Should You Buy a Phablet?

I think the reason why I will want a smartphone with a bigger screen is to read, watch videos and play games. I guess these are the three commonest reasons. But I will prefer a “PHABLET” to a tablet and a phone because my palms are smaller.


Over the last few weeks I’ve been carrying with me a 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch smartphone. The 4-inch is an Apple iPhone 5s, the 5-inch is a Samsung Galaxy S4 and the 6-inch is the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3. I decided to carry these three smartphones and use them on a daily basis to try and get my head around the question of optimal screen size for a smartphone: The iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S4 are both characterized as true smartphones, while the 6-inch Note 3 falls into a new category the industry’s taken to calling “phablets” — smartphones that can double as small tablets.

Smaller-screen smartphones dominate the smartphone market today: over 90% of smartphones shipped have screens under five inches. In the U.S., smartphones with screens above 5-inches, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a few others that fit the phablet tag have been…

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