Maybe it's because we need the convenience of carrying just one device.
I am using a 5" smartphone for making calls, texting, browsing, listening to music etc., but sometimes I feel that the phone screen is just too small.
My 7" tablet on the other hand, is a little too big to hold for making phone calls, although it's pretty good for browsing the internet.
I guess I need 6" phablet.
"tablets with telephony on board", also called phablets. This is not news.
Those country have poor internet infrastructure and power grid. A large tablet is the only relizble way to access the internet in those countries.
AnonD-276015, 21 Aug 2014I'm from Indonesia, I can confirm that the above article is true, but the telephony feature on... moreThat's because some brand such as Samsung believe people in our country need all in one device but in fact just like you said, we already own mobile phone or rather I said smartphone that for telephone purpose and text messages,etc
As they play safe don't want to sell to many variety of their tablet, not to mention they can rise the price higher hiding behind those some rules about tax
Bought an Asus Fonepad7 a few months back. Worth every buck. Now, the Asus Zenfones are sold-out too soon. Hmmmmm..
I no longer need a "phone", I use Skype... on my unlimited 3G for less than 29 USD each month!
Actually the reverse is true. I use a "normal size" S4 a my primary phone. I also have a 7" no-brand phonelet as a media player + occasion phone call. I also have multiple accounts on Whatsapp & Line for business reason, that 7" phonelet serve that 2ndary purpose.
justsaying, 21 Aug 2014i hope some company would make a tab that comes with the concept that HTC did with the Butterf... moreWhy not use the phone itself, rather than attaching it to the tablet, carrying around two devices to make& receive calls ? :P
In Hong Kong a lot of foreign domestic helpers buy the tablet-telephone. They aren't paid very much and most of their money is sent home. These kinds of devices means they don't have to pay for 2 separate machines.
I'm from Indonesia, I can confirm that the above article is true, but the telephony feature on tablets is barely used here, almost every people who own tablet with telephony feature also have cellphone as their primary communicating (phone call and text message) devices.
Tablets with support for GSM voice communication have been around in Indonesia since 2010 (thanks to Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak).
it's kinda ridiculous watching people talking to a big slate at first, but now we're getting used to it since many people do it.