) 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.