) A smartphone with at least a 5" screen. A phablet offers a better visual experience for Web pages but can be bulky in the pocket of a shirt or pair of pants. Nevertheless, phablets have become the norm, and most new smartphones are phablets.
The first phablet with a 5" screen was the Android-based Dell Streak in 2010. A year and a half later, Samsung introduced the first model in its very popular Galaxy Note line. Apple's first phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus, came out in 2014. According to Trademarkia.com, LG applied to trademark the phablet name in 2011. See smartphone
, Galaxy Note
and iPhone 8
Bigger With Each Model
In 2012, the Galaxy S III screen was almost 5", but all subsequent Galaxy S models were 5" and larger, making Samsung's flagship devices phablets all the way.
Galaxy Note II
Any Bigger, It's a Tablet
Samsung's Galaxy Note was the first phablet with a stylus for handwriting and drawing. The Note family has been very popular. See Galaxy Note
With its 6.1" screen, Huawei's Ascend Mate dwarfs an iPhone 4S; however, Samsung's Galaxy Mega topped it at 6.3". Both Android devices came out in 2013.
The iPhone 6.5" XS Max and 5.8" XS
Apple was slow to get into the phablet arena, but it surely made up for it with the huge 6.5" Max screen. (Image courtesy of Apple, Inc.)