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Old Mar 14, 2013, 01:17 AM   #1
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At what point does big become to big?

As a former Galaxy S3 owner I can tell you that I am thrilled to have a "smallerish" phone now in the iPhone 5. That thing was so big just throwing it in your pocket was a chore. I've just seen photos of the new S4. Looks identical to the S3. Still huge though, of course. Would Samsung have been better off cutting back the size of the display to slightly larger than the iPhone 5 and then really beefing up the other specs? Maybe even use a new material that felt a bit more "premium" in the hand?

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Old Mar 14, 2013, 01:31 AM   #2
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7 inches is too big, anything below that is up to the user. The original iPhone was one of the biggest phones sold when it was released. Feature phones and flip phones are smaller than the iPhone 5. Give you some food for thought.

And you have to be wilfully evasive to say the Galaxy S4 "Looks identical to the S3". It isn't like an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 4S, which ARE identical.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 01:34 AM   #3
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7 inches is too big, anything below that is up to the user. The original iPhone was one of the biggest phones sold when it was released. Feature phones and flip phones are smaller than the iPhone 5. Give you some food for thought.

And you have to be wilfully evasive to say the Galaxy S4 "Looks identical to the S3". It isn't like an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 4S, which ARE identical.
I don't have any definitive measurements, but the design is identical. Pebble shaped with the one physical home button. It looks just like the S3 in that regard. I thought they would go back to the square design of the Galaxy and S2.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 01:37 AM   #4
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I don't have any definitive measurements, but the design is identical. Pebble shaped with the one physical home button. It looks just like the S3 in that regard. I thought they would go back to the square design of the Galaxy and S2.
I think you should compare actual photos of a Galaxy S3 to a Galaxy S4. They are noticeably different. The Galaxy S4 has a larger screen, smaller bezel, different surface textures, larger home button, metal band around the perimeter, and the curvature all around the phone is different too, even on the backside.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 01:43 AM   #5
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I think you should compare actual photos of a Galaxy S3 to a Galaxy S4. They are noticeably different. The Galaxy S4 has a larger screen, smaller bezel, different surface textures, larger home button, metal band around the perimeter, and the curvature all around the phone is different too, even on the backside.
You really seem to be on a kick making sure people know that the s4 looks different than the s3. In my mind, I don't care if it looks different unless the new design adds to functionality (like the smaller bezel). They don't need to reinvent the wheel with a new design each iteration as long as they keep pushing software advances like they have been. I do hope they improve the screen color/tone as that was a big reason for me not to try one out. If the S3 had the screen quality of the note 2 I probably would have been more willing.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 01:46 AM   #6
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I think you should compare actual photos of a Galaxy S3 to a Galaxy S4. They are noticeably different. The Galaxy S4 has a larger screen, smaller bezel, different surface textures, larger home button, metal band around the perimeter, and the curvature all around the phone is different too, even on the backside.
Looks the same to me. At least in the photos I saw. Nothing screamed "different" out to me at first glance.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 01:49 AM   #7
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5'' would be max

4.5'' would be good.

I was disappointed when Apple made the iPhone 5 only 4''.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 01:50 AM   #8
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You are correct on the metal border, however. I don't care for it.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 01:52 AM   #9
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Although I do like the 4" screen, 4.5" would be a welcome addition too. Anything over that would be too much for me.
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Although I do like the 4" screen, 4.5" would be a welcome addition too. Anything over that would be too much for me.
Agreed.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 01:55 AM   #11
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When the Galaxy SIII Mini outsells the Galaxy SIII, then starts getting too big.

Yes, that is already the case. And yes, the Galaxy SIII Mini has a 4" screen, so does the iPhone 5.

Conclusion: 8" phones are oh so nice, but the majority prefers 4" phones. But if Apple was to make the screen wider again (hence bigger), and keeps 3.5" as the low-cost option, nobody would really complain and fragmentation is kept to a minimum.

And as far as marketing goes, the same rules that apply to 7" vs 7.85" on the iPad Mini would apply to a 4.36" iPhone.

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When the Galaxy SIII Mini outsells the Galaxy SIII, then starts getting too big.

Yes, that is already the case. And yes, the Galaxy SIII Mini has a 4" screen, so does the iPhone 5.

Conclusion: 8" phones are oh so nice, but the majority prefers 4" phones.
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I should also mention that, before someone else does, I don't even consider a monstrosity like the Note or Note 2 a cell phone. But that's totally my opinion. More like a tablet in my mind. How is having to carry around a mobile device that big convenient? Maybe if you're a chick and you can just throw it in your pocketbook or something. I get that.

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It seems weird he would just make that up on the spot.
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Cite sources for your claims per forum rules.
While I normally disagree with you on just about everything......

Lawyered. Haha.
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It may look different for phones on contract, though.
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It may look different for phones on contract, though.
Nice follow up. Are the numbers available for all sales? I'm sure he'll ask about that.

By the way, I wasn't calling you out in anyway. I know he had a thread shut down because he didn't provide sources so I'm sure he'll use that every chance he gets.
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I wouldn't want a phone larger than 4.5 inches.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 02:40 AM   #18
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I wouldn't want a phone larger than 4.5 inches.
I agree but unfortunately the trend in flagship phones recently are towards 5"+.
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At what point does big become to big?
When it negatively impacts sales. There's no universal "too big" and products can certainly exist to fill different niches/needs/wants/preferences.
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When it negatively impacts sales. There's no universal "too big" and products can certainly exist to fill different niches/needs/wants/preferences.
Also, I agree with that. I just can't see myself using something like the Note 2. It kills the idea of a mobile phone for me personally. But I know a lot of people enjoy such devices.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 11:53 AM   #21
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Simple, when people stop buying it.
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What's wrong with this?...

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What's wrong with this?...

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That's the Note 5 prototype.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 02:25 PM   #24
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5'' would be max

4.5'' would be good.


I was disappointed when Apple made the iPhone 5 only 4''.
That is pretty much how I feel. 5" at the max and 4.5" would be the perfect size. The nexus 4 is closer to 4.5" since it has the capacitive buttons
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Just speaking for myself, I don't want the iPhone any bigger. It's great for one-handed use as designed; these giant Android phones are nice-looking but for everyday use the size makes them impractical. I got rid of my Nexus 4 and went back to an iPhone 4 primarily because the Nexus was just too damn big for me to use one-handed comfortably.

I like it as it is. What can I say?
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