Phone + Tablet combo idea picking up steam

Dylan F. Tweney at Wired’s Gadget Lab has proclaimed “A Tablet Plus a Feature Phone Would Be Mobile Bliss”. I don’t know about that, but yeah, I agree a phone + tablet combo is a pretty good idea, and I’m not just saying that because it’s my idea (okay, maybe I am).

Here’s how Tweney summarizes his concept:

The result would be a device I could use for phone conversations and basic texting. Mostly, though, it would supply internet connectivity to my other gadgets. I’d use an iPad or my laptop for e-mail, reading articles on the web, composing blog posts, Twitter and, in short, everything else.

Here’s what I threw out there back in January in a post entitled “Does the iPad open the door for an iPhone nano?”

The smartphone + notebook combo works great if you’re a power user. But what if you’re not? What if you want your phone to work primarily as a phone, delivering voice and text all-day, and want a decent-sized screen to view maps, eBooks, and movies? In this case, a better pairing would be phone + tablet, or iPhone nano + iPad.

The details are different and there’s give and take with the features, but the basic premise of the phone + tablet combo remains. Glad to see I’m not the only one warming up to the pairing.

The truest example of this combo is bound to be the BlackBerry + PlayBook. A BlackBerry offers a lot more than just voice and text/email, but for many users, those are its primary functions. The PlayBook is designed as a complementary device, a companion to a BlackBerry. It lacks built-in mobile broadband, tethering to a BlackBerry instead, while offering a larger screen for web and media. BlackBerry + PlayBook looks to be an ideal phone + tablet combo. One might even call it blissful.