Whats the Best Phablet?

Everyone wants to know what is the best phablet on the market, or what is the best value for money phablet on the market, or simply, which phablet am I best buying.

As with mobile phones, tablets and every other type of electronic device there are hundreds of alternatives. These range from different manufacturers, telco's, brands, prices and configurations, the list is endless.

A good friend asked us, which phablet would you buy? It was an easy answer. Everyone in this office owned the same phablet, and if we didn't have that device, we all would have chosen the other.

So, our top 3 phablets are:

Yes, there are a hundred more on the market, but these 3 are the top rated phablets on the market - right now!

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Duos

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Duos is the newest phone of Mega series by Samsung.  It features a huge 5.8 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, 190ppi pixel density and multi-touch capability.

samsung-galaxy-mega58The phablet sports Dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 1.5GB RAM and 8GB internal memory which can further be extended up to 64GB via a microSD memory card. An 8MP rear camera is provided with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, smile detection and HDR along with a 1.9 Megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing.

The device is powered by latest Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Google Play to access & download apps and games you like. Its TouchWiz UI further improves the user experience. Other specs of the phablet includes – Dual SIM capability, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, video recording 1080p@30fps, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP LE, Voice memo, voice dial, voice commands, GPS with A-GPS support & GLONASS and Li-Ion 2600mAh battery.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Duos, unlocked with 12 months warranty from MobiCity.

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Manufacturer Samsung
Model i9152
Condition New
What's in the box? Battery, Original charger, Adaptor plug, Warranty card, New phone guide, Wired handsfree, Unlocked phone
Network Band GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, 3G 850, 3G 900, 3G 1900, 3G 2100
Recommended Networks Optus/Vodafone/Telstra 2G, Telstra/Voda NextG 3G 850, Optus/Vodafone 3G 900, Optus/Vodafone 3G 2100
Sim Size Dual SIM
Handset Branding (Logo) None/Not Recorded
3G Yes
Next G Compatible Yes
Telstra/Optus 4G Compatible No
Form Factor Bar, Touchscreen
Height 162.6 mm
Width 82.4 mm
Thickness 9 mm
Weight 182 g
Screen Size (Diagonal) 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 960 x 540 pixels (qHD)
Screen Technology TFT
Touchscreen Type Capacitive
Input Type Touchscreen QWERTY Landscape, Touchscreen QWERTY Portrait
Ringtone Type MP3
CPU Dual-core 1.4GHz
Internal Memory 8GB storage, 1.5GB RAM
Expandable Memory Up to 64GB
Included Memory Card No
Memory Card Type MicroSD
Camera 8MP
Camera Flash Yes
Secondary Camera Yes
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or above
Messaging Email, Instant Messaging, MMS, SMS
Bluetooth Yes
NFC No
Radio No
Speakerphone Yes
WiFi Yes
GPS Hardware Yes
Battery Capacity (mAh) Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
Talk Time Up to 12 hours (3G)
Charger Type microUSB

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Samsung Tests 5G Wireless Technology

Samsung tests world's first 5G wireless technology

Korean technology giant Samsung has announced the world's first 5G wireless technology that it claims will be several hundred times faster than the currently available 4G LTE technology.

The news was announced on Samsung's official blog Samsung Tomorrow. Samsung said that it has successfully developed the adaptive array transceiver technology that forms the core of 5G wireless communication and data transfer. When introduced commercially, this new technology will allow data transfer in Gbps (Gigabits per second) instead of Mbps (Megabits per second) available on existing 4G LTE networks.

In a brief press statement, Samsung Electronics executive VP and head of R&D, ChangYeong Kim said:

The millimetre wave band is the most effective solution to recent surges in wireless internet usage. Samsung's recent success in developing the adaptive array transceiver technology has brought us one step closer to the commercialization of the 5G mobile communications in the millimetre-wave bands.

Samsung further explained:

Samsung’s new adaptive array transceiver technology has proved itself as a successful solution. It transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers. The adaptive array transceiver technology, using 64 antenna elements, can be a viable solution for overcoming the radio propagation loss at millimeter-wave bands, much higher than the conventional frequency bands ranging from several hundred MHz to several GHz.

