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Big phone or small phone: 8 reasons to convince you in the superiority of large phones

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Big phone or small phone: 8 reasons to convince you in the superiority of large phones

These days, most good phones come in two sizes: small and big, and rarely you'd find something in between.

This applies especially strongly for the world's most popular phones: 

  • Apple has the small, 4.7" iPhone 6s and the large 5.5" iPhone 6s Plus, 
  • Samsung has got the 5.1" Galaxy S6 and 5.7" Galaxy Note 5, 
  • Google has the 5.2" Nexus 5X and the 5.7" Nexus 6P, 
  • Microsoft has the 5.2" Lumia 950 and the bigger, appropriately named 5.7" Lumia 950 XL, 
  • Motorola / Lenovo has the 5.2" Moto X and the 5.7" Moto X Pure, 
  • Huawei has the 5.2" P8 and the 6" Mate 8, 
  • and the list just goes on and on.

No on size fits all, but large usually comes with lots of extras

Clearly, there is a trend here and it is that no one phone size can fit everyone. Some people prefer bigger phones, while others appreciate the pocket comfort and portability of a smaller device. 

While the portability aspects are fairly straightforward, there are some key advantages to getting a larger phone these days that go beyond just pure size. And sometimes, size brings benefits that you might not be able to immediately predict. After switching between large and smaller phones regularly for the past few months, here are the 8 main reasons that large phones have to convince you in their superiority.


#1: Battery life


Battery life is the most common complaint in the smartphone era: the most common complaint is that it's never enough. No surprise here: heavier use might result in your phone dying before the end of your work day.

This is much less likely to happen in a big phone: its large footprint might not be all that great in terms of pocket comfort, but it allows manufacturers to bundle in batteries that are much larger than what can fit in your regular 5 incher. While battery size alone is not a guarantee for great real-world battery life (OS optimizations, display power draw, SoC efficiency and others matter a lot), it is one of the principal factors.

Our own tests testify to this: the iPhone 6s Plus has longer battery life than the 6s, the Galaxy Note 5 will get you through the day without breaking a sweat, while the Galaxy S6 will have a tougher time achieving the same, and the Nexus 6P will also get longer battery life than the 5X.

Big phone or small phone: 8 reasons to convince you in the superiority of large phones

#2: It's easier to get things done


All sorts of things. If you are doing something important on your phone, you will be doing it faster and better on a large phone. What are some examples? Whether you need to:

  • fill in or edit Excel sheets
  • mix music in djay 
  • unleash your creativity in Garage Band
  • sketch on your phone
  • take pictures
  • edit pictures
  • edit short videos
  • etc
It will all be done faster and better on a larger phone.

Big phone or small phone: 8 reasons to convince you in the superiority of large phones


#3: Typing is much faster


Just think about it: how many phone calls have you made in recent days? And how many texts/IMs/Facebook messages/Whatsapp/Viber/you-name-it pings have you sent? If you're like most people these days, you keep in touch with your friends mostly by texting.

That's why having a fast, accurate and pleasant to use keyboard on that phone screen is super important. As we switch between devices large and small very commonly, we find a surprisingly huge difference in typing speed and accuracy that screen size alone is responsible for: we type much faster on the iPhone 6s Plus than we do on the iPhone 6s, and the same goes for the Note 5 vs the S6, and Nexus 6P versus the 5X.

However, it is also important to note that not all keyboards are created the same. Some phones just have poor screen reception and even a big screen won't help to make things much better. But if we put both a large and a small phone on equal software and hardware footing, size alone makes a big difference.

Big phone or small phone: 8 reasons to convince you in the superiority of large phones

#4: Better hardware

*be it a slightly faster processor, better heat dissipation for the CPU or optical image stabilization

Just look at the best small phones of the past couple of years and compare them with the correspondent large phones: you will inevitably conclude that larger phones come with better hardware.

It's hard to point the specific reasons for each one of those decisions, but the general principle is that a larger frame allows for more powerful silicon that runs at higher clock speeds, cools more efficiently, plus it allows features that require more space like optical image stabilization in cameras to fit in.

