A few years ago, we couldn’t have imagined the phablet as a device format. The device, which is somewhere between a smart phone and a tablet in size – hence the moniker – developed in response to the expanding functionality of the smartphone. Smartphones could do a lot, but the screens weren’t quite big enough. At the same time, tablets were larger than many people wanted to drag around.
For some, the phablet is just another device in the litany of products we all carry around these days, but there are some definite advantages to using phablets for business purposes.
If you’re not sure whether to take on this midsize device, here are 4 factors to consider.
A Punch Of Power
Many companies have discounted the power of the tablet – never mind the phablet – but these smaller devices pack a lot of computing power. Bu what other companies have determined is that bigger is no longer better. Even the screen size of the tablet has gotten too big.
What a phablet allows you to do is carry out business functions, like telecommuting and videoconferencing, that used to be done on computers. You could do these things on a tablet, but even that’s too big if you’re conducting business while on the go. At the same time, your average smartphone is uncomfortably small if you’re trying to keep yourself on screen while being able to see who you’re talking too. The phablet bridges that gap.
For active texters, typing on a phone screen is a pain. It’s just too small. The larger screens on phablets are preferable for typing and also easier to read from if you’re reviewing a document or perusing a book. In fact, after working with standard smartphones for so long, the phablet screen seems downright spacious.
The cloud is becoming a dominant force in storage, and while the phablet of course allows for a little more storage in theory, many businesses find that employees largely use that extra space for downloading what they need from the cloud. The cloud is now home to a lot of services, as well as many of the files we need to access on a daily basis, and phablets are simply better for navigating all of this content.
Professional Price Point
If you can get your company on board with phablets, you can also cut costs by providing fewer corporate devices. No more separate phone and tablet – now you just have the all-purpose phablet. Phablets are typically less expensive than a tablet, but not much pricier than a phone, so this is great for business finances.
Can’t seem to get the necessary buy-in for the phablet? The other alternative is to dissociate the phone function and replace the tablet component, at least while employees work to get used to them.
Small alternatives like the iPhone SE have now hit the market specifically in response to products like the phablet – people want a more compact phone option that still features high functionality. The smaller phone goes with users when even the phablet seems too big.
The phablet is still finding its place in the device scene and is targeted towards the corporate market. Businesses need the greater functionality and prefer the lower costs. And with more phone function shifting to apps and the cloud, phablets are only growing in use potential.
Is your company ready for the next big thing?