Sunday, March 8, 2015

Phablet is the Ultimate media consumption device? Not quite.

I find this fascinating that they're looking for the "ultimate Media-Consumption device" Portability is obviously key, as is screen size.

While their author thinks the Phablet is the ultimate media form factor... he hasn't seen anything yet.

"Phablet sized" may be the maximum size for portability.... as for screen size, the bigger the better. (Soon we'll return to people watching things together!)

From Patently Apple

After Apple launched the iPhone 5S in September 2013 I wrote a post titled "Apple Passing on a larger iPhone Display still a Head Scratcher." Months earlier, Apple's Phil Schiller had mocked Samsung's shift to a larger display size for a smartphone by saying that it's "really easy to make a new product that's bigger. Everyone does that. The challenge is to make it better and smaller." Apple was the only smartphone vendor at that time stuck in time with a tiny 4 inch display. It was truly baffling, especially with Schiller mocking the Phablet.

This week a new report surfaced and presented some very interesting stats about the power of the Phablet in the market today that's worth noting.

The Phablet: Third Stage Media Booster Rocket

Since Apple launched the App Store in July 2008, media consumption on smart devices and in apps has skyrocketed - it has even surpassed the web and TV in total time spent. First, smartphones, led by the iPhone, started taking share from online media consumption on the web. Then the tablet, led by the iPad, accelerated that trend. In fact, in January 2010, Flurry analytics labeled the iPad as the "second-stage media booster rocket." It helped its predecessor the iPhone shift media consumption (and ad dollars) from TV and desktop to mobile. As if that shift weren't fast enough, this year a new type of device accelerated this trend: the phablet.

Phablets: The Ultimate Media-Consumption Device

When Flurry dug deeper into the app categories where usage has grown on the phablets much faster than other device types, it became clear that the phablet had become the ultimate media-consumption device. Music, Media & Entertainment, Sports, and News & Magazines, were the categories that grew the fastest on phablets, dramatically over-indexing the growth on other device types. In fact, Sports grew 427% more on phablets than any other device type.

History has shown us that the introduction of a new form factor could change the media and computing landscape. We saw the laptop change the personal computing landscape. We saw the tablet change the smartphone and mobile media consumption landscape. This time, it's happening again with the phablet. It is not just the third-stage media booster rocket – it's the ultimate mobile form factor.

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