And in many cases, manufacturers themselves position the larger phone as a more premium device: for instance, the Nexus 6P is the more premium offering when compared against the 5X, and the first comes with Snapdragon 810, while Nexus 5X has the slower Snapdragon 808. The iPhone 6s is a great phone that has identical processor to the 6s Plus, but lacks the optical stabilization of the 6s Plus.

Big phone or small phone: 8 reasons to convince you in the superiority of large phones

#5: Infinitely better for gamers


The large screen is also great for gamers. Try just about every game on a smaller screen, and then play it on a larger display, and you will find yourself scoring higher and playing better on the bigger of the two. There is more space for your thumbs to operate it without cluttering the display as well. 

Big phone or small phone: 8 reasons to convince you in the superiority of large phones

#6: Better sound quality through the speaker


Sound quality on a smartphone is in many ways limited because of the small audio chambers, and even small increases in the size of the audio chamber can contribute to big perceived differences in sound quality. It's no coincidence that phones with larger speaker chambers like the HTC One series are able to pump out more impressive, richer sound that even has some depth to it (the part of the sound spectrum most commonly missing on your average smartphone). Of course, it takes more than just space to make a great sounding speaker, but this is one important requirement that larger phones are positioned favorably to adhere to.

Big phone or small phone: 8 reasons to convince you in the superiority of large phones

#7: Higher resolution screens


Except for a few jolly exceptions (hello, Samsung Galaxy S6!), your regular 5 incher comes with a lower resolution and lower pixel density than its larger counter-part. While 1080 x 1920-pixel Full HD resolutions are still the norm (the iPhone 6s has an even lower resolution) in the 5" phone class, larger phones now commonly feature Quad HD displays (that's 1440 x 2560 pixels) for sharper, crispier visuals.

How much does this matter? Well, the answer is: depends. It's not a huge difference by any means, but if you stare at your screen for longer periods of time from up close, you might notice it. Also, it is especially noticeable when reading books (again, especially with smaller fonts).

Big phone or small phone: 8 reasons to convince you in the superiority of large phones

#8: Awesome exclusive UI and productivity features


Not just hardware, but some software features are sometimes reserved only for larger phones, where they make more sense. The most obvious example for one such feature is landscape mode on the iPhone 6s Plus for example. It allows you to rotate your phone horizontally and have the home screen icons spin in this orientation as well. The 4.7" iPhone 6s is not capable of pulling such tricks, and that's one convenience that you will miss.

Big phone or small phone: 8 reasons to convince you in the superiority of large phones

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posted on 15 Jan 2016, 09:48 14

1. Jimrod (Posts: 1094; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Take it to the extreme and just carry around a desktop PC, 32" monitor, sub/sat speaker system and couple of car batteries to power it all...

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 11:26 15

15. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I love it when people need to come up with silly extremes to make their point. You sound like one of those cheaply made 2am infomercials for an egg cracker that shows someone cracking eggs the normal way who ends up covered in yolk from head to toe.

I have zero issues carrying my Note 5 anywhere, fits in my pants pocket just fine. Plus, it has the benefit of being the best there is.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 13:40

27. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


A better, real-life example - all the tards claiming that allowing gays to marry will lead to people marrying children and animals.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 13:52

30. marorun (Posts: 3393; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Well i dont like the size of thats moto X play i just got at 249.99 brand new.
Still i agree i can do much more than on my old phone and the battery is really good.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 17:03 1

38. hwb01 (Posts: 265; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Went from S4 to Note5... Haven't looked back

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 09:23

57. SupermanayrB (Posts: 470; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Went from DROID RAZR Maxx to Note 3 to Note 4. No 5 because I prefer SD slots in my phone. Waiting for the 6.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 17:45

40. chenski (Posts: 363; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


My nexus 6p is a bit unwieldy, but i got used to it, plus its the best there is

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 09:24

58. SupermanayrB (Posts: 470; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Wow! 8 nimrods actually liked this comment.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 09:54 13

2. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


None of these features can compensate for their being too big for one hand operation and for fitting in the pocket comfortably.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 09:58 7

4. senseiJ (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 May 2015)


true. it so much more difficult to take nudes with larger phones :/

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 11:30 1

16. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I have none of those issues with my Note 4 or 5. No compensation needed.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 12:45 1

23. TBomb (Posts: 703; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Expect a reasons to go smaller article?

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 14:01

31. marorun (Posts: 3393; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Augustine you should have writen : None of these features can compensate for ther being too big for one hand operation and for fitting in my pocket comfortably at least for me.

