Phablets are the new tablets

phablets tablets

Is a 5.5″ display too big?

After a long market research, poll and questions to friends and experts I decided to buy the new iPhone 6 Plus.

With a wide 5.5″ display the new iPhone 6 Plus is really huge. Especially when you switch from the iPhone 5, as I did. To be honest, you can really see the difference in the first few days, but after a while you get used to it. In fact, right now I can’t imagine going back to a smaller screen.

During these weeks, I’ve often used the Plus to watch videos, send emails, and everything you can do with any other smartphone, but in a better way, or bigger. Another big “plus” of the new iPhone is the battery. For the first time ever I can use a smartphone all day long, with a heavy usage, without bringing an external battery or a charger with me.

I’ve also noticed another thing. I’ve completely forgotten my iPad. It’s a while since I’ve stopped using it but now, I simply don’t need it anymore.

The phablets growth

The reality is that we are in a transition phase, from tablets to phablets (so-called these new devices mixing a tablet and a smartphone). And the numbers speak for themselves.

phablets are the new tablets

 Flurry Analytics examined data across more than 600,000 apps to determine which devices were particularly popular this holiday season. But apparently this isn’t just a seasonal trend. The new iPhone 6 Plus is in fact Apple’s first venture into the phablet market, was also among the Top 5 devices and contributed to the jump in popularity that phablets saw this year.


But most importantly, you can notice how tablets have lost market shares from 2013 to 2014. Also smartphones with 3.5″ and smaller screen are seeing a sensible decrease.

With the arrival of smartwatches and wearable devices, the trend is to have a second screen on our wrists, not in our pockets. The consequence is that we prefer our smartphones screens to be bigger.

So, are phablets the new tablets?