Things you won’t believe you can do with your smartphone!

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So, you have a smartphone. And it comes in one of those crazy large screens because bigger is better. You use it for texting, movies, games and taking pictures with your loved ones and you think you are already making full use of it. Think again.

Here is a list of cool things you may not realize your smartphone can do.

1) Playing Sports: A Racquet Perhaps?

Many of us will have used our big screen smartphone to watch sports, but have any of you sports-lovers ever considered using the strong metallic body of a big-screen smartphone to play sports? Think about it, why not use your smartphone or phablet as a racquet and enjoy a game of ping pong? You can also use the front or rear-facing cameras to record the whole process – your very own up close and personal ping pong match!

2) Magnifying Glass

Do you know that your smartphone camera not only records the most memorable moments of your life, but can also be used as a magnifying glass? One of the biggest benefits in having a big-screen smartphone is when you read. Though you might not use this function every day, there may be days when you forget your glasses or lose your contact lenses that you’ll be thankful that you at least have your trusty smartphone!

3) Measurements

Unless you’re a professional builder or designer, chances are you don’t carry measurement tools with you on a daily basis. But there has probably been an occasion or two, or even three, where you need a ruler or a spirit level, in between replying to emails and checking Facebook or WhatsApp. Your big screen smartphone can also be used to measure distances, act as a ruler, and even help you check whether you have hung a picture up straight on the wall. It’s almost like having an inbuilt toolkit.

4) Kitchen Essentials

This one is for the foodies. Big screen smartphones come with a big flat surface. Did you know your phablet can actually be used as a cutting board? Just imagine your friends’ faces if you used the flat surface of your device as a knife while cutting into a big juicy watermelon? Don’t forget your portable board the next time you are invited to an outdoor party or a picnic.

5) Remote Control Everything

Tired of fumbling around to find your TV remote control while you sit comfortably on your couch wishing there was an easier way to change the channels? Why not use your big-screen smartphone? With an infrared remote controller, your smartphone can control your TV, wireless routers and air conditioners and your whole clever house if you have it wired up.

6) Wireless Mouse or Keyboard

If you’re worried your smartphones or phablet might make your desktop PC obsolete, then big screen smartphones aren’t necessarily a bad thing for PC lovers. In fact, through your wireless network connection, users can turn the smartphone or phablet to a wireless keyboard and mouse connected to your PC. You can even use your big-screen smartphone as a touchpad or a call up the on-screen keyboard so you can type in some text in comfort without your fingers fumbling.

7) Zoomable Mirror

For those who love taking selfies or don’t want to head to the restroom just to check if your hair’s in place, there’s one function you do not want to miss. The mirror function of the front-facing camera. Just think about how convenient it would that be if you could tap once and turn the camera to a handy mirror –that can zoom in on any part of your face - when you’re rushing to an important meeting or event.

Why Big Screens Again?

Recent research showed that more and more smartphone users are buying bigger devices:

  • Accenture conducted an online survey of 23,000 consumers across 23 countries. About 13,000 (57%) planned to purchase a smartphone and out of this group, 6,250 (48%) respondents indicated they would rather buy phablets than what are now defined as conventional smartphones with screens measuring between 4 and 5 inches.1 (June 2014)
  • Big-screen smartphones have become increasingly popular among consumers in developed markets and have caught on in developing markets. Devices with displays ranging from 5 to 5.5 inches have become the latest must-haves among smartphone buyers.2 (August 2014)

For most of us smartphone users, the choice is clear. With big screens, even the most mundane but practical functions in your smartphone can be larger than life!

reference: 1. InformationWeek, Eric Zeman | 2. CNET, Lance Whitney

Easier navigation on the road

Maps and GPS functions on smartphones work best on a phablet with a big screen, especially for us drivers. Gone are the days when we need to fumble with a tiny screen and a map too small to tell us anything useful!

Bring on the multimedia

For those of us multimedia junkies, once you go big, you will never go back! Bigger screens, better screen-to-body ratios, higher resolution are the key to upsizing your TV, reader, gaming, camera and even digital piano-playing experiences!

Big screens make better UIs possible

Smartphones have never been more user experience-focused than they are today. UIs allow us users to conveniently explore and control the different functions and apps on a smartphone. With larger screens, the possibilities of UI designs are stretched even more. The result? UIs are finally becoming more intuitive and immersive, including making one-handed taps and gestures much easier so we can free up the other hand to multitask even more.

Big screens also enhance the flexibility and functionality of the UI. Little details only become possible with big screens - such as bigger icons or a simplified dialer pad for the elderly; more widgets for busy professionals to stay up to date via emails or manage their time; and social networking apps and enhanced camera and gallery functions for social media savvy users, etc.

