n. A device that combines the features of a smartphone and a tablet computer.
Samsung's Galaxy Note is coming to the U.S. on AT&T on February 19, and the "phablet"—that's part phone, part tablet—has already sold more than a million units worldwide.
—Sascha Segan, “Enter the Phablet: A History of Phone-Tablet Hybrids,”, February 13, 2012
This phone-tablet hybrid ("phablet"?) is meant to cater to those who want a bit of functionality from both camps. On one hand, you can make phone calls and access email, yet its supersized screen means you don’t need to squint to read e-books, watch video, play games or browse the web.
2010 (earliest)
Is it a phone? Is it a tablet?, it's a phablet.
—“Dell's Streak phablet: horses for courses,” TelecomTV, June 01, 2010
The system uses the iPad's built-in speaker and mic to create what could be the most ridiculous talking experience you've ever seen.
—Daniel Spelzmann, “Truphone for iPad Turns Your Tablet Into a TabletPhone,” Open Salon, April 05, 2010