Oh, my God!! It’s Big!!!!

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Look, it’s not what you’re thinking, so get your minds cleaned up. This article is not referring to…. oh, well, you know. I am talking about the crazy screen size war that has engulfed the mobile market.

Many months ago, I thought that the 4.7-inch display on the HTC One X was big enough, but our mobile manufacturers seem to disagree. Everyone is pushing the edge of insanity and throwing bigger and bigger displays into the picture. As I type this, there are plans for 5-inch smartphones in the works. I love huge gorgeous displays like the next person. Movies look great. Plus, websites, image editing, documents reading and editing all benefit from the bigger displays. But for the life of me, usability tends to suffer too.


Then we have these new guys – phablets, they are called. Half phones, half tablets. I have enjoyed reviewing one for the last several weeks. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a great device, but after a while of carrying one around, I can tell you that the 5.5-inch monster can get tiring. For the most part, forget about one-handed use. And I have big hands! It can be a love-hate relationship, if you ask me. The Galaxy Note II wows in almost every department, but I do get tired of the size from time to time. To be sure, the size gets me some attention every single time, but who cares? It is not like that attention puts money in my bank account. Or does it?

Having toyed with devices across the range of display sizes, it still is my opinion that 4.3-4.5 inches is the sweet spot for a smartphone for me, and likely for most people. In which case, bigger is not always better.



Someone needs to put a an end to this all-out screen size war, or someday you might get asked, “Is that a phablet in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?”


11 comments

  1. It’s because of this huge screen craze that I lost interest in CES, weeks before it even started. The manufacturers should concentrate on mobile features that the public really needs! Like improving battery life.

    It’s annoying. Because you don’t wanna be left behind, almost everyone is rushing to produce almost the same thing. If Apple introduces a device between 4.5-6″, I’ll know 21-12 is still somewhere in the near future.

    I have handled (some of them, briefly) the HTC OneX (4.7″), SGS3 (4.8), Note2 (5.5″), Blaze+ (4.3″), Lumia 920 (4.5″) and the first 3 are all too large for me.

    I believe 4.5″ is my limit.

  2. The
    manufacturers should
    concentrate on mobile
    features that the public
    really needs! Like
    improving battery life.

    I think the big size actually makes it possible to embed those oversized batteries,

  3. It’s simple: if nobody buys it, they won’t make it. The original Note sold well enough that they made a Note II., and for me that’s the limit (as far as the chassis goes – they can still increase the screen size) These 6+ inch phones are mad, especially as there is no stylus, but the market will have the last word.

  4. They are all moving to 5′ to get 1080p screen.

    For me 4′ is the perfect spot and i feel 4.3 is max.

    But its unfortunate that if I want to use Android flagship device I have to go higher.

  5. For one handed use, I think 4.5″ should be the thing but if that is no problem, the next hurdle is if it can be slipped into the pocket easily. For me, as long as I can pocket the device easily, I don’t really have much problem. I think the 5.5″ should be it. viewing web pages on these things is sweet and reading books and magazines too. And you will rarely have the need to use the device in landscape mode. A big plus in my opinion

  6. … you will really have the need to use the device in landscape mode….

    The above should read:
    … you will rarely have the need to use the device in landscape mode….

  7. I dont know but,i think a mobile phone should be humanly handy and pocketable.So i think,3.5 to 4.5 is ok for me.The name Phablet is just a marketing term for huge screen phones, because other smaller screen phones can do as good or even better given todays technology.

  8. The above should read:… you will rarely have the need to use the device in landscape mode….

    see kettle calling the pot black!
    ….lwkmdie oooo

  9. @eye.bee.kay..lol… That was why he quickly corrected himself. Lol.

    I am happy with all the sizes.. They should keep them coming. Enough varieties for everyone. Thank God I have pretty big hands as the flagships keep increasing in sizes each year. I only use flagships. My Note2 doesn’t feel big in my hands but I always advice anyone that wants to join the party to try holding it for trials first.

  10. Also, just like eye.Bee.kay mentioned, the sizes allow for bigger batteries. I don’t do anything to conserve battery presently. I just use the Note2 as much as i like because at the end of day, I will still have juice remaining.

  11. Excellent,

    “I don’t do anything to conserve battery presently. I just use the Note2 as much as i like because at the end of day, I will still have juice remaining.”

    That’s how its supposed to be, not nursing your phone throughout the day.

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