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With the iPhone XR and XS Max, the small phone is officially dead



So long, small phones! It has been real. On Wednesday Apple announced its trio of new iPhones, and with that, the company put the last nail in the coffin to launch a small, pocketsome iPhone.

This is because the new series includes 5.8-inch iPhone XS 6.1-inch iPhone XR and 6.5-inch XS Max . Suddenly, last year's biggest iPhone is now the year's smallest alternative. Pair that Apple stops the 4-inch iPhone SE and all of this means one thing: leave all hope of having a new little smartphone, iOS, Android or what do you have. Personally, like an owner of the baby, hands on myself, it's simply disappointing. It's a feeling I'm not alone in having.

There are dozens of us! :: shakes fist ::


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I owe Samsung Galaxy Note . When it first came out in 201

1, the 5.3-inch screen (as these days is not even huge) seemed almost comical. I say "almost" because we knew it was a feature of it then King-Kong of a design. Samsung spoke the note to the power user and the built-in S-Pen drove that productivity angle further. It was a niche product. Not just once Samsung Galaxy Beam with its wonky light projector or vertically curved Galaxy Round – but it had a specific purpose and I assumed it would only serve a particular group of phone users.

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After all, all the phones suddenly had to be big. It was the most ridiculous square 5-inch LG Optimus Vu the hard-wearing 5.9-inch HTC One Max and the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 about it phone rest in peace) to name a few. Things became so unknown that we had to make the "phablet" osteic portmanteau only to separate these Paul Bunyan devices from regular human-sized phones.

But then, somewhere along the way, the lines became blurry. Phablets began to sound archaic because each phone began to stretch out. And people wanted to see more things on their phones, like screen technology improved, resolution sharpened, colors became more vibrant and "30 Rock" came on Netflix.

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I mean ok, sure, big screens are beautiful.


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Telephone companies would argue that they only give the people what they want. And the numbers carry it out: By 2021, 1 billion phones with a 5.5-inch display or greater are expected to sell on the market and will exclude smaller phones by 2019. But certainly not everybody loves how these overgrown devices fall out of your pockets every time you sit down or require two hands just to point out a quick text message. It has come to the point where we need to plug accessories on the back of our phones to hold them evenly. What happened? How do we lose ourselves on this course? When did we get into these giant phones and their septum piercing-by-knocker accessories ?

There are some phones with a small screen like the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, the rich New Palm Phone and the Zoolander-worthy Unihertz Atom, with its 2.5-inch display. However, if you are an iOS user, you may not be able to switch to a very specific Android phone and that the Palm phone is not even technically true as far as we know. The last bastion of hope was an update to the picturesque iPhone SE that people liked but it does not seem like it will soon happen. As shown by the company's enthusiasm for "bigness" in its cage below ( we get it Apple! It's big!)

In addition, all phones can use a bump in specifications. Do not assume that just because I want a small phone means I want a budget phone as well. I want my small phone to break the eyeballs with the latest and greatest high-end specifications. I understand what means the room that engineers work with is smaller, so the phone is thick! It is okay. My little hobbit-but-not-hairy hands would rather prefer the form factor than another phone that only Godzilla can use.

One reason Apple was late for the giant phone revolution was that co-founder Steve Jobs apparently thought original iPhones (with screens of just 3.5 inches) were the ideal size. Apple even drove an ad to see how easy it was to navigate the iPhone 5 with just the thumb. It was not until 2012 – one year after he died – that the phones began to creep up to just four inches, with bigger as follows. But Apple always made Android models in screen size for this year: the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max even orders the powerful 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 9 with a tad.

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The development of iPhone sizes from the first iPhone to iPhone 6 Plus.


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Yes, you can still buy new 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models at reduced prices, at least for the next year. But with 4-inch SE away, small screens appear so old-fashioned in Apple's line as the now charming home button. I think to see a real iPhone SE 2 next spring – say, a Face-ID phone with a 4.7-inch screen that fits into a 4-inch body – would be a great niche for Apple to come back to. Perhaps even some company could sell at some of a premium. But in my heart, I know it's more of a piped dream.

So with this latest batch of iPhones, we can kiss the little screen greetings goodbye and listen to this playlist with songs about little hands. Goodbye, small phones, it was fine while it lasted.


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