Cellular Phones

Definitely not. I have zero use for a smartwatch, even if I got it for free I don’t think I’d use more than once or twice as a novelty before just abandoning it in a drawer.

Do you understand why someone may want to? I mean you must as the things sell like really expensive hotcakes.

Sure, I can totally see uses for them for some people or just being a preference, like phone size.

Ok, imagine you live in bizarro land. There’s no such thing as tablets. There’s only phones and smart watches. Everyone has a smart watch and for most their smart watch is their primary means of computing and using the things we all use cell phones for. Only some people have phones. You of course have both and have it set up exactly the way you want, though in this universe ya kinda need a watch to get around.

Then for some unknown reason there’s this trend where people want bigger and bigger smart watches.

You’d probably think this is crazy. Just use your phone for this, make it as big as you want but I for one don’t want a dinner plate strapped to my wrist all day, you’d say in vein.

Then along comes this universe you, saying:

We briefly touched on this before, but I wonder if some of this isn’t that you’re skinny, with skinny guy skinny jeans. My Pixel and Razer both fit in my pocket fine, with room to spare. I wonder if there’s a correlation with weight, cus I’m a large guy with large guy pockets.


Yes? Maybe some people just want a big screen on their smart watch? I get the complaint that people have that they want a smaller phone and most phones are big, its a valid complaint, there ought to be both. In bizzaro land there should be big and small watches. I just want to push back on folks like Rym not getting that not everyone is them wanting a tiny phone, a tiny phone isn’t the “correct” form and large phones inferior, neither is a big phone.

All I can say then is good luck taking off your jacket without also taking off your dinner plate wrist band.

To me, in the end, if your phone does phone things and is convenient and comfortable to you as an individual its fine. If Bizzaro people are cool with having to take off their watch to put on their coat that’s fine for them.

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The idea of people wanting bigger and bigger smart watches runs into a fairly hard ergonomic limit. As well as just the fact of fashion. Phone size has no such hard limit because there’s so many different use cases they can get away with various form factors. And from a style perspective if they’re all big dumb rectangles with a case then it doesn’t really matter if it’s 4.9 or 5.3 inches.

Yes some people benefit from a compact phone and fashion plays into that from a storage perspective but until you get really small it’s still a big brick in a pocket or bag, so in for a penny in for a pound.

Offer a massive smart watch and the outcry of how ridiculous it is would just drown out the three people who want to flash their wrist pancakes.

Should compact smart phones be marketed? Absolutely. And I have seen multiple attempts and designs for the come around only to never hear of them again. I can understand why.

Personally I’ll take the big phone as a do-all device.

I would like a smaller phone but I would need to have both phones seamlessly identical in every way. I should be able to put down the phablet, pick up the smaller phone, and they just know which one is now primary. If I grab the compact one for a jog it needs to have all of the same content and apps and use the same phone number. If I stop at the cafe and download a new app while hanging out, and then tomorrow go out with my big phone it needs to have that app already installed as if I had had it with me yesterday. If I draw some concept sketches on the Note, I need those to be saved and then loaded onto my small phone at home.

I don’t have mental space to juggle keeping 3 different computers, 2 phones, and a tablet all updated and concurrent. Until we have ways for everything to be seamlessly synced between at least the phones (and tablets) then I’m going to go with the minimal amount of hardware, which means just living with a Note which does everything.

Ideally I could have 5 or 10 physical devices, each tailored for each use case and then they all just access the same “space” when I swipe in.

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There are solutions for this, they just involve enterprise software that isn’t made to fit a single consumer’s budget or expertise.

There are solutions for this, they just involve enterprise software that isn’t made to fit a single consumer’s budget or expertise.

As soon as you can’t access most of the screen with your thumb while holding the phone one-handed, it’s become a UX problem.


Says who? What is wrong with two handing for anything other than talking on the phone?

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Agreed. I need to be able to comfortably use my phone while standing on a cramped subway and holding a rail with my other hand. My fingers are a little short, so 4.7" us the absolute limit for this.

I’m single handing this post right now on my Note. It’s doable. Not perfect. Sometimes I do go for the “gut check” for more stability. And hitting the far keys can be a challenge at times. Most of the time I go for dual thumb typing tho. Nice and fast. And I enjoy having more real estate in those cases.

Interesting, if unexpected, news:


I switched to T-Mobile from Verizon. We have shit service at home because we live in an ancient meteor crater but everywhere else is great and unlimited data and $40 a month less.

I want to believe :alien:


If this rumor is true, count me in for the 5G 5.4" OLED model. That’s even smaller than an iPhone XS. Not as small as I would like, but a perfectly acceptable size.

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My iPhone 10 was in for repair, so I used my old iPhone 6 for a week. What a crazy experience! There is a button I had to press to change apps! Barbaric!

Now I’ve got my phone back… but it’s actually a full replacement with a new phone, completely free. Which is great! Also this year I had about €1000 of free replacement parts on my MacBook Pro (keyboard, case, battery, screen, etc). I’ve never bought Apple Care insurance, but they seem happy in the Apple Store to just do everything for free anyway? I’m not complaining! Getting service like this is why I was happy to pay so much for my MacBook Pro in the first place.