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Phablets Put The Hurt On Tablets
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Lorna Garey
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5/2/2014 | 1:21:22 PM
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The phablet trend makes clear that there is a huge market need for murses -- yes, man purses. After all, these things won't fit in a pocket, and not everyone has a female willing to carry your device. 
Joe Stanganelli
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5/2/2014 | 1:35:24 PM
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Yes, I've had to resort to many a shoulder-bag in my day -- especially when covering tech conferences to tote around my stuff while collecting data sheets, business cards, and swag.
Gary_EL
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5/2/2014 | 2:26:51 PM
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Yes, this business with smartphones and tablets call for a major change in men's accessories, especially considering that may of us also need reading glasses to read our tablets, smartphones, or whatever. Perhaps a utility belt like Batman sports?
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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5/2/2014 | 2:59:09 PM
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I'm not sure most men can pull off the utility belt look. Sure, Batman, with his sculpted abs, works the belt flawlessly. But can you see a Red Hook hipster with a clunky Batman belt over his Normcore getup or skinny jeans? Or even your typical suburban dad whose six-pack abs are really more like a 12-pack? 

I dunno, I think there's an opportunity here for the right bag designer.
Laurianne
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5/2/2014 | 3:22:02 PM
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Phablets fit in a man's jacket pocket, and I saw many carried this way at our recent conference. Not the iPad mini though. That must be a factor.
Thomas Claburn
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5/2/2014 | 5:46:22 PM
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The word "phablet" should be banned. It's awful.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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5/2/2014 | 5:50:24 PM
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Agreed, many people hate the word "phablet" -- what would you call it? Maybe we should run a contest for a new name.
Thomas Claburn
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5/2/2014 | 6:00:16 PM
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If it were up to me, the official designations would be:

Phone

Bloated Phone

Small Tablet

Large Tablet

Monitor

 

Each designation would apply to a specific range of dimensions. Falling into the "bloated phone" category would be undesirable from a marketing perspective. That would lead to fewer bloated phones and more general contentment in the world.

(I'd probably be willing to accept "magnaphone" as a compromise.)
Somedude8
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5/3/2014 | 11:30:10 AM
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BFP.
danielcawrey
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5/3/2014 | 2:36:15 PM
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I thought that when Apple came out with the iPad Mini it was a significant refresh of its tablet lineup. But since then, I have found it harder to understand what is going to entice consumers to buy new models. 

Sure, over time tablets are going to get outdated. But is that going to motivate people to buy a brand new model? I would argue that it is going to take some really useful features in order to keep the sales numbers up. 
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