|When is a phone too big to be a phone? Image: CNET|
Ever since the original Galaxy Note, large smartphones have taken the smartphone market by storm. First the 5.3" Note, followed by the 5.5" Note II. Samsung also have the Mega 5.8 and 6.3. We also have the LG Optimus G Pro, a 5.5" smartphone that looks almost like the Note II's long lost twin. We then have the lesser known giant phones like the 6.1" Huawei Ascend Mate, ZTE's 5.7" Grand Memo and ASUS's 6" FonePad Note. As if large phones aren't enough, we now also have tablets that can be used as phones like the ASUS FonePad and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. But at least these two devices are clearly marketed as tablets with voice-calling capabilities and not phablets. The Xperia Z Ultra is the newest member of the large smartphone club and to me, is a sign that manufacturers are getting carried away with screen size.
|The Xperia Z Ultra is too big to be considered a phone. Image: Google+|
In my book, a smartphone must have two criteria; being small enough to comfortably use one handed (varies by person of course), and small enough to fit in regular pockets. If a phone can't fit in my pockets and I have to carry it around, I might as well just get a voice-call enabled tablet. Speaking of not fitting in pockets, the Note II has a reputation as a "womans" phone, maybe because it's too big and can't fit in most pockets, which is why women tend to buy it more than men since they just toss it in their handbags anyway. I don't agree but that's what I've heard. In any case, if it (a phone) can't fit in my pocket, I won't buy it. I don't like the size of HTC's Butterfly even at 5" because it just feels a little long for me, like the big brother of the iPhone 5. But a 5" phone like the S4, which is roughly the same size as the 4.7" SIII I can handle. So it's not only screen size but also the actual size of the phone that's important to me.
|Pocketability is a major factor for me when it comes to phones. Image: Android Police|
- Smartphones - 4.5"-5"
- Phablets - 5.5"-6"
- Mini tablets - 7"-8"
- Full size tablets - 10.1"+
These are just for my own personal standards, not something I expect to be universal for everyone. Having said that, what's your preferred smartphone screen size and what do you think of these super-sized smartphones? The future of smartphones, or just a passing trend?