As the New Year rolls in, it’s the perfect time to start looking at refreshing your smart tech and moving to a newer handset or tablet. But first you’ll need to consider how you plan to use it.
Consumers have made it very clear to their smart device providers that they believe bigger is better. And providers have listened: screen sizes on smartphones continue to grow, with the trend of phablets now commonplace. Last year the iPhone 6S Plus and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ were popular choices among customers who love the capability of larger screens.
Nearly everyone you meet owns a smartphone these days. They’re basically a necessity in today’s communications world. Not only do you need a device to call and message friends and family, but accessing the internet on the go and using apps (especially those that provide email and map access) have become indispensable to daily life.
However, depending on your lifestyle, you might not need to rely on your smartphone as much outside of communication and a phablet may not be the best choice for you. Depending on how and why you use your devices, you might be better served with a tablet in addition to your phone. Let us help you decide which set up works best.
When compared to your stock-standard smartphones, phablets certainly make it easier to get a better picture while you’re surfing the ‘net. Using a phablet for browsing is great when you have some time to kill on the go, such as when you’re on the train or waiting for a meeting to start. However, the phablet’s portability make it less of an advantage if you do most of your browsing at home.
If you’re looking for a portable way to lounge on the couch or snuggle up in bed with the internet, a tablet is probably a better call. If you prefer to browse when you’re out and about and find yourself disconnecting when you get home, you’re probably more suited to a phablet.
The larger size of phablets compared to other smartphones might not appeal to everybody. For some, the increased handset size will make be harder to slip into pockets and small bags. If you don’t think you will utilise the larger screen adequately while on the go, then you might be better off going with a different smartphone and saving your large screen needs for a tablet.
The impressive screen size of phablets make them better than regular handsets when it comes to streaming shows or movies. But if you find yourself viewing regularly at home, you’re better off getting a tablet, which can provide an even larger screen and put less stress on your primary communication device.
One of the reasons for the phablet’s success is that they can serve the functions of both a smartphone and a tablet. This eliminates the cost of having to buy two different products. If you’re on a shoestring budget, get the benefits of two for the cost of one by grabbing a fabulous phablet.
The bottom line
So, what works best for you? Only one person can answer that. Make sure to keep your personal usage habits and budget in mind when drawing your conclusion to ensure you make the right decision.
So do you prefer the two-in-one phablet, or would you rather have a separate smartphone and tablet? Let us know in the comments below.