Samsung produced the Galaxy S3 this summer and entered it into the American market, sporting a 4.8-inch viewing screen. I can understand where many Android fans are coming from when they say that Apple’s 3.5-inch iPhone 4S (and even its 4.0-inch iPhone 5) are too small for watching HD movies, YouTube videos, traffic directions and information, as well as internet browsing. A product of the desktop PC and later the laptop eras, I want a screen that I do not have to move around and zoom in on to read easily. Small screens, in my opinion at least, make web browsing a chore rather than a leisure sport.
At the same time, I have to agree with my Apple/iPhone brothers and sisters: there is a point at which one has to “pull the plug” on the idea that “bigger is better”. At some point, bigger is heavier and more expensive (and more of a handheld pain) than it is better. Samsung is now reaching this threshold because the company has already produced the original Galaxy Note, the start of its “phablet” (compound shorthand for “phone” and “tablet”) collection with a 5.0-inch screen. 5-inch screens, according to tech analysts, will become one of the new tech trends in 2013 from its outset.
Samsung did not stop at 5-inch screens, however; the Korean company went on to produce the Galaxy Note 2, a successor phablet that has a 5.5-inch screen. At this point, iPhone customers are starting to pause and bulge their eyes. 5.5-inch screens are a lot to handle, no matter how thin a manufacturer makes the phone. Now, the company intends to continue its Galaxy line with the Galaxy Note III, a device that the Korea Times says will come with a whopping 6.3-inch screen.
Samsung believes that it is on to something with larger screens; and for people who revel in that fact, large screens are an amazing thing. I personally have large hands for a woman my age and prefer to use an Android phone that has at least a 4.5-inch screen or higher. At the same time, I think that a 6.3-inch phablet is pushing the envelope a bit—particularly when you consider that the smallest tablet size to date is 7.0 inches (less than one inch away from Samsung’s soon-to-be-revealed Note III). To add to this, Samsung’s hottest-selling smartphones come carrier-locked (though you can always purchase the unlocked smartphones at a larger price). Since the Note III will be less than an inch away from the smallest tablet, why not purchase the tablet? First, tablets come unlocked by default (unless you request cellular-connect ones) and do not require a SIM card for activation. Smartphones, whether locked or unlocked, require a SIM card to utilize the WiFi function. With a seven-inch tablet, you will save money as opposed to a 6.3-inch smartphone.
In this regard, Samsung’s near-seven-inch phablet run will come to an end when users see the benefit of tablets over a large phablet. Nevertheless, the Note III, as previous Note models have done, will rack in large sales – all testifying to Samsung’s winning combination of innovation and risk.