I have a theory: smartphones have become too big. Every year, phones get larger, but people's hands do not. At this rate, we'll be using smartphones as big as houses within 10 years. It's crazy. But do we really need bigger phones? Let's investigate.
Your pockets are too small
I put a Moto X Pure in my pocket during a recent test. Now in its third generation, the Moto X has become a phablet, at 5.7 inches in size. Now, I've got relatively large hands and, if you've never used one, I can say that one-handed use is not an option for most owners of this phone.
Sitting down with the Moto X Pure in your pocket is also not possible. But it gets better. I put its 5.2-inch predecessor, the Moto X (2nd Gen), in my pocket and guess what happened when I tried to sit down? My trouser pocket ripped as I tumbled over. What we now consider an average-sized phone is, for some of us, still too big. Either pockets need to grow, or phones should shrink.
Your hands are too small
Products are for humans. Most are designed to be used with hands and, as such, you can expect books, scissors, door handles and steering wheels to be of a certain size. Scissors don't get bigger every year. Though for some reason smartphones do – but the average male's hands remain a consistent 8.1 inches every year.
Scissors don't get bigger every year, so why do phones?
So why do phones keep growing and when will it slow down? 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. Making calls with a smartphone used to look cool, but now it looks like we'll soon be able to use smartphones to touch our ears and lips at the same time.
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 makes calls. 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. Many phones are just too big to put against our faces.
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 Bible in your pocket every day for two years.
Something like the OnePlus X, which has solid specs, is only 5-inches. Or even the Xperia Z5 Compact at 4.6 inches. For me, these sizes are about perfect. For you, a phablet might be best. Or even the Galaxy S. But I urge you to think about whether you really need a bigger phone. I could almost guarantee that you don't.
What's your optimal phone size? Let me know in the comments.