Everyone have differents needs.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 18:30

42. ibend (Posts: 3858; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


three tap on home button for note3, maybe other phablet also have similar feature :-/
and nexus6 is perfectly fine inside me pocket, since I never wear something like skinny jean :D

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 09:57

3. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 155; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


1 reason convinced me to use a big screen 5 years ago: Samsung Galaxy NOTE

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:52 4

11. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


No large (or any phone if you don't factor in size) phone comes even close to note series.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 17:42 1

39. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2366; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I think the V10 was pretty close to, or even on par with, the Note 5. The Digitizer Pen uses is Note 5's main advantage, but the IR Blaster, Removable Battery, Secondary Screen, and MicroSD Card benefits of the V10 just make that single digitizer benefit pale or nonexistent...

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:11 9

5. jellmoo (Posts: 1525; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Yes, because when I think of awesome exclusive UI and productivity features, the first device that jumps to mind is the iPhone 6s Plus. No other device springs to mind. Nope. Not a one.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:13 1

6. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


All of these features get much more pronounced with an iPad.

You can have a Plus iPhone, but if you want a really comfortable experience, you can't fit it into a pocket (mostly) and it doesn't matter if you will have a really small (5,5") or tiny (4,7") display, unless you are forced to use it as you primary device.

The very best feature of the iPad is that humogeous battery.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:26 8

7. Wiencon (Posts: 1818; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


One hand usage and comfort are two "features" that beat all those. I will never get phone bigger than 4.6 inches

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:33 3

9. dimas (Posts: 1975; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Pa could have mentioned other 4" phones like z3 compact and z5 compact but no, it has to be about iphone ALL the time. Samsung s3 a beast phone on 2012, even at 4.8" that baby can multitask with many things with good battery life.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:56

12. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Big phones do have one hand mode, at least some of them.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 12:05 1

18. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Still using this crappy 5s because no android mfg or Apple even has a premium phone in this range. It's tough having my baby in one hand and deal with a phone larger than the 5s :-/

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:29

8. dimas (Posts: 1975; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Wait , iphone 6s don't have a landscape mode? And every android phone can do this since jellybean days? What am I missing here?

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:39 11

10. buccob (Posts: 2522; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


This doesn't apply to Sony at all.
1. The Compacts have as good if not better battery life
2. Getting things done is subjective and it depends entirely on the user and how he uses his device. I am more productive on my Z3C than using a bigger device because of handling and faster typing (swipe type).
3. I do it waaaay better on the compact, specially with the Xperia keyboard that let's you integrate 2 languages automatically
4. I have the same CPU and GPU as the larger version. Less ram but roughly better performance because of the lower resolution of the screen
5. Yes and No. Gaming is only more immersive on bigger devices, but pocketability, performance & lightness are pros for Xperia Compacts. Also I can do TV OUT with either big or small and play with my PS controller.
6. This one is partially true, but my Stereo Speakers are better sounding than many single speakers and the stereo effect even at this compact size is perceived when playing games or watching a movie.
7. True, but 720p for 4.6" still translate in great ppi... Except when using VR but that hasn't become mainstream anyway.
8. Again this doesn't apply to Xperia where you get full features for both big and compact phones... I have floating small apps and even an option for reduced keyboard (that obviously I never use, but is still there). And since Lollipop, Xperia handsets even the Compacts haveThis doesn't apply to Sony at all.
1. The Compacts have as good if not better battery life
2. Getting things done is subjective and it depends entirely on the user and how he uses his device. I am more productive on my Z3C than using a bigger device because of handling and faster typing (swipe type).
3. I do it waaaay better on the compact, specially with the Xperia keyboard that let's you integrate 2 languages automatically
4. I have the same CPU and GPU as the larger version. Less ram but roughly better performance because of the lower resolution of the screen
5. Yes and No. Gaming is only more immersive on bigger devices, but pocketability, performance & lightness are pros for Xperia Compacts. Also I can do TV OUT with either big or small and play with my PS controller.
6. This one is partially true, but my Stereo Speakers are better sounding than many single speakers and the stereo effect even at this compact size is perceived when playing games or watching a movie.
7. True but at 4.6", 720p screen is still very good for almost everything except VR, which is still not mainstream.
8. Again, this doesn't apply to Sony that gives all the features to both big and compact. In my device I am still able to float multiple small app and widgets for great multi taking... Also there is an option for reduced keyboard (not that I use it, but is still there). Finally since Lollipop, Xperia handsets even the Compacts have Landscape mode for homescreen.

