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Bigger, better?

R. Dinakaran | Updated on December 13, 2012 Published on December 06, 2012

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When I bought Nexus S with a 4 inch screen a few years ago, I was overwhelmed by the size of the screen. It was a big jump from the 3 or 3.5 inch screen I had been using. I had always felt that for a touch screen phone, the screen must be at least 3.7 to 4 inches for ease of use.

I felt it was great to have a 4 inch screen phone where doing almost anything was easy. I could type emails and messages with ease, I could see more of my Twitter timeline, and the Facebook experience was great. I even downloaded and transferred a few movie clips and enjoyed them in the big screen.

And came the Galaxy Note. The screen was far bigger (5.3 inches) than the 4 inch Nexus S. I also had the Nexus S with me for some time along with the Note till I sold it to my friend. When Nokia came out with their Lumia range, I did not go for them as the screens were smaller at around 3.7 inches. I wanted at least a 4 inch screen. There were few choices for Windows phones with 4 inch screens. Dell had stopped production of Venue Pro. I had to get a Samsung Focus from the US -- because it had a 4 inch screen. After working on the Note, anything smaller than 4 inches looked too puny.

Then came the Note II with a slightly bigger - 5.5 inch -- screen. After using Note and now Note II, I find it difficult to work with phones that have even 4 inch screens. I also have a Nokia Pureview 808 with a 4 inch screen. But now, though the screen size is the same as in Nexus S, II find the Twitter timeline too small. Sometimes I wonder how I had used a phone with a 4-inch screen at all.

Now I shudder at the thought of the next Note (Note III?). Will I find Note (the first one) too small? Are phones with bigger screens spoiling me (and several others like me)?

Sometimes, I feel I should have stuck to my Nokia E71 and E72 or Blackberry Curve. That way, I would have been content with working with screens less than 3 inches.

dinakar.rengachary@thehindu.co.in

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Published on December 06, 2012
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