OK, it's official. Smartphones are too big. Every year, manufacturers make bigger phones, and consumers line up for them. But, bigger isn't always better, people. At this rate, we'll be using smartphones as big as houses within 10 years. It's madness. Do you really need a bigger phone every year?
Your pockets are too small
Either pockets need to get bigger, or phones need to get smaller. Trying to sit down with a phone in your pocket has become impossible. To illustrate my point, here's a fun story:
When I put the average-sized 5.2-inch Moto X (2nd Gen) in my pocket and tried to sit down, guess what happened? My pants ripped as I tumbled over. So, for some of us, the average size is too large. But, as I said, phones get bigger every year. The next generation of the Moto X produced the whopping 5.7-inch phablet Moto X Pure. At a whole half-inch bigger than the phone that caused my pants to rip, I wouldn't recommend you put this one in your pocket either. Nor can I recommend trying to use the phone one-handed, and I say this as someone with big hands.
Your hands are too small
Products and tools that are meant to be used with human hands tend to be sized for, you guessed it, human hands. You can expect books, scissors, door handles and steering wheels to be of a certain consistent size. Scissors don't get bigger every year. Though for some reason smartphones do, despite the fact that the average male's hands remain a consistent 8.1 inches every year.
Scissors don't get bigger every year, so why do phones?
At what point is it enough? Either when manufacturers get the point, or when humans evolve into giants. Until then, we should accept that our hands simply aren't big enough to operate ever-larger smartphones.
Your face is too small
Let's face it, every phone that came after the 4-inch Galaxy S was too big to comfortably make phone calls. Not too big to actually call someone, but rather too big to make calls and not look as though you're playing hide-and-seek. Remember when making calls with a sleek new phone used to look cool?
Making calls with a smartphone used to look cool
Your face is too small for phones to get bigger. Whether you're fashion conscious, or even just conscious, there comes a point at which phones are simply too big to make calls comfortably and without looking like a big dork. But, do you make calls that often anymore? There's a reason why a majority of our communication is done via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and email. Phones are just too big to put up against our faces nowadays.
Think about downsizing
Should you buy a larger phone every time you upgrade? This is something to factor into your purchasing decision. Think about the practicality of its size and imagine, if you go on-contract, what it'll be like carrying a giant brick in your pocket every day for two years. Think about the story I told you, and ask yourself, "Can my pockets handle the phone without ripping?"
For me, around five inches is about perfect. For you, a phablet like the 5.5-inch OnePlus 3T might be best, if you're a giant. But, I urge you to think about whether you really need a bigger phone, because I doubt your face and hands are getting bigger every year.
When is enough, enough? What's your optimal phone size? Let me know in the comments.
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