Is "phablet" a necessary word anymore?

We may use the term phablet quite often to describe extra-large handsets, but their manufacturers don't seem to like this moniker...
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12. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I believe that's "tablone" in Italian.

39. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Peter Griffin would probably agree -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JhuOicPFZY

9. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 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: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Nope, what you were thinking is actually not professionally proven.

21. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

People with large phablets don't care what you think and are not buying phones to please you.

28. cory944

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Still a dumb name to me

18. pixel8or

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Agreed.

17. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

We should just call it "(enter screen size here) smartphone".

37. phones522

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

You have a better one?

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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 unregistered

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: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

when i first saw htc hd2, it was super huge. but now? it is too small. for me, 5 incher is perfect.

34. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

yeah just call it tangtop

36. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Option C - We never needed the term "phablet" in the first place.

43. piko1

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

same !

41. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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: Apr 08, 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: Feb 25, 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

46. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I like to call them '" big ash phone"

48. pocketbook

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 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: 21; Member since: Mar 15, 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: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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

51. nodes

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Nexus One looks so damn good.

52. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Its amazing to see how once the Dell Streak first phablet(5inch) comparing to todays Galaxy S4 (5inch) is just considered a normal phone and not a phablet anymore :'(
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