There is an argument running in the tech scene as to whether phablets will really damage the tablet market. Phablets are seen to be too big for many people to carry with them always, and yet too small to be able to use the way someone would use a tablet.
I have used an iPad for a number of years now. I bought the iPad 2 when it first came out, and then bought an iPad mini a few years later. I used the iPad an extensive and really thought phablets were a bit of a joke.
At the beginning of this year I ended up buying a Note 4. I had owned the Galaxy 4, and loved it, and needed an upgrade. I wasn’t willing to wait for the Galaxy 6, and the Galaxy 5 was a bit old by January of 2015. When I first bought the Note 4 I was a bit frustrated because… It seemed to big to comfortably put in a pocket, and too small to really do a lot with. I was on the edge of taking it back, but my wife gave me one of those looks spouses give and told me to keep it.
Fast forward to May 15th and I can say that I haven’t used my iPad for anything of consequence in over 2 months. I do use it to play Kingdom Rush, but otherwise that’s it. The big reason for this I feel is the prevalence of good mobile websites now.
2 years ago responsive websites didn’t always perform as advertised, and mobile versions of sites could be painful to use. Going to many sites on a smartphone was tedious at best. Now it seems that most websites actually perform better on a phone then they do in their desktop versions. Especially for reading they simply flow better, and the interfaces are more intuitive.
Additionally the hardware in the new phones and phablets means that basic tasks don’t don’t cause stuttering issues and delay. You tap an icon, or swipe and the interface responds fluidly. Previously one of the reasons I used the iPad was that it just responded better than my smartphones.
The Note 4 is still a big phone, and I may go down to a Galaxy 7 or such when I replace it, but regardless I don’t foresee going back to a tablet as my main mobile computing device.