Are Smartphones Getting Too Big? [MakeUseOf Poll]

polls   Are Smartphones Getting Too Big? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week we wondered whether you feel social media is taking over your life. Although I was certain this is a near and dear subject to many people’s lives, turns out not many of you really want to discuss it. This poll received only around 180 votes, but it could still be enough to get an idea of how you feel about social media.

Out of 183 votes in total, the breakdown was as follows: 30% feel they have a good balance between social networks and real life, 21% feel that social media is somewhat taking over their lives, 20% admit that social media really is taking over their lives, and another 30% don’t care about social media or don’t use it.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Surprisingly, our 180 votes were divided almost equally between the different options, but it seems that all in all, the majority doesn’t feel like it has a problem.

poll results nov 10   Are Smartphones Getting Too Big? [MakeUseOf Poll]

This week’s poll question is: Are Smartphones Getting Too Big?

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In a sharp change of subject, we’re moving to a topic which has been on my mind a lot lately. Are smartphones getting too big? When the iPhone first came into our lives, its 3.5” screen seemed pretty big, and the smartphones that followed were about the same impressive size. Five years later, we have a 4.8” Galaxy S3, a 4.7” new Nexus 4, a humongous 5.5” Galaxy Note 2, not to mention the 4” iPhone 5, which is bigger than 3.5” for the first time since its launch. The general direction seems to be toward bigger and bigger screens, but is that a good thing? Do you miss the good old 3.5” displays, or are you dreaming of using the Galaxy Note 2 as your every day phone? It’s time to make your opinion count. Remember, you don’t have to own a smartphone to have an opinion!

Why are bigger phones better? Why are smaller phones better? Which is the optimum screen size for a smartphone? Tell us everything in the comments!

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Nikhil Chandak

the smartphones are not getting too bigger , but a bit
but as the generation is going , the smartphones now has become a bit bigger
In the beginning , they were huge , then they became as smallest as they can be ….
but now , people want a bit bigger smartphone for their daily use …….
but for some people the bigger smartphone could crate a problem
So , I want the smartphone to be like the way they are ……. thats only good I think
not to big , not to small , but a medium size !
;)

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bonrix

Grammar… have you heard of it?

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Zhong Jiang

I don’t particularly mind bigger screens or larger hardware, but for what convenience it may bring, people tend to use lightweight phones for easy mobility. If companies decide to produce larger screens with impressive graphics or features, then why buy a laptop anymore? Since following Apple’s idea of a more slim and clean interface, companies decide to take a different approach but neither will say it’ll project good outcome.

I own a Blackberry Curve, what I share is, it has everything you’ll need into one device and customized for users with unique settings. Many of today trends opted for touch screens, smooth graphics, and “cover your face” tablets. It isn’t necessary for me because all I need is a phone.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

I agree. They’re trying to blur the difference between tablet and phone, but they’ve forgotten why we need it. Portability. I’m not going to buy any phone that couldn’t fit in my pocket. That’s why I haven’t jumped in ‘Smartphone’ bandwagon yet. Phone is phone. Some useful features are welcomed, but the rest? We have our laptop filling the job already.

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Chanaka Hettige

Screen size does matter cause we are talking of Smart PHONES, not Tabs or hybrids. So mobility is the main cause, i.e. via the pocket, not your back pack. So a general 3.5 inch display will be ideal for mobile usage!

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Creal

is there any way to make a larger screen size but maintain the current size of phone? i think is should fix the problem =) we need larger screen, NOT larger phone..

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Seconded. I wonder if one day someone would market a 6.5″ device as a phone rather than tablet.

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Yusuf

How the hell can make a larger screen(display) but maintain the size of the phone, if you were speaking, I would have said think before you speak,
But you typed, then posted your comment.Anyway
Obviously you cannot have a larger display but smaller phone…Common Sense and Logic needs to be applied.

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creal

edge to edge display, or thinner edge, obviously you are not a creative people. and i hope u dont talk like that again.

its something like samsung do with their smart tv.. and maybe with their smartphone someday.

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Javier Vega

In my own opinion i think Smartphones are already the biggest they “should” be, this because even they already do a lot of stuff and screens of 4″ are comfortable for typing, they are phones, so, movility should be a key factor here, nevertheless they are already small computers, so…where is the barrier?

