By way of definition, a phablet is a mobile that is a cross between a smartphone and a tablet in terms of size. The last time that I used a really large smartphone was back in late 2012 to early 2013 when I had the Samsung Galaxy Note II for review. With a 5.5-inch display, the Note II was huge for its time. Today, I have in my hands the TECNO Phantom A3, a 6-inch display phablet.
TECNO has come a long way from its early days. The A3 looks good and feels like a well made device in the hand. As far as physical quality is concerned, its not a phone to be treated with disdain.
In a few hours of use, I have found the biggest single advantage of a 6-inch display for me to be the ease of on-screen typing. Typing is much easier, and I make fewer mistakes too. Much fewer. Typing feels like heaven. My biggest gripe? Holding it to my head for long calls. I had a 38-minute call yesterday and my left hand began to hurt holding it up after a while.
So, its biggest strength is also its greatest weakness for me: size. It is HUGE for a phone, but excellent as a work tool! But then, that is the essence of a phablet. If you don’t do huge, the A3 isn’t for you. I know that you are dying to see photos of the A3. Not to worry; I have an unboxing on the way in a few hours: pictures of the pack, the phone and its accessories. And after that shall come my review. Exciting days ahead; no?
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.