Are smaller phones making a come back

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by richxps, May 3, 2016.

  1. richxps macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
    just wondering what you all think , are smaller phones coming back ? Are phablets going to be a thing of the past ?
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
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    I think customers for smaller phones never left. The market is now correcting back and offering smaller phones again and because of that those forgotten customers are buying again.
  3. G.McGilli macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2015
    No and No. There has always been a market for small phones, and there will always be a market for larger phones. IMO.
  4. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2015
    Pune, India
    FYI: they never went away
  5. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    could never have a small phone now personally.
  6. ssong macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2015
    London, UK
    I also partly think that the market for phablets created it self, partly though offering top specs in the biggest phones, and partly through creating the notion that small phones are mid market and big phones are the latest hotness.

    Apple is pretty much doing the same thing y offering the SE at a slightly lower price point with some compromises that may matter to the phablet crowd, like the screen. It overall as a phone they made a flagship level phone with the SE and that is why we're seeing a mass shortage of it across the globe.

    It makes sense why they stuck to the old screen really, people who want to consume a lot of entertainment contents need a great screen and would always go for a bigger screen as it is more sensible and a pleasurable experience. People who want a small phone, want a small phone that is more about the day to day experience rather than visual consumption, hence wouldn't have too much qualms about compromising screen quality.
  7. richxps thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
    I have the plus and the 6 and feel that the 6 or a tad bit bigger would be great, some where in range of the s7 size. The plus just seems big
  8. eyoungren, May 3, 2016
    Last edited: May 3, 2016

    eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I've had the 6+ and now the 6s+.

    I love my old iPhone 5 but I'd never go back to that size for my daily use phone.
  9. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Apple will probably release a 128GB option for the SE in the Fall, forcing those who bought the 64GB version and want more storage to upgrade.
  10. se1000 macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2014
    LA, CA
  11. Zoddino macrumors regular


    Jun 27, 2010
    SE reminds me of how much I loved the 5S but having tried all iPhone until now (first with iPhone 6, then iPhone 6S Plus) i'm definitely going to get an iPhone 7 and no longer a plus, SE's too small. I could use the normal 6s with one hand without problems, I won't be definitely getting another plus with same bezels and chassis as current one, heavy and uncomfortable at least for me.
  12. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida

    In fact the trend is for larger phones. The SE was just Apple's way to give us more choice.
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
  14. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    What makes you ask this question? I don't mean that critically. I am truly wondering what your thought process is here. The SE is just about the only 4" device I am seen receive any fanfare. And I think there are a multitude of reasons for its demand. Sure, the smaller size is a huge bullet point. But that fact that it's got the same internals and is less than 2/3 the price of the next cheapest current gen phone will surely have a lot to do with sales.

    As for actually trying to answer the question, I agree with what has already been said. I think the demand was always there, but I don't think the demand is increasing.
  15. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040


    Mar 19, 2008
    I'm mainly just hoping the smallest phone size keeps pace with the changing tech moving forward from now on.
  16. AVN6293 macrumors member


    Sep 2, 2015
    Boston MA
  17. Starfia macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2011
    Yeah, I've… I can sort of understand the giant phone thing for a particular group of people…?

    But on the whole, I mean… I've only ever thought the portable device should be pocket-sized. When introducing the iPad after a decade of failed attempts at netbooks and heavy tablets, Steve reiterated on that devices have to have a "reason for being," and that the iPad's was the ability to do what it does better than a phone and a notebook.

    With the large phones, the only "reason for being" I can see is to satisfy that particular group (all right, not that it's wrong or anything), and to compete with rivals.

    That said, I did like the original reshape of the iPhone from its original size to slightly taller for a true sixteen-by-nine screen size – that actually made an appreciable difference when watching things in coffee shops, et cetera.
  18. von franklin macrumors regular

    von franklin

    May 31, 2015
    I think some people will always love them and it will always be a market for those who like them
  19. daniel1948 macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2015
    Spokane, WA
    ^ This!
  20. venomgt95 macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2014
    I was never a big fan of big screened phones till my dad got his Boost Max. (It has a 5.7 inch screen) Toying around with it, i found that i loved all that extra space. Till then id thought that the 5S was the only way to go. Now look at me, soon, i'll be getting a BLU Studio XL. (That has a 6 inch screen!) :D
  21. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    Nope. Better to have all the options instead of trending into one particular size since not everyone is the same similar to clothing and shoe sizes.

    I prefer the "4.5-"5.2 but see myself gravitating towards the "5.5 or higher. My tablets have "9.7 and "10.1, so I can be used to carrying around larger devices. Going back to "3.5-"4 is too archaic for me especially at what I do most on my phone which is texting, typing notes, and browsing. A comfortable virtual keyboard is very important to me. A "5 display generally hits that sweet spot for typing in portrait mode.

    Better to have more choices than leaving one segment out. All sizes should be here to stay. I can't wait for the foldable displays coming from Samsung next year. Clamshell form factor might make a comeback and change the game for phablets and tablets forever. A smartphone with a "7-10 display will be a lot more comfortable to carry around if folded like a book. Within four years, people like me preferring the "4.7-5.2 will be laughing at ourselves for preferring such an anemic size under "6 inches. Same ones laughing at themselves now for preferring "3.5-4 like four years ago and typing on them now feels like a kid's toy.

    Most of us do EVOLVE with the changes in technology even if some of us can't adapt as fast as others...
  22. roczero macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2016
    There will always be a market for small and portable phones. But I can't see the majority of the market trending back towards a small phone. Thinner, yes. But smaller? Probably not. We're too used to bigger screens, going back to small screens would be like Sony making smaller and smaller TV screens
  23. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040


    Mar 19, 2008
    I don't quite understand why people think "a couple years from now we'll be laughing at sub 6" phone users"..

    There are tangible physical limits to the size that is comfortable to carry around, use in your hand, put in your pocket, etc..

    I'd say the iP6+ is basically at that upper limit already (physical could shrink bezels and get a bigger screen of course).

    ..and small phones will always have a use case and be preferred by many - It just depends upon what you do with your phone.

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