Does the Size Really Matter?
Year 1973. 40 years ago, Motorola was the first company to produce a handheld mobile phone. On April 3, 1973 when Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive, made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs. The prototype handheld phone used by Dr. Cooper weighed 2.5 pounds and measured 9 inches long, 5 inches deep and 1.75 inches wide. The prototype offered a talk time of just 30 minutes and took 10 hours to re-charge.
From 40 years to now, Sony has released a 6.4 inches phone. But it isn’t the only Company: Galaxy Note series, HTC T6, Huawei Ascend Mate, Galaxy Mega, in short, the reign of the Phablets are here. Seems like the Evolution is more like an involution, at least on the size part. But a question still remains, What will happen to the comfort level for handling these phones? From my POV, there is something wrong with the vision of these manufacturers of smartphones that screen sizes, performance and range of the phone is highly related to each other. A non-written law which says that Big Screen Phone = High Class, Medium Screen Phone = Medium Class and Small Screen Phone = Low-end Class, making things really hard to consumers who cannot enjoy very good specs with good prices and comfortable handling.
I have tried phones from small sizes (Defy Mini) to huge sizes (Galaxy Mega) and i think there is two perfect sizes for handling and watch media on it: 4 – 4.3 inches phones. Sadly, this kind of phones are mid-range devices for most of the manufacturers and even some are low-end devices. Today it’s very strange to find phones with latest Snapdragon’s Procesors, 2 GB RAM, incredible cameras, plenty of internal memory and support for micro-sd with these screen sizes. There’s one exception: Xiaomi Mi2’s. A superb phone, which has a superior performance than Samsung Galaxy S4 on some tasks. But his limited distribution makes a lot of consumers very short towards alternatives to enjoy power and good handling on the same device. The only good rumor (because there is nothing official yet) it’s the intention of Sony to make a Xperia Honami Mini, with 4.3 screen and snapdragon 800 on it.
Without further support to this class of phone, we are doomed to keep handling enormous phones. Yes, i think some day in the future, we are going to be walking out on the streets with 9 inch phones again, like 40 years ago.
What do you think about this? Does Size really matter?