Samsung plans to continue its testing and research of the adaptive array transceiver and hopes to commercialize the 5G technology by 2020.

Source: BrisbaneTimes | SamsungTomorrow

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 | 4G + 16GB

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Buy the Samsung N7105 Galaxy Note 2 4G LTE, unlocked and with 12 months warranty from MobiCity.

The Samsung N7105 is the 4G LTE variant of Galaxy Note 2 and can connect to higher speed networks than it's counterpart, the 3G N7100. The phablet takes mobile devices to a whole new level by introducing extremely powerful features and creative functions.

The device boasts an innovative sleek (9.4mm) rounded edge design featuring a brilliant 5.5-inch large HD Super AMOLED display that is even bigger than its predecessor, the Galaxy Note. This large display size is the characteristic feature of Note 2, making it Samsung's biggest phablet to date.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 operates on a mighty powerful 1.6 GHz Quad-core processor, which is even faster than Galaxy S3. It features 2GB RAM and is powered by Google's latest Android OS v4.1 ((Jelly Bean). One of the most distinguishing things about the Note II is its new S Pen with enhanced functionality. The S Pen has an 8mm grip and a rubber tip at the bottom with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. It makes screen navigation very convenient and efficient.

The S Pen provides a brilliant Air View function which generates previews of content over which the S Pen is hovered. You will never have to open files, folders or videos just to check what is inside them. The phablet is big on creativity with a host of built-in applications such as Popup Note to take digital notes easily, Photo Note, Easy Clip, Idea Visualizer and much more.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 sports an 8MP primary camera which takes excellent quality images. Other features of the device include Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC, HSDPA 21 Mbps data transfer rates, Bluetooth 4, S Pen apps, 1.9MP secondary front camera, 16:9 display ratio, Full HD video recording and playback, marble white and titanium gray colour options and a 3100mAh battery.

Colours: White, Blue

Features:

Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi

Easily connect to your home or work networks. Wi-Fi lets you transfer or stream files to other devices on the network, or access shared resources like an internet connection or printer.

Google Android™
Google Android™

With an amazingly fast browser, cloud sync, multi-tasking, easy connect & share, and the latest Google apps (and thousands of other apps available on Google Play) your Android powered device is beyond smart.

4G LTE

4G LTE

This device is compatible with Australia's 4G networks. Experience mobile internet faster than you ever could have imagined.

Micro SD Card Slot
Micro SD Card Slot

Expand your device's storage with a Micro SD card and keep all your favorite music and videos on your device, available wherever and whenever you want.

Bluetooth
Bluetooth

Bluetooth lets you wirelessly connect to a host of accessories and peripherals. Transfer files, use hands-free kits and stream media quickly and easily.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 | 16GB

product-samsung-galaxy2-note-whiteBuy the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 16GB, unlocked and with 12 months warranty from MobiCity.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (Note II, N7100) is the highly-anticipated successor to the original Samsung Galaxy Note. Unveiled on August 29, 2012 at IFA Berlin, the phablet takes mobile devices to a whole new level by introducing extremely powerful features and creative functions.

The device boasts a beautiful 9.4mm thin rounded edge design featuring a 5.5-inch large HD Super AMOLED display that is bigger than its predecessor, the Note. This large display size is the characteristic feature of Note II, making it Samsung's biggest phablet to date.

Samsung Galaxy Note II operates on a mighty powerful 1.6 GHz Quad-core processor, which is faster than even Galaxy S3. It features 2GB RAM and is powered by Google's latest Android OS v4.1 ((Jelly Bean). One of the most distinguishing things about the Note II is its new S Pen. The S Pen has an 8mm grip and a rubber tip at the bottom with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. It makes screen navigation very convenient and efficient.

The S Pen provides a brilliant Air View function which generates previews of content over which the S Pen is hovered. You will never have to open files, folders or videos just to check what is inside them. The phablet is big on creativity with a host of built-in applications such as Popup Note to take digital notes easily, Photo Note, Easy Clip, Idea Visualizer and much more.

Samsung Galaxy Note II sports an 8MP primary camera which takes excellent quality images. Other features of the device include Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC, HSDPA 21 Mbps data transfer rates, Bluetooth 4, S Pen apps, 1.9MP secondary front camera, 16:9 display ratio, Full HD video recording and playback, marble white and titanium gray colour options and a 3100mAh battery.

