Why Phablets Aren't Just A Fad
At the time the iPhone was introduced, its 3.5-inch screen was considered huge. When Sprint introduced the first 4G phone, the HTC EVO 4G, in mid-2010, many thought the 4.3-inch display would be too large, but the phone was a hit. Samsung upped the ante with the 4.5-inch Infuse smartphone in January 2011.
On the tablet side, screens were getting smaller, shrinking the distance between phone and tablet display sizes. There were many 7-inch tablets introduced, including the original Galaxy Tab, and less expensive successors, including the Kindle Fire, Nook Color, and Google Nexus 7.