Tablets are the devices with a bigger screen and not the drama of movility as of smartphones, a smartphone is supposed to fit on a pocket, that’s where movility is getting to it’s limits, on the other hand a tablet won’t be on a pocket, screens are bigger and the daily use is a little different (even if functionally you could just replace them)

Let’s say we have just a smartphone, ok, we’ll use if for daily use and maybe a bigger screen would be handy at times, and maybe keeping it on a bag is no big deal so movility could be forgotten.

On the other hand let’s say we have just a Tablet, we are used to keeping it with us and size is not a problem, but at times means to take an extra bag cause we can’t keep it with us on a pocket.

Having both devices we could manage to use the smartphone for all the daily use on our pocket and a tablet would be useful where we want to have a bigger screen.

Finally i see this as a space between smartphones and tablets, where is the limit for a smartphone growth? where it becomes a tablet.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Agreed. There’s this comic touching on the subject already. Tablet is getting smaller too. The limit is when it becomes smartphone. I need my phone to do several things on the go (call, text, taking photo), the ability to edit some documents are nice, then okay, I can play some games to kill time, and I can do simple tasks on the way. There. I will not do heavy image/video editing or watching video all day on my phone, or coding a new CSS layout, for example. I have my laptop (or tablet) for that. Smartphone today is trying to be too smart. What’s the point of having a MOBILE phone if you can’t even lug it around without extra bag? What’s the point if it’s much bigger than a pocket?

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Rani Karana

I would have to say the Galaxy S 3 is pushing it with 4.8″. I’m still willing to get it, but higher than that and it’ll just be overkill.

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NotoriousZeus

The best suitable screen size for the smartphone still remains a personal choice. But I feel that the screen size of 3.5″ was the best among all of them. There’ll always be a N00b who’ll want the screen size to be 5″, but considering everyday use and present lifestyle anything around 3.5″ real-estate works.

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Márcio Guerra

Why does it mean wanting a 5″ being a noob? I wan’t. I wan’t to do as much possible without compromising size and mobility. I see A LOT, but A LOT of movies and series in my Alcatel One Touch 995, with 4.3″. Would I prefer to have a 5″ instead of a 4.3″? Of course, not even a question there. Exactly same device only 0,7″ bigger? No doubt! And then again, I might be a noob…

Cheers!

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Yusuf

Want …that’s how it’s spelt.

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John

More than 5 in full device-wide length would be preposterous, would be like those ‘pocket’ size dictionaries… yeah, for those with a black hole as a pocket.

… iPad like student-tablets should exist BUT with a notebook size screen ! a screen of 12 inches of a ‘tablet-pc-like’ , 1.5 or less in thickness… internet in the classroom and custom OS , WHY is that not here already… yeap: book publishers holding back progress.

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kevin d

If they were too big, they would not sell. When they get too big’ they won’t sell. The market will regulate their size.

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Márcio Guerra

Even PHONES when they were big, they’ve sold… Size is not the problem (eehhehe!) but the price… All people have different tastes… Put phones in an affordable price, and they will sell, no matter what!

Cheers!

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Tony Yarbrough

Making quite an assumption… better to say it is not appealing to you. However, you are right that the “market” will decide.
I’ve been a smartphone user for 10 years, and used them all… justified by my job – had all the toys. Now retired I don’t need all the toys, but a workable device that fits my circumstances. I would buy and use extensively a 5-1/2″ smartphone, would not own a tablet, or laptop. When I used a crack-berry, I could not type on those tiny keys, not much better on my Evo 4G – tips of the fingers are not sensitive anymore. I VOTE BIGGER!

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Márcio Guerra

Not that big of assumption if you consider everything that is sold worldwide… Make them cheaper and they will be sold. Everything as a price, right? In this case lower price, if needed to be sold. Also vote bigger!

Cheers

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Kashif Maqsood

The smartphones are getting awkwardly bigger. I think 3.5 to 3.7″ should be the maximum screen size…otherwise go for tablets or something like samsung Galaxy note.

