Smartphones: when bigger is too big!

In general, the only people who still think they want a 4-inch iPhone are those who do not yet own a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.


When the iPhone launch in 2007, its 3.5 inches screen was considered large. Things changed quite a lot since then. Have you ever since someone having a conversation with a large phablet to its head? Ridiculous is a overstatement!


It is ironic considering that we spent 40 years to get from the Bulky Motorola Dynatac to a “star trek” like communicator


So, I recently change my iPhone5 for a iPhone6, because I like the technologies – the internal stuff(!) added since the 5. Not the 6 Plus, just the regular 6. After two months of use, I have to say I am looking forward to get back to a smaller form factor (but same tech…). While the 4.7” iPhone6 does fit in my front Levis pockets or in a front dress shirt pocket, you certainly do not forget about them being there, especially when sitting.


To me large screen phones or phablets are like Bards in D&D: jack of all trades but master of none.

  • Yes it is a phone but unnecessarily too large when you bring it to your ear 😉
  • Cannot be operated easily  with one hand (even with all the software tools to make this easier)
  • The 5.5” or more screen is close enough in size to a pocket book to be OK for reading but not for intensive text editing or PDF document revisions (aka real works).
  • 4K resolution on a small screen is not innovation, it is stupidity.
  • It does fit in a purse but forget regular pants or shirt pockets. At this point, they are far from the wearable category.

As part of my job, I am reviewing and editing many hundreds of pages of documents each month. For that a full size tablet is the perfect format. Having just move on the iPad Air2, the size, performance and weight of this device makes working with documents fun anytime, anywhere. Plus the size is large enough to go over e-mails or replace papers to take notes in meetings. Oh, yes for those who think stylets are cool, you can use stylets with iPhones and iPads. Adonit have the best on the market (in my opinion).


Thus, my iPhone is used as an on the go device for quick (and short) note taking, tasks, calendar, quick look at e-mails (but not overlong replies), yes receiving and making calls, texting and, more importantly, as a hotspot for the iPad or Notebook while out of range of WiFi (that is the largest usage I am doing of my phone actually!).


This also means that I do not need a large screen phone at all and my best iDevice would pack all of the iPhone6 Plus technologies in a 4” form factor, even if it would be a bit thicker.


  1. Even in Android land, it is difficult to find a powerful high-end small phone. The only one this generation is the Sony Z3 Compact which is of a similar size as the Iphone 5s.

    I think Apple is in some kind of bind regarding phone size. Because of its button, the Iphone needs a big symmetric bezel below and above the screen making the Iphone bigger for a similar sized screen compared to Android devices. I don’t envision Apple producing a new small phone since they can steer customers to the smaller Iphone 5s for the moment.

    It would be surprising for Apple to create a lower resolution Iphone to meet a smaller footprint since it could be seen as a step “backward”. The other option is to forego the button and create a slim bezel Iphone. That seems ludicrous as it would kill the distinctive Iphone look and some functionalities (TouchID). Interesting times ahead for the evolution of the Iphone.

    Luc, I think you’re stuck with your Iphone 6 for awhile!


    P.S. Here is a size comparison of the Iphone 6 (4.7″), the Iphone 5 (4.0″), the Z3 Compact (4.7″) and the Moto X (4.7″). Sorry for the long link.,Motorola-Moto-X,Sony-Xperia-Z3-Compact,Apple-iPhone-5s/phones/8346,7885,8744,7710


  2. Finally a reasonable position on the non sense growth of personal devices. Fully agree.

    Mario E.S. Magalhães

    (From a Mobile Device)



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