The first mass-produced mobile phones were not very convenient and, since they were about the size of a brick (at least!), they were not so easy to carry around. In time, the mobile phones became smaller and smaller and their range of functions grew as well.
Nowadays, almost everybody carries with them, in the form of a smartphone, a mobile device that, as regards functionality, is equal to any PC. Whether an iPhone, Android or Windows 8 device, the modern smartphone leaves almost nothing to be desired. Hereby, the trend is again increasingly towards markedly “bigger” devices with screen diagonals of about 9 centimeters.
What, over many years of hard work, has been “shrunken,” appears now to be growing again. According to a study by ABI Research, in the coming years smartphones will be replaced with “phablets.” Never heard of them? We hadn’t either, but after a quick Google search, we found out: The term “phablets” is composed of the words “phone” and “tablet” and describes a compromise solution: Smartphones with screen diagonals of about 13-18 centimeters (about 5 to 7 inches).
Current figures from ABI Research emphasize that phablets are a new trend. As early as 2017 it could be that the majority of Europeans will have replaced their smartphones with phablets. For us, however, the question arises, how are you supposed to carry it around? They don’t exactly fit in your pants pocket?!
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