Now the biggest + for me is not having to use a special feature like "Reachability" to accomplish a tap on all of my scree

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 14:14

32. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Hey...why you trying to be me...LMAO...nice post and I agree with alot of it. I would sub out your Xperia with some alternatives.

720p sucks to me unless all you're doing is watching YouTube videos or videos on ShowBox.

But most movies are 1080p and that si how I want to see it. I want to see it the way it was meant to be seen and if I have to use my phone, it must support 1080p minimum. I dont have to have QHD, but considering I can have it for less than a phone with 1080p, then I will choose the 1440p.

Now, if the device is in the sub-$500 range, then 1280x800 is what I would expect at the max depebding on display size. a 4.7" display up to 5.3...1280x800 is minumum and 1080p would be nice. for 5.5 and above...1080p/1440 is perfect. So Apple did ok here. But for the base iPhone it should be 1280x800...750p is bullcrap at $649.

For $700 it must have the best resolution available based on size...
The iPhone 6S should be a $500 phone while the 1080p model should be $600. tops. Considering I can get a 5.1" device with 1440p for $599.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 22:20 1

49. TheOriginal (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)


I think thats why they didnt even mention it, aside from apple they are the only small flagship. so it would essentially disprove the whole article.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 11:09 8

13. ltavaress (Posts: 23; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Media is trying to brainwash us in thinking bigger phones are better, since most of phones now are too big and they need consumers for that. I'm not convinced, I was afraid this day would come when smartphone companies would be addicted into making phones bigger and bigger. Strange how 4-5 inch screen was considered ideal to use comfortably, and how 300+ ppi was enough for our eye in the past and you couldn't notice the difference. Now 300 ppi is reviewed as regular resolution and pixely... Did the human eye change? People please, we don't need phones to be spaceships... companies should focus on optimizing what is important instead of delivering more and more ridiculous features (like iris scanner) ugh

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 13:08 5

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The only people who claimed 4" and 300PPI was enough was those brainwashed Apple fools.

After all explain how a device being larger is bad when that same company also had a tablet?

The benefits of a large smartphone is, i don't want to own a tablet. When I had the iPhone as my main phone, I had to have an iPad because the iPhone was simply to small for the things I wanted to do.

Also thinsg are different when we had no choice but to use small screens.

What you are sayign is equal to cars. Remember when small cars was the trend and that was all people were making. Then Chrysler bought jeep and made the first SUV and peopel were saying how they are too big and not practical and that trucks are off-raod onluy vehicles and blah blah. Now 20 years later, SUV's are just as plentiful as small cars, cost about the same and are better for hauling things like peopel who have lots of kids, need to buy lots of groceries..or owns a home and how great an SUV is for carrying supplies and cargo. Now we knwo how terrible small cars were.

Again you are mentally not changing with time. Just because something was ok wasn't before, doeskin mean we shouldn't change.

Once upon a time. the Intel 8086 was the best CPU you could buy. NOW IT ISN'T.

In early 2k, all we had were small screens which is why Apple had the best with increasing resolution. But it also screwed up people eyes trying to shove high pixel density into a smaller space. 300PPI os 3.5" is stupid. Its better on 4.5" or up to 5". 1080P or higher is great for 5.3 or better.