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Dan Worwood

Mobile phones were invented to be just that, Mobile! As soon as you have a phone that can no longer comfortably fit in your pocket, you lose that convenient mobility that I and so many other depend on. Imagine holding an Ipad or even a Kindle to your face! Besides being hard to hold, think of how ridiculous that would look. I love having my widescreen for Netflix and other apps, but any wider, and practicality goes out the window

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raymond mcnatt

It’s just the circle of life

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Chara

A smartphone in my opinion is “smart” only when it allows you to be able to do, even the basic things (send an sms, check your timeline, answer a call, take a pic etc) with just one hand… We all are busy and are many times multitasking, so I really don’t like it if I have to drop a bag that I’m carrying, for example, in ordert to send an sms…
And that is exactly what many of the latest smartphones make people do, especially women who usually have smaller hands than men…
If I wanted to use both hands, I’d buy a tablet, not a phone.

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Márcio Guerra

Sorry, I was “liking” your comment until you said that you wanted a mobile phone, not a smart phone… Although I like that idea of using it with just one hand…

Cheers!

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Igor Rizvi?

Voted for the last option. They sure are getting bigger,but i think its necessary in some ways for the average smartphone use.Thus coming to the problem of a short batery life when using,even in Sasmsung Galaxy s 3,wich automaticly shuts down the screen when not in use.

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Mitch Newlin

If it can’t fit comfortably in your pocket, it’s too f//kin big to be a phone. The iphone 4 is the perfect SIZE for a smartphone.

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Márcio Guerra

And when people carried them and they only allowed you to… make calls? They looked like hand bags or cases!

Cheers!

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Márcio Guerra

Hi! I must say that I am a fan of big screens. I have a 4,3″ and a bit bigger wouldn’t be a problem, since, first, we tend to do calls with more and more accessories, like BT headsets, whatever, and, mostly, access internet with more and more intensity. Our thumbs can’t get smaller, but our screens can get bigger.

Since smartphones are so strong nowadays, so powerful, competing with a, for exemple, 5 years computer, and with the hability to make calls, I really feel that there is not much to say.

Anyway, every person should get the phone that suits better his/her needs. I know for a fact that for my father, a small screen, just big numbers/letters are enough. Not even a touch screen is needed, and my mum barely need a mobile phone at all, since she is most of the time at home or next to my father, so, see what are your needs, and buy accordingly!

Cheers

Márcio Guerra

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Yusuf

A mobile phone( smart or not) should be able to fit in your pocket…we don’t carry hand bags on fanny packs…..I had a teacher in the fourth grade who carried her cellular phone a basket with her books and what not…it was a old 1990′s Nokia Brick…just saying

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Márcio Guerra

What I feel is that if Apple set the iPhone’s screen 4.3″ and I said to you 3.5″ you were saying that 4.3″ is a decent size to fit your pocket. I have a phone which is huge, compared to 2.8″, but that I still find small compared to tablets. Since I don’t want a tablet, well, want but it is not the question, I must say that everyone uses what he/she sees fit. I find it a reasonable size, and it it were 5″, or like the Galaxy Note, or 2, (I believe it is the name) I would be happy as well.

Cheers!

P.s.- Noticed about the «want»? You were right, but it was a honest mistake. Sometimes we simply forget where to put the apostrophes.

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mike

I love big phone… I want the asus padfone or the galaxy note 2 but something like that sound awesome

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Trung Diep

It definitely isn’t very bad to have a phone that size… Although it does become a nuisance when trying to place the phone inside your pocket. Which the reason of having a belt clip phone holder being invented serves as that purpose. The Galaxy Note ll in my eyes aren’t too big, but if it gets any bigger then that you’d might as well go with an Ipad or some type of Tablet. As many of you guys may already know the bigger the phone the bigger the chance you have of cracking your screens. Having a smartphone of that size serves great in games and as an entertainment on road trips and fights. Definitely a plus for having such a smartphone of that size.

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Márcio Guerra

Fights, LOL!

Cheers!

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Ben Gillis

I like the Samsung Galaxy S3 size.

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Lyndon Dees

To me, it’s pretty much a non-issue. I don’t have a smartphone because I’m the kind of person who would be too distracted by the bells and whistles and end up using it as an expensive toy, rather than using it as a phone. My dumbphone has a couple of games on it, but I use the phone mostly as a phone.

