Phablets have always been a source of controversy among mobile phone users. Some people love them, and others loathe them. A redditor started a thread that quotes a VP of engineering for Android who thinks that many users really want phablets but don't know it yet.
According to Reddit:
VP of engineering for Android: "If you gave [consumers] a phablet for a week, 50 percent of those would say they like it and not go back,"
The Reddit thread is based on an article from CNet, and it seems to have hit a major sore spot among Android users. As I write this the thread has more than nine hundred comments, and more than two thousand upvotes! And the debate rages on in the comments about the virtues (or the lack thereof) of phablets.
There's no doubt in my mind that phablets can be incredibly useful tools...for the right kind of user. Some people simply want everything in one device, they have no desire whatsoever to own a tablet and a phone. So phablets are the perfect device for them since they get a larger screen that mostly offers the same functionality as a tablet, but that's also easier to carry around.
On the other side of the great debate about phablets are the folks who detest them. Usually these kinds of users also own a tablet, and they prefer that their mobile phone be small, light and very portable. For them phablets are essentially abominations that are too large or heavy to carry around as phones, and that don't offer as large a screen as a tablet.
To me it just gets down to the old saying about "different strokes for different folks." I have some friends that prefer the larger screen phablets, and would never use anything else, and other friends that wouldn't be caught dead carrying a phablet with them anywhere.
One of the great things about Android is that both kinds of users can buy the devices they want. Nobody is forced to own a phablet or a smaller screen phone. And that's the way it should be for all Android users. Choice is a beautiful thing and if a phablet works for you then that's great. If you want something smaller then that's great too.
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