Form factor – is it a big deal?

Posted Apr 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm in Threads > Opinions

Whenever I am in the market for a new phone, I’m usually looking for a top end model. This means that I’m usually getting the best stats, so I don’t get too concerned about internals. The biggest deciding factor is how it feels in my hands!

I don’t have the biggest hands in the world, so it can’t be too big; I want to be able to text one handed, so a textured back is something I look for; a big screen is important for watching video, etc.

Is form factor a big deal for you too or are internal stats/brand/UI more of a deal breaker?

  • Theolonious

    I agree by going with “how it feels in the hand”. Specs attract me more then anything, sadly, although a reliable brand and lack of a custom UI certainly help.

  • Thomas Biard

    I am more concerned with internal specs, then manufacturer. The form factor does not matter to me )other than still wanting it to fit into my pocket). I have had 3 very very different smartphones and each time holding it at the beginning feels weird, but a week or two into it you don’t notice anymore. I think having a phone feel differently in the hand adds to the excitement of feeling a new “toy” in my hand.

    Overall shape and weight carry very little influence on my decision.

  • Bryan Stoner

    At this current point in the hardware generation, do we really have to worry about that? Most phones nowadays look extremely gorgeous and feel nice in your hands as well.

    And if it doesn’t then it is probably from a company you wouldn’t buy from anyway~

    Did I say that right? o_O

  • tnnm

    Form factor is indeed, a big deal for a tablet. You are going to use this tablet in more places than you have used any other device besides your phone: bed, couch, train, car (if you are not driving), airplane, airport lounge, meetings….you get the picture. The more flexibility the device offers the better – that is why I can’t believe Asus doesn’t own the entire market for android tablets. It has the broadest range of configuration options and I believe have the most powerful internals too.

  • orangestrat

    For me, the biggest factor is “Is it a Nexus?”

  • danferan

    It’s very much a mix…I’d say 60/40 internals/form factor. It HAS to be bigger than 4.3″, but I won’t tolerate something that isn’t reasonably future-proof.