Colours: White (shown), Grey

Features:

Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi

Easily connect to your home or work networks. Wi-Fi lets you transfer or stream files to other devices on the network, or access shared resources like an internet connection or printer.

Google Android™
Google Android™

With an amazingly fast browser, cloud sync, multi-tasking, easy connect & share, and the latest Google apps (and thousands of other apps available on Google Play) your Android powered device is beyond smart.

4G LTE
4G LTE

This device is compatible with Australia's 4G networks. Experience mobile internet faster than you ever could have imagined.

Micro SD Card Slot
Micro SD Card Slot

Expand your device's storage with a Micro SD card and keep all your favorite music and videos on your device, available wherever and whenever you want.

Bluetooth
Bluetooth

Bluetooth lets you wirelessly connect to a host of accessories and peripherals. Transfer files, use hands-free kits and stream media quickly and easily.

Other Features:

Super AMOLED DisplaySamsung's Super AMOLED displays provide a slimmer, brighter and less reflective screen than a normal AMOLED display.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4G | 16GB

product-samsung-galaxy-note-whiteBuy the Samsung N7005 Galaxy Note 4G LTE, unlocked and with 12 months warranty from MobiCity.

Samsung N7005 Galaxy Note 4G LTE is a variant of its popular phablet Galaxy Note. The device is powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and provides full access to all Google Play services with tens and thousands of downloadable apps. Its innovatively designed S Pen stylus is one of its most brilliant features and offers assistance in creative tasks including writing, making sketches, editing images and a whole lot more.

The device boasts a 1.5GHz Dual-core processor along with a built-in RAM of 1GB. It operates fast, makes for an efficient multitasker and gives great HSDPA+ data transfer speeds. It models a large 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. DLNA support is provided so users can share or stream media to other devices.

Samsung N7005 Galaxy Note 16GB sports an 8.0 Megapixel primary autofocus camera with LED flash. It also features a 2.0 Megapixel front camera for video chat. Other key highlights of the phablet include - Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v3.0, USB v2.0, GPS, handwriting recognition, 16GB internal memory, microSD card support, music and video player, 3.5mm audio jack, Swype, SNS and Google integration and a powerful 2500mAh battery.

Colours: White, Blue

Samsung Galaxy Note | Features

ico-4g4G LTE

This device is compatible with Australia's 4G networks. Experience mobile internet faster than you ever could have imagined.

 

ico-wifiWi-Fi

Easily connect to your home or work networks. Wi-Fi lets you transfer or stream files to other devices on the network, or access shared resources like an internet connection or printer.

 

ico-bluetoothBluetooth

Bluetooth lets you wirelessly connect to a host of accessories and peripherals. Transfer files, use hands-free kits and stream media quickly and easily.

 

ico-sadSuper AMOLED Display

Samsung's Super AMOLED displays provide a slimmer, brighter and less reflective screen than a normal AMOLED display. Using your phone in direct sunlight is no longer a hassle with less light reflected.

 

ico-googleandroidGoogle Android™

With an amazingly fast browser, cloud sync, multi-tasking, easy connect & share, and the latest Google apps (and thousands of other apps available on Google Play) your Android powered device is beyond smart.

 

ico-micro-sdOther Features:

Expand your device's storage with a Micro SD card.

What's in the box

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4G N7005 (16GB, White)
  • Generic AU power adapter
  • microUSB cable
  • Hands-free earphones
  • S-Pen stylus

Swipe Fablet F3

The Swipe Fablet F3 is a mid range smartphone that comes loaded with useful specifications. Like the name indicates, this is a big screen device that offers good visual quality for the users.

OS & Processor

This smartphone runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and it is powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor. The 512 MB RAM loaded in the Swipe Fablet F3 helps in smooth performance and multitasking.

Hardware

The Swipe Fablet F3 comes with a 5-inch display screen having a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The handset is about 10.9 mm thick and it weighs around 260 grams. The 2200 mAh battery loaded in this handset offers enough backup power.