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Márcio Guerra

Then again, like I’ve said. You should buy according to your needs!

Cheers!

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Arin Basu

Compared with the size of an average deskphone (or combination of handset and base station of a cordless phone), even the largest smartphones are smaller but they enable us to do a lot more. The value proposition of smartphones are really in being small tablets (often referred to as phablets) really, and therefore, they add a lot of value if they enable you to jot down notes (with or without styluses), you can doodle, look for directions, and read books/watch videos, all of which will require a decent sized screen to be of value. Hence, the larger the screen, the more useful they are. Trouser pocket sizes, fashion trends can be flexible and adapt to the changing times (indeed, the size of trouser pockets have increased or changed over the years as have shirt pockets).

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Márcio Guerra

Was trying to remember that name “phablets”, thank you! And I think the same!

Cheers!

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Eduard Luca

Of course smartphones are getting too big. They’re just a few inches away from being netbook- or laptop-sized. They’re kind of drifting in the wrong direction. A few years back the “trend” was to make everything as small as possible, now it appears to be going back to big.

What I think these companies should do, is to just stop rolling out products which bring no real major improvement from the last version, and do some heavy researching in 3D projection. Imagine a normal phone like the iPhone or Galaxy S, but with hologram projectors on the edges. You’d be able to browse your phone by just dragging your finger across the air and lots of things like that. This would also solve the size issue, because the hologram can be as big as you want to, and the phone would still fit into your pocket, and it would also look awesome (^_^).

I realize though, this technology is far away from being put in production on any device, and the companies would loose a lot of money if they would spend most of their time researching this, but I am sure that the first company who would release such a device, would make billions of dollars over-night.

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Márcio Guerra

I love sci-fi too! Eheheh! And tell me how, with current tech how do you make real improovements… No can do… Yet!

Cheers!

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Le Mon

should be not bigger than normal size of a pocket..i can’t carry them on a hand bag :D

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Sheila VanNoy

I really like the info from your site. I am such a novice with all things electronic.

I think the smartphones are as big as they should ever be, The tablets, 7 inch, are so easy to carry and can do most everything I need to do on the fly. The smartphone is such a help in situations when talking is not good, (hospital’s), my smartphone is easy to use, conceal and to be inobtrusive when sending update’s.

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Tony Gonzaga

i want my smartphone to have only 3.5″ display. any size bigger than this is already a tablet. smartphones should be designed to be portable and easy to use for calling…phones main use is to call other people. it is awkward to use bigger phones for calling, you will definitely attract attention.

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Marian Cimbru

I thing Samsung Galaxy Note is the upper limit! Any bigger size should be named “tablet”…

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Achraf Almouloudi

Seriously, are we going to hold a smartphone in the size of the first phone in the coming years ? those 4.5″ or + sizes are really weird. I believe 3″ to 3.5″ is for “entry level” smartphones and from 3.5″ to 4.5″ for “high end” devices. Personally, I don’t have a pocket that can fit a big 5″ smartphone and I don’t think someone would do and even if I did I would risk damaging it if I want to grab something from the floor which isn’t something someone would want. From the electronic side I believe that a bigger and more complex screen would consume MORE power thus trashing all the efforts made to improve battery’s capacities .

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Rajaa Chowdhury

As a everyday requirement of every aspects of human existence is becoming more dependent on a connected world for information at fingertips via the internet, this is a natural and expected trend I presume. Today’s phone requirement paradigm has shifted more from the audio aspect to visual interaction. Also as we notice the gradual miniaturization of the personal computing from a PC / MAC desktops to laptops/notebooks and now the accepted form factors of tablets, and the thin line in differentiation in terms of computing capabilities slowly going away of the powerful smartphones, with these mentioned form factors, it is a natural trend that smartphone screens are going to get bigger and someday the form factor in-between the smartphones of today and the tablets of today, is going to become an accepted norm. This form factor is already a reality and the term phablets have come into existence with the introduction of Galaxy Note and it’s follwing successor the Note II. A new category has been successfully been created and embraced by people, giving the best of both worlds of a smartphone and a tablet. Convergence technology is a way of life and it is witnessed in every aspect of modern technology, so smartphones has also embraced the inevitable in it’s road to evolve into the next generation form.