Even though 1440p is nice on 5.7...it woudl be better on a 6-7" device.

Even though I dont mind watching 1080p movies on my phone, no matter the phone as long as it can natively show the resolution, I prefer to watch it on my TV.

No one is tryign to sell you on anything. If you dont liek a big screen device, no one is forcing you to buy them. Its on the shelf with the small phones. Pick a small phone and be happy.

Size is subjective, but they do have associated facts. High resolution content is BETTER on a larger screen period. Whether you like to view it on a larger screen or not.

Just like using an SUV to haul cargo is better than a small car even if you can fit it all in your small car.

A tractor is better at moving large amount of dirt, even though a shovel works too.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 13:43

28. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


It were iHaters who were first to hurry to explain how iPhone 4 Retina display was an "overkill" and how "nobody is going to see the difference".

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 14:31

33. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Not based on my facts.
The first time I recall when a 4.3" device appeared, I believe it was the HTC Evo 4G from Sprint.

People were sayign then its too big and blah blah blah.
Then soon the first Note appear at 5.3" and I recall how you Samsung haters and even those who didn't hate them, bashed saying it was to big. How Steve Jobs said no one would buy those hummer phones.

The best phone I recalled that used Sharp's IPS display, was their own phone. I forget what it was called but it also had like a 14MP camera or something when everyone else had 3MP on the back at the most.

Everyone raved about how great the iPhoen display looked and I agree it looked cool. But I am speaking from a known life experience. When I met my wife she had 20/20 vision. It wasn't until I got her an iPod Touch with that high density display where the resolution was so high in a small space trying to read that tiny ass text did she start squinting. She would use it for hours at a time and so did I, but I wear contacts.

Now she needs classes and she is younger than me.

It was a nice, but bad idea when all they had to do was make the display larger.

No one hates Apple, we just don't love them like you do. I don't cheer-lead BS, no matter who does it.

Making the display bigger is smarter than cramming more pixels into a smaller space.

Especially in this case where Steve Jobs lied simply for marketing and hype and you like many fell for it.

No one talks about not seieing the diffeence excpet you guys. You are the ones who claim theer is no differentce in 1080p vs 1440 when it is. On 1440p, text is sharpe, photos are also sharper. Colors look cleaner and sharper as well.

if you're eyes cant tell the difference, then see a doctor. If I took of my contacts I wouldnt be able to tell you if you took a display fo the same size and asked me the resolution because both would be blurry. But with my conatcts or glass, I can see a considerable different. Just leik the differene beitween 720p and 1080p is easy to see.

Even though and I am being fair and honest, the gap from 1080p and 1440p is not a huge difference, you can see it depending on the type of display.

For example, I can see huge difference in an LCS 1440p vs an AMOLED 1440p because I am use to it. I can also see a huge difference in Samsung's 1440p vs LG's 1440p. The Samsung is brighter and sharper.

Also viewing content in non-standard resolutions makes for terrible viewing because not all platforms down-scale images and video properly so that ti still looks good.

You can love Apple all you want, your choice. But don't lie.
No one at the time really considered larger displays. But even when I bought the iPhone 4 which was my first iPhone, and I looked at the resolution in the specs, I asked why didnt they make the display a bit bigger.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 12:23

59. pauliunas (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Jan 2016)


Don't forget the HTC HD2, it came out about half a year earlier. It did have a 4.3" screen and whoever I showed mine, they said "wtf this is giant, what is this?". I thought it was the perfect screen size, and I never changed my mind. I went for HTC Sensation, and then for Samsung S4. I regret the latter decision to this day. It's so uncomfortable to use it with one hand. I'm afraid of dropping it all the time, so I had to spend $50 on a case to calm down. On the other hand, when using both of my HTC's, I was happy with a $5 leather pouch because I knew I would never drop them.

Oh, and my HD2 runs Android 4.4 with only a little bit more lag than Samsung S4. Weird, because the HD2 is like 4 years older. And smaller. But that's due to Samsung's bloatware, so we shouldn't generalize this too much...

