The OnePlus 7 Pro is finally official. It scores big on many points, including the superb camera, solid battery life, an in-display fingerprint scanner that finally gets a thumbs up, and the rich, vibrant display. But that same display is what takes me aback. A 6.67 inches display is a bit too much to handle.
I do not undertsand the world’s obsession with bigger and bigger displays, but it isn’t working for me. Before the advent of edge-to-edge screens, 5.5 inches was my upper limit for displays. And even that was the extreme upper limit. One of the reasons that I was so comfortable with the Lumia 950 was its 5.2 inches display. That is a sweet spot for me (and I have big hands). Anything bigger began to stress me out.
After edge-to-edge displays arrived, I found that my sweet spot moved to between 5.5 inches and 5.8 inches. Anything bigger triggered my stress points. Samsung galaxy S9 Plus, which I have used for almost a year now, has been a pain in terms of size.
I absolutely love it for many of its great features, but I wish its display was no bigger than 5.8 inches. General handling would be more comfortable. Long telephone calls, with the phone held to my ear, would be much more bearable and wouldn’t result in an aching arm. Taking selfies (which require just one hand) would be much easier.
The 6.2 inches display of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus just doesn’t do it for me. It is too big. And I think it is time to relieve myself of that pain and get something that I find more comfortable to use. My unit is the 128 GB storage version and looks as good as new. Asking price is N200,000. Buzz 07057175171 to make it yours.
A 6.67 inches display on a smartphone?
Back to the gist, you can imagine the whirl in my head when I read of the OnePlus 7 Pro’s 6.67 inches display. What the heck!? That thing is big. That thing should have been made into a foldable phone instead.
Yes; I know that this is a subjective matter. Someone like EyeBeeKay would have multiple orgasms over the 6.67 inches display of the OnePlus 7 Pro. He loves big screens. I have seen him go excited over a smartphone with a 7 inches plus screen. It is always “The bigger, the better” with him. So, it is safe to say that the 7 Pro is targeted at people like him. And it seems that is a lot of people.
I belong to a niche – a small set of mobile users who want top functionality and features without a gigantic screen on their smartphone. That is fine. The world would be boring without diversity.
What are my options?
If I want a bezel-less phone with a screen of between 5.5 and 5.8 inches, what are my options today?
- Essential PH-1: 5.71 inches. It is a bit dated now, having been around since May 2017. But I can live with it.
- Google Pixel 3a: 5.6 inches. This is a very up-to-date smartphone and one I will enjoy using. Bummer that , like the Essential Phone, there is no dual SIM variant.
- Samsung Galaxy S10e: 5.8 inches exactly. Nice. A dual SIM variant is available, which is great.
Are there any other options out there for me to consider? I will keep searching.
One thing is sure: the OnePlus 7 Pro is a solid flagship, premium smartphone that costs much less than other premium phones. But I am not getting down with a 6.67 inches display. No; I am not.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.