Camera & Memory

This device features a 5 MP primary camera and a 0.3 MP secondary camera. Supporting features are available in this handset to enhance the image quality. The Swipe Fablet F3 has 4 GB internal memory space and 32 GB expandable memory option.

Media & Connectivity

The Swipe Fablet F3 comes with media players for accessing the multimedia files stored in the memory. Internet connection can be achieved with the help of multiple platforms including 3G and WiFi. File transfer can be performed using Bluetooth and micro USB port.

Key Features

  •  Dual-Core 1 Ghz x2 MTK 6577
  •  4 GB
  •  MicroSD upto 32 GB
  •  Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  •  480 x 800 Pixels, 5.0 Inches

 

Apple refuses to make the one mobile device

Apple refuses to make the one mobile device taking over the world—but not for long

One category of mobile device will blow away all others in the pace of its growth, expanding 70% in each of the next three years and yielding a $135 billion market by the end of 2015. Vendors will move 142 million units of this device in 2013 and up to 402 million by 2015, project analysts at Barclays. That’s more than three times the number of iPhones sold in 2012.

And, oh yeah, Apple doesn’t make one of these.

It’s called a phablet. As in, an extra-large phone that’s almost as big as a tablet, combining aspects of both.

Phablet is the terrible name granted to this class of 5-inch and larger phones by a derisive press corps, which mocked one of the earliest and most visible examples of this trend, Samsung’s 5.3-inch Galaxy Note. Then, surprising everyone but Samsung, the Note turned out to be a hit, selling 10 million units as of last summer.

An explosion of phablets

Samsung recently rolled out the Galaxy Note II, which is a hair larger than the Galaxy Note and looks to be an even bigger hit, selling 5 million units in just the first three months since launch. Subsequently, dozens of phone makers have announced their own phablets, including the consumer electronics giants of mainland China, ZTE and Huawei; Taiwan’s HTC and Lenovo; Sony; American manufacturer Vizio; South Korea’s LG; and even one Shenzhen, China, manufacturer called Zopo that is making phablets its primary focus. Not to mention a stream of cheap knock-offs from vendors with no brand at all.

So what’s going on here? When analysts declare that “we expect 2013 to be the Year of the Phablet,” have they lost their minds? Are phablets the netbooks of 2013, doomed to be produced in mass quantities but yielding a user experience so unsatisfying that the category eventually dies?

Quite the opposite, I’d argue. In fact, I’m willing to bet that Phablets are going to be the PCs of this decade. They will become the default computing device of most of the developing world, and a surprising proportion of those who live in rich countries will eventually sign on, as well. The reasons are pretty simple.

In emerging markets, consumers need a single device that can do absolutely everything

We thought that device would be the phone, but given the popularity of tablets, it turns out that bigger really is better. For example phablets are taking over in India. “Earlier I was using a smartphone and also had a tablet but later realised that a phablet was better as you can make calls and use it as a tablet as well,” one student told the Times of India.

That pretty much sums it up: If your budget is limited, why deal with two different upgrade cycles and two different devices, when you can put all of your money into a single device? And now that device, which is probably your primary computer, has wireless data connectivity wherever you go. Low-end phablets are going for as little as 6,000 rupees ($110) in India.

Consumers in rich countries don’t need phones anymore, and they’re demanding bigger screens

US journalists love to hold phablets up to their heads in order to prove how ridiculous they are as phones, but that misses the point: the fraction of time we spend using these devices for phone conversations continues to shrink. In surveys, time spent on calls comes in fourth after web browsing, social media, music and gaming, and on average may represent as little as 10% of the two hours a day we spend on our “phones.”

The latest phablets exemplify this trend. Sharp has created a ridiculously high-resolution touchscreen with a 5-inch diagonal that has the same resolution as high-end HD televisions with 64 times as much surface area. For reference, these have a resolution of 440 pixels per inch, compared to the much-ballyhooed “retina” display in the iPhone 5, which has 326 pixels per inch. That’s a resolution so high that the average user probably can’t even tell the difference. And yet these screens have made it into so many of the latest high-end phablets that Sharp can barely keep up with demand.

