Nokia Thinking Big with "Bandit," a Rumored 6-inch Windows Phone

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burntham77

The merging of the phone and tablet is inevitable. The last step is to have a phone that transformers into a tablet. Someday...

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Innomasta

That's kind of a joke. At this point it isn't a phone it's a tablet with phone capabilities. Lemme just hold my $800 gramcracker up to my head, Hello Hello?

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KenLV

I can't remember the last time I actually held ANY phone to my ear - I'm gonna say maybe 6 or 7 years.

Unless of course your phone is 15 years old and DOESN'T have BT. In which case, is a new phone/tablet/tablone/phablet, no matter how large or small, the real issue here?

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MaximumMike

What you don't understand is that there's a huge demand for these devices. Talking on the phone is becoming a secondary feature, and data usage the primary feature. People like you seem to be unable to fathom that bluetooth accessories can accomplish phone calls, and that these devices never need to be held up to one's head. It never ceases to amaze me how many so-called tech enthusiasts on this site lack any imagination whatsoever.

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Innomasta

You own a Note II don't you

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MaximumMike

No, but I've wanted a phablet ever since the Dell Streak. Barring any glaring flaw, I will own a Note 3.

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Gauntylgrym

I do own a Note 2 and it's glorious. So does my wife (whom is small of stature) and we both use it as an actual phone quite a bit. Never feels heavy or cumbersome, fits perfectly in my pants pocket, and is exquisite to use with the stylus.
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This thing's biggest hindrance is obviously the WP8 part. =)

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Armedes

It's labeled a phone, it's marketed as a phone. It's capabilities as a phone are paramount. When physical characteristics, such as sheer size, prevent it from being optimal as a phone, any related criticism is completely valid.

Besides, even with bluetooth accessories, pocket sizes are not getting any bigger. People's bodies are not developing 7 inch diagonal flat areas where we could unobtrusively stow such a device without breaking our silhouette.

It's a lack of imagination on the part of the device manufacturers, who seem to believe a large high definition screen forgives all sins. There are so many better ways to increase viewing functionality without making a device bulky, yet few seem to have the interest in pursuing those alternate options.

It doesn't help that people mindlessly attack devices like bluetooth headsets and Google Glass. It's the popular, cool thing to do these days; mock the users of those devices and portray them as somehow socially deficient. Why is this sort of behavior rational, or even acceptable?

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MaximumMike

Yea well, I don't hear too many criticisms of duct tape. In fact, it's the stuff of folk legend... but it's one of the worst holders of duct we know of. Truth is that sometimes people make more a thing than some company's marketing firm. And just because it's not so great at what it's marketed for, that doesn't stop if from being prolifically awesome.

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tom_m

My average morning commute says the general public is not that aware of bluetooth accessories :)

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Damnlogin

LOL true true

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DeltaFIVEengineer

I LOLed at this.

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Engelsstaub

Me too :P

...but the whole ensuing thread was pretty interesting as well. Different strokes for different folks. I don't want a phablet but it's cool that they make big graham cracker phones for those that do.

I've never owned a Bluetooth-thingy but I could see it as being useful for many. I just put my phone on speaker when I get tired of having it jammed in my ear.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about having a choice and I think it's great that companies make devices to suit every walk of life. BUT, I could only legitimately see myself owning one of these devices if I never had to raise it to my head. I have BT in my car but I hate wearing a BT earpiece so it's inevitable that at some point, I'll have to put a phone up to my ear. I just don't want that phone to be the size of a pizza peel.