device with phone capabilities which is larger than a typical smartphone. Apparently, most people agree that a phablet could have a screen size between 5 to 7 inches.
But, with the rapid evolution of mobile technology in recent times, we have to ask: what is a phablet nowadays? The companies that are building all these devices for us certainly don’t have an answer to this question. In fact, they are ignoring the phablet moniker altogether.
Your phablet is not really a phablet - not in the eyes of its maker
Apple is currently the only important smartphone maker that doesn’t offer large-screened handsets. Rumors have it that it will do it later this year, though, as the company allegedly readies new 4.7-inch and a 5.5 inch iPhone models. But we’re pretty sure that Apple won’t use the term phablet when describing the latter device, despite the fact that we're already calling it just that.
Is a product what its maker declares it is, or what consumers say it is?you see, manufacturers don’t seem to appreciate the word phablet. And it’s unlikely that they will adopt it from now on. Granted, we’re using this word quite often here, and most tech-oriented websites do, too. There is nothing wrong with that. However, if manufacturers aren’t calling their products phablets, perhaps we shouldn’t do it, either. This actually leads us to a rather philosophical question: are things what their maker declares they are, or what the rest of the world believes and says that they are?
Of course, a device won’t magically transform into something else if you’re not calling it what it’s supposed to be called. Its very essence remains unchanged regardless of the name it may carry. Still, at the moment, any handset that has a screen of 5 to 6 inches is, by default, called a smartphone - at least by its maker. LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, and the examples could go on and on - all these would’ve been classified as phablets in 2011 / 2012. But not in 2014. What’s more, we now have mini smartphones that sport 4.7-inch screens (see the LG G2 mini). Needles to say, a 4.7-inch handset was viewed as being huge, almost tablet-like a few years ago.
In the light of all the above thoughts and facts, do you think that there is still need for the word phablet? Or are phone, smartphone and tablet the only meaningful terms that we need to categorize the multitude of mobile devices around us? (Forget smartwatches and wearables, these belong to another discussion). You can not only vote in the poll below, but also weigh in in the comments section. Chances are that you'll be doing that from the comfort of your very own extra-large smartphone. Or is that a phablet, after all?
- Is "phablet" a necessary term anymore?
1422 votes (1422 votes) Yes. It's still useful to know if we're talking about a huge handset, or a smaller one
1151 votes (1151 votes) Nope. Smartphones have evolved enough to comprise all screen sizes, even beyond 6 inches
1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1482; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
They'll just get bigger and bigger.
--Posted from my Samsung Galaxy S4
56. Finalflash (Posts: 1600; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Have wouldn't even know what a "she" is
13. akki20892 (Posts: 3337; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
14. express77 (unregistered)
now that's innovation.
59. sgodsell (Posts: 1112; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Samsung coined the term phablet. They were the first to make the note with the spen. Nowadays everyone calls a big phone a phablet.
29. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 726; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
I like how you iboys pretend to be "samsung users"
If you were S4 user , you should know that S4 is smaller than S3 , and Note 3 is smaller than Note 1. And not to post this BS link.
Well you gonna win this poll too iboys. Congrat.
Tech media iboys invented this ugly word-nonsense "fablet" and promote it. LOL
35. SleepingOz (unregistered)
That've been the trend lately; trolls, especially wp fanboys, pretend to use products they don't like to look credible when they troll.
54. Ashoaib (Posts: 1583; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
I like phablets more then phones bcoz its easy to read on bigger screen
75. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
no, i have 1 and it is smaller than the 3, 3 is thinner but longer
33. shuaibhere (Posts: 1303; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Not anymore I think....atleast I hope so ..
Btw when sanding
Samsung released OG note they din said it as a smart phone....they said it as whole new category...they dunno what to say...
47. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Well theoretically speaking the Note series with S-Pen and its awesome features can be considered as a new category. They are not just enlarged smartphones like Z Ultra, One Max, GPRO 2, L1520 and co..
58. sgodsell (Posts: 1112; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Samsung coined the term with their note line. To me the note with the spen will always be a phablet.
84. gigaraga (Posts: 738; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Haha...not. Except that all the other makers are doing the same thing
2. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
5.3 to 6.5 is I believe is a Phablet,,,,,
26. vincelongman (Posts: 1063; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I believe it should be measured by phone size (mainly height and width) not screen size.
140 x 70 mm and above is phablet
31. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 726; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Why do PA make this useless polls? Who they think, vote here?
4. jellmoo (Posts: 655; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Honestly, the terminology is largely irrelevant. "Phablet" is just a convenient way of grouping a particular set of devices. You could just as easily say "5.5inch+ devices" or whatever definition you choose to use.
The term is convenient, nothing more. IF manufacturers don't wish to use it, it doesn't really matter. Media an enthusiasts will use it to differentiate between flagship sized devices, and larger niche devices.
5. MeGustaHC (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
I believe 100cm2 phone is a Phablet and 70cm2 is a mini
6. hurrycanger (Posts: 1004; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
Yup. "Smartphones have evolved enough to comprise all screen sizes, even beyond 6 inches". I had a lot of people asking me "What phone is that?" when i used my Galaxy Mega 6.3. So guess what? Even at its size, it passes as being "a phone".
I would still use that word "phablet", but then I would still call a phablet a phone. Phablet was never a word anyway, right? xD
16. GamasK (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
I used Galaxy Mega 6.3 and get the same question like you get
25. cory944 (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)
same here, and I must say I love my samsung galaxy mega 6.3 and waiting for the new mega.
