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    what do you think about phablet?

    I picked up my Samsung S3 last year and love it. To increase battery life I normally root and go for a custom ROM and also have an extended battery from mpj. I am good with this phone, and my tablet as well. So I don't really see the need for a phablet when the tablet does everything better than it and is nearly as portable until I play games on my friend’s Note 2. It was convenient with the screen size and even more with the S Pen. I'm now very tempted by the Note 3, but not quite ready to make the jump yet. What others think of the idea of getting a tablet and smartphone crossover?

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    The phablet IMHO is a stupid idea. In fact I think these super sized phones are a stupid idea, if you expect to carry the phone with you all the time you want something small light and unobtrusive.
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    I was happy with my RAZR till it died. I'm using a slider phone now....sucks.

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    The big phones are a good idea for some. Not for me, because I bicycle, but for my GF it would be plenty good as she rides around in the car quite often with a headset, and uses her phone (just a HTC one(?) - I want to say "Desire", but I don't actually know for sure) to do a bit a research on and so on, and rarely does she use the phone up to her ear.

    With that said, I have a cheap, smallish HTC, which is just right for pocketing and has a rounded rubber edge which has protected it on quite a few occassions when I have dropped it, or my daughter has thrown it across the table and onto the floor (she's not two yet).

    I have found that I actually rarely use the 3G for surfing on the phone, but instead opt to tether it to the computer and use it as a 3G modem for the computer when I need that, so a bigger screen as in the "phablets" would mostly be an annoyance to me.

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    I am okay with my smartphone. When I need a bigger screen, I grab one of the laptops at home, or the iPad mini if I am feeling lazy (or just showing maps, etc. to Mrs. A). I don't see the need for anything in between the Mini and my phone.

    Sometimes, it seems to me like my smartphone is too big (pocketing, etc) and I wish I could cram the guts of my Stratosphere II into my old LG env2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
    The phablet IMHO is a stupid idea. In fact I think these super sized phones are a stupid idea, if you expect to carry the phone with you all the time you want something small light and unobtrusive.
    i've been saying this since the first larger than an iphone android ones came out. they are absurdly large. how do you carry it? i can't believe for a second that it fits comfortably in your pocket, front or back.
    i still have a small flip-phone - because of the size. when i do get a smartphone, and i will eventually, i wouldn't go bigger than an iPhone. In fact I wish they hadn't made hte iPhone 5 taller. The 3G/4S is the perfect size. No bigger.
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    The bigger the screen the more gaming etc.. and the less phone like. I bought a cheap smart phone a while back, it's small, light and waterproof. As well as underpowered.. but it still has android 4.0 I'm with you bikebuddha I see no point to a bigger phone that isn't going to be used as a phone.

    I do also own a laptop, a few desktops, a server, a tablet, some pda's etc.. use the right tool for the job IMO.
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    Phablet likes Note 3 is way too large for my hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
    The bigger the screen the more gaming etc.. and the less phone like. I bought a cheap smart phone a while back, it's small, light and waterproof. As well as underpowered.. but it still has android 4.0 I'm with you bikebuddha I see no point to a bigger phone that isn't going to be used as a phone.

    I do also own a laptop, a few desktops, a server, a tablet, some pda's etc.. use the right tool for the job IMO.
    What is your cheap, small, light, and waterproof phone? And is it a phone you purchased outright or one subsidized by a 2 year contract? I have a cheap, small, light, non-waterproof phone with AT&T GoPhone service, thus no subsidized contract cost. I'd like a new phone as this one is 3 years old and doesn't work well. Over $100 for a phone I do not consider cheap.

    I wouldn't mind the larger phones. I don't talk on them. All I use it for is text. I first used it a lot to surf the web painfully with the small screen I have used it for quite a few non-gaming apps. I've wanted something like the Samsung Galaxy series (there is a GoPhone specific Galaxy Express, but at $250 I don't consider it cheap.) I wanted something larger because I did use the phone like a tablet, but have since gotten an inexpensive 7 inch tablet that I now use and don't use the phone much for app use any more.

    That said, a guy at work have one of those 5-5.5 inch screen phones. I would kid him about talking on his tablet all the time. When I got the 7 inch tablet, I brought it to work and held it like I was talking on the phone when he walked in the room. He got a kick out of that.

    The current iPhone is a pretty nice compromise of size and pocketability. Some of the Android phones are just too darn big though and really do look like people are talking on a tablet when using them.
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    My Nexus 5 has a 4.95 inch screen and that is about as large as I would ever want to go. For years, I have carried my phones on a belt holster with a clip, usually from Nite Ize. The tall cargo clip just barely fits the Nexus. Nite Ize is going to have to start making some larger holsters with the onward march of smartphone size.
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    the iphone is too unwieldy, IMO. Anything bigger is just ludicrous.
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    It really depends on what you use the phone for. I don't use my phone much for calling but use it often for emailing, reviewing PDF files, creating invoices, setting and checking my schedule, receiving payments, tracking my checkbook, Facebook, and some gaming. I appreciate a larger screen.

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    I have a cheap, free-with-plan Motorola flip phone. I still carry with me my old 8g iPhone 3G -- it's not hooked up to any phone/data service, but I can get online anywhere there's free wifi and offline it's still a pocket supercomputer. If/when the iPhone dies, I'll probably move along to a 7" tablet of some kind to fill its current role.

    I'm with the others -- small phone, but usually access to a larger screen device which travels with me. Since I got no use for a smart phone, a phablet is just not even a consideration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    What is your cheap, small, light, and waterproof phone? And is it a phone you purchased outright or one subsidized by a 2 year contract? I have a cheap, small, light, non-waterproof phone with AT&T GoPhone service, thus no subsidized contract cost. I'd like a new phone as this one is 3 years old and doesn't work well. Over $100 for a phone I do not consider cheap.

    I wouldn't mind the larger phones. I don't talk on them. All I use it for is text. I first used it a lot to surf the web painfully with the small screen I have used it for quite a few non-gaming apps. I've wanted something like the Samsung Galaxy series (there is a GoPhone specific Galaxy Express, but at $250 I don't consider it cheap.) I wanted something larger because I did use the phone like a tablet, but have since gotten an inexpensive 7 inch tablet that I now use and don't use the phone much for app use any more.

    That said, a guy at work have one of those 5-5.5 inch screen phones. I would kid him about talking on his tablet all the time. When I got the 7 inch tablet, I brought it to work and held it like I was talking on the phone when he walked in the room. He got a kick out of that.

    The current iPhone is a pretty nice compromise of size and pocketability. Some of the Android phones are just too darn big though and really do look like people are talking on a tablet when using them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
    I have a cheap, free-with-plan Motorola flip phone. I still carry with me my old 8g iPhone 3G -- it's not hooked up to any phone/data service, but I can get online anywhere there's free wifi and offline it's still a pocket supercomputer. If/when the iPhone dies, I'll probably move along to a 7" tablet of some kind to fill its current role.

    I'm with the others -- small phone, but usually access to a larger screen device which travels with me. Since I got no use for a smart phone, a phablet is just not even a consideration.
    I also have a tiny cheap tracfone flipphone for when I actually need to make a call or text (maybe only a couple times a week). I just got a ZTE Flash smartphone (<$100) but I have no interest in using it as a cell phone so it is not activated as such. I use it on wifi like a mini tablet. It has a 12mp camera, gps, mp3, etc. It's an amazing little device and easy to carry around. I have a Nexus 7 tablet but don't take it with me much.
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