Yesterday, Xiaomi’s Mi 4 arrived at Mobility Towers while I was out and about. Elroy ogled and waxed lyrical about how sweet the phone was till I couldn’t bear it any further. Eventually, I was able to dash to the office to get my hands on it. Yes; I am obsessed with smartphones like that. I once drove out of Lagos to pick one. Anyway, I found Elroy’s ejaculatory utterances about the Mi 4 to be forgiveable. He was right: the phone is delicious.
It has a solid premium build, is skinned to look and feel like iOS, has 3G-only network mode, and it fits smugly in my hand. You see, the Mi 4 is a 5-inch smartphone. In other words, it is the perfect size for me.
Anyway, I tweeted about it:
I know lots of people love humongous phones these days, but 5 to 5.2 inches still feels perfect in the hand. #smartphones
— Moverick (@moverick) November 19, 2015
EyeBeekay and I bantered around it. Here was his verdict:
@moverick This thing is like tasting the forbidden fruit. Once tasted, forever smitten. Six inches.
— Ibukun Olaoya (@Eye_Bee_Kay) November 19, 2015
Forbidden fruit ko; forgotten fruit ni.
It is interesting that I have eaten EyebeeKay’s “forbidden fruit” twice – two six-inchers that I really like, Nokia Lumia 1520 and Motorola Nexus 6. I love those devices, but I still found them a bit uncomfortable to use because of their size. Even 5.5-inch smartphones still stretch me a bit. Every time I have used one of those humongous smartphones, I have always longed for something smaller, handier. I know these things differ from person to person. Many of you will probably prefer the bigger smartphones. Even people that have very small hands – people like Nicole, Gladys and Omonzua – all prefer the forbidden fruit.
May the good Lord Have mercy on all your souls. Me? My ideal smartphone has a display between 5 and 5.2 inches. What kind of fruit works for you?
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.