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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78 Comments

60. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Compare their dimensions and weight and you should realize the massive difference. The streak is almost double the weigh, two centimeters taller and one centimeter wider.

53. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

The term phablet has the ability to change depending on what's popular at the time. A 1990 honda civic was considered subcompact at the time but a 2013 Civic has more room and power than a 1990 Accord. That's why a phone like a Note 1 is not considered huge anymore and is why we can accept 5 inches as mainstream.

70. g2a5b0e unregistered

Excellent point & comparison. +1

55. gd761

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

The article talks about a few Phones/Phablets. HTC being one of the ones in this article it should be reflected correctly. The article lists the HTC ONE MAX, but in the Size Comparison Picture, the HTC Nexus is in the Picture instead of the HTC ONE MAX that's listed in the article.

57. destiny110

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 16, 2012

Phone could be used sigle handedly with ease. Tablet could be desktop level experience with apps and display layout designed accordingly. If a large device has phone like design and features and can be held in one hand with relative ease, then its a phone otherwise a tablet.

61. spo

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 25, 2009

I'm pretty sure it's all of you tech bloggers that keep using the term, not the companies that are producing the products. Maybe you should be deciding this among your colleagues.

62. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

63. qbyrd21 unregistered

always hated the word ... still do .... never use it

64. Bukatorade

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I've never said or written that word in my life, and I think it's time to stop hearing and reading it too. It was a useful word 3 years ago, but if 4.7" is mini now, then anything smaller than a 7" tablet should just be called a phone.

73. g2a5b0e unregistered

I say they're all just phones. No need to use a stupid term to qualify some of them. How much of a difference is there between the original Note (5.3") & the Z2 (5.2") really? They are the same height! What about when the upcoming G3 which is rumored to be 5.5" comes out? Will anyone call that a "phablet"? What about when "phablets" expand beyond 6.44" & further encroach on the magical 7" barrier set for tablets? What about all the 7" & 8" tablets that have built in sim capabilities? How do we qualify those? Simple. They're all just phones.

74. fuelband

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

I still find the term "Phablet" useful. The reason is so that i'd know its not from Apple hence making it easy for me to decide whenever am on the hunt for a smartphone.

76. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

For me word phablet never existed. I still call it a phone and I have 5,9 incher

77. me.si

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

not necessary

78. agesmchills

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

well you guys are just looking,talking and using smartphones as they imerge but have you sat down to check from your dictionaries the word #smart and #phone? If u havent then do it now! If the old Motoral-bar-long phones are not worth to be called smartphones why should a an over 4.5" display cellphone be called smartphone? Every cellphone over 4.5" is probably and basical an phablet.

80. imsmrtrthnyu

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

If it has voice capability and a phone carrier activated it with a phone number it is a phone, if it doesn't it is a tablet. Makes sense that tablets are bigger than phones otherwise why would you carry something that can't even do what your phone can. If somebody can't figure out that a 6 inch screen is much larger than a 3 or 4 inch screen then let him call it a phablet. For me a phone should be the maximum size that fits inside my jeans' front pocket, so we need more 5.7 to 6.3 inch phones. Xiaomi: Please don't just focus on that 5" mi3, it's a nice phone, but an extra inch would allow me to leave my laptop or tablet at home. Google: please let the successor to the Nexus 5 have a 6" screen, I don't care if you call it Nexablet instead of Nexus 6. Canonical: forget your BS about ... we found that the ideal size of a phone is 4.65 inches ... whenever the UbuntuPhone is available please make it, or at least one of them a 6 inch one.

83. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I concur - no more small 5 inch screen phones, please...just too small...

81. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Anything under 6.5 inches is not a phablet...

82. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Funny, how people forget there are a ton of phablets made that no one on this site has heard of - Coolpad 9976A is one of the better ones out there and only around 350-400...
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