Size does matter

Posted Aug 05, 2013 at 9:42 am in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

I’m sure we all love Android for many different reasons, but handset size is probably one of the things which keep me interested in the platform. If you want a phone that’s small, medium, large, extra large or even extra extra large – there’s probably an Android phone out there that’s work for you. The problem is, I can’t seem to find the perfect phone for me.

In theory, I want a phone that’s small enough that I don’t have to adjust my hand to access the far edges of the screen, but I love the idea of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra which allows you to own a single device rather than having to lug around a phone and a tablet. I also use my phone to track my running and biking activities. I’m sure it’s doable, but it would look ridiculous if I ad a 6.4-inch device strapped to my arm. Right now I’m carrying the HTC One, but I’m torn. Do I upgrade to something bigger or go for something smaller. Each handset has its own unique advantages and disadvantages and we all compromise to find something that fits our needs best.

What size phone do you think is best? I’d love to know that phone you’re currently using and if the size of the device played into your decision to choose it.

  • nivekkev

    Only you can decide what works best for you. For me, size did matter.

    I do a lot of commuting on the train so I like to watch movies along to the ride, so when I saw the screen size in person, I had to go with Note II. Before that, I was carrying a smaller phone and a Nexus 7. The only reason I got the Nexus 7 was that the original Note was only on ATT and by the time it came to T-Moblie, they had already announced the Note II so what was the point. I did not want to lug around two devices, but the extra screen real estate was just too nice.

    So when the Note II came out and I was able to catch a sale, I went in and compared it with the Nexus phone, which I thought I was going to get but when I compared the screens, for me it was a no brainer. The bonus was that it still fit in my pocket and that is with a case.

    So if they go bigger and it still can fit comfortably in my pocket, I will get the bigger screen. Plus after I had it for about 3 or 4 days I don’t even notice the size. People keep telling me that it is huge but to me, it is just right/feels normal. I have not tried running or biking with it so I can not give you my opinion on that but walking registers just fine(in my pocket).

    Hope that made sense.

  • jerrbomb

    I’m sure for most women.. Size DOES matter.. Lol

    • pjamies

      Damn, you beat me to it!! lol

      • jerrbomb

        Lol.. Hey at least we were on the same page.. Lol..

  • jerrbomb

    But in all honesty.. When it comes to phones I feel the limited of size and thickness are being pushed way to far.. For me my GS4 is perfect.. I tried the HTC One But the GS4 hits the medium between phone and pallet perfectly.. The design factor is a little on the lacking side of the spectrum but still I have an Otter Box on it so that isn’t the issue.. I know that I’m Prolly gonna get some flack for saying this but just to be real Apple has it right when it comes to logical screen size and making sure that you don’t need to kill yourself in order to have great screen usability.. And trust me I hate apple products.. I think another thing when it comes to screen sizes is that when do we stop making them bigger…? Will we blurry the lines so much that the difference between tablet is hard to tell.. Everyone has their preferences.. So I’m not knocking anyone.. This is my OWN opinion… This question that Nick is asking is always going to on going.. And it will always be a topic to tackle…


    The Ideal size phone screen for me would be 4.3″ and the ideal tablet screen for me is 8″.

    • Nick Gray

      That’s what I’ve been thinking for a while. I owned the HTC One S and it was truly awesome in the hand. I also had the HTC Flyer which had a 7-inch display. I used it mainly for work since the digital stylus was awesome for taking notes, but it would have been a lot more usable if it had an 8-inch display.

      I guess it’s impossible to find a perfect device that fits every single use case.

      • SGB101

        I love the size of my note2, and I like the 7″ of the nexus, if your adding a pen into the mix I’d say 10″ then, as it’s more a4 size, and that means work.

        I still use my think pad tablet combo, and onenote everyday as my typing still sucks. My poor TP is really showing it’s age, built like a tank and just keeps trucking.

  • redraider133

    I like the overall size of the s4. It packs a nice large screen in a not overall large size. I feel as long as bezels continue to shrink, while adding larger screens without the phones getting larger it will work for me. I don’t have huge hands and I have no problem using the s4 one handed and also reaching from bottom to the top without having to adjust my hand position.

  • jamal adam

    Currently I have the HTC One S and at 4.3″ I feel that the screen is small for me and so my ideal phone would have something like a 5″ screen thought I could probably go for something that is bigger (in the range of a Note 2 or One Max rumored screen size). I would like it if OEMs used as much of the space of the phone as possible, like the Moto X which is pretty great because Motorola was able to fit a 4.7″ screen in a much smaller size when compared to the likes of the HTC One.

  • jerrbomb

    It almost turned out that way… Lol.. Comment wise..