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Why You Need a Phablet

(March 2015) posted on Fri Mar 27, 2015

The electronic device that can make work – and life – easier.

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By Craig Miller

In 2011, with the release of the Galaxy Note, Samsung was widely credited with inventing the phablet. What’s a phablet? Let’s say you plugged your iPhone 5 and your iPad Air into the same charger at night. You wake up in the morning and find a newborn iPhone 6 Plus with its 5.5-inch screen lovingly looking you in the eye. A phablet looks like it could be the offspring of mischief between these two electronic devices. It’s a cross between a smartphone and a tablet.

I remember the first time a friend showed me his Galaxy Note; I laughed. I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever seen. No one would ever carry around one of those monstrosities. How could you even hold it up to your ear? The laugh is on me. I ordered an iPhone 6 Plus the day they went on sale and dutifully waited until the back orders cleared out. You see, it’s my job to have the latest Apple product. One of our other companies, Rapid Applications Development (RAD), is an Apple developer. I reluctantly ordered the 6 Plus over the closer-to-normal-size 6 because of the additional camera features and longer battery life. I figured I could learn to live with its monstrous size.

To my surprise, it fit in my front pocket. (I don’t recommend this as a back-pocket phone.) What I have found is that the big screen opens up a plethora of new possibilities for what a person in our industry can do with a smartphone. So, I set out to see how many advantages would come from this evolution in phone technology. I’ll restrict this column to the Apple product, because that is what I know and have, though nearly everything should be generalizable to similar Android phablets.