When to consider a smartphone, a tablet

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Smaller phones used to be the trend most companies were trying to set and follow. But recently, it's been the bigger, the better. Devices like the Dell Streak and the Motorola Droid X have taken larger, high-definition screens to the next level. 

But eventually, there is a line that is crossed for when a device is considered either a large smartphone or a small tablet. What is that line?

Today, the majority of smartphones are equipped with screens that measure 4.3" or smaller (with the exception of the aforementioned Streak). Tablets start at roughly 7". But for the devices that fall between those two screen sizes, it's hard to tell what exactly they are. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is widely considered a tablet, especially because of its name. But it has a lot of functionality which resembles that of a smartphone. Namely, it can call people using a voice plan from a variety of carriers.

On top of that, simply the design makes it hard to distinguish between the two. When someone holds a device the size of the Streak, you assume that it's a tablet and they're trying to get work done. And when they put it up to their face, it consumes about half of it. Also, a device that size weighs more than a typical smartphone, and you get very tired holding it up to your face. 

In my opinion, that little section between large smartphone and small tablet should actually be left to the latter. What are your opinions on it?

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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