First we all had cell phones, then we got smartphones, and then came the rise of tablets, but do you have a phablet? If the term sounds familiar, that might be because 2013 was actually named the Year of the Phablet by Reuters, and there has been no shortage of the devices popping up this year.
As you may be able to guess, the word “phablet” is a combination of the words “phone” and “tablet”. A phablet is a device designed to be able to perform all the functions of a smartphone, whilst also being able to operate as a tablet; therefore they are often a little bit larger than your average smartphone.
Whilst phablets may be a little large and unwieldy for some users, the device is generally aimed at filling the capabilities of both smartphones and tablets to eliminate the need for users to purchase both devices. A typical phablet has a larger screen size than a smartphone, usually measuring somewhere between 5 and 7 inches in size.
The word phablet itself is quite a new concoction, but variations of the device have existed in some shape or form since 2007 at least, though they were far from widely-used or popular. With the release of devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note, though, phablets are enjoying their long-awaited day in the sun.