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    I'd prefer a 7" phablet...
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    As a phone?

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    I'd prefer a 7" phablet...
    You could do that now if you join one of the many Voice over IP services.

    Using Google Voice, you can have 50% of that now for free.

    I use my XOOM as a phone all the time. I use an app called "Groove IP." When used together with Google Voice, you can IP phone calls. The app is available for a one-time fee of about $5. I've been told by people there are a couple of free dialers out there, but since I've already paid for the app, I have not motivation to check the free apps out.

    I say "50%" because I haven't figured out how to receive calls on the tablet. Keep in mind, I don't actually want to receive calls on the tablet, so I haven't put any effort into figuring out how... without joining an established VoIP service.
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    I'm sure there are those that like the "phablets" and don't mind using them as phones. I just can't do it. I need a phone to look and feel like a phone. Nothing against anyone else, but it isn't something that I would like to do.
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    Asus Padfone....anyone? It looks great and to use your own phone data on your tablet is even better. With blue tooth stylus to talk...crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by aztecgod106 View Post
    Asus Padfone....anyone? It looks great and to use your own phone data on your tablet is even better. With blue tooth stylus to talk...crazy

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    One piece I don't understand is this,

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    ABI defines phablets as touchscreen handsets with screens that measure between 4.6 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally, and the firm says shipments of such devices will increase by 10 times in 2012 compared to last year.
    So, by ABI's definition, my HTC One X and Galaxy S3 are "phablets" ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sniffs View Post
    One piece I don't understand is this,



    So, by ABI's definition, my HTC One X and Galaxy S3 are "phablets" ?
    I believe so.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dwaynewilliams View Post
    I'm sure there are those that like the "phablets" and don't mind using them as phones. I just can't do it. I need a phone to look and feel like a phone. Nothing against anyone else, but it isn't something that I would like to do.
    What does a phone look & feel like anymore? Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyluis View Post
    What does a phone look & feel like anymore? Lol.
    If it doesn't fit comfortably in my hand I don't want it as a phone. As a tablet yes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sniffs View Post
    One piece I don't understand is this,



    So, by ABI's definition, my HTC One X and Galaxy S3 are "phablets" ?
    This definition is misleading. These days, all tablets can be phones and any smartphone can be classified a tablet in some sense.

    Many people cite the Xoom as a tablet with phone capabilities through software based dialers. It is in all aspects by the definition of the article, a phablet.

    The new Nexus 7 with Jelly Bean has shown a few pics of a dialer installed. Whether it is a portion of the OS included for smartphones or not, it will then have the capabilities to make phone calls, stock. That makes it a 7" phablet, by the articles definition.

    On the other side of the coin, you have the iPhone. It is a 3.5" screen that is primarily a phone. It also has the capabilities to run apps that are normally used on a tablet. I mean, iOS is just a generic OS that works on the iPad as well as the iPod and the iPhone. Hmmm, maybe the iPod and iPad are phablets, too?

    These days there isn't much seperating a tablet from a phone except for screen size. The same predicament comes up in the PC world with laptops. What differentiates a power laptop, a netbook and a ultra-portable? Usually just screen size and some hardware specs.
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    The only thing that i don't agree with in your definition is your iPhone comparison. I think first and for most the size classifies something as a "Phablet" your nexus 7 and Xoom argument ok i kind of agree, but not really. I think to be a Phablet a network connection is needed ie 3G or 4G capabilities like certain iPad versions. The nexus 7 doesn't have this capability, also screen size 5 inches and up. But that's my personal opinion.

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