Why are phones so Freaking big?

When the Samsung Note first appeared back in 2011, I thought it was a joke and nobody would want a monster of a phone as it was so big you have to use both hands to use it and looked ridiculous when talking on it. Now in 2015, things have got alot worst, the “average” phone is now over 5 inch and the big phones are in the 6 inch range.  I mean, what the hell?  What do people want big phones?  I know you get alot more screen real estate but it is not the easiest thing to use.  It doesn’t fit well in any pockets and is a beast of a thing to carry around.

So why don’t manufacturers make a smaller phone?  Is it because the consumers think that for the same price it is more value for money as you get more of everything? Or it is easier to fit more “stuff” into a bigger body.  Even, if they do make a smaller phone, say in the 4″ to 4.7″ range, many of these are so low in spec it is really just a piece of rubbish.  I know there are lots of consideration like battery size and life.  This does come into play to ensure a day’s worth of juice is available for use.

What I am looking for is a high end phone but contained in a smaller form factor, maybe around the 4.5″ range as this allows one-handed operation and your thumb can basically reach all parts of the phone.  Sadly, the only firm that makes something remotely close is Sony with the Z3 compact.  The identical twin of the Z3 but smaller at 4.6″ screen.  At some point I was so sure I wanted this phone but after playing with it for some time, I still find it too thick (at 8.6mm).  If only this phone were in the range of 7mm or less, it’s a done deal.  I also dislike the plastic feel of the phone, it does not give it a premium look, if only they adopted the same design as the bigger Z3 with the all metal rim.

My next hope was the Samsung Alpha at 4.7″ and 6.4mm thick but unfortunately this is not available in my region and so far the reviews for it was disappointing.  The only thing I hate about Samsung phone are the capacitive buttons, I mean with the latest Android OS 4.x, there is no real use for buttons really.  If only they get rid of that then it’s a done deal again.

I suppose there is always the trusty Apple iphone 5S at 4″ and high spec, it’s really the phone I need but Hey, why would I want to buy a 1 year old phone….  So rumor has it that Apple may release a new 4″ phone (iphone 6 mini?) and if that is true, the time has come for me to finally switch out of my iphone 4S  (mind you I also own a Nexus 4 which I find still too big).

I’m sure there is a market for high end small phones, just look at laptops, the really expensive fully specs portable computers are the Notebooks or Ultra-books, which is super small, thin and light, why can’t phone go the same way?

So come on phone Manufactures!!  There’s a whole new untapped market for this, so please start considering us users!!!

Why are phones so Freaking big?

I’m so sorry I cheated on you… Nexus

Yes, I’ve done the deed, I have cheated on my Nexus 4.  My lover is none other than my ex, the iphone.  Why, because I’m fickle and I like to play with new things, in this case, apps.  What I have noticed since using my Nexus or Android device is that most companies would first develop an app on the iphone.  Being the bleeding edge person that I am, I can’t help but try these apps, that way I know if it will be a hit before it becomes mainstream and is why my iphone is still getting constant usage.

I can understand why developers would prefer the iphone as a first choice and here’s my reasoning:

1.  Fragmentation  – IOS 7 installed rate have reached over 80% of all ios devices which supports it, as for Android, it is left  to the handset manufacture to decide, of course unless you have a Nexus device or Google play editions of phones.  For a developer, this may become frustrating as it will involve more than coding to cover all versions of Android and screen resolution.

2. Monetisation – I don’t know why but I much prefer to spend money via the Apple App store than using Google Play store, maybe because it’s habit since I started with itunes to buy music for the past 8 or so years therefore I’m so used to the process.  So as a developer, I will pick the platform which can make me the most money.

3. Security – Many might argue this but my point is that Apple have a tighter control over the App store, so as a consumer, I am more trusting to install an IOS app and knowing it will probably be safe. As a developer, this may have an opposite side since Apple have such a grip on the App store, there is a chance the app will get rejected.

So, my trusty iphone 4S is still getting plenty of love and with great new apps like “Paper” from Facebook, I don’t see it getting retired anytime soon.  If the new iphone 6 that is coming out this year sports a bigger screen, I will seriously consider switchingIMG_20140216_131040 back.


I’m so sorry I cheated on you… Nexus