Discuss: Cell Phone Size

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August 31, 2012 at 05:42:34
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Hi all,

This week's poll is about news that the next version of Samsung's Galaxy Note is going to be even bigger. Discuss here if you think this trend of bigger cell phones will continue, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
August 31, 2012 at 08:02:14
I'd like one with a 25" screen on it. That way I wouldn't need a magnifying glass to watch a movie or TV or game........

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
August 31, 2012 at 10:06:30
From 5.3" to 5.5" isn't worth talking about. You probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. For many years people wanted smaller. The smaller the better. Now, we seem to have a reverse trend. Bigger is better. I personally don't care. I don't watch tv or play games etc. on my phone. I make calls, period. That's what a phone is for. I use my 42" plasma tv for movies and my computer for web stuff. The day I walk around staring at a smartphone, and worse yet, talking to it, is the day I hope I get run over by a bus, LOL !!!!

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#3
August 31, 2012 at 11:31:47
Watched a movie on my phone one evening...that was painful. Tried a little web surfing too...that was painful.

Use the damn thing to make calls and tether when internet access ain't available.

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#4
August 31, 2012 at 16:39:46
I'm with all the Luddites who use a phone to make calls but as the parent of teenagers I also get that the next generation are embracing technology as never before. I agree that the "growth" from 5.3 to 5.5 is practically unnoticeable and would simply say that one event does not make a trend. There is a limit to the acceptable size of a mobile communications device. It needs to be large enough that the screen is easy to see but small enough to conveniently fit in pockets, purses, handbags etc and light enough not to be a burden to lug around. They will never get back to the days of the Motorola housebrick. Much larger than 5.5 and it gets to the realm of "too big for a phone but too small for a tablet" The mass market will reject it.

If anything I would see the future of communications technology in the form of a pair of glasses that incorporate the "screen" in HUD on the inside of the lenses and the sound in the arms behind the ear. Controls would be biometric and mounted in the frames using an advanced version of XBOX Kinnect or Wii motion sensing. Just wiggle your fingers in front of your face.

Oh... Damn.... Maybe I should have patented the idea before sprouting it on a public forum.

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#5
September 3, 2012 at 07:12:44
Samsung's Galaxy Note is bigger for a reason and that reason is part tablet(very small tablet) part phone(very big phone).
I admit that watching movies for these devices is hard but if all u care is making calls then there's no need to get a smart phone, it's like having core i7 3770k system with GTX 680 just for browsing the web.
Something like this will work perfect
http://www.phonecurry.com/show-mobi...

Oh... Damn.... Maybe I should have patented the idea before sprouting it on a public forum.
Google already own the patent, never heard of Google project glass and smart glove?

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#6
September 4, 2012 at 05:21:43
My iphone is the PERFECT size! When you have a great product like the iphone, well I think that Samsug should start there.

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#7
September 4, 2012 at 08:50:41
When you have a great product like the iphone, well I think that Samsug should start there.
Let me remind u Samsung Galaxy SIII is best smartphone money can buy right now.

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#8
September 13, 2012 at 03:14:19
Saw the release of the iPhone 5 has finally arrived and guess what. It's 1cm taller but in other respects thinner & lighter and purportedly now does things as well as the latest galaxy. Big deal. Oh and they changed the docking interface so everyone will have to buy an adapter or upgrade all their other apple products to the new standard.
If/when I decide to upgrade to a smartphone it won't be an apple product.

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#9
September 13, 2012 at 07:35:21
The day I walk around staring at a smartphone, and worse yet, talking to it, is the day I hope I get run over by a bus, LOL !!!!

Chances are, you'll be so distracted you'll step out in front of incoming traffic and get run over. I saw an article in the news recently about a guy who got run just this way.

I think a big part of why most of us stodgie "old fogies" don't have any interest in doing more than making calls on our cell phones is because even if like me you had 20/20 vision most of your life. You probably got reading glasses some time after turning 40. I was about 44 when I got mine. Even with the bifocals, it's stll extremely annoying trying to watch anything on those little screens and I can't be bothered as I'd just end up with a headache.

While flying to Mexico last March my wife and I watched a movie on her iPad that she had preloaded and that was irritating enough. But not nearly so irritating as trying to watch it on a teeny tiny little screen.

I recently had to get a new work cell phone. I got a flip phone because all I'm interested in doing is makig phone calls. My wife, being a technofile has an iPhone from her work and bought us one too (that I never touch....lol). One thing I know in the comparison between galaxy and iPhone is unless they've changed this in the most recent iPhone, you can't take the battery out like you can in the Galaxy. So should your iPhone battery die, you have to replace the whole phone so should I ever get interested in buying a smart phone (NOT!) I wouldn't buy an Apple product.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#10
September 15, 2012 at 23:42:26
I'm with the folks that use their phones for making voice calls only. As for the rest I must ask, why do you leave home? When I leave home part of the reason is I don't want to be sitting in front of that television. That being said the idea of watching a movie on something even bigger than my house phone is, I'm sorry, just nuts. Why would I do that? Even as a kid I was never really a gamer. I like to play but not for hours on end and it's usually something along the lines of video poker. I have a 22 inch monitor and a big screen television, why on earth would I do this on a phone?

I get that with the economy we are spending more time at work and what have but if you're playing games or watching movies I am not seeing your day as all that hectic sorry.

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#11
September 18, 2012 at 01:43:50
The answer (and it will happen) is to have some direct connection (preferably wireless!) between the device and the optic nerves. This will do away with the need for larger screens.

Sounds like Science Fiction but, believe me, it will happen.


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#12
September 18, 2012 at 03:57:07
Oh goodie then I can play COD while traveling at 80+ on the interstate.

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#13
September 18, 2012 at 05:21:09
Probably not a good idea, any more than it would be with current technology. But you will be able to view a map in the guise of a HUD, which could be useful. Safer than taking your eyes of the road to check a GPS display.

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#14
September 18, 2012 at 07:41:12
My GPS gives me directions out loud. A HUD is not an improvement over that.

The problem with a HUD is, you still have to visually change your focal point to view it clearly which means taking your attention off the road. It's not safer. In fact, it's a lot more dangerous.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#15
September 18, 2012 at 20:06:39
I actually wouldn't mind, but 5.5" is probably a cap on it! Anything larger becomes very... yeah impractical

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#16
September 18, 2012 at 21:59:16
There are vehicles on the market now that will parallel park for you as well as apply the breaks for you if you get too close to the vehicle in front of you. It shouldn't be long before we won't have to drive at all when behind the wheel. We will be able to watch movies, play games, text to our hearts content. Until something goes wrong. Just curious, will the computers that guide these missles down the street be 100% virus free? If some nut job hopped up on some energy drink gets his jollies by messing with google or yahoo how do you think he would view the idea of crashing half the California freeways?

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#17
September 19, 2012 at 01:39:32
"The problem with a HUD is, you still have to visually change your focal point to view it clearly which means taking your attention off the road."

The whole point of a HUD is that you don't have to change your point of view. That's why they are used in critical applications such as fighter planes where any inattention could be fatal.


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