Yesterday, a friend said to me, “For me, Android is better experienced on bigger screens…phablets and tablets.” He is selling off his 5-inch Android smartphone. It is too small for him. Typing on it is a chore and he will be sticking to a hardware QWERTY BlackBerry till further notice. Yet, that same size just seems optimal for me.
I can see the benefits of a large screen smartphone, and I have come to love the few that I have used, including the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the TECNO Phantom A3. But till date, I still struggle to get comfortable with them in everyday scenarios. They just feel too large. For me. Yes; for me. It is a very subjective matter. I know a lot of other people who want those devices because they are that large.
Every time I put a phablet to my head to make a phone call….oh well. Or when I have to use two hands to type and execute a number of other tasks… That just doesn’t fit into what I consider my normal usage pattern. Otherwise, they are superb devices in every other way.
Here is the funny thing: I agree 100% with my friend that Android is best experienced on bigger screens. Well, Windows Phone OS too. And BlackBerry 10. Sighhhhh… The truth is that modern smartphone platforms are designed to be enjoyed best on larger displays.
So, here we are. Both of us are agreed on the premise, yet we differ in our preference of sizes. My friend wants larger. I want something a little smaller. Life is a pot of burnt beans, truly.
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.