|03-02-2013, 02:14 AM||#1|
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The ever-expanding smartphone screen: how supersized became everyday
"The ever-expanding smartphone screen: how supersized became everyday"
By Jon Fingas posted Mar 1st, 2013 at 2:00 PM, Engadget
"We almost need a reminder that much of the smartphone's development before 2007 reflected a drive to shrink the phone, not make it bigger."
There is always an evolution.
There was a time when phones were becoming smaller.
There was the time of the eReader.
Then the 2nd coming of the Tablet.
Then the phones became larger.
Then the eReaders became larger and more like tablets.
Finally the Tablets became smaller.
It becomes more and more difficult to tell what a device is now days by its size.
Is it a mini iPad or is it a maxi Note?
At least we don't have to worry about the "supersizing" of phones making us fat.
Is it a bird, or a SeaKing, or a plane, or is it speeding device evolution?
|03-02-2013, 07:45 AM||#3|
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Smartphones are getting bigger but the center of gravity of the Tablet market is moving to smaller. And small tablets are becoming phones just as big phones are becoming tablets.
With voice recgnition and bluetooth peripherals (headsets, watches, glasses?) phablets are becoming a viable compromise.
Neither sector is done evolving.
|03-02-2013, 08:00 AM||#4|
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Son got a Galaxy S3 this past week. In its nearly indestructible case it is humongous compared to my Incredible 2 phone. I'm not sure I want a behemoth of that size. his phone doesn't fit into a pants pocket anymore.
|03-02-2013, 09:54 AM||#5|
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Are phones getting bigger on average, or are we starting to notice the bigger phones because there are more smartphones out there (thus more large smart phones)? Does this perception exist because it is easier to notice bigger phones, since small phones are less noticeable and easily confused with feature phones? People also tend to talk about the models with higher specifications. Those impressed by gargantuan screen sizes will clearly bias perceptions, but even a faster processor creates an upwards pressure on size so people talking about those models will bias perceptions.
I bring this up for a couple of reasons: the article was more concerned about model releases and, periodically, the number sold of a particular model. These are not overall market statistics, so they are meaningless. The second reason is that there are plenty of smaller smartphones on the market, some of which are smaller than the original iPhone. That seems to indicate that there exists a not-so-often discussed demand for smaller phones. Perhaps the demand is high enough that they dominate the market.
|03-02-2013, 01:37 PM||#6|
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The thing is, smartphones really aren't phones. They are small tablets that fit in your pocket. Making phone calls is just another app.
|03-02-2013, 07:00 PM||#7|
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The HTC Universal was 5" back in 2005. I had a 3.6" phone in 2006, the size of that device was actually larger than today's 5 inchers. 5" phones easily fit into a man's front pockets of even the tightest jeans.
But I actually went back to 4.5" because I liked the new phone so much, would be great if it was 1/2 larger, of course. But now that I have a tablet I don't use the phone so much. And yes, Iguana is right, making calls is just a minor function of today's smart phones, so 3.5" is almost unusable. And why should I do that to my eyes when a larger phone handles so well?
|03-02-2013, 07:40 PM||#8|
Join Date: Sep 2011
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I could handle something bigger than my 4.3 inch Archos which I use as a small tablet.
My Kindle is 6 inches and even if I take away the keyboard and big bezel, it would be too large for my pocket.
So the question in my mind is how much larger than a 5 incher would be practical to carry?
This of course assumes a small bezel and of course some compromise on aspect ratio.
Frankly, I kind of like these kinds of choices.
My bet is on a 5 incher being the most acceptable for the majority of users.
|03-02-2013, 07:49 PM||#9|
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|03-03-2013, 08:34 AM||#10|
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|03-03-2013, 08:49 AM||#11|
Join Date: Jul 2010
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I want a smaller phone but at the moment I can't decide which one to get. I was thinking of getting one of the Nokia Lumia's.
|03-03-2013, 08:51 AM||#12|
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|03-03-2013, 09:33 AM||#13|
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Have to agree with Harry on that. I have my first smart phone in my life and I could have chosen a larger screen like the new Samsung, but for me the 4 inch screen is good enough and a great form factor for most things you need for phone apps and browsing by phone. Have even read a novel or two on it already in the couple of months that I have had it:
have a blue tooth keyboard I usually use with My nexus 7, but t I also take with me if I need to really type an email that is long with my phone.
|03-03-2013, 09:51 AM||#14|
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|03-03-2013, 10:45 AM||#15|
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When at work do not have phone attached to belt.
Safe location is shirt pocket.
4 1/2 inch best size for pocket.
Keep phone clean, dry in zip plastic bag.
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