Small wonder that big screens are now taking over the world.

Huawei Big Screens: Balance of performance and long-lasting use

The demand for a better experience when watching videos, playing games and other high-performance use is the key reason why people are opting to purchase big screen smartphones or phablets. Such activities require high processing capability and drains power rapidly. To this end, Huawei’s high-density batteries with efficient chipsets that offer power- saving functionality in terms of both software and hardware will be one of the best ways to strike a balance.

For example, Huawei’s 7-inch MediaPad X1 comes with a 5000 mAh battery powerhouse that can provide an outstanding 21 days of standby time and more than five full days of continuous multimedia enjoyment. The newly launched 5-inch Ascend P7 also supports long-lasting continuous media viewing and data sharing with its robust 2500 mAh lithium polymer battery and advanced thermal gel cooling system, removing the “hot potato” effect as the device’s internal temperature lowers by 5-6°C during intensive use, and more importantly, further conserving battery power.

“Innovation is the key to Huawei’s success and Huawei Consumer BG is dedicated to offer premium quality products offering the best user experiences,” said Shao Yang, Vice President of Marketing, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “We were one of the first to introduce 6-inch and 7-inch smartphones to the world and we want to continue to Make it Possible for more people to enjoy great technology anywhere.” 

If you are thinking of getting that new smartphone or phablet this year, stay tuned for the wide range of exciting Huawei products that could change the way you use your device!

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1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

For me 5" is the sweet spot...

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

That's what she said XD :P

3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

4.5-5.2 inch is enough for me. I still would prefer surface pro 3 for hybrid PC.

16. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Im sad that I've got 6'' :(( but bigger is better they said ;)

29. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

What phone is that you have?

21. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

huawei mediapad x1 is really very nice and it is true that the battery doesnt disappoint... this device has very slim bezels and it is pocketable most of the time which no other phone of this size can... only thing which I dont like is the cpu, huawei kirin processor is not in the same league as snapdragon

4. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why is Huawei even writing articles here. They don't sell any of their flagships here in the US.

6. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Maybe because Phonearena attracts viewers from different parts of the world? Or maybe, there are people living outside the US who buy smartphones from them? Or maybe there is life outside US?

8. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

There are more than US citizens here.

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The world does not revolve around the US.

30. dsmboost

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

What?? Do you mean to tell me that all that space outside of the US is not just barren waste land and water? I don't believe.

25. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

So Frikkin' what?

31. Gawain

Posts: 448; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

It's called an "advertisement." Huawei paid for the space. It's one way the internet is monetized so you don't have to pay for access to every site you visit. Also, check out the site rankings, for a mobile tech site, PA is inside the top 1500 **IN THE WORLD**, a better ranking than in the US, and in the top 500 or so in India alone.

5. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 best large screened device. Sorry Huawei.

7. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

Sorry note 3 but xperia Z2 and OPO are both better, look nicer, and dont have a terrible lag filled UI

20. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Both better and nicer are your opinion (which is irrelevant). Lag filled UI? I doubt you have even used either of those devices. Go away but hurt hater.

33. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

I love when people give opinions and call other opinions irrelevant. and I doubt you've used every single large screen device to compare it to the note 3.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Huawei's advertisement.

10. 13Elves

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

phonearena reaches a new low fck this crap from a misspelled Hawaii!

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

And when Samsung does an ad like this in PA, you fanboys will be like Little Samponies flying in the air with plastic band-aid rainbows.

28. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


17. swiekekodok

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

Huawei mediapad M1 front facing speaker like HTC One M8 does... LOL

18. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Oh Good Lawd, I just clicked an Advertisement!

19. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

note 4 will crush the huawei's perfect 4..sept 3 .

22. kamran32

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

I used once my Samsung Galaxy S 3 as mirror for making French cut shaving... SO it means usage depends on your choice and circumstances...

23. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

For me 146*71*11mm is the limit no matter the screen size!! Stop talking about screen size, talk about phone size (cough LG G2)!!

24. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

I use a 4.7 inch device . But now I am interested in 5.5-6 inch devices . I will like to buy the Note 4 but it has a physical button which I don't like . So a big 'NO' to Samsung . LG don't sell phones in my country . So , let's see what others have even Huawei is not a bad choice . Looking forward for Mate 7 .

26. wreis

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I have T2 Ultra 6" is ideal for me, 5" i think so litlle.

32. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Is Huawei sponsored article a surprise? Phonearena has done many Apple sponsored articles already.

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