I remember my mom’s first cell phone. It was a Nokia brick that she held on a belt-holster. The only reason I remember it, of course, is because I loved to play Snake on it. The phone had 12 keys, only took calls, and was indestructible.
I got my first phone, a Samsung, around the age when the Pantech cell phone, advertised as the size of a goldfish, was extremely popular. Oh, how the trend has changed. At that time I only had 300 texts a month and would complain when someone texted me “Ok,” because it was a waste.
When I got my first iPhone, it was an adjustment. I have been cursed with my dad’s stupid hands since birth. I have big palms and short fingers. The 3G model had a face of 4.5 inches–big, but not massive. About the size of the iPhone 5s, actually, which is the phone I love and own now.
For a while, it appeared that Apple would avoid the trend of massive-cell-phone-almost-tablet-proportions that Samsung had been honing over the years. The most recent Galaxy Note has a whopping screen size of 5.7 inches. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, released in 2013, boasted a 6.3-inch display, but was discontinued by the manufacturer, probably because no one could hold the damn phone with their hands.
My hopes for Apple to steer clear of Samsung and Android trends were thwarted. When the iPhone 6+ came out, I cursed the heavens for allowing such a big phone for my tiny hands. Here I am, with my a-little-bit-big-but-still-usable-iPhone-5s, and all of the sudden iPhone releases a phone that has a size of 6.2 inches and a 5.5-inch display.
Now, correct me if I’m wrong, here, but last time I checked, cell phones were intended to be portable. You know, the kind of thing you could fit into your jean pocket, or, I don’t know, in one hand, even.
It appears to me that Apple is making a huge mistake. Not only has Apple risen as the aesthetic authority of the tech world, their products also have more reliable operating systems and don’t break down after several months like their competitors. So why did Apple acquiesce to the Samsung style of book-sized cell phone? I really don’t know, but I have to say, this sucks. All I can hope is that the world comes to their senses and makes cell phones that are, you know, cell phones.
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