The Rise of the Phablet
It has been predicted that the large handsets, known as phablets, a mixture of smartphone and tablet, will become mainstream next year and prices will drop.
The first phablet was the Galaxy Note released in October 2011, while it was greated with some scepticism by January 2012 5 million had been sold and almost 10 million by August.
However, the Galaxy Note II really set the trade going; 3 million handsets were sold in 37 days and in two months over 5 million.
It is now expected that January’s Consumer Electronics Show will be a showcase for 5-inch+ display phones from HTC, Sony, Motorola and LG. It is also thought that Samsung will release a new, cheaper version of the Note II as well as its third-generation replacement.
Many people think that the popularity of phablets is due to the inclusion of a stylus.
Steve Jobs ridiculed the stylus saying “You have to get them and put them away and then you lose them, yuck!” However, the stylus was for many years a standard way of inputting into smartphones that didn’t feature fixed plastic keyboards.
Now that handwriting recognition software is much better than it once was, the convenient size of the Galaxy Note II could make it the perfect note-taking device.