Once you go phablet you never go back!

ChrisTX

macrumors 68030
Original poster
Dec 30, 2009
2,682
52
Texas
So those of you that are phablet owners(HTC One Max, Note 2/3, Sony Z Ultra, Lumia 1520, etc...)Will you continue to only buy larger phablet size smartphones from here on out, or will you go back to a more normal sized smartphone after a while? I think I will stick with the Note series from now on because of the stylus until it is no longer pocketable. I'm not against a 6"+ smartphone, but I really need for it to be pocketable. However, the functionality with these larger smartphones seems to be better. I think I will continue to go with larger smartphones from here on out! Go big or go home! :D
 

The Game 161

macrumors Core
Dec 15, 2010
19,441
9,558
UK
YES

I won't ever go with anything but a note device now..love this thing and I can never get a phone any smaller now...would just be too weird.

It's why I have all of the note devices

Note 3
Note 8.0
note 12.2

:D
 

ChrisTX

macrumors 68030
Original poster
Dec 30, 2009
2,682
52
Texas
YES

I won't ever go with anything but a note device now..love this thing and I can never get a phone any smaller now...would just be too weird.

It's why I have all of the note devices

Note 3
Note 8.0
note 12.2

:D
The 12.2 seems a little large for my tastes, but I might pick up a 10.1 2014 edition. :cool:
 

The Game 161

macrumors Core
Dec 15, 2010
19,441
9,558
UK
The 12.2 seems a little large for my tastes, but I might pick up a 10.1 2014 edition. :cool:
It is very large no doubt, not easy to hold one handed due to it's size but I love it so far. It's great for watching the NBA when i'm working nights and amazing for using at home for forums, news, netflix for example..it's my at home device and the s pen works amazing.

10.1 is a great option too for those wanting it smaller. I like things big as you can imagine.
 

MRU

Suspended
Aug 23, 2005
25,312
8,706
Other
Likely my next phone will not be a phablet...

I will likely get a HTC One 2014 (if they fix camera) or perhaps Moto X 2 if they don't wait 8 months to release it in Europe, failing those I also would like to see what the successor to the Lumia 1020 is like.
 
Last edited:

F123D

macrumors 68040
Sep 16, 2008
3,775
16
Del Mar, CA
I used a Note II for a year, upgraded to the Note 3 but ultimately ended up with a Nexus 5. As much as I love the Note, the software just got too bloated for me and I was drawn to the simplicity of the Nexus. (Along with built in wireless charging, IPS display, OIS, price, unlocked, etc..)

But I am considering the Note 4 again this year, just depends on what Samsung does with it. If they release something similar to the S5, I'll have to pass.
 

AppleRobert

macrumors 603
Nov 12, 2012
5,637
1,099
Love the Note 3. Hoping Apple puts out a phablet next go around and I would get it day one.

I was tablet hopping for awhile with android, not anymore.
 

Lloydbm41

Suspended
Oct 17, 2013
4,025
1,439
Central California
So those of you that are phablet owners(HTC One Max, Note 2/3, Sony Z Ultra, Lumia 1520, etc...)Will you continue to only buy larger phablet size smartphones from here on out, or will you go back to a more normal sized smartphone after a while? I think I will stick with the Note series from now on because of the stylus until it is no longer pocketable. I'm not against a 6"+ smartphone, but I really need for it to be pocketable. However, the functionality with these larger smartphones seems to be better. I think I will continue to go with larger smartphones from here on out! Go big or go home! :D
I am using everything from the 4" Lumia 520 to the Moto X/HTC One at 4.7", the Nexus 5 at 5", the Lumia 1520 at 6", the Nexus 7 at 7" and the iPad Mini/Dell Venue 8 at 8". :D

Variety is the spice of life. I prefer to have options, so if I need a phablet or tablet it's there. If I want something more pocketable and easier to use with one hand, it's there. If I have a guest from out of town/out of the country, they have a phone that is unlocked and can use their sim if need be.
 

tbayrgs

macrumors 604
Jul 5, 2009
6,512
3,438
Used a Note II for a while and will not being going back to a device that large. In fact, after using a HTC One for about 6 months and ultimately switching back to an iPhone I don't foresee ever even going that large again if I can help it. My preferred phone size is nothing larger than the Xperia Z1 Compact or Moto X.
 

rhinosrcool

macrumors 68000
Sep 5, 2009
1,517
267
MN
YES

I won't ever go with anything but a note device now..love this thing and I can never get a phone any smaller now...would just be too weird.

