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Phablet or Tablet for Business?
Can’t choose between a phone and a tablet? Now you don’t have to, with the Mainstream adoption of the phablet and Apple finally offering one in their latest product release. Whilst it may appear to be just an over-sized smartphone, in fact the phablet has all the functionality of a phone combined with many of the advantages of a standard tablet but without the extra size and weight.
A phablet has a larger screen with a diagonal measurement of 5–7 inches. The increased screen size makes devices far easier to use for business purposes. Whereas the screen of a standard smartphone means that editing of documents such as reports or spreadsheets is fiddly if not impossible, the larger touch screen keyboard of a phablet makes this type of work much easier. Some phablets also include a stylus pen for ease of use. The increased size also allows for a larger battery, with longer battery life. This can be vital for business people who are away from the office and potentially unable to recharge for prolonged periods.
Many business customers will benefit from the full integration with Microsoft Office for desktops, which is available on some phablets. This makes the transition between PC and portable devices far simpler and more efficient, and enables data to be shared more easily with others no matter where you are.
Unlike most phones, some models of phablet are able to keep information such as a calendar display in one corner of the screen while another app is open. This avoids the need to keep shuffling between apps while checking diary dates, scheduling in meetings and so on.
Many people need to be able to take photographs for work and phablets all incorporate a camera, with quality usually higher than on a tablet, and some with wide angle capability. The phablet size is also far more practical for taking photographs than full sized tablets.
For businesses with large teams out in the field, a phablet is an excellent choice. Many people find full sized tablets too big to use when out with customers whereas the phablet is a much more convenient size to hold and transport, whilst still having a good screen size. Additionally, many phablets in fact have better picture quality and sharper images than their bigger counterparts. With lower pricing than a standard tablet, there is the potential for businesses to make significant savings by opting for the phablet.
In some parts of the world, including some of the Asian markets, sales of phablets have already overtaken the combined sales figures for both tablets and laptops. All of the major smartphone and tablet manufacturers have entered or are expected to join the phablet market and there is already plenty of choice available, with options to suit a range of budgets.
For many years “small is beautiful” was the watchword in the world of technology market. Now that is changing as more and more customers are realising that opting for a slightly larger device such as the phablet (over the smart-phone) offers scope for a big increase in functionality. Basically if don’t need the large screen to work constantly on documents then the Phablet is ideal if you only want to carry one device. It’s also perfect for organisations who adopt a BYOD approach.
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