High-end phablets are starting to include processors and storage capacity that put them on par with low-end laptops. They can be full media centers capable of driving giant televisions and high-end sound systems. There is also some indication that screen size has become aspirational, as users seek to differentiate their devices from the endless litany of regular smartphones.

Having a single connected device is a good way to reduce the cost of bandwidth

Users do not require any more convincing that tablets are great; in 2013, they’re going to buy more of them than laptop computers. The problem is that the carrier-centric nature of much wireless connectivity in rich countries locks users into high monthly fees for the privilege of accessing the cell network. That’s probably one reason why phablets are taking off in Asia and other emerging markets, where pay-as-you-go plans and devices that accommodate multiple sim cards (to allow users to use more than one carrier) are more common. In either case, wireless bandwidth is still relatively expensive, so using a single device for most lightweight computing and connectivity makes sense.

The idea that a phablet is less portable is a red herring

Sure, many phablets are so large that they can’t fit in your pocket, but that’s a very male tech writer view of smartphones. Stashed in a purse or a bag, a phablet is no less portable than an e-reader or a small tablet, and users don’t seem to have a problem toting those just about everywhere. Clearly, for millions of people, a phablet that eliminates the need for owning and carrying two separate devices—a phone and a tablet—is a better solution.

Apple could be forced to follow suit

At least one analyst, Topeka Capital Markets’s Brian White, insists that Apple could come out with an iPhone with a bigger screen by this summer. That would fit the pattern set by the iPad Mini, in which other manufacturers produced what looked like a viable product category—the 7-inch tablet—and Apple decided it was a market opportunity worth pursuing. Unlike netbooks, a faddish category which Apple famously ignored, phablets tend to be high-end devices that fit with Apple’s pattern of making best in class hardware that allows the company to maintain its high margins.

Apple’s strength has always been taking others’ good ideas and improving on them, anyway. It may sound absurd, but there’s one way Apple could instantly dominate the market by creating the biggest phablet ever: upgrade the cellular radio in the iPad Mini LTE so that it can make calls.

No phablet for you!

No phablet for you, says Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple's leaders are immune to the charms of phablets.

Phablets, the giant phones that are already shaping up to be the breakout mobile product of 2013, are conspicuously absent from Apple’s lineup of products. And on today’s earnings call, when an analyst from Goldman Sachs asked Tim Cook whether Apple had plans to make one (he used the euphemism “a phone with a larger screen”), you could almost hear Apple’s CEO grind his teeth.

“The iPhone 5 offers, as you know, a new four-inch retina display, which is the most advanced display in the industry,” said Cook. “It also provides a larger screen size without sacrificing the one-handed ease of use that our customers love.”

This argument has been made before, sometimes with elaborate charts. The idea is that you can reach the whole of an original iPhone’s screen with your thumb while operating it with one hand. That didn’t stop Apple from making a phone with a slightly larger screen, but the impression Cook wants to give is that this whole expanding iPhone thing has gone quite far enough.

Steve Jobs was notorious for doing the opposite of whatever he had previously declared stupid or insane—from iPods that play videos to iPads that are designed for reading—but Cook has not been CEO long enough to establish a similar pattern. And in any event, given the attention its competitors pay to its every move and the importance the company places on surprising and delighting its customers, it’s never in Apple’s interest to reveal such plans early.

The iPad Mini, with a seven-inch screen size, would qualify as a phablet if it could make calls. For now, that’s as far as Apple is willing to go.

Here come the Phablets

One of the more unique smartphone designs on the market are ones that sport a 5.3″ to 6.1″ screen and are called Phablets by some in the industry. We call them tweeners as they are a cross between a large smartphone and a small tablet but in a single package.

Samsung popularized this form factor with its 5.3″ Galaxy Note that was released last winter and they sold about 10 million in 2012. Some analysts believe that Samsung is on track to sell around 20 million Galaxy Note 2′s in 2013. Up to now, the market for these Phablet’s has mainly been in Korea and other parts of Asia and while available

But the market for it over here in the U.S. is quite small compared to demand in Asia.

At CES, Huawei upped the ante in phablets with the introduction of their Ascend Phablet that sports a 6.1 inch screen, the largest screen used in products in this category.

It seems that Huawei is trotting this out to see what the market response.

