If the rumors we’ve heard are true, we’re only a couple weeks away from Nokia announcing the Lumia 1520, the first phablet-sized Windows Phone model to arrive. At least, that seems to be the best way to describe this behemoth with its six-inch display, but Nokia doesn’t sound so sure. Apparently the company’s very nervous about the word “phablet,” or at least that’s the impression some of its feedback surveys have been creating.
Nokia’s been asking users questions like “would your friend know what you were referring to if you talked to them about a phablet?” and “if a brand new larger screen smartphone was referred to as a phablet, what would you think?”
It also offers users a group of devices including the Note 3 and Xperia Z and asks them for the best way to describe them; while “phablet” is provided, choices like “big smartphone” or “small tablet” sure seem to suggest Nokia’s trying to find a better word. Heck, it even provides that as an option, while simultaneously pleading with respondents to share such alternate terms with the company.
“Phablet” never was the most graceful word, a portmanteau created to bridge a then-unoccupied gap between phone and tablet worlds. By now, more and more devices are hitting more and more sizes, such that it’s increasingly difficult to draw the cut-off lines. Maybe Nokia does have a reason to be worried about the term, after all.