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New phones a little too big

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    Is anyone else thinking that these new phones are getting too big. Yeah, I want my phone as big as the one I had in the 90's.dancedroid
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    yes, 4.3" is way too big :icon_eek:
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    This made me think of the BK Small Hands Commercial.

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    Way too funny
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    Haha, for a while there the trend was going too small.

    As long as it fits comfortably in my pocket, bigger screen = better.

    In 5-10 years I would guess they'll be "normal" size again with an expandable fold out or roll out screen. Use it like your Droid now, or expand the screen to like 3x8 for power surfing/reading/video. There have been a prototype or two that fizzled for lack of funding in the credit crunch.
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    Projector on the wall or HUD on your glasses :)
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    I dont see how the X could fit in anyones pocket, it looks like a wannabe netbook..
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    It's a fine line.

    I want my smartphone packed with features and a great display, but where do you draw the line?
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    If it doesnt fit in your pocket get bigger pockets or use a belt case
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    Somewhere short of assuming everyone has hands the size of Kobe Bryant's.

    On the other hand, it seems to me that manufacturers are still unsure where the sweet spot is. There seems to be an emerging "tablet" form factor that overlaps with phones on one side and netbooks on the other. And I've noticed several devices that tout an ability to project a screen on a wall for viewing. As VOIP continues to grow, I expect to see more and more netbook/tablet size devices add functionality to handle voice calls.
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    Lol. Touche sir.

    (Celtics fan so any jab at Kobe is welcome)
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    4.3 should be the standard , I could easily use a 5" phone . I can't wait for the Dell Mini 5 . I don't get it how someone can use all the smartphone functions on a display smaller than 3.5"
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    I think as phones trend more towards trying to be the everything device screen real estate is needed. For web browers spreadsheets and on screen keyboards, its nice to have a screen that allows for bigger web font keys, and such. Tried running remote desktop from a phone...pain in the ass cause of the small screen. Yes you can pinch and zoom but that becomes the only way to really see the text. I personally am happy to see the larger screens. Snag you 1-2 backup batteries and you are ready for a road trip.
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    No thats the 5" Dell Streak, a confused phone/tablet.....a phablet....


    Yea I remember when cellphones were getting smaller n smaller...than the smartphone boom hit, than they started getting bigger n bigger....lol

    I remember seeing a clamshell smartphone back in the day looking like a Nokia clamshell cellphone....they might still make em that small
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    It wil go where the market swings. It is what it is, everyone try to out do the competitor until people complain or do not support it. It is something that they are trying to balance; you want a device large enough for movies and personal computing, but not too big to where it can not be used as a phone or put in my pocket.
    It will be interesting to see if it just become a certain device for a certain market, or if the entire smartphone market go toward that direction.
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    Might end-up being a few sized screens, but like I said I think the "premium" phone will have some sort of slide-out expandable screen.

    What would be cool is a phone that had a storage space for a bluetooth earpiece so it's always with your phone and just snaps out when needed....charges when snapped in and the phone is plugged in. Would be an easy route to add content and charge a premium for it.
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    That concept seems familiar I believe a phone or a device is out that does that, cant think of it now.
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    LOL! I hadn't even thought of the potential for bluetooth virtual-reality like glasses. Such a concept would be a theoretical "max" screen size, no?

    On the other hand, think of the dangers of people wearing these reading email while they're trying to drive!
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    people wont do that. Everybody either use a bluetooth/ handsfree device. People signal before they turn, they do not cut any one off....and the roads are safe to drive on.:icon_eek:
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    Sony demonstrates rollable OLED ? Cell Phones & Mobile Device Technology News & Updates | Geek.com

    There was a buggy (I think) prototype out a few years ago that ran out of funding. Interesting that no one seems to have bought the tech, but maybe because they had their own in development.

    I see Sony rolled this out (no pun intended) in May.
    Sony demonstrates rollable OLED ? Cell Phones & Mobile Device Technology News & Updates | Geek.com

    Another very appealing aspect of this is the low power consumption, as we all know the display is by far the biggest battery hogger (unless you are playing an intensive game).

    Touchscreen capability would be huge, but I'm guessing there would be an issue with people poking holes in their screen!. Then again, for viewing I'm not sure how necessary that would be if combined as an add-on to a phone with a traditional touchscreen. Heck, if you think outside the box, you could have different sized "tubes" that plug into an HDMI port and you could have a huge variety of potential screen sizes with varying lengths and widths.

    Probably 2-3 years away is my guess, but it's impossibe for a layman like myself to predict.
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