Phablet: a phone and tablet mashup
These Android devices, informally known as phablets, are better described as giant phones than baby tablets, as they can be used for phone calls. And for now, they aren't much bigger than regular phones.
The larger screens measure 5 inches or more diagonally. They make the devices slightly better for watching movies, reading books and consuming other media. They can also make the phones bulkier to carry.
HTC Corp.'s new 5-inch Droid DNA looks about the same size as a 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S III, one of the largest and most popular phones out there.
HTC succeeds by making the DNA taller rather than wider, which is important because the width is what spans your palm when you're holding it. Samsung Electronics Co.'s 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II feels too big in my hands — more on that later.
The DNA is, in fact, a tad narrower than the S III, not enough to be noticeable, while being less than two-tenths of an inch larger on its longer side. The DNA is slightly thicker and heavier than the S III, though.
Although watching a movie like "Ice Age" on a DNA beats doing it on the older iPhone's 3.5-inch screen or even the 4 inches on the new iPhone 5, it isn't the same as watching it on a 7-inch or 10-inch tablet computer. Get a real tablet if size matters to you. The DNA's display is 1,920 by 1,080 pixels, or 440 pixels per inch. That's among the best out there. The iPhone 5, by contrast, is at 326 pixels per inch.
Critical thinking challenge: If you could have any of these phones, which one would you choose, and why? And if you had to choose between a “phablet” and a tablet, which would you choose, and why?
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- Posted on December 12, 2012
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