Phablets: What Are They?

phablet-featuredFirst, we had your regular old cell phones. Then came Blackberry’s, which were like an evolutionary link between cellphones and smartphones. After that, the smartphone became king. But then people realized something, they wanted a bigger screen they could use for more interactive apps, games and of course video. The tablet was born. But where does this new device, the phablet, fit in?


Screen Size Varies
The major distinction between a smartphone, phablet and tablet is screen size. A simple definition would be that from smallest to largest screen size, it goes smartphone, phablet and then tablet. Of course, technology is rarely that simple. There have been other variations over the years. Tablets now range from less than 7-inch screens to more than 11 inches. Smartphones have the same variation. Some are as small as 3.5 inches, and some are closer to 6.

Okay, so what size is a phablet then?!
The distinction seems almost arbitrary, but it is there. A phablet fits right between a large smartphone and small tablet. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or iPhone 6 Plus are examples of phablets. To get very specific, phablets have diagonal screen measurements of between 5.3 and 6.9 inches. This specific dimension range means that some analytics programs, such as Stellar Analytics, can actually distinguish between visitors using a phablet versus a smartphone or tablet.

Is that it?
Well, not exactly. One additional difference between a smartphone and phablet, is that phablets are typically higher-priced flagship models, offering better performance specs. Of course, this isn’t always the case with every device. Another benefit to phablets is that many have longer battery lives than their smaller smartphone cousins.

In a nutshell, the term phablet has developed as a way to define a smart device somewhere between a smartphone and tablet. As with any type of smart device, it is still important to research and compare reviews and specs, regardless of their definition. But at least now when someone asks you what a phablet is, you’ll have an answer to give them!

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