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?”
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