A Phabulous Future

By Russ Jeffery

The word phablet erks of a growth that needs to be removed. Even though the name is awful, phablets are here to stay. These crossbreed gadgets make it difficult to tell if you’re using a smartphone or a tablet, but who cares. Phablets are fabulous. It wasn’t until I owned a phablet myself that I realized what I was missing out on.


Samsung has been riding high on the success of the 5.3 inch screen Galaxy Note, the first successful phablet to hit the market. Selling a reported 5 million devices since its release, it is something that will surely be followed up by Samsung and others.

Ever since Apple released the first iPhone, all other device makers have been struggling to find a physical feature that really differentiates them from the iPhone. Apple is now behind on this trend, somewhere they have not been since the iPhone was first released. The high-end smartphone decided that bigger is in fact better. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, Motorola Droid Razr and Lumia 900 all boast screen sizes well above the 4 inch size, leaving the iPhones 3.5 inch screen begging for more.

As a previous owner of a iPhone and now proud owner of the 4.2 inch Galaxy Nexus, I must say the larger screen is something I did not know I was missing out on. The larger screen makes things like e-mail, games, video and reading much easier and more enjoyable. I am more willing to read a long article on my phone rather than have to pull out a more bulky device. I like the fact that I can choose what I want out of my mobile device. By having a larger screen, it opens up my device’s potential to so much more.

With a clear trend toward larger and larger screens, people are going to find more ways to replace their current computer with these smaller (but slightly larger) devices. The growth of popularity of larger screened mobile devices such as phablets signals that consumers want to do more on their smartphones and the smaller sized screens were a limitation to the device’s functionality. The phablet, my friends, is here to stay, sit back and enjoy the glory.

About Russ Jeffery

Russ Jeffery is a Technical Product Manager for at Duda. He is well known around the office for his 'Russ Effect,' where issues magically disappear once he shows up. His favorite Big Lebowski character is Jesus.
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