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10/22/2013

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Nokia's 6-inch HD phablet Lumia 1520 (Source: Nokia)
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junko.yoshida
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phablet, anyone?
junko.yoshida   10/22/2013 10:49:36 AM
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Actually, I wouldn't mind carrying a phablet. I also have a number of older friends who don't have either smartphones or tablets keep asking me if they can make a phone call from a tablet if they bought one. Well for those, this would be perfect.

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Daniel Payne   10/22/2013 11:58:49 AM
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I've used both the Samsung Galaxy Note 1 and 2 phablets, and they are wonderful. I tell my friends that my phone is an iPhone 8, because it will take Apple 3 more years to catch up to the phablet market. When I bring the Note 2 into an Apple store and start using it the clerks literally drop their jaws and gape in wonder, because the Note 2 has a display 90% larger than a puny iPhone 5s. One day Apple will discover that in consumer electronics we want a variety, not a single model to chose from.

Nokia could make some inroads in the phablet market, although they have to spend enough marketing dollars to convince us that Windows on a phablet is a good thing. Android and Apple are very well entrenched mobile OSes and users are very familiar with them, not so with Windows on mobile.

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AZskibum   10/22/2013 12:00:41 PM
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I'm curious how men typically carry such large devices, and if it is any different than carrying a full-sized tablet. A device with a 6 or 7" screen would fit nicely in a suit jacket pocket, but for those of us accustomed to carrying a smartphone in the pocket of our jeans (and who rarely wear suits), this is just too big.

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junko.yoshida   10/22/2013 12:15:13 PM
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Daniel, I think you hit the head when you said:

One day Apple will discover that in consumer electronics we want a variety, not a single model to chose from.


I totally agree. And that's what I've always wondered about -- how Apple could have made such a success out of their "single" iPhone model (each time) for so long.

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Daniel Payne   10/22/2013 12:21:41 PM
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I also own a  Nexus 7 tablet, which does fit into my pants pocket. The first thing that Apple owners always site is, "Well, that size would never fit into my pocket."

I then show them that both a Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note 2 do fit into a pocket, and they are still in disbelief.

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Sanjib.A   10/22/2013 1:12:21 PM
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Yeah, the phablet with a 6" display is still big enough. I have also experienced difficuties in carrying my 7" tablet (may be because I was a bit lazy in carrying it along with my laptop) and that is why I rarely use it now a days. The Nokia phablet might have the similar size as that of a Samsung Galaxy Note. Any idea about the price? 

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junko.yoshida   10/22/2013 1:43:11 PM
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Nokia Lumia 1520, the HD version of phablet, is priced at $749. AT&T has already said it will offer it later this year, but the carrier did not announce pricing at this time. Nokia Lumia 1320, non-HD version, is priced at $339 (with no subsidies).

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Caleb Kraft   10/22/2013 2:44:26 PM
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Probably for the same reasons they were able to be quite successfull in the mid-early PC market. Microsoft embraced hardware variety while Apple closed everything out. They were able to supply a reliable and serviceable experience and did quite well despite not having the biggest slice of the pie.

I like the 7 inch format. I'm sure I'd be ok with a 6 inch tablet but I'll never hold a 6 inch phablet to my head and carry on a conversation. Any time I've seen someone with one of those giant things in public it has caught my eye.

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Caleb Kraft   10/22/2013 3:24:55 PM
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For me, the 7" form factor is quite nice. I can slide it into my back pocket or jacket pocket when walking. The screen is big enough to be read while walking without having to hold it near my face.

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rick merritt   10/23/2013 12:22:17 AM
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I like my Nexus 7, but it sits on the coffee table for couch surfing time.

I can't see carrying somethinhg this odd size around.

For me its phone on the road and tablet on the couch. Thus I really want a maxi pad, not a mini and I think phablets will be a short lived niche

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