3 Big Reasons Why You Should Buy A Phablet
Well, basically you get the best of both worlds as you have the usability of a tablet with the convenience of a phone. Phablets are nothing new, but what is new is their growing share of the market. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide phablet shipments (smart phones with screen sizes between 5.5 and 7 inches), are set to reach 175 million units in 2014. This will surpass the estimated number of portable PC shipments, which is predicted to be 5 million fewer, at 170 million units for the same period. In 2015 the number of phablet shipments are set to rise further with predictions of 318 million units for the year which is greater than the prediction for tablet PCs, estimated at 233 million for 2015.
That’s a lot of growth in a short space of time. The growth patterns and predicted future for these large screen smart phones is probably why all of the major phone manufactures offer large screen smart phones or phablets, as they have commonly become known. Apple’s new iPhone 6 plus has a 5.5 inch screen, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7 inch screen, the Nexus 6, Nokia Lumia 1520 also have large screens, not to mention a host of other not so well known Chinese manufactured phones like the Hiro W9205+, the THL200 and the ‘Life C’ which all offer screens 6 inches or over. So what is so popular about large screen phones and why are they seeing such huge growth in the marketplace?
Well, that’s easy, they are hybrid devices that are changing the way people interact and use their phones. Better processing power now means that these devices, and indeed phones in general can be used for so much more than just answering calls and sending text messages. However, to do these other tasks it helps if you have a larger phone, and here is why.
Longer Battery Life
While it may appear obvious it’s certainly not to be underestimated. A larger phone can fit a larger battery inside. This means longer phone life and allows for users to utilize their devices for more hours between charges. Who doesn’t want that? A quick comparison shows that the Hiro W9205+ can last for between 6 to 8 hours and the same is true of the ‘Life C’ as they both have 4200mAh batteries. Compare this to the Galaxy Note 3 with a 3200mAh battery or the LG G Flex with its larger 3500mAh batteries and then look at some of the smaller phones, the typical battery size on a 5 inch or smaller phone is around 2000 to 2500mAh. Sure, that larger screen uses more power but overall these devices last for longer on one charge and are much more likely to see you right the way through the day on just the one charge so the larger device last longer in general, which is a big plus.
Its simple isn’t it? A larger display means more room to display things, this makes browsing web pages, playing games, watching movies, typing e-mails and messages more enjoyable as well as easy. If you’re like me, you will hate typing messages on a small screen phone. I always hit the wrong key and spend as much time correcting the typos as I do typing the message. Admittedly, Android 4.4 Google Now Commands makes this easier as I can dictate my messages, but a larger screen is a great advantage especially if you don’t have Android Kit Kat. The larger display also means I can use the device for work. I can read and edit spread sheets easier, edit my photos with more precision and whether I’m commuting to work or sat with friends I can enjoy watching videos with greater clarity and on a larger screen that can easily be viewed by more than one person. It’s also of value to people who may struggle to see or use a small screen phone, as even with a larger text size the screen can display a lot of information.
In general a larger phone will have better performance and that’s because it all comes down to space. It can be hard to squash everything into a small phone and sometimes the specifications suffer as a compromise on space and performances needs to be found. That’s not the case with larger phones, there is more room inside them so the manufactures can fit in better Wi-Fi receivers, more memory, greater storage space, larger speakers and even better processors as the greater room allows for this. That’s not to say the specs on all Phablets are better than the specs on all smart phones, but overall they are notably better. Many phones such as the Galaxy S4, Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Meizu MX4 feature 2GB of RAM, or in the case of the ZOPO ZP999 it has 3GB of RAM so performance is going to be better across the board on these phones when compared to smaller phones, which more often than not only have 1GB of RAM.
Overall it’s clear to see that the larger phones referred to as phablets offer some great advantages but it’s not all roses. The downside to these phablets is also what makes them so good, and that is their size. They can be a bit harder to fit into a pocket and while easier to use may well require both hands to use effectively, so as always there is good and bad, however I feel that with phablets the benefits significantly outweigh the drawbacks.