I understand that for a lot of users, a smartphone with a fairly large display is the preference. Some also want the largest display possible. I have been thinking that if I owned a phablet or a tablet as a secondary mobile device, I could live with using a smartphone with a smaller display as my primary mobile device.
Quick definitions first. A phablet is a Goliath-sized smartphone but is not as large as a tablet. When I refer to a smartphone with a smaller display, I am thinking of anything less than 4 inches in size. That would feel cramped for me.
For me, I am looking at convenience. convenience is key to me. File it under “Personal Preference,” but I also do not quite enjoy carrying two devices around. But if I had to do it, I would want my smartphone small, handy and pocketable. The tablet/phablet is huge already anyway. Why lug two portmanteaus around in the name of mobility?
The small, handy smartphone would serve for my calls and SMS, and perhaps my music and any impromptu social networking, while the tablet/phablet would serve for everything else- web browsing, video, social networking, productivity, and messaging. That is what is playing in my head. But for many people…
Tablets are not so mobile
That is true. many tablet owners do not carry them around the way they do their smartphones. Usually, the tablet is used the same way their netbooks and laptops are used. They are carried only when absolutely needed. So, perhaps the idea of using a smartphone with a small display wouldn’t work so well since the tablet will hardly ever be around except for when one is at home or at work.
To be honest, in an era of smartphones with huge displays, I am not sure that I see what the purpose of tablets is. However, if I were to own one, I really do think that I would want the convenience of a smartphone with a smaller display as my primary mobile device. Perhaps one with a hardware QWERTY keyboard. Perhaps then, I would carry the tablet around more often? I don’t know. That bulk…..
Phablets: fully mobile
Phablets, on the other hand, are a different ball game entirely. Because they are not as bulky as tablets, they are much more portable, and can even be used one-handed in some scenarios. If I own a phablet as a secondary device, then no questions asked, I will carry it around just as much as I carry around my smartphone.
How about you? How would it play with you? Would you consider using a smartphone with a small display as your primary mobile, if you had a tablet or phablet?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.