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Rajaa Chowdhury

Was not logged in when posted this comment, due to internet speed issues that I was facing that day, so re-posted the comment now again after logging in.

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Jennifer Craker

We need large screens and icons/buttons. As Australians get older our eyesight fails and fingers go everywhere so the larger is better.

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Zviad Mikadze

my classmate has nokia 5230 with 3.2inch and it’s too small
my friend has xperia pro and 3.7inch screen is practically enough,but bigger would be better

my another :D classmate has galaxy s2 at&t and it has 4.3inch screen.
my sister has 7 inch tablet (chinese crap) and i admit that 7 inch on tablet is far away better than 10inch
so I think that Smartphone Screen Size Must not be bigger than 4.7inch.bigger than this it’s already phablet

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Michael Greene

I don’t own a smartphone so take my opinion with what you will. I believe people might like either small or large or medium sized phones. People use smartphones for vastly different situations and it’s not quite fair to say all smartphones should be larger or smaller than they are currently.

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Ken Gaming

They shouldn’t get any bigger than galaxy note 2 ‘s 5.5

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Anubhav Mukherjee

the smartphones are not getting too bigger , the smartphones now has become a bit bigger
In the beginning , they were huge , then they became as smallest as they can be ….
but now , people want a bit bigger smartphone for their daily use …….
but for some people the bigger smartphone could crate a problem
So , I want the smartphone to be like the way they are

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akshay chandna

They are Big n Small at the same time … Just a matter of convenience … Ipad going smaller .. Iphones going big … Just like Darwin’s theory of Evolution :)

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Ran Kinory

1. It depend if you use one hand or both.
2. The dimensions of your pocket.

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Richard Otoo

the size is not of much consideration only if it is worth it in terms of reliability and function.as the reggae artist said ^^they that fit let them wear it^^

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shaurya gupta

Bigger Screen just minimizes the difference between a smartphone and a tablet resulting in to a phablet just like samsung note….I like bigger screen, that is I like phablets. I don’t know why some guys like a small screen. After all, you don’t need to buy two things when you can get those in one single thing.
Suppose, u got a smartphone that’s got all features u need. But hey, U just want easy typing and all that stuff that won’t fit onto your screen. And there’s this, your friend whose got a tablet again, with all features packed in. But hey, U want to keep it in your pocket. AWWWWWWW…..And then there comes a phablet, a cross between tablet and smartphone and guess what, it has a bigger screen + it fits in your pocket…
Hence problem solved – bigger screen rocks but not that too big like a 7 inch tablet….just like note 2!

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john swiman

I think the smartphone have now come the the right size. They are divided between two groups of individuals.

One of them is the person that uses it for social purposes -i.e.- chat, staying in contact with friends and family and also those that like to twitter and facebook.

The second set of individuals are those that use it for business and also for personal use. They need something that fits the hand that they can carry to use to be in contact with people in business. A laptop and tablet are good for certain uses but not when you are on the fly.

The current size of the smartphone like the Galaxy Note 2 is the right size. If you get larger then you might as well begin to use a mini tablet.

One thing keep in mind and that your personal and business needs dictate what you will use the majority of the time. Be wise with your decision

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Boni Oloff

It’s not a problem about the size as long we can use it easily.
I mean comfort and feels good.
Because different people have different hand size, so it is very relative, according to the user. Some phone must be very big for almost all people, like Galaxy Note i think.
But many people also used it here, even it is very big for them. So i don’t know what to say. So the point is comfort feeling. How big it is not the big problem if you think it is comfortable to brought everywhere, and used.

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Zafar

I own a Galaxy s3 and prefer its screen size. I think the Galaxy Note is at the upper limit of usability. Any larger and it would not be a phone. The Note is an interesting option for ladies who carry handbags (easy to carry it in a handbag). For pocket carry, the s3 is fine.

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Rob Nadin

I think 4.3″ is the maximum size phone manufacturers should go to. The Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy SII and the HTC 8X are good examples of these size screens, anything bigger is just starting to make phones bulkier again (not so much thick, like phones of yesteryear but wider and taller instead). I personally think the GS3 is just too big, and the Note 2 shouldn’t even be called a phone!

