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What Is a Phablet?
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Washington, D.C. (September 4, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I heard a buddy at work talking today about something called a fablet. What's a fablet and should I get one? -- Red, Butte, Montana.

Red, actually, it's a phablet, not a fablet. And there's a good reason why your buddy was talking about it because Samsung introduced a new phablet today called The Galaxy Note 3.

The phablet is a combination phone and tablet, thereby the obvious name. Unlike a phone, which may have a three or four-inch screen, or a tablet, which might be close to 10 inches, the phablet's size is in the middle.

For instance, the Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7-inch screen. (By the way, Samsung today did not release a launch date or pricing details for the Galaxy Note 3, but it's likely to be available later this month)
Sony's new phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra, has a 6.44-inch screen.

Why would someone want a phablet when you could just get a phone or tablet? Different strokes for different folks. Some people believe the smart phone screen is too small while others feel the tablet screen is too big. The phablet allows you to carry a device in your pocket that can make phone calls but offers a screen large enough so you don't have to squint. And as for pricing, the phablet's price is about the same as a top-notch smart phone or tablet.

Is the phablet the next big thing, or just a fad? I think that, like its size, it will come down somewhere in the middle. Not everyone will want one, but it will be the right fit for a niche audience.

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