Cellular Phones

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.

Old video but immediately thought of adding fuel to the small phone club.

They’re going to release an “XL” version of that phone! with a 4" screen like the old IPhone SE’s

This person isn’t saying get an iPhone because they are better and faster. They’re saying keep in mind that most users have slow phones, so test your software and web sites on slow crappy phones.

However I am definitely saying yeah, high price of iPhones seem justified if benchmarks are legit. People don’t think about performance of phones the way they do about PCs. Would like to see some pixel phones on this chart. Also explains why my iPhone7 is still going great. It was ahead of the curve when it was new.

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As a front-end web guy and accessibility specialist I can 100% confirm. If the slowest phones load ok then the users of the fastest will just be happier anyways.

Also; the things that kill web speed are analytics and ads. They don’t even need to be this way; if they were made and maintained in-house you could almost always outperform out of the box tools.


T-Mobile and Sprint are combined now. Less competition. :rage:

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I (sarcastically) commented earlier that this is an April Fool’s joke. Alas.

Whoa, iPhone SE 2!

  • bigger than SE 1: 4.7” display
  • no headphone jack
  • $400
  • Available for pre-order on Friday

Seems basically identical to my iPhone 7 only with newer hardware inside. If the new iPhone in September does not impress, then I’ll probably upgrade to one of these and try to make it last as long as this iPhone 7 has.

The great irony is that I got the iPhone 3G, 4, 5, 6, and 7 on release. When I got the 7 I switched to the upgrade plan that would let me upgrade the phone every year and pay for it with a 0% interest loan that included perpetual AppleCare. The loan was paid off in full long ago. The AppleCare expired just after I got a free battery replacement. I still haven’t upgraded it.

I could absolutely just keep going with the iPhone 7 as well. 5G is a thing, though.