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Why are phones getting so big?

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Why are phones getting so big?

I understand people are consuming more media on their phones these days but why do the high end phones always have to be so big? Why cant they release a smaller phone with the same high end specs? not watered down specs. A lot of these newer flagship phones are almost the same size as tablets.
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because resolution on the screens are getting higher
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That's what the new Xperia Z1 Compact is. All the specs of a high end phone on a smaller 4" screen with pretty good battery life.

But if you watch Netflix, play a game, browse a desktop-size webpage, its all very hard to do on a small screen. After getting my tablet, I can do a lot of things I just can't do even on my 4.X" Galaxy S3. It is really painful to browse desktop sites, Netflix is annoying to watch for more than 5-10 minutes etc. I actually do things on Android now that I just never did when I only had my phone.

Anyway, if that is what you want, Sony has made it. The question is, will it be released in Canada?
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Looks like we're getting to the limits of increasing screens at around 5"... if you wanted smaller you're pretty screwed. They like them because a big screen flashier than a phone with a smaller one and you can fit a bigger battery since you need a big body for a large screened phone anyway.
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At least people on RFD should not be surprised. Have a look and see who is using those big phones in Toronto.
Plus the demand is high. Manufacturers job is to provide what market demands.
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ughhhh wrote:
Feb 26th, 2014 7:55 pm
I understand people are consuming more media on their phones these days but why do the high end phones always have to be so big? Why cant they release a smaller phone with the same high end specs? not watered down specs. A lot of these newer flagship phones are almost the same size as tablets.
For the phone that we are used to put it close to our ear, the size has not increased that much. But we are using it as a media center and as a computer. It is the other purpose that we collectively require the cell to be larger.
I have an old view sonic 7 which is a 7" phone - that is how large it can go.
IPhone has all the high end features. But it fails miserably if people want to surf.
All except Apple have made their flagship bigger than iPhone. They did all the research confirming what consumers want

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Consumers pay for the locking up (and subsequent unlocking) of their cell. That sucks
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Because they were previously too small?
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will888 wrote:
Feb 26th, 2014 9:24 pm
Because they were previously too small?
So much this.
Even my N4 is too small.
Good thing the only thing I use it for is tethering.
All my real work is one on my N7. If I could make phone calls on it (natively) I would.
Hell I had a Galaxy Tab for the longest time as my phone.
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ughhhh wrote:
Feb 26th, 2014 7:55 pm
but why do the high end phones always have to be so big.
you mean Iphone is not high end?
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Social Network and Media. It demands a bigger display.
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death_hawk wrote:
Feb 26th, 2014 9:51 pm
So much this.
Even my N4 is too small.
Good thing the only thing I use it for is tethering.
All my real work is one on my N7. If I could make phone calls on it (natively) I would.
Hell I had a Galaxy Tab for the longest time as my phone.
You can make phone calls on the N7 if it has a cell radio. Use voip app and data to make calls. The call quality should be great on LTE and good on 3G.
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Think of it like a curve.
They started large and bulky, got smaller and smaller, now going back to bulky.
I think I saw a study that suggested larger cell phone use will invariably change our DNA so that future generations will have freakishly large hands.
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same reason computer monitors are now upwards of 20" plus...people are using social media, ecommerce more now than ever, and you simply cannot do that on the smaller screens. I am sure there will be small ones available still, but consumers have spoken
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