Phablets is the Thin Line Between Smartphones and Tablets
Personally, I believe the line between smartphones and tablets have on a continuous basis been breached by the emergence of phablets. This is also an attestation to the transformation witnessed by mobile devices over the years has brought loads of features asides the widened display screen sizes.
Factor such as basis of usage – gaming, multimedia, mobile web browsing and productivity; features and specifications, performances have all also contributed in their own way. Categorising based on screen sizes can be in some cases confusing for users and readers.
This post takes a quick look at the meaning and differences between all the three screen sizes found on mobile devices – smartphones, phablets and tablets.
Differences between Smartphones, Phablets and Tablets
Smartphones (5 inches and less)
A smartphone is usually a pocket sized mobile phones with varying screen size up to 5 inches (or less). They perform the usual phone calls, send texts and sometimes have loads of mobile apps and also do various web browsing functions.
Phablets (5.1 – 6.99 inches)
The term – ‘phablet’ is portmanteau word coined from the combination of smartPHone and tABLET. It could also be said to be a large screen smartphone or a smaller tablet with the functions of a phone.
The device enjoys the best of both worlds in terms of features, can be carried in pockets or small bags and the screen size ranges from 5.1 – 6.99 inches.
Tablets (7 inches and above)
In the tech world, tablets are not the well known drugs administered medically and vividly, they are not shaped like pills. Rather, they are personal mobile computers with a touchscreen display, processor and battery in a single unit.
The form factor is definitely smaller than a notebook computer but larger than a smartphone with screen sizes starting at 7 inches or larger. Types of tablets includes – slates, mini tablets, booklets, hybrids or 2-in-1s, convertibles and gaming tablets.
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