MobileBurn asks: who wants to make phone calls on a 7-inch tablet?

By Jos
Mar 13, 2013
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  1. Smartphone screen sizes have reached ridiculous levels since the so-called "phablet" era began, but few sights are as bizarre as the idea of making phone calls on a tablet. That doesn't mean that making phone calls on an Asus FonePad...

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  2. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 867   +128

    Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if some people stop carrying smart phones, and opt instead for small tablets with calling capabilities + Bluetooth headsets, or, small tablets with dumb phones.
    psycros likes this.
  3. It's useless, kills main purpose of a phone in that way.....why should I carry 2 devices?.....but they only see profit, if the ppl wants that ok... just give it...but it breaks the common sense, it's not innovation, it's profit, so why we don't better take our TV's out in the streets and make calls with it? Absurd....

    But with flexible screens and hardware... that will be very different.. with a limit of course.
  4. NimbusTLD

    NimbusTLD Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    My mom uses her Galaxy Tab 7.7 as her main phone, mostly because her eyesight is getting poor, and needs large fonts to read comfortably. I would guess that by marketing it to older people it might catch on with people that might have been turned off by smartphones because of tiny text on most smartphones. Remember Brain Training and the like driving DS sales? That demographic is not to be discounted!
  5. I think even 5" phones are too big and not really convenient when making phone calls. You really need to use a Bluetooth and have it on you most, if not, all the time. I do think bigger size such as 7 inch tablet is good for older people that needs the viewing size. However, I seriously doubt that any of the phone company out there design/market their tablet with the intend to make it easier for older people to view/use. The trend of size increase on tablet/phones now is no different than the CPU Gigahertz war that happened around 6-8 years ago.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,783   +700

    I find my S3 rather big to use as a phone. When the time comes to renew my contract there's no doubt I'll get something smaller. Heaven knows why I chose such a large phone in the 1st place.
  7. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 202   +11

    The SGS3 Is the biggest I would go. Anything bigger is inefficient.
  8. I could not agree more with treeski about using small tablets with calling capabilities with a Bluetooth headset. If there were a Bluetooth device that was comfortable, could integrate with the pc/mac/phone seamlessly and had a reasonable battery/mic/speakers. The LG Tone+ HBS-730 comes very close, especially with how Bluetooth devices should be worn in my opinion, but lacking everywhere else except maybe the battery and speaker quality. Its only $52.22 + shipping on amazon, here is a link http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronic...F8&qid=1363211526&sr=8-1&keywords=headset 730. I'm anxiously waiting for the next version to address all issues.
  9. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,383   +607

    I agree with treeski also. I was actually going to get the original Samsung Tab as my first 'smartphone', with a bluetooth headset. But alas I got a better deal on an actual phone in the end.
  10. Scshadow

    Scshadow TechSpot Maniac Posts: 333   +31

    I think its very doable to have a smart tablet phone. If you don't like the goofy look and awkwardness of a Bluetooth headset, they really could make some nice alternatives. How about making a hinged stylus(so you could angle it) with a bluetooth microphone and speaker integrated into it.
  11. KbloodyK

    KbloodyK TechSpot Member Posts: 24

    I think the note 2 is my max when it comes to size of smartphones.
    but I would rather have a phablet/7-10inch tablet plus a normal phone on the side.
     
  12. psycros

    psycros TechSpot Booster Posts: 669   +202

    You know what looks even dumber than holding a tablet up to your head? Holding your phone in front of your face and using it as a speakerphone in public. However, using a *tablet* as a speakerphone doesn't look quite so dumb. The author is on the right track with the BT headsets, incidentally - tablets are going to become personal internet hubs with multiple devices connected to them wirelessly (phone, car, etc).
  13. My Galaxy Note 2 is the perfect size. However I think the screen itself could reach 6 inches comfortably, they just need to make the bezel smaller so it stays the same size physically.
  14. Agreed on the fact that Bluetooth headsets make this issue a resolved no-brainer.
    For work a year or so ago, I used to carry a netbook and phone; I'd set up a hotspot on the phone for the netbook if there wasn't one available and pair my headset with both devices anyway.
    Not much of a jump to roll both the functionality of both those devices into a tablet... with the headset paired, it would be a transparent shift to a single device.
  15. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 198   +23

    Don't these things have speaker phones?
  16. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Posts: 879   +170

    Yeah, the idea of making a phone call from a tablet is a little silly. I always feel awkward when I call people from my Note II. But, there is obviously a market for it.
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,783   +700

    I feel awkward talking on ANY cell phone in public let alone a huge one but a lot of people seem to thrive on it. They don't even care if you can hear their conversations, they just want to display their hardware. Conceited morons, if only they knew how ridiculous they look.
  18. There is a glaring hole in this article...

    People were already going earpiece, data only & skype on their tablets.. the earpiece/mic is the keypoint to all of this.


    Or has everyone dERP'd on this?
  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I thought about getting a Galaxy S phone - it has all the features I want in a phone, but I simply won't buy a phone so dang large it won't fit in my pocket. This defeats the purpose of a phone.
  20. My how times have changed in about one year. Many people are starting to accept the bigger phones now. Look at the Samsung galaxy W and the Huawei x1. Paired with a bluetooth smartwatch or earbud these are working for many people now. I don't spend much time on the phone as it is anyway if I do it is when on driving home on the speaker but either way I don't care if haters think its silly, haters gonna hate. I enjoy everything about a larger screen phone, internet, movies, games, etc all made more enjoyable. IMO.

  21. Its not that we thrive on using a large screen, we don't boast or brag well maybe a bit of peacocking or stunting but honestly we don't care what others think, ill enjoy my large phablet phone the whole time im using it and not care what others think.
  22. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,783   +700

    Bully for you, we're all different.


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