7. zachattack (Posts: 550; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Fact 6 inches doesn't qualify as a smartphone and is too huge for a normal pocket. Not to mention they look goofy
32. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 726; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Who you are to "qualify" whatsoever???
And who are you to tell us what is "goofy"
By the way the name "phone" is the most wrong name for todays pocket devices. "Phone" is only app there, and usually NOT most used. ( just app like "calculator" or "GPS", "digital clock", "organizer"....
Even "tablet" is more correct . There ware 4" tablets befote the iphone.
"Fablet" is just BS name.
38. zachattack (Posts: 550; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Manufacturers are stupid for going into 6 inches.... the iPhone is a laughable pathetic size and the entire screen is just apps making backgrounds useless. 5 inches is the perfect size for the average person unless you like squinting at your screen and or have small hands. It most certainly is goofy. Because tablets are 7 inches at the smallest I believe, so why the Hell would you make a phone that big.
40. hurrycanger (Posts: 1004; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
Huge phones bring those manufacturers money and customers. Calling them stupid doesn't even bring you a buck.
Sure, they are stupid...
71. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2151; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
So glad to hear that you are the authority on what size phones manufacturers should be making & what people should be buying. Please guide us further in the industry with your infinite wisdom.
44. Taters (Posts: 2696; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
The funny thing is that you can fit a 5.5 inch screen with the new HTC One dimensions. Or at least the one plus and sharp and probably LG and Samsung can.
So you shouldn't be championing that phone if you don't like phablet sizes. The HTC One is pretty damn close to a 6 inch phone in size with only a 5 inch screen.lol
I knew HTC fans sucked but this is just hilarious...
12. Commentator (Posts: 2350; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I believe that's "tablone" in Italian.
39. Florin.T (Posts: 105; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)
Peter Griffin would probably agree -https://www.youtube.com/watch?
9. rallyguy (Posts: 538; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
How about "Large phone"?
Tablets are getting bigger so what do we call them? Tabtop?
I would say get rid of all the fancy terms.
10. refillable (Posts: 618; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
I think they should still call 5.5" to 6.5" a phablet. They still can be operated by one hand, but can't be operated like a traditional phone. Oh yes, also count bezels. Probably the best way to measure a phone is by surface area, because right now all mobile devices use a screen ratio of either 16:9 or 16:10, which is quite similar. Well the Idea is, no matter what the manufacturers says, I think it's still a good idea to call it phablet!
11. Sauce (unregistered)
Im sorry, but people with phablets as big as the Z look like dumb*sses when they're on the phone.
19. refillable (Posts: 618; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
Nope, what you were thinking is actually not professionally proven.
21. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1161; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
People with large phablets don't care what you think and are not buying phones to please you.
28. cory944 (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)
that is why I have my mega 6.3, I don't care what people say
42. Sauce (unregistered)
I don't care what people think when I think they look like a dumb***. Obviously some don't. Obviously some do. In the end, they still look stupid lololol.
17. Lt.Green (Posts: 361; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
We should just call it "(enter screen size here) smartphone".
22. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I remember when people called the Droid X a phablet...lol.
I think its necessary. We still use feature phone, smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc. . We can still use phablet.
72. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2151; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
You're dreaming. No one ever called the Droid X a phablet. The term didn't even exist in 2010 when the phone came out.
23. Taters (Posts: 2696; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
It's a pretty muddy term now. The Z2 and HTC M8 claim to be normal size phones but they are just as big as phablets 5.7 inch screens.
So they should get rid of the term until Sony, HTC, and Nokia stop adding unnecessary and stupid stuff that makes their phones huge.
24. gigaraga (Posts: 738; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Well I guess the term 'phablet' can be used to describe really giant phones for that particular year, as it still is a smartphone, but just oversized. I think companies should try using the word 'phablet' and see the response from that.
30. btbotimtim (Posts: 143; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
when i first saw htc hd2, it was super huge. but now? it is too small. for me, 5 incher is perfect.
36. roscuthiii (Posts: 1786; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Option C - We never needed the term "phablet" in the first place.
41. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3084; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
I have seen people talking on a 7-8 inch tablets. Most of them are cheap chinese or samsung tablets. Such is the story of android tablets.
79. imsmrtrthnyu (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)
We used to talk on humongous home corded rotary phones, is talking into a 7 or 8 inch tablet worse than that?
Also, if you use a headset, wired or wireless, it does not matter how big the phone is.
45. piko1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
the right question is what is the difference between today's tablets and phones (phablets)
the answer is nothing they use the same OS's App's and hardware
we are in the end of the inch wars lets face it it's the same scenario as of the 00's one when the phones shrieked in size till about 2004 everything from 5 inch shall be called tablet not smart phone or phablet cause the main idea shifted from making calls and SMS, MMS to multimedia device which among other things can make calls SMS's and MMS but hey any tablet with 3G or 4G can do this
48. pocketbook (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
It's funny how despite knowing the size of the screen people still need a word to classify a phone that is a certain size. As if the size doesn't tell you enough.
49. frickbot (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)
So if moto makes a 13 inch tablet tomorrow with a phone os and can make calls and they call it a phone does that mean they will get offended when we call it a phablet?
50. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
I think the best word for both smartphones and phablets is PALMTOP.
Think about it..We have desktops, we have laptops..so why wouldn't we call those miniature pocket computers that have taken over our digital lives, residing on our palms.. why wouldn't we rename them to Palmtops?
Sub 4.5" devices could be simply called mini Palmtops.
When you think about it, smartphone and a phablet are both really dumb words