Friday, May 04, 2012

How big is too big?

I was a little surprised when I saw the coverage of the new Samsung Galaxy S-III phone to read that they had increased the screen to 4.8 inches. Not being a Samsung user I hadn't followed the rumours but I was impressed the screen on it's predecessor, the S-II, owned by colleagues and friends, but I did think that the downside of such a nice screen was a case that was just a little too big. 

Now the S-III has actually grown larger and granted while I haven't seen it in the flesh, the idea of a phone bigger than the S-II does not fill me with confidence.Look at Engadget for a comparison of the Galaxy phones.

I'll have to go into a shop when it's released to feel the phone in my hand but from the pictures it appears the new Galaxy S-III might fall into the "phablet" bracket, something between a phone and a tablet. Too big for a phone and too small for a tablet.

At the same time the iPhones 4S screen is looking a little old and small these days, but there has to be a happy medium between a small 3.5 inch screen and a cumbersome 4.8 inch screen? I'm sure some people will love the larger size of the Galaxy S-III but personally I hope the iPhone 5 sports a screen closer in size to the 4.3inch Galaxy S-II.but somehow managing to pack it into a smaller case.

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