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?