When is a smartphone not a smartphone? When it’s a Phablet, of course. The mashing of phones and tablets may grate on the nerves of tech fans and language enthusiasts alike, but with Samsung today launching the 6.3″ Galaxy Mega today, it’s about time we asked… what’s the fuss?
So I have a phone. I have a tablet. Why do I need something in between?
Well, maybe you don’t but the boffins at Samsung would like to argue the point. You see, with 4G mobile networks becoming faster, mobile storage becoming larger and cheaper and Wi-Fi popping up everywhere, more of us are watching videos and browsing the web on our phones. That high definition blu-ray rip you just dropped on your phone isn’t really going to give you the best experience on a “traditional” 4.5″ screen. But who wants to cart around a 10″ tablet, right? The answer, launch an abundance of smartphones between the sizes of an iPhone and iPad (or Galaxy S phone and Galaxy Tab in Samsung current) and see what sticks.
But I’m not sure I can actually hold a 6.6 x 3.4″ phone in one hand.
Well, sure you can. Just about. But don’t let anyone see you holding it up to your ear to make a call. You’ll look really silly.
Okay, I’ll keep it in my pocket. Erm, if I have a big enough pocket.
Big pants is where it’s at, my friend. Forget those hipster skinny jeans – baggy better be coming back, or you’ll be keeping your phone in your bag from here on in.
Right, well, whilst I time travel back to 1991 to pick up some jeans, tell me – what else do I get with the Galaxy Mega?
Features-wise, the main difference is the large LCD screen which will pump out as much high definition video as you can store or stream. But that’s not the only trick up its sleeve. The phablet’s Group Play feature allows easy content sharing for up to 8 devices on the same Wi-Fi network, Samsung’s WatchON lets you use the phone as a smart TV remote, provide programme recommendations and TV schedules to boot. You can push media from the phone to your TV, tablet or computer and use the phone to translate text and voice between a wide range of languages. Pretty cool.
I’m still not sure about trouser capacity, but I’m sold. Who else is doing phablets?
The Galaxy Mega is most definitely at the top end of the phablet category in terms of size. Other devices to check out include Samsung’s Samsung Galaxy Note II | (UK), Sony’s 5″ Sony Xperia Z | (UK) and the forthcoming Huawei Ascend Mate.