In 2013 Samsung Released Pocket-Busting Galaxy Mega ‘Phablets’. Samsung has again decided to push the boundaries of our pockets with their latest and largest phones. We’re not even sure you can quite call them phones. In fact, Samsung has spurred many to give these large phones a new category name — “phablets,” a portmanteau of the words phone and tablet. Yes, they are large enough to be considered small tablets.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Mega phones come with either 5.8- or 6-inch screens. (In comparison, the iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen.) These two new devices put Samsung’s original phablet — the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II – to shame. But while the Mega phones don’t offer the S-Pen stylus featured on the Note, they still offer a handful.

A $500 iPad tends to have a longer lifetime than an $80 Android tablet.” IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani said that while some consumers were expected to replace an older tablet after perhaps two years, “in some cases, we’re seeing [tablets kept for] three to 3.5 years.” If a family does buy a second tablet, the original one is kept in use by another member of the family, IDC’s Mainelli said. “We’ve found that a huge percentage of people who buy a new tablet go on to hand down their existing tablet to someone else in their household so that a three-year-old device doesn’t get recycled out of the installed base,” he said. “Instead, it starts a new life with a new owner and all of this is impacting shipment growth.” Because of the negative impact of phablets on smaller tablets in the 7-in. to 8-in. range, IDC predicted greater buyer interest in larger tablets with displays of more than 8 inches, even some with 11-in. displays or larger, like the new 12-in. Surface Pro 3, a 2-in-1 device.

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