I’m sitting here today with my Galaxy Nexus by my side with its wonderful 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED display and I’m feeling a bit of tech envy towards the 4.8″ display that’s set to arrive when the Galaxy S III hits the shelves. I’ve had some hands on time with the HTC One X and its 4.7″ screen and Motorola’s current flagship device, the Droid RAZR, offers up a 4.3″ display. It seems that most Android phone manufacturers are of the view that bigger is better and with the runaway success of devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note, it would appear that they might be right.
It’s long been a trend in my household that whenever I buy a new phone, my wife will happily inherit my previous phone. The benefits of this arrangement are two fold; Firstly, my wife knows that I’m very specific about my choice of phone and that I look after them carefully. Therefore she can be safe in the knowledge that any phone she gets from me will be as good as new and more than sufficient for her needs. In turn it then means that I can use her upgrade when it comes around for my own use, a win-win situation I’m sure you’ll agree!
Just recently when I returned from the Samsung Unpacked event in London, I decided to show my wife some of the photos and videos that I grabbed. In the middle of my enthralling presentation she remarked “You do know I won’t be able to use that phone when you’re finished with it, it’s far too big” Referring to her Nexus S, she continued “This phone is as big as I’d ever want to go” It was only then I recalled the conversation I’d had with my sister a few months back. My wonderful sister, for her sins, had been an iPhone user for a number of years and actually approached me for some advice on which Android phone to switch to as she’d finally seen the light. Now my sister isn’t a geek like I am but does enjoy having a high spec, capable smart phone so without hesitation I recommended the Galaxy S II. “That’s way too big” she proclaimed, the search would have to continue. In the end she opted for a Droid RAZR due to the thin profile and durable kevlar build (she’s dropped and smashed her last three phones in a row). I checked in with her after a week of use for the verdict. She loved Android and was more than happy with Motoblur and seemed to have adjusted fine to the differences when compared to iOS, “It’s still a little bigger than I’d have liked” she concluded.
With only two cases to go by, I decided to do a little more local research to see if it was just a coincidence. A healthy number of my social circle are Android users, perhaps due to my influence but that’s another story! A few of my friends have a similar set-up as I do regarding passing their old phones on to their partners. From my extremely limited research I came across an HTC Desire, another Nexus S and an original Samsung Galaxy S all of whose female owners agreed that they wouldn’t be comfortable with the size of the Galaxy S II let alone a Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy S III.
With my ‘extensive’ research complete, I ventured on-line to see which high end, new smartphones are a bit more modest in size. It didn’t take me long to come to my conclusion. If you’re looking for the latest and fastest processor, the most RAM, oodles of internal storage, the sharpest screen and the latest software all with a sub 4″ display… you’re pretty much out of luck. It looks to me that there’s a very obvious gap in the market for this particular niche. The question is, just how big is the requirement, which is why I’ve decided to write this piece.
I’d be interested to hear back from the female Android enthusiasts out there in order to gather your thoughts on the latest batch of flagship phones and how they suit your needs. Are all the females I know overly picky with small hands or is the market missing a trick. Check out the comments below and be sure to let us know your views.