TECNO Phantom A3 visits us at Mobility Towers

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TECNO Phantom A3

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?


  1. Having used the an 8-inch Tab predominantly for awhile, I am never ever going back to small screens again, as a primary device.

    I had a 38-minute call yesterday and
    my left hand began to hurt holding it up after a while

    The size being a possible disadvantage, it’s also an advantage in that it discourages unnecessarily lengthy yammering on the phone.

    Good for the brain (the possible radiation bit), and good for the soul (be still and know that I am within)

    Good one from Tecno.

  2. …If you don’t do huge, the A3 isn’t for you. I know that you are dying to see photos of the A3….

    Lol. I like that bit. At a point I felt it’s getting rather too big with those phablets in excess of 5.5″ screens but after playing with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and also the Tecno Phantom D9, I’m already beginning to gravitate towards even bigger screens.

    I saw someone with a device I presumed should be a Phantom AIII the other day and my Phantom A suddenly felt too small. The real problem I’m going to have with all these big screen devices is when I couldn’t easily pocket them, but then maybe I will have to learn to always hold them or get a pouch for them if the desire for bigger screens is strong enough.

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