IT seems like our smartphones are continuously getting bigger. Last year a 5 inch model would’ve been considered big; today, 6 inches is almost considered standard. Samsung’s Note 4 and Google’s Nexus 6, which turned out to be radically different from the terminated Nexus 5, are a few good examples. Even Apple, who’s designers weren’t traditionally keen on building bigger phones, jumped on the bandwagon in 2014.
Apple sizes up
The iPhone 6 Plus is a pretty huge smartphone that can go toe to toe with the Android phablet family. Because of these devices that sport a diagonal screen size of five or more inches, the divide between smartphone and tablet is fading away – not in the least because seven inch tablets are becoming a regular occurrence as well. That leaves a margin of an inch between smartphone or tablet – we can wonder when the 6,5 smartphones or tablet will hit the shelves.
Apart from the physical size of today’s phones, it’s also clear that the build quality and finish of our devices is becoming ever more important. Even Samsung is abandoning its signature painted plastic for a premium metal finish, an approach first demonstrated with the Galaxy Alpha. This handsome device is rather modest in size, with its 4,7 inch screen, giving the smartphone a refined look. The Galaxy Alpha is clearly not just meant to be a phone; it’s a fashion article. This is a smart approach: the market has been flooded with virtually identical devices in the past year. A memorable exterior is more important than ever for brands looking to set their devices apart.
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