Phablet? It’s a mixture of smartphone and tablet; essentially a mini-tablet that’s also a phone. They come in a variety of sizes, hardware configuration, and prices, and except for the iPhone 6 Plus, they’re powered by various versions of Android. Why buy an iPhone when you could buy one of these instead?
It’s The Software, Stupid
There’s a reason the iPhone is the number one smartphone in business and enterprise. Apple covered all the bases, including the most important– customer desire to use an iPhone.
iPhones are more secure than Android smartphones, tend to last longer than less expensive competitors, and business likes predictability, and, at least as far as iPhone is concerned, that’s Apple.
Phablets have become all the rage these days, especially in Asia, but you will see a number of larger smartphones in the U.S. The one thing you’ll notice in any comparison is hardware specifications; but not software. Why not? Hardware specs are easier to compare than software, though it’s software that we use on the hardware.
Here are a few models that compete with Apple’s phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus.
Moto X – smaller screen, similar PPI, only 32GB storage, low capacity battery, and a few hundred dollars or so less than an iPhone
Huawei Ascend Mate 7 – giant display, less PP than iPhone 6, aluminum, looks like an iPhone, but costs less
Nokia Lumia 1520 – giant screen, lower PPI than iPhone 6, runs Windows, fewer apps available, well regarded camera, lower price
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – larger screen than iPhone 6 Plus, priced similarly, comes with stylus, removable battery, fat gap in the case
Sony Xperia Z3 – yes, Sony still makes smartphones (ever seen one?), smaller phablet screen, good camera, waterproof, good fit and finish (iPhone-like)
LG G3 – similar size to iPhone 6 Plus but with higher PPI, microSD expansion slot, good camera, removable battery.
Competitors and critics of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus will point out that many phablet models have removable batteries, better NFC support (not that NFC is in use anywhere in the US), more RAM (as if that made Android OS run better), microSD storage option, and screens with higher PPI (most anything beyond 330 PPI is overkill).
But what matters most to phablet smartphone buyers? Camera, applications, security, durability, battery life, total cost of ownership, screen size, and accessories. If you took the top feature of the phablets listed above, added what phablet users want most, and put them all together into one phablet, what would it be?
An iPhone 6 Plus.