By Zachary Drexler
For decades, improving technology usually meant finding ways to make devices smarter and smaller. Remember when that fugly chunky gray Game Boy was replaced by the Game Boy Pocket? That thing was a grade-a godsend.
But now, in the realm of smartphones and tablets, we’re seeing a reversal to this trend.
Last year, Boston-based Strategy Analytics Wireless Device Lab conducted a study and found that almost 90% of the existing smartphone owners they surveyed prefer smartphone screens larger than 4.0 inches.
Paul Brown, a Director in the Strategy Analytics User Experience Practice, stated that “This trend is driven by increased mobile web browsing capability, as well as engaging video and gaming experience.”
Many other studies have found similar results. In response, phone manufactures are developing larger devices aimed at media consumption. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note II and newer Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, are blending the characteristics of smartphones and tablets into a new breed of devices. A breed which was almost instantaneously dubbed “phablets”. Which, in retrospect, may not have been the most clever name.
But despite their laughable moniker, phablets are no joke. They have proven to be very popular among consumers. In fact, 5 million Galaxy Note II devices have been sold worldwide. Because of the size of their screens, which range from 5 to 6.9 inches, phablets are ideal for screen-intensive activity. Take for example the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. It’s 6.3″ screen is much better suited for mobile web browsing and multimedia viewing than standard smartphones.
Phablets also eliminate the need of purchasing a tablet and a smartphone separately. Yes, there’s no need to drop a faint-inducing amount of money in order to enjoy the features of a smartphone and a tablet. You’ll have all those features in one device! How convenient?
However there are some drawbacks to these inflated touchscreen hybrids. First off, unless you’re a professional wrestler with a palms the size of grapefruits, you’re not going to be able to operate devices like the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with one hand. Expect to hold your phablet with one hand and use the other to navigate your interface. And you can just forget about storing your phablet in your Levi’s 511s. None of your jean pockets are going to be large enough to store the device. You’ll have to ditch your skinny jeans and cop a pair parachute pants, MC Hammer style.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is now available. When you pick up Samsung’s latest and greatest phablet, be sure to check out the accessories at CellularOutfitter.com.