Besides giving me an excuse to use plenty of innuendos, this self-indulgent article serves as a platform for me – a long-time big phone-user – to tell you why phone sizes mater a lot.
Let’s dive into the different aspects of the topic and how phone sizes can affect how you use and choose your next device.
You see smartphone brands put a lot of effort into making their products sleeker every year – not just aesthetically, but practically too by shaving off more weight with each iteration. Smartphones like the iPhone 12 mini, Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite, and even the Samsung Galaxy S21 are good examples of super light, modern-day devices.
Often times, you hold your phone in one hand only – most tasks call for one-handed usages such as when watching a video and your other hand is umm…occupied. Trust this Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro user when he says a hefty phone doesn’t just strain your pinky and wrist, but your sanity as well when it inevitably falls onto your face during a bout of late-night Tik Tok-binging.
If you drive and rely on navigation apps, you probably know this problem all too well – for some folk, a tall phone won’t fit on that holder that you stick to your windshield.
Even if it does, the bumps and bobbles of driving on Malaysian roads make your device hit the windshield every time – which is less than ideal.
Popular flagships are notoriously tall – think the vivo NEX 3 from 2019, and the more recent Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and Xiaomi Mi 11 are at least 164mm tall and these lanky smartphones won’t sit well on some phone holders in smaller cars.
On the other end of the spectrum are short-sized flagships like the ASUS Zenfone 8, iPhone 12 mini again, and even the Samsung Galaxy S10e from 2019 – these are all compact devices that still offer big performance and features.
The girth of a phone is worth taking into account as well – I’m going to mention the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro again, plus I’m even going to give a shoutout an old daily driver of mine in the ASUS Zenfone 2 from 2015; because these phones are two of the thickest phones I’ve ever used.
Girthy phones are somewhat still a trend, and you know what else is? Tight jeans! These devices won’t fit in your pockets nicely – and it’s one pant bulge you don’t want showing.
Instead, phones that measure less than 8.5mm are usually ideal – in my experience, the vivo V21, Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite, Mi 9, even OPPO Find X3 to be the most comfortable to carry in my compartments.
Are big phones really that bad?
Not at all – big phones mean larger screens which are great for watching videos, multitasking, gaming and more. Some good examples of big phones that don’t feel bulky include the OPPO Find X3 Pro, iPhone 12/ 12 Pro, OnePlus 9 and more.
With that said, the phone you end up choosing should fit your lifestyle, and meet all your needs – I personally find large phones to be a hassle, but you may not. If it gets the job done for you, then more power to you.