Walking, talking robots (androids, you could say) with our heads down buried in our devices, unaware of everything going on around us save the new virtual environment that is smartphones and tablets.
"Bigger is better", so the motto goes. And while in Texas that might be true of pickup trucks, guns, ranches, and steaks, it's not necessarily so with smartphones. Here's our take on why bigger isn't necessarily better.
Notice the new iPhone 4S didn't really improve on battery life? So while a bigger screen might be nice and pretty, consider that your battery life is going to take a hit for it, and that's just plain ugly when you're battery is flashing for a recharge mid-day.
Is That A Phone In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?
Big Phone In Small Hand
According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, the average length of an adult male's hand is 189mm while that of a female hand is 172mm. Approximately average the two and you've got a 7" hand span. If your fingers are roughly half this average (we're going ultra-scientific with this one), consider your fingers will barely be able to wrap themselves around the iPhone, even at with its modest 3.5" screen size. Although the Galaxy Nexus was a lot of fun to play with, one of the biggest reasons we never went to an Android phone was that our hands couldn't fit around it.
Consider Apple with their iPhone's 3.5" screen size: by staying with the same form factor over five generations, iOS application developers have been able to design apps referencing a consistent layout and user experience for almost half a decade. Although the iPhone 4 and 4s have a resolution of 640x960, the older models were 320x480, which scale perfectly (in terms of proportions, if not quality). Android phones have been flaunting huge screen sizes, but developers are forced to deal with multiple screen sizes and resolutions across many different models. Fragmentation has been a big problem for Android, and the screen size is a small, yet notable contributor to the issue for developers and user alike.
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