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Old 01-05-2013, 11:52 AM   #106
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I got myself some sun glasses that one can wear over regular glasses, from Amazon - they work much better for me than clip ons do.
I hadn't come across those before - thanks for the recommendation! Amazon do indeed seem to have a good range. I'll have to investigate when the sun finally decides to reappear .
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I like that the over-glasses sunglasses tint light coming in from the sides, as well as the front. The pair I got cost about $6, and so far they've lasted really well.
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I almost always wear at least a simple visor when driving, even at night. It allows you to block off extraneous bright light or glare coming from overhead. During the day, the visor usually makes the sunglasses unnecessary.
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Samsung will be showing bendable screens this year 2-3 years down the road we will have fold able devices. Unfold a few times to get a large screen or fold to get a small screen. Although technology is going in 2 directions at the moment with google glass and other such tech where the data is sent to the eye or brain directly. Add leapmotion to that and we no longer need to touch to interact with our devices.
As long as I don't have to fly up to some space station to get a surgically implanted interface and wake up to find a crazy AI trying to kill me.
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Shouldn't the subject be Phablets are the phuture? Phooey.

I just read a short article about the American Dialect Society's annual conference held this week in Boston. Apparently, there was a run-off between phablet and YOLO for the 2012 word Least Likely to Succeed . I wish them both a swift and painless demise.
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Phablet might make it as a new word in San Francisco --- "oh, this phablet is phabulous!", but hopefully nowhere else.
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Phablet might make it as a new word in San Francisco --- "oh, this phablet is phabulous!", but hopefully nowhere else.
We'll call them tabloons. Larger models will be doubloons. Doubloons will be waterproof and the screens will be designed to work well with hooks. Of course, all the apps would be pirated...
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:28 AM   #113
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We'll call them tabloons. Larger models will be doubloons. Doubloons will be waterproof and the screens will be designed to work well with hooks. Of course, all the apps would be pirated...
Can you use them as coins too?
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:40 PM   #114
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Hey, it's 2014! Who won the bet?!

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In case anyone was unsure: phablet is just as dumb of a word in 2014 as it was last year.
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Hey, it's 2014! Who won the bet?!
Hi Apk, you tell me ...


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Phablets To Outdo Small Tablets In 2014: Technalysis's O'Donnell


In the United States, people routinely mock extra-big smartphones that approach tablet-computer dimensions. Maybe it’s time to stop snickering. Demand for these odd-sized devices is growing so fast in Asia, Europe and Brazil that “phablets” worldwide in 2014 should outsell traditional smaller tablets, predicts Bob O’Donnell, the founder of Technalysis Research.

“I thought phablets were ridiculous at first,” O’Donnell concedes. “How could you hold one to your ear to make a call? But over time, they grow on you.” For 2014, he predicts that 175 million phablets will be sold worldwide, versus a more modest 165 million sales of smaller tablets (screens measuring 8 inches or less on the diagonal.)

O’Donnell has been one of the tech sector’s leading industry analysts over the past 14 years ...



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IDC: in Asia, phablets now outselling both PCs and tablets

If a camel is a horse created by committee, then a phablet is a device built by indecision between a smartphone and tablet. Whatever the definition, popularity of the product with a screen between five and seven inches diagonally is skyrocketing in much of Asia. According to IDC, sales of phablets led tablets and portable PCs, up 620 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2012…

“Smartphones with screen sizes of five to just under seven inches, colloquially known as phablets, overtook shipments of each of the portable OC and tablet device categories in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) in the second quarter of 2013,” according to IDC, via Digitimes.


Source: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/09...lets-hot-asia/
And then there's the rumor that Apple is jumping on the phablet bandwagon sometime this year.

So, what do you think?

At any rate, thanks for dredging up this old thread. I recall starting it, but forgot almost everything that was said in it, including our casual bet. It's interesting to go back in time and seeing people's ideas and predictions about a fast growing technology area. I got a real chuckle out of reading some of the comments, particularly those from one skeptic in particular who attempted to undermine the whole idea of phablet growth.

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Old 01-18-2014, 01:38 PM   #117
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My nexus 7.2 wifi only but with a personal hot spot is replacing my laptop for day to day use and living..

I can pay when I shop with it, and be connected to the world.

So yes in time methinks what is rarely done now will become standard..

One device that will dam near do everything for you in life.

(except sex and or the human touch)




And the hell of it in time maybe even that!

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In my life, of 63 years I have seen sifi turn into reality.

Who in the heck knows what the future holds.

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I reject (and snicker openly at) only the moniker. Probably for much the same reasons the makers of such devices seem to avoid using the term in their own advertising.

I'll be honest. I've yet to hear a human actually say the word. I've only ever seen the silly thing in print. Who's actually pushing the use of the word at this point, anyway? Tech-media? It seems like consumers are buying them and just calling them "phones." *shrugs*
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I reject (and snicker openly at) only the moniker. Probably for much the same reasons the makers of such devices seem to avoid using the term in their own advertising.

I'll be honest. I've yet to hear a human actually say the word. I've only ever seen the silly thing in print. Who's actually pushing the use of the word at this point, anyway? Tech-media? It seems like consumers are buying them and just calling them "phones." *shrugs*

It doesn't bother me. It's neither here nor there. It's just an industry term -- an easy way to refer to a product category. It's quicker than saying "smartphones with a screen size 5-7 inches." At any rate, I wasn't referring to you, DD.
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It's just an industry term -- an easy way to refer to a product category.
See, I don't think it is, though (an industry term). At least not the industry that manufactures and/or sells the devices. That's why I believe it's a media term. A print-only word that consumers/manufacturer's/retailers don't really use. Which I find a bit odd. It's like the Weather Channel still insisting on naming winter storms when no one else is going for it. Oh, well.

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I was hoping my comments were being taken in the spirit they were made.
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