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Why are ALL phones too big?

bofis

Mar 12, 2013, 4:54 PM
I'm so glad you came out and said how you feel 4.7" phones are too big! I entirely agree and really feel like the 4" screen on my phone is already beyond the limit of what I'd ideally prefer. The Droid 2 with it's 3.8" screen and qwerty keyboard remains the PERFECT size for a smartphone imo and I really wish there was anything remotely close to that coming out this year. I feel like there is a huge hole in the Android ecosystem for smaller phones with and without physical keyboards as all phones are giant, boring slabs I can't use with one hand.
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Posted

Mar 12, 2013, 4:59 PM
I like the bigger screen. I work 2 jobs and I am not home a lot of the time to use a desktop. The bigger phone is a good size for me to work on and use a lot during the day. A small phone is to small when you need screen size. I am 6ft tall so a 3.8in phone is a bore. I can easily git a 4+ inch screen in my pocket no problem. 3.8 is just to small now a days.
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Rich Brome

Mar 12, 2013, 5:04 PM
I couldn't agree more. There are a decent number of people working for the manufacturers who feel the same way. The issue, as far as I can tell, is the carriers. They seem to think that's what their customers want. That, and/or they find it easy to sell phones with bigger numbers on the spec sheets.

There are some other explanations. Subsidies are a part of it. Really, I think it's a complex web of distortions in the market that conspire to create a disconnect between what many consumers want and what the industry is offering.

You'd think that, at the very least, the success of the (relatively small) iPhone would inspire other companies to make phones of a similar size. I don't have a good answer as to why that's not the case.
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martycota

Mar 14, 2013, 2:11 PM
The reason carriers think that is what the customers want is because that is what the customers buy, showing its what many want. You can still get your tiny screen phones if you want, but I like something between 4-5.
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Jayshmay

Apr 10, 2013, 3:36 AM
My preferred size is 4.3-4.5.
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muchdrama

Mar 16, 2013, 1:28 AM
Rich Brome said:
I couldn't agree more. There are a decent number of people working for the manufacturers who feel the same way. The issue, as far as I can tell, is the carriers. They seem to think that's what their customers want. That, and/or they find it easy to sell phones with bigger numbers on the spec sheets.

There are some other explanations. Subsidies are a part of it. Really, I think it's a complex web of distortions in the market that conspire to create a disconnect between what many consumers want and what the industry is offering.

You'd think that, at the very least, the success of the (relatively small) iPhone would inspire other companies to make phones of a similar size. I don't have a good answer as
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KOL4420

Apr 8, 2013, 1:11 PM
True. Some consumers want to have a smaller screen size phone and still have all those top notch features.

Personally I prefere the bigger screen phones beceause it pretty much gives you two devices in one Tablet like features and a phone. In the instance of the Note 2 it gives you both.

The size is perfect for me. There are some times where I find that a smaller screen will be better. But then I unlock my phone and start using it only to realize why I purchased this phone with the bigger screen. ;)


After some time I have gotten used to the fact that my phone is enourmous haha. Now when I use a small phone I feel as if I am going to lose it or I find myself extremly unsatisfied with the media features, web browsing, netflix, gam...
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Slammer

Mar 12, 2013, 6:27 PM
I have felt the same way for quite some time. The perfect size screen for me was the 4.3 Evo I had for almost three years. Never wanted anything larger.

Thanks to this new HTC offering that lacks removable battery and SD card, I made a very difficult decision to leave HTC after being hardcore for almost 9 years. I purchased the Galaxy SVIII and have discovered that the larger screen actually has great purpose. It may feel intrusive at first, but I can't see myself backpedalling after spending two weeks with it. It simply enhances the viewing experience for everything.

Colleagues of mine said the same thing after leaving their iPhones. This above all, was very difficult for them as well. Last time I checked, they seem to be rather cont...
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Jayshmay

Mar 12, 2013, 8:57 PM
You wrote Galaxy SVIII, Unthinkable you meant the Galaxy SIII.

You didn't consider waiting until the end of April and buying the Galaxy S4?

The S3 is capable of handling Microsd-xc cards up to 64GB's, have you considered getting a 64GB memory card? Even though my current smartphone, the Droid Charge, can't handle them, I got one on Amazon cause it was a price that was too good too pass up, $46.99/.73/gb!
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ATTDRONEV2.5

Mar 13, 2013, 8:55 AM
for a phone it's ridiculously big

for a Pocket Computer that I can make and receive calls from it's perfect

I rarely hold a phone vertical anymore, its always in two handed landscape position for web or games or texting..
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Dakidobf

Mar 13, 2013, 8:59 AM
I agree that there should be more variety in this regard. It seems like the smaller phones they make now are just messaging phones, or entry level smartphones. I for one cannot use anything smaller than a 4.3 inch screen. I had an Evo3d and broke it. I got a Nexus4g off CL because I was in between upgrades and this 4 inch screen is just a pain for me. The keyboard feels cramped, the web browsing just isn't as fun. Taking pictures sucks. I am 6'4" so I supposed i have larger than average hands, but I don't mind the bigger screens at all.
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Jon_Doh

Mar 13, 2013, 9:46 AM
There has been a trend toward bigger phones for the past couple of years. But what has caused every phone maker to jump into the shoebox phone size arena is putting an LTE radio in the phones. The LTE chipset is huge and requires a big heatsink for cooling. Supposedly the next generation of chips will be much smaller and run cooler, but it seems to me once the trend has begun it's only going to continue.

I hate bigger phones too and will probably just keep what I have for a long, long time.
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Rich Brome

Mar 13, 2013, 10:55 AM
That was true only with the very first generation of LTE chipsets. Since the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 came out, that has not been the case, and we're now several generations past the first S4. LTE no longer requires extra chips.
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marufio

Mar 19, 2013, 12:53 PM
Customers who want a S4 mini are in the minority when compared to those who prefer the 5inch screen. Companies rather invest in the 5inch screen phone, so yes in the end money talks. But Sony is doing the midrange handset with great specs.
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Jayshmay

Apr 10, 2013, 3:43 AM
How can you measure how many might want or don't want the S4 Mini, when it isn't even available?!?!?

That's like saying nobody wants real keyboard phones, can't measure a market, when when the smartphone isn't even available to choose to measure demand. There are people who prefer smartphones smaller than FIVE inches, and there are people who want smartphones with real keyboards.

Can't measure demand, for a product that isn't available.

NONE of the big 4 carriers offer the S4 Mini, so therefore demand can't be measured.

An entire segment of the market is being ignored.

If Samsung offered a smartphone same size as the Droid Charge, but with the specs of the S4, I would gladly buy it, without hesitation.
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