Attack of the phablets

Attack of the phablets

Those who know me will know that I have a penchant for devices with generous screen sizes.

This "fetish" of mine began probably because of my previous unpleasant experience of having a smartphone with a screen that was only slightly over 2" in size. The amount of squinting I had to do made me crave for something much larger.

Due to that horrendous experience, I was overjoyed when I got my first Android smartphone which had a 4" screen. I have not looked back ever since, and have never skipped the chance to try any of the ridiculously huge Android devices beginning to flood the market.

Samsung made a huge gamble when they decided to release the 5.3" Galaxy Note back in 2011, receiving lots of negative feedback from naysayers who condemned the humongous size of the device.

The move paid off though, as the Note was so successful that it created a whole new user segment who wanted a device larger than the average smartphone yet smaller than a tablet.

Hence, the name "phablet" was coined. It is the combination of the words "phone" and "tablet".

Phablets are mostly devices with top of the line specs, but they are unlikely to reach out to the mass market because their size can turn many people off.

Samsung had recently announced that they've sold 38 million devices from their Galaxy Note lineup, although they didn't provide a breakdown of the devices. That is an impressive figure for a product line that was predicted to fail.

With the recent unveiling of the Note's third iteration, aptly named the Galaxy Note 3, we can expect to see the amount of phablet users growing even more.

While the Note and Note 2 were runaway kings of the phablet category of their time, the Note 3 faces stiff competition from other manufacturers who have realised the potential for oversized Android smartphones.

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