The wireless industry has a trade show this time each year in Barcelona. Cellphone manufacturers announce their newest tech at the show.
Phablets are a big trend. Several are included in this CNET slideshow of phones that were introduced. Phablets are smartphones with screens between 5 and 7 inches that are half way between a phone and tablet. So think of them as either smartphones with huge screens – or small tablets that can make phone calls.
Many people ridicule phablets by saying that you would look stupid holding it up to your ear to make a phone call. But the reality is that (a) a significant number of smartphone users don’t use them for voice much, and (b) it is easy to use them as a speaker phone or a Bluetooth or wired headset if you want to make a call. There may indeed be a significant market for phablets for those who don’t want to carry around both a full size tablet and a smartphone.