Depending on the market response, they could either back it big time or adjust the screen size downward if the sweet spot for Phablets is with screens more in the 5.3″ to 5.7′ range. Like Samsung, Huawei believes there is a market for Phablets and seems committed to building smartphones in this larger size going forward.

To date, most smartphones have screens under 5 inches and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. Smartphones with smaller screen sizes will have the lion’s share of the market for many years to come.

Big smartphone? Small tablet? No and Yes

But what’s interesting to me is that when I actually held Huawei’s 6.1 inch smartphone in my hand at the Huawei booth at CES, I could actually see myself using it, but not as Huawei might expect. To me this was a small tablet that just happened to have a cell phone radio in it. I would never hold this up to my ear as a phone and if I had one, I would only use it with a Bluetooth headset (this is how I primarily use the iPhone now, paired with a BT headset).

Since getting the iPad Mini, with its 7.9″ screen, it has become my go to tablet. While I still use my original iPad, it is with a Bluetooth keyboard and I use it more as a mini-laptop in this configuration.

What I have learned though is that the iPad mini, or a smaller tablet, is ideal for content consumption, but not as ideal for content creation or productivity. While I do appreciate the 7.9″ screen in my iPad Mini, I was just as comfortable with Huawei’s 6.1 Ascend if I used it mainly as a small tablet.

Markets driving phablet demand

There are two market dynamics emerging that could actually make these phablets important products in various markets. The first one is emerging markets. We in the West would be fooling ourselves if we think that masses of people in emerging markets could afford both a smartphone and a tablet. Even with grey market tablets going for cheap prices, the issue of carrying two devices with them all of the time is just not reasonable.

Apparently, Samsung saw this trend early on and has taken aim at the emerging market with their phablets, hoping that the desire for a single device that serves as a smartphone and tablet resonates with them. Indeed, the reason for a forecast of 20 million Galaxy’s Note II’s in 2013 is that most of them will start finding their way into emerging markets and filling a real need, especially if Samsung gets the prices of this product into acceptable price ranges acceptable. In these markets, one is better than two.

Visualizing a digital future - in your back pocket

The second market developing has broader implications for us in the West. If you sit back and try and visualize our digital future, it is pretty easy to see that most of us will have many screens in our digital lifestyles. We will have a screen in our smartphone, tablets, PC’s, TV’s, Car, appliances, etc. If they are all connected to our digital stuff in the cloud, then the screen that is closest to us at our time of need is the one we will most likely use.

In most cases, the closest screen is our smartphone. However, when we want to access our digital “stuff” or the Web, many of us who have tablets often go to our tablets for one major reason, it has a bigger screen and is easier to use especially when surfing the Web or reading docs and email and getting other forms of content.

However, this implies that we now carry with us two devices at the very least, a smartphone and a tablet. What if we could get both in a single device that is highly portable? It that were the case, perhaps a smartphone even with a 5.3-inch screen would be too small; but one with perhaps a very pocketable one at 6.1″ might be just right.

I was easily able to put the Ascend 6.1 in my back pocket as I do now with any spare smartphone I happen to be testing at any given time.

One size doesn’t fit all

One other thing we are learning from our research is that one size does not fit all.

Based on individuals needs, you may actually want a larger screen on your smartphone because it’s easier to read if you have eyesight problems and perhaps just your preference to see things bigger.

As a small tablet, this larger screen size also works well for the same reasons, along with its ultraportablity. We believe it will start to be pretty clear to all device makers that they may need a range of screen sizes in their smartphone and tablet lineup to meet new user demands in the next 12-18 months.

If both of these market trends play out as I suggest here, and the concept of a two-in-one device catches on in emerging markets and demands increase in mature markets, all smartphone vendors may have to seriously consider doing phablets of their own.

Learning from the auto industry

As strange as this may seem to us Western thinkers, there is a real possibility that a market for phablets could actually emerge and become quite important in multiple markets around the world.

Yet if we take a step back and look at the vast array of sizes and forms of our current automobile market, then we understand the role personal preference and the need to have a lineup of products to cover a wide range of uses. Vast variance in smartphones and tablets actually makes sense due to mature market characteristics.

(A version of this article appeared originally in Techpinions and is posted here with permission of the author).