Ah, first world problems. Phablets are too big to comfortably use one-handed. The post on ReadWrite goes into some detail about how inconvenient large screen phones can be. (Check it out for the image of the phone ring on the iPhone 6+. I didn’t know they were a thing.) Basically, the point comes down to if you can’t use it one-handed, it’s not worth getting.
I admit the post had me rolling my eyes. (If you read the comments, others had the same reaction.) It’s not like this should actually be a surprise to anyone.
I used to be in the camp of “smaller phones are better.” I intentionally bought an iPhone 4S after the 5 was released because I didn’t want to deal with a larger phone. (I still dislike the proportions of the 5. Too narrow.) Then I bought my HTC One M8, and I discovered the advantages of a larger phone. Like how web browsing is lots easier.
I’m working on a post about how I’m not happy with Android as a phone operating system, so I’ll leave the details of my discontent for that post. For now, just know that my next phone will probably be another iPhone (sorry, Paul–going back to the dark side). And, yes, I am seriously considering an iPhone 6+. Since I won’t be upgrading until next year, I’ll have plenty of time to see how this year’s releases will stack up. When I got my Fire HD 6, I discovered how wonderful it is to have a device of that size. I recently compared my Fire to a 6+, and they were close. (The 6+ is a bit shorter and quite a bit narrower.)
My Fire fits everywhere, except a pocket. I’m small, so my pockets are too small even for my phone. But it fits in my shoulder bag, my waist pack, anything. For months I had been wanting a tablet-like device that was basically the same size as my Paperwhite. The Fire is it.
Which started me thinking. What if my phone were about the same size as my Fire? No more belt clip, true, which is okay because my M8 looks so silly on my belt that I usually don’t bother. Yes, I will look weird if I hold it to my head to talk, but mostly I use a headset, so I can live with that. An iPhone 6+ might just be that elusive “perfect device.” Okay, probably not, but it would be close. I could still have an iPad for functions which require a larger screen (like writing).
CNET had a survey today which asked about the future of technology in five years. Because I know things go in cycles, I said, “Phones will be smaller and tablets will be bigger. And I will hate it.” It’s true. I used to think large phones were anathema. Until I owned one. Now I think bigger just might be better.
Yes, I am aware of the irony that I am the same person who wrote a post on how our love affair with the tablet isn’t over. I still think my points in that post are valid. I don’t intend to never have a tablet. It just might leave the house less often.
What about you?