Do You Want a Tablet Phone?
Why would you want a tablet phone?
Tablets have become extremely popular devices in the past several years. They are the only devices to even remotely challenge the popularity of mobile phones and smartphones in the eyes of most consumers. While both devices can make our mobile lifestyles much easier and more entertaining as well, if someone wants to carry only one device, they need it to be flexible. Since smartphones were the best multi-taskers thanks to their invaluable voice calling skills, the choice up to now has been simple. When you go out, take your phone.
Now tablet phones are beginning to step up to the plate. Perhaps these device may become the go to device. On this page you can learn just a bit more about tablet phones and see some of the ones currently available.
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It's Not All in the Name
It can be confusing, there are multiple words, or in this case non-words, that are used to describe a tablet phone. Tablet phone, fablet or phablet, etc. or just one very big smartphone. It doesn't really matter what it's called, it is the typical tech kind of thing where devices multi-task more and more and soon, two things that were once distinct and separate are now merging into one. Confusing for awhile, but soon it makes for simplicity...as you end up with one device to handle what was once the territory of two or more devices.
About Tablet Phone Devices
The devices on this page are tablets. They are tablets that also have phone capabilities. Many allow the user to place video calls and a few even provide voice calling although in most instances, you might not hold them up to your ear to talk. Afterall, holding up a device to your ear that is 6" to 10" in size would be rather awkward anyway. Instead a speakerphone function or Bluetooth headset is often used. Some calling functions are supported by the various cellular providers.
Some other tablets can be used to make video calls, provided of course they have a front facing camera and the apps needed. The newer versions of the Apple iPad are examples. Using FaceTime or some type of VOIP app allows users to make calls.
If you are considering whether or not a tablet phone is the right choice, it depends upon how you wish to use the device. Many smartphones offer plenty of computing power, especially some of the newer multi core phones. They are more portable than any tablet and offer better options for voice communication. So, if calling is your primary need and pocketability is critical, then a smartphone would be a better investment. Some even offer larger screens for easier computing.
However, if tablet functions are your primary need, then a tablet phone may be perfect. Thanks to a much larger display, keyboard, and so forth, they make for a better experience when watching movies, web browsing, gaming, and even in simple navigation for those with bigger fingers. So if making calls is only a secondary need, a tablet phone might be right.
Are there other options rather than buying a new tablet phone? Sure, you can use your phone and as noted above, many smartphones can perform a lot of functions and their screens are increasing in size all of the time. But, there is the option of using the right app or software to allow you make calls on many tablets. Google Voice, Skype, and other programs allow this.
You can check out this article to get a more complete overview of the options.
One Good Tablet Phone Option
The Apple iPad Air It's screen is over 7 inches and has WiFi. You can use Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon.
The Galaxy Tab 2 offers voice calling, group video chat and much more. It runs on the Android 4.0 OS and has a 1024 x 600 resolution 7" multi-touch screen. It offers 8GB of internal memory and a microSD expansion slot which can accommodate another 32GB of capacity. This device also includes wireless N Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, and a 3 megapixel rear camera.
Users get access to over 450,000 apps. They can enjoy TV shows, movies, music and much more. They can even use this tablet phone as a universal remote . It comes with a free 50GB subscription to Dropbox, a web-based file sharing service.
This tablet phone runs with a NIVDIA Tegra 3.0 Quad core processor (1.4GHz) and the Android 4.0 OS. It has a 9.4" 1280 x 800 resolution screen, comes in 16, 32, and 64GB capacities, and includes Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi.
This device has an SD card slot, an 8 megapixel rear camera which can record 1080p video, and a 1 megapixel front facing camera. It's even splashproof so that some incidental water won't ruin things.
Another Good Choice
This Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Phone is dust proof and water resistant. It offers a 5.2" screen.