What's the best smartphone/tablet combo?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from  Arizona
| Published: July 3, 2014

Are you hyped for the new iPhone? iPhones. Plural. Maybe. Get hype! I don't think you're hyped enough. Why aren't you more hyped for unannounced devices! Do you not get hyped for unicorns? What are you, a monster?

Okay, so, that'll be the last time I ever use the word hype. I'm glad I got that out of my system.

In all seriousness, though, people are actually excited for what Apple's supposedly got coming down the pipe later this year. Perhaps more so than any other year, simply because this is supposedly the year that Apple releases "big iPhones." And if the rumors do pan out, and the Cupertino-based company does indeed launch a 5.5-inch iPhone 6, then that would indeed be an easily classified "big iPhone." For some, that may be too big, and they'll opt for the 4.7-inch variant instead.

I've had quite a few conversations with a lot of people about the next iPhones, and there's been a pretty consistent change in device in each one. We always start by talking about the new iPhones, about what we think may come along and how accurate the rumors are, but then they usually always transition to the iPad. More accurately, about not wanting an iPad. Or wanting to get a different iPad, but that it completely depends on which iPhone they get.


It sounds like people are expecting to start using a combination of devices, or that they've been using a combo already, and they're gearing up to tag them out for new models. But it has to be the right combination or everything could get screwed up. And, based on the people I've spoken to, the right combination would mean tagging out their 4-inch iPhone 5s for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini (some with the Retina display, others not) for the 9.7-inch iPad Air successor.

The general consensus here seems to be that owning the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and the 7.9-inch iPad mini means owning two devices that have too similar of screen sizes, and therefore unnecessary. And based on this line of thinking, that (obviously) got me considering Android-based devices, and the fact that the smartphone race has become the phablet race, but there are still plenty of tablet options out there with a wide range of display sizes. (Admittedly, many of them come from the same company, but at least there are options.)

So, it got me thinking about the perfect smartphone/tablet combination. I'm curious to see what you think that might be. Whether it's an iOS-based device and an Android, or Android and Windows/WP, I'm genuinely interested to see what people believe is the best combination. Or what works best for them, anyway. So let me know what your combo is, or why you refuse to carry a combo, if that's more your jam.

[image via iMore]