By now, it's pretty likely that you've heard of 'phablets' — phones so large that they border on tablet territory. While for many, a smartphone with a screen sized five inches or bigger isn't a viable option for everyday use, there are some who put stock in the saying "bigger is better."
Specifically, phablets have become popular among college students — particularly those in India — which actually makes quite a bit of sense. As young people are eschewing traditional desktops and even laptops more and more in favor of smartphones and tablets, many are going one step further and reaching for that one perfect device to handle all their needs.
Indeed, a phablet lets students have the best of both worlds, combining the high processing power and media-friendly screen size of a tablet with the portability and pocketability of a smartphone. This makes it easy for the active modern student to keep track of social media, watch movies and YouTube (News - Alert) videos, play games and listen to music on the go at a lower cost than buying a smaller smartphone and standard tablet.
Furthermore, with the number of students brining tablets into the classroom for note taking, it's not that outlandish to imagine students taking notes on a Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy Note, which sports a stylus and software that can interpret handwriting fairly accurately.
According to one retailer in India, phablet sales have increased by 35 percent in the past month or so, with "demand for phablets across models and price ranges."
Of course, the undisputed king of the phablets currently is the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which has managed to sell three million units in just over a month after its release this past October, putting it on track to beat sales of its predecessor.
In fact, the phablet craze really started with the first Galaxy Note; though there were oversized smartphones before it, none have managed to top its popularity to date.
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Edited by Braden Becker