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The Rise of the Phablet (Or, How We’re All Turning Into Kim Kardashian)

The Rise of the Phablet (Or, How We’re All Turning Into Kim Kardashian)
Laura Mego

Brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen – it’s here.

The hybrid phone/tablet combo that several different handset manufacturers have been threatening to produce has finally arrived.  Samsung released their Galaxy Mega this week, and it sports an absolutely massive 6.3-inch display.

While it may not seem that big (insert inappropriate joke here), when compared to most other current smartphone screens, the Mega lives up to its name.  Consider that the current iPhone 5 boasts a delicate 4-inch display, then consider that Google’s Galaxy 7 Tablet clocks in at just 7.7 inches.  This is largely why phones of this size are considered “Phablets”- or Phone/Tablets (plus, the name just sounds vaguely dirty, which is always fun.) While most tech writers consider this kind of device the wave of the future, others (myself included) wonder what exactly is the point of a phone that is much too large to actually be used as, you know, a phone…for calling people.

The Phablet fanboys will continue to shout the wonders of the device to the rooftops, and who knows, a year from now I may very well be writing an Awesomesauce all about how amazing my new Samsung Galaxy Mega is, but I doubt it.

Why?  Because with the rise of Phablet, we all turn into Kim Kardashian, who (judging by Keeping Up with the Kardashians) only uses her phone as a very expensive and blingy Bluetooth speaker.  Seriously, have you ever seen that woman actually use a phone as intended?  No?  Neither have I.

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