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junko.yoshida
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Re: mature markets are diverse
junko.yoshida   10/23/2013 1:36:59 PM
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TanjB, thanks for your comments. You share with us very interesting observations. You wrote:

 Travel to any market (except USA) where phablets have been offered for a while and you will see lots of them in use.  Even in USA, where the tiny iPhone has its maximum entrenchment, pay attention to younger users and you see phablets.  Sure, some people won't get them.  But the question of whether they sell is settled: they do.


Indeed, i would have never thought much about phablets until I saw so many of them in use in China last year. Phablets might be a perfect example of different products being needed in different regions.

Or people who are stuck in one region would never imagine the possibility for it.

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Re: phablet, anyone?
junko.yoshida   10/23/2013 1:30:14 PM
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Thanks, Sufia, chiming in. It's a great snapshot of how things look -- as far as the use of smartphones and phablets go --on the ground in India.

Again, it is amazing to me how different people's perceptions are when it comes to personal devices. I loved when you wrote:

... if he or she is okay with a larger size and they have no hangups, rather are proud to be an owner, what the hell. Let others stare - either with envy or curiosity.


Ha, ha. well put. 

 

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Re: phablet, anyone?
Sanjib.A   10/23/2013 1:23:54 PM
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Thank you Junko for the price information! I see Nokia has priced the HD version 1520 in pretty much the same price range as that of Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The size os also comparable to Galaxy Note. It would be interesting to see how it does compated to Galaxy Note 3.

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mature markets are diverse
TanjB   10/23/2013 12:22:33 PM
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Its a phablet, not a tablone.  The phone is the primary aspect.  It does not replace the computer, it augments the phone.  And for most users the phone became a visual device more than an audio device several years back.

Travel to any market (except USA) where phablets have been offered for a while and you will see lots of them in use.  Even in USA, where the tiny iPhone has its maximum entrenchment, pay attention to younger users and you see phablets.  Sure, some people won't get them.  But the question of whether they sell is settled: they do.

For me the only drawback to trading up to the 1520 is that I would need to take a step down in camera.  My 1020 takes unbelievable photos, soundly trounced my kit camera on a recent vacation, and Nokia has not said much about what the special voodoo will be in the "merely" 20Mpix 1520 camera.  Apart from they said it has much faster time to shoot, which would be nice.  So, I'm watching for further news on that camera.  But a 6" screen will fit in my pockets, no problem, and make a more versatile device.

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Re: phablet, anyone?
stippu   10/23/2013 11:19:44 AM
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I read in one of the earlier comments that it looks odd holding a bigger size phone to your ear and talking -but somehow in India is not so odd. There are so many I see holding 6 -7 inches phones - let it be the Note 2 or a local Micromax or Karbonn but they are all okay with it.

But more than talking on the phone I see them constantly accessing mail or data or whatever. Maybe all are having other phones to talk  also... not sure.

I think it is each to each kind of a preference - if he or she is okay with a larger size and they have no hangups, rather are proud to be an owner, what the hell. Let others stare - either with envy or curiosity.

But one thing for sure, bigger displays are in, in India. Nokia is coming out with these huge front page advts that cost a bomb in leading mainline publications and boasting of things like 40 megapixel cameras in its Lumia 1020.

And, there are so many offers going on, since  Diwali ( festival of lights) is coming up in ten days time and you can exchange any smart phone for a new smart phone with a clear $200 clean discount. Earlier you would see these exchange offers for electronics offers like mixers, blenders, washing machines, TVs and refrigerators but now wherever you pass by a retail outlet you see the mobile mania  and ALL for large display phones,.  the line sure is blurred between tablet and phones.. really cant figure out how people make their decisions to buy which brand.. there are many variations and models not only among the Samsungs and Nokias but in the local ones too.. it is a deluge out here, believe it or not.

You should see the auto dirvers too - and my driver too - he has a bigger phone than mine :) They keep themselves occupied showing it off to other drivers and other colleagues - and are quite smart in downloading stuff in regional languages too. they may not know a word of English but are wizards in getting the downloads they want - I think they have too much time on their hands and of course  customer care/agents are very helpful when it comes to downloads - it is basically money for the operators, so it is a win-win situation for both.

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Re: phablet, anyone?
junko.yoshida   10/23/2013 2:31:48 AM
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I find it extremely fascinating -- people do have very different personal preferences when it comes to screen sizes for portable devices! No wonder even market research firms seem to be confused about all this.

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Re: phablet, anyone?
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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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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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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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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