Are we ready to scale back the screen size yet?

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  1. pc747

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    Looking at the what Apple did yesterday and listening to reviews about the s7 I begin to wonder are we ready to get some more high end phones that we can use with one hand?

    I love the Nexus 6 and Note 5 for multimedia, especially when I am on lunch break catching up on Arrow or Flash via Hulu. But at the end of the day I spend less time doing that than I do trying to multitask, like shoot out an email/text and do something else at the same time. Yeah we have phones like the Nexus 5X but I would like to see a Nexus 5 that actually have specs to rival the latest smart phone (ie premium build, latest hardware, high resolution display, a great camera, and a large battery). By the way if Google is listening how about throwing in that shatterproof display as well. :D

    How about you, are you ok with the 5.5 inch phones or would you like to see more premium devices in the range of 4.5-5.1?
     
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again a million times, my wife definitely wants a smaller phone. I'm surprised she's stuck with my old Note 4 as long as she has since I got the 6P.

    The 6P is the biggest I'd go. I have a pair or 2 of jeans that it gets a little uncomfortable in the pocket when I sit if it's not positioned just right.

    I use my phone WAY more than any other devices (tablets, PC-except at work), so it's a fair trade for me to have the larger screen.

    I realize though, that not everyone uses their devices like I do. I think there's definitely a market for smaller screened phones that still have respectable specs.

    We were looking at the specs on some of the mini devices that were offered a few years ago (S4 mini, droid mini, etc) and they were sorely lacking in the spec department.

    The S4 was getting too sluggish for the wife before she took over the Note 4. She wants/needs decent specs, but also really wants a smaller screen. I know she's not alone in that by any means, even if I'm not in the same camp.
     
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    While I love my 6p, a smaller screen with these specs would be awesome. About the size of my bionic would be nice.
     
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    It's funny you say that because when many talk about small phones we think of our significant others. But I know every now and then, especially when using my nexus 5, I realize how good it feels to use my phone one handed. That was the primary reason I chose the note 5 over the nexus 6p. The note 5 felt closer to the size of my nexus 5. Perfect world would be to have a nexus that had the screen size of my note (or close to it) that fit into the body of my nexus 5. Utopia would be to have a built like the Motorola with ballistic skin and shatterproof screen....and beyond would be that I could use Samsung pay with it. I'm not expecting the beyond but here is hoping for the Utopia.

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    My personal ideal size would be around 5.5". The G2 was a large phone for the time and was very easy to use one handed because the bezels were minimal. I'd scale back to 5.5 if the phone was designed similarly. But that'd probably be difficult incorporating front facing speakers, which is a must have for me now.

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    See, I don't feel like I have an issue with the 6P one handed. Same story when I had the Note 4.

    While I was using the S3 for a couple weeks getting my 6P fixed, it constantly felt like the screen was too small & didn't feel that much easier to use one handed.

    Of course, I have larger hands & considerably longer fingers than most people I know. Everyone I've ever compared them to with the exception of a couple, I have at LEAST a knuckle longer fingers.

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    That helps lol. I don't have large hands and while it did take some getting use to using the 6P. The only part that I think makes it difficult to handle is the slippery metal.

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    Centre argue with that. I've been easing into using it without a case once in a while just in case it was something I did that cracked the back glass. Though I know that's not the case, I can't help but worry now. It's naked right now. Slick for sure.

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    For people with larger hands phones like the nexus 6p is fine because for them it is like using a 5.1 inch phone for me. The note 5 is actually almost the perfect size for me. Take a little off the top and we are talking about Nexus 5 territory for sure.
     
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    I love my Nexus 6 and the screen size is perfect for me. I'm an oddball in that I rarely use the device with one hand. Always tired with two, and now I hold it with one and Swype with the other. For games and media, screen can't be beat.

    As for a smaller screen Nexus with premium specs, expect a premium price. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. I really dig my premium Nexus.
     
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    I think it was ridiculous to bail on the smaller phones in the first place. Sony didn't, at least, but they are such a bit player. You can't get the Mini from VZW.
    My friend has a Moto X 1st gen. Beat to snot but still works great. He's determined not to upgrade until Moto makes a smaller Moto X. He is convinced they will.
     
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    I think we should develop tech with bendable displays...to be able to resize your phone..if that makes sense..bigger when you want or need it...smaller when you don't...we already have willow glass and other variants like it being tested for such things..they just need to get em on the market..easier said than done I'm sure..but I'm hoping..
     
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