Remember when mobile phones were huge? So big, you had to carry them in a bag? Their battery lasted all of 30 minutes worth of talk-time and they had cumbersome retractible antenas? And then they started getting smaller. Then the external antenas went away, to be replaced internally. They shrank so small, the buttons were almost difficult to press. But, within the last two years, we’ve seen that trend turn completely around, with phones getting bigger and bigger.
Every major mobile phone manufacturer now makes devices with at least a 4-inch display, and many models larger than that. Samsung is known for pushing the envelope here, especially with the Galaxy Note series, with screens as large as 5.5 inches. No wonder it’s known as a ‘phablet’ (phone-tablet). And now, the latest rumors anticipate Samsung will release two even larger phones in the upcoming months; one with a 5.8-inch display and another with a monstrous 6.3-inch display.
So, I ask all of you ZAGGblog readers, how big is TOO big? I’ve setup a simple poll below, but feel free to chime in and let me know your thoughts on Twitter, as well: @mbchp. I’ll be sharing some of your responses.
For reference, here are some phones that fall in each category.
3.5 inch displays:
- iPhone / 3G / 3GS / 4 / 4S
- Nokia N8 / N97
- Samsung Galaxy Ace / Rush
- HTC Salsa / Desire C
- Motorola Droid / Droid 2 (3.7-inch)
- iPhone 5
- Samsung Galaxy (original) / Nexus S
- HTC Desire X / Desire V
- Nokia Lumia 510
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus (4.65-inch)
- LG Nexus 4 (4.7-inch)
- Samsung Galaxy S3 (4.8-inch)
- Motorola Atrix HD (4.5-inch)
5+ inch displays:
- HTC Droid DNA (5.0-inch)
- Samsung Galaxy Note (5.3-inch) / Galaxy Note 2 (5.5-inch)
- Sony Xperia Z (5.0-inch)
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[Phone Display Sizes: GSMArena]