According to Flurry’s data anyway …
I got hooked on the Note in a quick test at the office and bought the Note II soon thereafter. The larger format is amazing for consumption of content which I do somewhat continuously. In fact the Note II has tabled my desire for a tablet as another screen to carry / use. I’ve got access to the iPad 3, Mini and Nexus 7, but prefer to keep it all going on the Note II.
I’m really looking forward to the Galaxy S IV which will be at 5″ so smaller, but with an even higher resolution display. My guess is that the format will be ideal – highly pocketable + extremely powerful with a fantastic display for any type of content.
Anyway looks like Phablets even as many as have been sold are still low in total volume. Perhaps it’s just one of those things you have to use to believe.
Terrible name … but the 5+ inch screen form factor is actually pretty awesome. I’ve been using a Galaxy Note since the end of last week and I have to say I love it. The size does take some getting used to and there are definitely moments where single-hand use can be a challenge though the benefits are clear. It’s just easier to deal with the content on screen – easier on the eyes and in some cases a richer experience as well given you get some tablet-like advantages in landscape mode.
In my use, I’ve really let the iPad Mini I’ve also been testing sit on the sidelines and to be perfectly honest I haven’t felt the need to use my iPhone much either. This larger phone form is starting to make me realize I could actually become a single phone guy. Maybe.
Techcrunch has two worthy reads:
Analyst: 5-Inch+ Phones Will More Than Double Marketshare In 2013 — 60M Incoming, Up 136%
Phablets Are The New Normal
Quartz also had a great read recently – Apple refuses to make the one mobile device taking over the world—but not for long
I’m definitely convinced this is a real sub-category, if not a developing category of smartphones. My perception is that I can do even more with the device which makes me want to keep using it … and use it more.