Pros & Cons of Bigger Smartphone Screens

As mobile technology evolves, cell phone manufacturers are experimenting with new sizes for their smartphones. Bigger isn't always better, but there is something interesting about a device that can work well as a smartphone and a tablet. With the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note, a device that sports a 5.3-inch AMOLED screen, you might be wondering if it's time to upgrade to something bigger.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note is a good-looking device, but it is big. When we first saw it, we were somewhat surprised. It can look humongous, especially if you have small hands. Some users that we know complain about the size, but they still use it and manage to do quite a lot with it.

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Pros
- Screen Real Estate: Bigger screen means more screen real estate. Just like a bigger computer screen, it makes consuming media easier. From watching videos to editing photos, you can do a lot with something bigger.
- Ebooks: While you can read books on a 3.5-inch screen if you need to, the sweet spots is somewhere between 5 and 7 inches. It makes reading a lot more convenient, especially if you're a voracious reader. A bigger screen is something you'll need if you use your smartphone to read ebooks.
- Power: With bigger size comes more processing power, since manufacturers don't have to cram everything into a small space. You'll end up doing things faster. Non iOS devices tend to have card slots, which allow you to easily upgrade the storage capacity of your device.
- One Device to Rule Them All: Instead of having a smartphone, tablet, and ebook reader, you might be able to do everything with one device, which will save you money and will leave you unencumbered.

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Cons
- Size: You might be able to slip your iPhone in your front pocket, but anything over five inches won't fit there, unless you've got voluminous ones. The only place that it will fit is in your back pocket, a bag, or a purse. Bigger jacket pockets will also work.
- Multiple Devices: If you've already got a recent smartphone and a tablet, it's hard to justify the cost of getting a bigger screen on a phone, unless you sell off your other devices.
- Bigger Isn't Always Better: Some users will find it too big to use as a smartphone, while others will find that it's about the right size. It all depends on what you plan on doing with it.

We're intrigued by some of these bigger smartphones, but we're not yet ready to make the jump, since we've got a recent tablet and smartphone already. However, if you haven't and you're considering one device to do many things, then you should check them out.

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