Monday, March 30, 2015

Is a Phablet in Your Future?

It seems that technology can suffer from the same problem The Who ran into... you know "Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss".

A while back, I posted a photo featuring some of the phones from my past...

Interestingly enough, the size of the phones grew somewhat & then the form factor seemed to freeze for a few models.  What *did* change was the screen size.  As you can see from the picture above, by the time we get to the Samsung model on the right, the entire device was one big screen with the keyboard available as a "slider" that came out from under the screen.  That model also had a "soft keyboard" that utilized the screen, most people I knew that had that model (the *original* Samsung Galaxy One) preferred the slide-out keyboard because they could type AND get full utilization of the screen.

3 weeks ago I upgraded to an iPhone 6 Plus.  My main reason?  Pure and simple... screen real estate.  As someone who spends a fair amount of time on the road, I need a screen to work, reschedule flights, etc.  I could have purchased a new iPad with a data connection, but that is more money per month for another data plan.  No, in my case it was just easier to keep my existing Sprint plan and get the bigger screen.

I'm already finding that I reach for my iPad less than I used to.  When I first got the 6 Plus, it felt weird in my hand and also weird against my ear.  I fixed the ear problem by either the headset or a bluetooth earbud.  The weight?  I've gotten used to it.

Is it still a huge phone?  Why yes, yes it is.  However, for what I need, it works.

2 years ago, I scoffed at the idea  of the Phablet, now I own one.  Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss..."

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