Let me ask once again: do you go big or small? I gave you my reasons for siding with large smartphones. There’s plenty of benefits to having a larger screen, and therefore, smartphone, but today we will focus on the other side of the spectrum.
Some of you prefer smaller devices, something you made very clear. While I like my big handsets, I won’t deny there are some things I miss about the days when smartphone displays didn’t exceed 4.5 inches (and those were considered huge phones!).
By the way, we know many of us consider different sizes large or small. I believe something in the reigns of a 5-inch screen is “average”. For the sake of the argument, I will say anything smaller than that 5-inch milestone is considered small. With that in mind, let’s jump straight into the fun.
Pocket-ability is key
There are many things you have to sacrifice when you have a large device, and the one thing you guys were most vocal about before is pocket-ability. A large phone is definitely harder to pocket. Hell, some phones may not fit in regular pockets! This forces people to find other ways to carry their devices around.
Being able to comfortably carry your phone should definitely be one of the most important deciding factors when purchasing a new device. After all, it is a “mobile device”, right?
It’s also annoying when you try to sit down and your phone looks like a ticking bomb about to explode out of your pants. Then you look down and you can see your phone trying to rip through your pants like it’s suffocating.
You are not likely to run across any issues with the smaller devices. These smaller smartphones will also make it easier to pull a phone out of your pockets, as well as putting them in, a process that could also be complicated when carrying a gargantuan phone.
One-handed use is amazing
I am personally willing to sacrifice one-handed use over improved two-hand typing, but I must accept there is nothing like one-handing a smartphone while rushing to your next meeting and drinking a cup of joe. It’s also great when you can reach up and pull down your notification area with a single hand.
Being able to pull out a smartphone without needing to have both hands free is awesome. Answer calls, take a look at your social networks and even send a text. This is no problem with these smaller phones. Unless you have super small hands.
Small smartphones are usually lighter
Comfort is important when carrying and operating a device, but it’s more important for those calls or long Netflix sessions. Large screens look better and show you more, but they can get pretty heavy. Have you ever tried carrying a large device through a whole movie? Or maybe taken these large phones for a run?
It’s not easy, and it’s the reason why many people prefer having a less sizable handset. Maybe those long calls with your girlfriend will no longer strain your arms and shoulders if you have a small phone!
The bigger they are, the harder they fall
While a large phone looks more imposing and powerful, it is true that smaller phones tend to be more durable. Take the latest iPhones as an example: the iPhone 6+ was showing signs of being easily bendable, while the regular iPhone 6 didn’t suffer the same faith.
Larger phones have more surface area and it’s more likely for materials and parts to bend, move around or break. On the other hand, smaller phones’s parts are more tight together and have smaller pieces. This makes them more solid.
In addition, these miniature phones offer a much better grip. You are less likely to drop them in the first place.
Compact devices are starting to become more powerful
Most small smartphones are still lacking the power most geeks demand. The sad truth is that most smaller smartphones are seen as mid-end gadgets that can’t quite reach their bigger brothers.
Thankfully, some manufacturers are starting to make a difference. Our favorite is Sony, which has set an example with the release of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. This phone is close to being as powerful as its high-end counterpart, yet it has a handy 4.6-inch display.
Let’s hope more manufacturers follow suit soon. I would be glad to see a small phone with all the powerful specs you can find in a flagship device.
What do you prefer?
We have given you all the benefits of having a large smartphone, and today we are taking a look at the benefits a pocket-able device can bring to your life. Now that we have taken a look at both sides of the argument, where do you think you side?
I still love my large smartphones. Let us know which you prefer and why.