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  1. Intervenient

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    I was skeptical months ago when I heard the EVO was rocking a 4.3 inch screen and was almost convinced it would be a horrible idea...than I saw it in stores. That phone is one sexy beast. A man's phone through and through, big and burly like a lumberjack. Not to mention the size also helps with...you know...it being a phone :)


    Anyways, what's all your opinions on these larger phones?
     

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    I wasn't sure I'd like the size of the Vibrant but I think thats the biggest I could possibly go. I couldn't even imagine what the hell the Streak would feel like in my pocket.

    Besides, I really don't like the idea of a big burly lumberjack being in my pants
     
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    I love my Evo, but I think that's the largest thing I'll ever hold up to my ear. Any bigger and it's a notebook, not a phone.
     
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    I'd only be able to put one of those big things in my pocket if i were a kangaroo.
     
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    Ladies shouldn't have a problem with it in a purse.
     
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    I had no problem with my HD2, but I do like the light wieght feel of my Vibrant. I think Samsung did a great job of finding a great balance of form AND function here. And, the screen is so nice I don't miss the .3" difference.:D
     
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    I'm still waiting to play with the Dell mini5, or whatever they're calling it this week. I have no problem with large phones, all my pants have cargo pockets. :D
     
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    I was hesitant to get the Droid X instead of the HTC Inc. I'm glad I chose the X, my wife is happy with her Droid but the large screen of the X is awesome. As long as pocketability is not a problem for the phone and for you, get a large screen.
     
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    To each his/her own, but for me, my Droid is about as big as I can stand. I really don't like the monolithic form factor at all, but my only other choice is a clamshell feature phone or a Blackberry Pearl Flip. I had a Blackberry Curve (with Otterbox Defender case) for a while and found it too wide to hold comfortably as a phone. In this respect, my Droid is better, but still not good.
     
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    You'd think that, but we generally have smaller hands so holding the phone can be an issue. I've played with the Evo and the X and they're simply too big for me to hold comfortably on a regular basis.

    The Incredible is the perfect size.
     
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    I honestly have no desire to have the X. That mother is ridiculously huge, more so than I would ever need for a phone. If I could have that processor in a slightly smaller size (Say 3.7" like the Inc) then I would be extremely happy. As it is, I'm pretty sure I won't ever own a phone with a screen over 4".
     
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    I used an X and it didn't feel that big. Infact, it felt perfect.

    I'd probably hafta say 4.3"
     
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    I think the size is a trade-off for the big screen and increased multi-media functions. If Sprint had done the Nexus One, I would probably had taken that over the EVO. However, now I think the EVO is just right.
     
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    I've been pretty outspoken again'st the 4"+ devices. To me they just seem too big for a device that's designed to be in the pocket. The Droid Incredible, to me is the perfect size overall.
     
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    Keep in mind that 4 or 5 years ago, the Incredible would have been considered to be unfashionably large.

    I remember when the iPhone was thought to be a bit big
     
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    I'm only considering how big it is in pocket. I use a bluetooth headset for 99% of my calls. The only time I don't is if it's charging. I want to get an X but I'm not gentle on phones so I'd have to put it in a decent case and that just adds to the bulk making it almost unable to fit in a pocket of normal jeans/pants.
     
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    It's not the size that matters, it's how you use it.


    Sorry, it had to be said.
     
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    Its unbelievable that how many of the people in this thread are saying that they would never own a device with a bigger screen than 4" and one guy saying that anything bigger than 4'3" is a notebook.How far have we come haha.Looking back at these threads am sure most of these people now either own a Galaxy S3/S4/Note or other such big device.So much for big phones lol.This thread is really nostalgic.
     
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    Now days all mobile phone companies are making a competition of who can make the biggest mobile device instead of making small mobile devices. I think they should think again and revise what they are doing.
    we don't want to get back in few years later for the largest mobile phone of 3 Kg weight.
     
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    Holy necrobump Batman. LOL this one is nostalgic.
     
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    Haha, wow, three year old thread. Nice. I do remember when the Droid X came out. Even I was like, no way. And Here I am now with a 5" phone :p
     
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    It's worth noting that the first 4.3" phone I met, the HTC Desire HD, is as wide as my current HTC One and thicker (plus the One's back tapers towards the sides, which makes it easier to hold). So in many respects it is actually larger than my current 4.7" phone, and indeed at the time it came out I found it too large for comfort.

    Having said that, after a couple of months to get used to the large phone I now have, I still feel that this is the largest I'd want, and would prefer it slightly smaller. So for me at least nothing actually has changed in the last few years.
     
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    The screen size is irrelevant when engineering takes into play. Putting the S3 and S1 side by side, you'd actually see the thinner bezels and stuff do make a difference, that the actual experience is almosy the same. For better perspective, the my s3mini feels smaller in my hands than the S1, despite having similar sized screens. It feels more the same handling as the 3.5 inch Galaxy Fit.
     
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    Bingo. Engineering and a change in aspect ratio have made larger phones more bearable. The iPhone was famous for its 3:2 ratio (almost exactly 16:9 in the iPhone 5). Most Android phones were using a 5:3 ratio(800x480), which made them feel shorter and fatter.

    Now modern phones tend to use 16:9 and thinner bezels. The switch from 16:10 to 16:9 allowed the Note 2 to be easier to hold than the Note 1 despite the larger display. My S4 feels more comfortable in the hand than my old S2.
     
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    As someone with really small hands, using a large phone can get uncomfortable quick. When I got my Gnex, jumping from a 4" to a 4.65" was huge. It took me a while to figure out how to use it. Now with a Nexus 4 at 4.7", I can mostly one hand it, but still have trouble reaching corners. As such, I know I'm going to find it tough to go to anything larger.
     

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