San Francisco Chronicle/David Einstein, 4/2/12, Business Report Bloomberg/Computing Q&A, "When will tablets also become a smart phone?"
|Samsung's Galaxy close as it gets.|
The only thing close to a "phablet" on the market today is the Samsung Galaxy Note, a smart phone with a 5.3-inch display - not quite into tablet territory, but getting close. Samsung, like Apple, makes phones and tablets, so it, too, is in danger of losing phone sales to a hybrid device. But the Galaxy Note appears to be a big winner. Samsung says it's sold 5 million of the things since it was released in October.
I think it's just a question of time before Apple bites the bullet and brings out a phablet of its own - perhaps a 7-inch version of the iPad with a built-in phone. Eventually, all tablets capable of using wireless carriers probably will double as phones. Read more Q&A.
Posted by Kathy Meeh