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Tablet Phone

Updated on August 20, 2014

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.

Other Options

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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, Wi-Fi) 2012 Model
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, Wi-Fi) 2012 Model

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.

 
Sony Xperia 16 GB 9.4-Inch Tablet S SGPT121US/S
Sony Xperia 16 GB 9.4-Inch Tablet S SGPT121US/S

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.

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      Simon 2 years ago

      How much is the tablets phone

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Check out the dell streak mini 5 tablet phone

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These tablets are cool but im sure I have the one and only true and real live tablet phone (dell streak 5 mini), and others whom also have im sure are just a pleased with it as I am. It has a 5inch screen, web cam and any other capability any other tablet has. Most friends and people I meet are really intrested in this phone and many are even enviouse of it after they see the limitless ability of an actual tablet u can hold up to your ear to talk. I watch unlimited online movie streams and downloads and also can watch real website porn which most cell phone can't do. The bad thing about this phone is it is no longer in production besides china. You can look for them on ebay or amazon new or used and most are even unlocked. I promise you will not be disappointed with this Dictator of all phones. Apple can't touch this dell streak (tablet phone)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Maybe this sounds crazy,but I would like a wifi only tablet that I could also use as my phone,using my at&t wireless phone service without a data plan,and only use wifi for the computing portion of the tablet. Is there something like that available? To me this would be an ideal situation.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why are they calling them the phone-cum-tablet now? Am I the only one who finds the name repulsive?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Gadgetlesstech: can you name some, please?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have had the Viewsonic Viewpad for almost a year now, and it's great!!! I use a bluetooth with the phone feature, and it works perfect. Occasionally I use the speakerphone. I use this phone almost as much as my laptop.

      I am currently looking for a phone with a faster processor and a newer version of android, other than that I would keep it forever.

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      aaanetsolution 4 years ago

      Great Lens, would like you to browse and read our lens too. Feel free to let us know in case of any queries. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That Samsung galaxy Note looks nice, but i think it's too big to use it as a phone.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab (7 inch) and love it. I was wondering why other manufacturers have not incorporated phone capability with their tabs as I think this would give android tabs the edge over apple.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Full of knowledge

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great info - so many choices these days and this pointed me in the right direction. Thanks so much

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      THIS IS REALLY INTERESTING, I WOULD LOVE TO OWN ONE ESPECIALLY FOR FLYING, YOU CAN WATCH A MOVIE OR VIDEOS

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      Gadgetlesstech 5 years ago

      Awesome work!!! This is good advice and solid information. There are however some unbranded tablets that offer the same features and functions for a fraction of the price. Again nice post.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Terriffic, ok so where do I purchase one of these and what kind of plans are they offering? Want to let me know signed -- admin2asstu@comcast.net

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      My husband just got the HTC Vivid which has a 4.5" screen. I love the table type phones.

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      chrisqw 5 years ago

      Useful lens. Thanks!

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Looks pretty cool.