A phablet, coined from a combination of the words phone and tablet, is a class of mobile device that sits between – yes, a smartphone and tablet. Whether it is for web browsing, documents reading and editing, or video watching, the phablet is the ultimate productivity smartphone – the uber smartphone. Think of a phablet as the modern equivalent of the Communicators of old. Great as the phablet may be for other uses, how do they square up for voice calls?
I believe it was just two days ago that I had a 15-minute phone call on the Nokia Lumia 1520. Halfway through the call, I had my arm aching slightly, and by the time I was through, I was very sure that I had grown some extra muscles on my biceps. I remember that I had the same issue with the Samsung Galaxy Note II and TECNO Phantom A3. As far as I am concerned, nobody should be holding a phablet to their ear for more than 5 minutes. Of course, we could argue that they make good muscle toning tools.
What has been your experience with using a phablet for telephone calls? Do you hold it to your head, use a wired headset or a Bluetooth earpiece? Do share!
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.