In the smartphone era as we all know it everyone is tempted to go for the latest in today's technology. Somehow the manufacturers are tempted to go exactly the opposite way with this new wave of mobile phones. Instead of trying to make them smaller and smaller they decided to go for larger and larger devices.
This is probably the result of the continuously developing display technology. These devices mainly use capacitive touch-screen displays as output and input. The clients are tempted to believe that the bigger the display of a smartphone is, the better the experience will get. By unknown reasons it looks like everybody forgot that the mobile phone should be that gadget that will easily fit into a pocket and will always be comfortable to carry around.
You have probably already seen people on the street or at work talking to some devices that are almost the same size as a regular A5 notebook. This is rather embarrassing because people are paying more for some less comfortable and less practical phones.
The fault belongs to the manufacturers and the advertising that they do because advertising is known to influence the public's opinion more than is should be. The best example would be the young ladies that many times end up in hospitals just because the TV said they should look like TV stars. The same goes here, in the smartphone domain and actually in many other domains.
People should know that other devices exist, with normal shapes that are comfortable and practical, fitting perfectly in the regular sized jeans pocket. This kind of products also has prices that many times represent less than a quarter of a highly advertised smartphone.
Another important aspect would be that an intelligent smartphone can handle regular daily smartphone chords perfectly with a processor of just 800MHz. Manufacturers are tempted to build devices with bigger and bigger processors simply because the regular client is impressed by these features due to the rudimentary idea that "bigger is better". Yes, a quad-core really works faster, but a smartphone would never need such a processor because all the smartphone applications are logically made for smartphones, not kerosene powered rocket PCs. A smartphone with a quad-core processor will get over four times more money out of your pocket than a smartphone with a 1.4 GHz single core processor that will do the job probably one second slower.
Another disadvantage for the large smartphones is the fact that the microprocessor will use a large amount of its processing power simply to provide the 800 by 400 pixels HD image and the performance will still not be better than a regular smartphone with a smaller processor and display.
The most popular "wow" feature of the moment is the 4G connectivity. It is understandable that people desire such 4G compatible devices because the carriers promised download speeds of even 50 Mb per second. It would be a good upgrade but there is also a problem with this feature too. There are actually two problems, the second most important is related to the fact that a more powerful connection will drain the battery even faster, but this doesn't matter so much. The most important problem would be the fact that only some urban areas benefit from such networking systems, and it is a relatively new technology, so my recommendation would be to think twice before choosing a 4G device.
The point is that a small smartphone, or yesterday's regular sized smartphone, would make the buyer a smart buyer. It saves you a lot of money, knowing that some of the highly advertised smartphones cost almost a thousand dollars, and the speed will only be probably a second or two slower because every software that is optimized for smartphones is conceived to work perfectly even on a cheap device. Another advantage would be the portability or the practicability of the device because a mobile phone, even if it is intelligent and does a lot of tricks, should be small and highly portable.
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