[Video] Big Phones, Big Problem?

Do you think the growth of smartphones and the increasingly bigger screens they come with is creating a problem for buyers? Talk Android‘s Kent Oki lights up our YouTube channel with his thoughts on the subject in our latest video which you can check out after the break.

As far as Kent’s thoughts on the subject, they may best be summed up by his reference to the “chunky, goofy bezels” found on devices like the larger iPhones or the HTC U Ultra that he recently spent some time with. Those bezels come in addition to screens that are routinely exceeding 5.5-inches, which used to be considered a large device.

Recently we have seen manufacturers figure out how to pack some larger screens into devices that do not seem that large by slimming down the bezels, notably the Samsung Galaxy S8 which comes with a 5.8-inch screen in a svelte package and the LG G6 with a 5.7-inch screen that also has a nice screen-to-body ratio to keep the overall device size smaller.

When I reviewed the Galaxy S8+, one of the conclusions I reached was that Samsung had managed to change the expectations of consumers when it comes to smartphones thanks to the work they did in maximizing the screen size while keeping the device small. The issue Kent has identified seems to be the outcome of that phenomenon.

Do you agree with Kent that phone makers who fail to minimize their bezels, especially on devices with screens in excess of 5.5-inches, are in trouble and will find consumers turning their sights to other devices? Let us know in the comments.


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.