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Josh Hill

I think they are moving in the wrong direction. I think you have to strike a balance between being big enough to be productive/have good game play ability and being comfortable to carry. The whole idea that your phone should also be your tablet is silly to me.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Have you seen a comic that describes this phenomenon? Our phone is getting bigger when tablet is getting smaller. It’s incredibly ironic. I don’t like today’s smartphone. It’s too big to fit my pocket. I’m still with my six-years old 2″ Sony Ericsson. Personally, I think 3-3.5″ is nice if you need large display. Anything over than 4″ and I’d rather get a tablet. It doesn’t fit in my pocket either way, so why settle for the lesser?

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Mick Thornton

I believe a smartphone should fit in one hand. I had a Droid X and that was a good size because my thumb could reach all corners of the screen. I tried the Galaxy SIII but took it back because it was too big. It requires two hands to operate that phone. That’s what I have my tablet for. I’ve since purchased the Droid M and I can use it in one hand.
Now, if tablets had voice & bluetooth headset capability, that could render the smaller device irrelevant.

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Gary Mundy

If I didn’t already have a tablet and a phone I would have the note.

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OgdeniteJosh

I think bigger the better. I will most likely be getting a Note 2. It honestly depends on your situation in life as well. People that use their smartphones a lot and especially for work usually want a bigger phone. Bigger screens mean you can do more, faster. I am tired of trying to type on such a small touchscreen. The Note 2 stylus is a huge plus. I work in the IT field and constantly am taking notes on my phone. Give me the stylus and a bigger screen and you’ve made me a happy man.

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Srinivas N

Ohh!! well bigger the screen, better is to be called as tablet..however i feel that the very purpose of calling gets tougher. you might say go with earphones but i like to talk with phone itself..

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Rajaa Chowdhury

As a everyday requirement of every aspects of human existence is becoming more dependent on a connected world for information at fingertips via the internet, this is a natural and expected trend I presume. Today’s phone requirement paradigm has shifted more from the audio aspect to visual interaction. Also as we notice the gradual miniaturization of the personal computing from a PC / MAC desktops to laptops/notebooks and now the accepted form factors of tablets, and the thin line in differentiation in terms of computing capabilities slowly going away of the powerful smartphones, with these mentioned form factors, it is a natural trend that smartphone screens are going to get bigger and someday the form factor in-between the smartphones of today and the tablets of today, is going to become an accepted norm. This form factor is already a reality and the term phablets have come into existence with the introduction of Galaxy Note and it’s follwing successor the Note II. A new category has been successfully been created and embraced by people, giving the best of both worlds of a smartphone and a tablet. Convergence technology is a way of life and it is witnessed in every aspect of modern technology, so smartphones has also embraced the inevitable in it’s road to evolve into the next generation form.

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Nicole ?

I suppose if they were to big it would be awkward for people to carry. On the other hand I’d prefer the bigger screen. I have a blackberry curve and in my opinion the screen would benefit from being slightly bigger.

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Joe Ingram

In my opinion, smartphones are not getting too big, I am a person that believes in having as much real estate as possible screen size that is. The larger the screen the less eye strain compared to the old blackberry screens and older phones. I have had just about every smartphone on the market and I love having the larger screens it just give you the ability to see more and do more.

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Somaiya Ebrahim

i like them big..

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Peter Pan

I don’t want a phone that’s the biggest thing in my trousers…lol so 4 is way too big….I was born unfortunate

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Adam

Why do people need to watch movies on a phone? Youtube clips i understand etc but I don’t need to carry a freaking home theatre system around with me.
They tend to market the graphics and the audio/headphones.
They just forget that first and foremost I need something to talk into. The glass just gets pushed against my ear. My day relies more on phone calls than catching up with episodes of Seinfeld in HD. From where I stand, the physical look of current phones is pretty ugly. None of them have any character. The software layouts are hideous (apple got theirs right though I must admit). Nearly every other brand has an interface using icons uglier than clipart drawings. They keep adding features before they have developed the existing ones to their full potential. Just give me a phone that works and I am a happy man. I don’t speak for all men, but I don’t carry a handbag with me day to day, so if it won’t fit in my pocket I am not buying it. I won’t resort to cargo pants either.