THROWBACK THURSDAY: The phablet craze

Phablet. It’s a word that left us as quickly as it came. It was all the rage four years ago when I wrote a whole article about it, but I can’t remember the last time I heard someone say it. It’s just not a word we needed, apparently, so it just didn’t stick around.

The word “phablet” came about because about five years ago, smartphones started veering away from that standard iPhone size with a screen roughly 35″ diagonal, into much bigger and bigger screens. It was an acknowledgement that people texted more, looked more at the screen, and needed bigger phones to hold bigger batteries. All that stuff is still true, so much so that the “phablet” of days gone by, once considered almost as big as a tablet, is today’s standard size phone. Most smartphones come with a 4.5″, 5.5″ or 6″ screen, that’s just the norm. So there’s no need for a word to describe it.

In fact, if anything we need a new word for the size of phone we used to have. Unfortunately “micro-phone” is used for something else. Tinyphone? I don’t know. All I know is that no one says “phablet” anymore.