It's why I have all of the note devices

Note 3
Note 8.0
note 12.2

:D
I have the Note 3, Note 8, and note 10.1 2014 (waiting for it's Tuesday arrival!). Sometime in the future, I will get the Note Pro 12.2. For me, the s pen is the differentiating factor. It's funny to see manufacturers trying to come up with a pointy stylus to work on ipads. They all work poorly.

As for phablets, the larger screen is just so much easier to use. Also, phones are now used for way more than phone calls (I won't list the many examples). The small screens on the iphones just doesn't cut it anymore. Having said that, there is a limit to a phone's size that could make it impracticable. At this time, I can't say exactly what that limit is but the Mediapad (7") is pretty close.

Even though for me, the iphone just isn't that great of a phone (for work, I have an iphone 5); once they really increase it's screen size, it's gonna set record sales. Many of the people who say they don't want a larger iphone will buy in droves.
 

The Game 161

macrumors Core
Dec 15, 2010
19,441
9,558
UK
I have the Note 3, Note 8, and note 10.1 2014 (waiting for it's Tuesday arrival!). Sometime in the future, I will get the Note Pro 12.2. For me, the s pen is the differentiating factor. It's funny to see manufacturers trying to come up with a pointy stylus to work on ipads. They all work poorly.

As for phablets, the larger screen is just so much easier to use. Also, phones are now used for way more than phone calls (I won't list the many examples). The small screens on the iphones just doesn't cut it anymore. Having said that, there is a limit to a phone's size that could make it impracticable. At this time, I can't say exactly what that limit is but the Mediapad (7") is pretty close.

Even though for me, the iphone just isn't that great of a phone (for work, I have an iphone 5); once they really increase it's screen size, it's gonna set record sales. Many of the people who say they don't want a larger iphone will buy in droves.
Yeah but the iphone will sell like crazy no matter what because it’s apple...It’s just not really for me anymore due to how restrictive it is for my needs but yes a bigger screen will be what alot will want. Even 4.7 would be far too small for me now.
 

rhinosrcool

macrumors 68000
Sep 5, 2009
1,517
267
MN
Yeah but the iphone will sell like crazy no matter what because it’s apple...It’s just not really for me anymore due to how restrictive it is for my needs but yes a bigger screen will be what alot will want. Even 4.7 would be far too small for me now.
Oh, I agree it will sell because it's Apple. However, the larger screen will bring more in, even some Android defectors.

Like you (and many here), the iphone's screen size is just one (a big one, pardon the pun) factor putting me off.
 

vomhorizon

macrumors 6502a
Sep 24, 2013
949
68
I used a Note II for a year, upgraded to the Note 3 but ultimately ended up with a Nexus 5. As much as I love the Note, the software just got too bloated for me and I was drawn to the simplicity of the Nexus. (Along with built in wireless charging, IPS display, OIS, price, unlocked, etc..)

But I am considering the Note 4 again this year, just depends on what Samsung does with it. If they release something similar to the S5, I'll have to pass.
Same experience here..From the first time I signed into the google play store (The phone hung up and rebooted) to the umpteen times it froze or stuttered..It was no where a experience that i had come to expect from a flagship android. I have tried my brother's nexus 5 on and off and it really provided an experience that was much smoother. My N5 is on the way and it would be replaced by a N6 alongside the iPhone6.
 

Shanghaichica

macrumors G4
Apr 8, 2013
11,112
7,508
UK
Maybe, maybe not. I had the original note for 15 months then used the S4 and iPhone 5S for 5 months. Now I've ended up with the note 3. Eventually found both phones too small.
 

mib1800

Suspended
Sep 16, 2012
2,859
1,240
Same experience here..From the first time I signed into the google play store (The phone hung up and rebooted) to the umpteen times it froze or stuttered..It was no where a experience that i had come to expect from a flagship android. I have tried my brother's nexus 5 on and off and it really provided an experience that was much smoother. My N5 is on the way and it would be replaced by a N6 alongside the iPhone6.
I own Samsung S and Note series phones over the years and not one has problems out of the box in connecting to Google Play. I am not sure what phone you have but your experience (or your made up experience :p ) is definitely very unlikely to be the norm.
 

