Samsung's first Galaxy Note dominates this editor's palm.
How big is too big? Apple may be foregoing a big screen with its next phone, but others continue to push the envelope - and it's creating a new product category altogether. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the phablet.
Lenovo just announced the K860 (nicknamed 'LePhone'), with a 5-inch screen. But Samsung continues to get bigger, if rumours are true. A leaked image reportedly shows the Galaxy Note II. This is the latest iteration of its monster Galaxy note, which featured a 5.3 inch screen. The Galaxy Note II is said to have a 5.5 in whopper.
What is it with big-screen phones? It's confusing. On the one hand, they're lovely to browse with. On the other hand, they're difficult to manipulate in the same way as a normal phone. You can't thumb your way around as easily with one hand because they're just so darned enormous.
The idea, presumably, is to find a happy midpoint between phone and tablet, so that you can have a phone and forego a tablet altogether. But would you really want to read a magazine on the thing? I can't imagine browsing through the latest edition of the Economist on a 5.5 inch screen, but it's heaven doing it on the iPad.
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With Apple said to be launching an iPad mini in the next couple of months, it's no wonder that the iPhone 5 is said to have a screen only slightly bigger than the iPhone 4's modest display. As tablet sizes come down and phone sizes go up, they're close to meeting in the middle, and cannibalising each other's markets.
I can't decide whether my next phone will be a whopping large 5.5 incher, or whether it's best to maintain a separate tablet and phone.
What would you rather have? An over-sized phone that does everything, but maybe not as well, or two devices with different formats?
Danny Bradbury, MSN Tech & Gadgets