At its unpacked event next week, Samsung is expected to launch an updated line of Note phablets - namely the Note 20 Ultra with a giant 6.87-inch Ultra HD screen. However, Samsung is not alone in the ever growing phone department. In the fall, when Apple should refresh the iPhone line, the 12 Pro Max is expected to have an additional diameter of 5.1 mm (0.2 inches), which corresponds to 6.7 inches.
Large phablet-type devices like this, which combine the functions of a smartphone and a small tablet, were originally developed for a very mobile group that needed an all-in-one device for consumption and content creation on the go. Over the years, these devices have become more expensive due to the complexity of the technology required to produce such large screens with high pixel density and high refresh rates.
But now that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many workers - and students - to do their jobs at home instead of traveling and commuting to work or school, the need for super phablets over $ 1,000 may not be more needed. Inexpensive note taking tablets like the base-level iPad, the iPad Pro, and other Android devices may be more effective solutions when a larger screen is needed to consume and create content on a mobile device.
If you or your student needs a smartphone update, should you consider a cheaper device with a smaller screen, but combined with a regular tablet that offers a cheaper and optimized use of the screen space for the apps you use most?
I have been a customer of large telephones for at least five years. I bought it mainly because I was a mobile worker who needed a device with a larger screen when traveling, in addition to my corporate laptop. Like everyone else who is currently in social distance, I don't travel much now and am currently using an iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Given that I'm participating in the iPhone upgrade program and tied to a monthly payment of around $ 60 a month, I tend to use a smaller device next time, September or October.
Since I already have an iPad Pro, which I now use as the primary device to consume content, I am strongly considering switching to the regular iPhone 12 Pro, which is expected to have a 6.1-inch screen. This year, the rumor mill assumes that Apple will make some strategic changes by introducing four new devices instead of three. The smallest screen of the iPhone 12 is said to be a 5.4-inch display, which corresponds to a reduction of 6.1 inches in the basic iPhone 11. The next step is a 6.1-inch OLED that is shared by the iPhone 12 Max and the iPhone 12 Pro. The 12 Pro Max is expected to have a 6.7-inch display that is even larger than the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max that I now have with me - which I now find cumbersome.