CyanLite

macrumors regular
Jul 3, 2013
110
0
Definitely not. I have a Note II and hate its size. I love how the G2 and HTC One fit in hand though. I was considering the iPhone 5S but its OS is too restrictive. Definitely not going to buy a phablet ever again though. Too huge..
 

IFRIT

macrumors 6502a
Oct 15, 2012
840
131
I had a Note 2 and went back to a smaller screen phone, not sure I'd have that size phone again but I'm not totally against the idea.
 

Phil A.

Moderator
Staff member
Apr 2, 2006
5,499
2,280
Shropshire, UK
The Note 3 is a perfect size for me and I find my wife's S4 (not to mention my daughter's 4S) way too small now - I can't imagine going back to a smaller phone any more and the only reason I wouldn't get a Note in the future is if they make it significantly bigger (as it is, it fits perfectly in my pocket and I can use it one handed most of the time)
 

vomhorizon

macrumors 6502a
Sep 24, 2013
949
68
I own Samsung S and Note series phones over the years and not one has problems out of the box in connecting to Google Play. I am not sure what phone you have but your experience (or your made up experience :p ) is definitely very unlikely to be the norm.

Just because i had a poor experience with my note 3 , it must be made up !
 

jamezr

macrumors G5
Aug 7, 2011
12,552
10,056
US
Maybe, maybe not. I had the original note for 15 months then used the S4 and iPhone 5S for 5 months. Now I've ended up with the note 3. Eventually found both phones too small.
I have gradually moving to a larger phone as well. I had the S4 and G2 and N5 and now the Note 3. I have noticed that i do not use my iPad as much since I got the Note 3. It still fits in my pocket and is a beast of a phone! :)
 

maflynn

Moderator
Staff member
May 3, 2009
63,856
30,379
Boston
I took my kids to a chuckie cheeses over the weekend and I saw a father outside chatting on his Note three. I will say that it looked incredibly odd holding what looked like a tablet to his face as he talked.

I almost took the plunge for the Note 3 last summer, I think for many of my uses I larger phone may be the answer but I am spoiled by the iPhone's single hand operation, I can easily use it with one hand as I commute into work.
 

Jibbajabba

macrumors 65816
Aug 13, 2011
1,010
2
YES

I won't ever go with anything but a note device now..love this thing and I can never get a phone any smaller now...would just be too weird.

It's why I have all of the note devices

Note 3
Note 8.0
note 12.2

:D
Same boat .. when I left the midget iPhone to go S3 and then S4, I always thought that my friends Note 2 seems nicer still :p

Went to the Note 3 shortly after and this is really the first one I know I will stick with .. Now I keep eyeing out the 10.1 / 12.2 as tablet replacement .. just can't justify the cash right now :)
 

spinedoc77

macrumors G3
Jun 11, 2009
9,356
3,375
Note 3 is too large for me to use as a regular phone, although I do carry it around for use as a secondary "tablet" along with an iphone. I would love to merge all my devices into a mid-size phone but find I need the stylus frequently. I would definitely merge into a HTC One, Nexus 5, S4/S5 or LG G2 sized phone if they only included a stylus.
 

Dontazemebro

macrumors 68020
Jul 23, 2010
2,173
0
I dunno, somewhere in West Texas
Anything smaller than the Note would have to really wow me for me to downgrade in screen size. AOSP Android is not enough, it's too bland and lacks features. HTC's slew of devices are bezel heavy and lack removable battery. Moto series is just plain ugly and feels like a toy.

Only other OEMs I would consider is LG and maybe Sony, but I need something that's really a head turner. And nothing less than 5".
 

bushido

Suspended
Mar 26, 2008
8,070
2,746
Germany
i returned mine. my fingers were hurting typing too much on it cuz it wasnt as easy to hold especially in bed