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The Rise of Phablets in FinTech
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Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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9/4/2014 | 3:44:12 PM
Re: Mobile evolution
All good points - I remember plenty of people who had that "chunk of brick" made by Nokia. You're right that ultimately there needs to be a balance between screen size and usability, and I think many would agree that so long as a phone fits in a pocket or small purse, then it's a good size. Like Bryan, I do miss the size/user interface of the Blackberry, but something tells me the trend isn't going to move back in that direction. 
Byurcan
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Byurcan,
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9/4/2014 | 9:36:24 AM
Re: Mobile evolution
Good points and thanks for your feedback. I still find that typing with a touchscreen is easy, but I guess I'm in the minority on that one. I still feel my old Blackberry had the best design and user inteface, but I'm obviously in the minority on that one too...
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Chektee,
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9/3/2014 | 9:40:44 PM
Re: Mobile evolution
Let's not confuse device size with screen-size and ultimately usability. In the heydays of Nokia when they were really adventurous with their phone form-factor designs (remember the lipstick size cellphone?), they miniturized it because all people do with their phone is to call and text. But when it comes to "usability", the chunk of brick aka Nokia Communicator was a huge hit. 

The introduction of iPhone taught everyone that typing with touchscreen is easy as ABC and also introduced the concept of apps on phones to the masses (fine palm OS started it but impact was limited to only the techie early adopters). 

Samsung clearly identified that users are clearly ready for the screen real-estate v phone size trade off (gaming, video streaming and internet surfing being the 3 main usage) and one-up Apple with increasingly larger and larger screens andd voila! The phablet is born!

My take is that mobility is key so as long a it fits into a pants pocket or a clutch, it is the idea size. So that is where the human factor comes into play. Look at the laptops, it went big (17-18") and small to (10") screens but it settled between 11" (macbook air) to 15" with the most popular being either 14 or 15". Granted that pricing plays a huge part, the screen size to human productivity fit is probably still the best at that range given the current state of human interface design. 
Byurcan
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Byurcan,
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9/3/2014 | 8:55:38 AM
Re: Mobile evolution
Me neither! But yes, it is funny that it seemed not to long ago it looked like the trend was just for smaller and smaller devices and now it's reversing somewhat. Might we see the resurgence of laptops soon? 
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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9/2/2014 | 4:31:45 PM
Mobile evolution
It's funny that not too long ago, we were seeing increasingly smaller mobile phones on the market, now they're bigger than ever. The rise of the phablet does present plenty of benefits for consumers, as the larger screen lends itself to greater productivity, but this also makes me wonder if phones are getting too big for practical use. I can't imagine making a phone call on a 7" tablet!


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