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 21:34

47. iushnt (Posts: 1577; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


You are so obsessed with the word 'Retina'

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 08:59

56. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Really? I never mentioned it. I recalling using IPS.

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 19:59

75. ltavaress (Posts: 23; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


couldn't care less about apple. I was only suggesting a reflection here. Do we really need all these features? What do we really need? Why are phones constantly getting new features that are only bigger/better/versions? Do we really need it or is it only to keep the system alive? How durable is a smartphone and how durable do you think it's supposed to be? Cuz I think swapping phones every 2 years is disgusting, not just because it kills the planet. But if we dont, the smartphones' manufacturers will bankrupt.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 03:30

67. Leo_MC (Posts: 1148; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


SUVs are still the worse option one can have.
Compared with a sedan or break they have less space (more on the vertical), less stability (height makes them worse in taking curves), cost more, take up more fuel.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 12:25 3

60. pauliunas (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Jan 2016)


I'm completely with you. They're trying to market stuff like watching movies, video editing, "good" speakers, etc. that can only possibly be any good in a 10"+ device. Anything smaller is s**t and will always be s**t, no matter how hard they try. (As for the speakers, it doesn't depend on the screen size directly, I was rather referring to the form factor as they require a lot of physical space)

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 11:24

14. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


There's a reason I own both a phablet and a "normal" sized phone. It's good to have options.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 11:37

17. kefalin (Posts: 237; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


I have 5,5 inch and its OK,much better experience than 4,3 i had before. Dual window is just great.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 12:13

19. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Wow look at #8. Really? The iPhone has an awesome UI and productivity? OVER THE NOTE 5?

What productivity features does the iPhone have?

Lets see lets list some things that make a device better for productivity.

Splitview - Not splitting a single application, but being able to have 2 separate application share the screen at the same time and being able to drag content between them. For example, dragging a photo from the gallery directly into a text message.

Sceenshots - being able to accomplish this with stupid button combinations and being able to scroll and screenshot the full page without doing multiple shots. Especially handy with web pages.

Stylus - Nothing sings productivity more than being able to write down information in a application. Especially in an application that can transpose my handwriting into text which can be saved or used in various applications.

Open file system - Being able to store my own files directly in my phone and having to use cloud services is a huge bonus. I have access to my files even in the event I am in a location where I can't get cellular connectivity...like in an Airplane that may not have WiFi, or a bus or even in my car on a road in the middle of nowhere.

Productivity apps - The iPhone does have productivity apps, but you are limited in what you can accomplish . Lets take somethign simple as OneNote. It is a great app for keeping tabs and taking quick notes when thinsg come up. But with the iPhone your only input is voice and typing. On the Note you can also use a stylus which is included.

The only thinbg the iPhone is good at is games because the devs make them better for iOS and with direct hardware access they have an advantage over other platforms. But I dont do very much mobile gaming and the games i do play are 100% identical on both.

Battery-life. The iPhone 6S does not have better battery-life vs the S6. I don't care what you tests claim. Realworld usage says otherwise, especially since the iPhone 6S has a extended battery made by Apple to deal with its battery issues. The S6 will last a full day with reasonable usage. Now I've not owned the S6, I had the S6 Edge and it last 12+ hours of video recording and photo taking for 2 weeks of vacation everyday and never died on me once, including the day I spent 14 hours at the Magic Kingdom.

Also by PA's own test, the claim was the iPhone 6S Plus and Note 5 have equal battery-life., so why not split the graphic? That fact is considering the Note's hardware and featureset, it is better than the 6S Plus and yet last as long. Considering the Note is pushing 2M+ more pixels, 4x's the Core, double the RAM, and battery sucking features that arent draining the battery, it shows the Note 5 is king of efficiency period. Also considering other big phones even with larger batteries have poorer battery-life.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 12:25 1

20. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


I walk while using my phone a lot and anything bigger than Galaxy S I just can't get a decent one handed grip and will drop a lot like I did with my Note 3.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 12:51 1

25. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Small hands? I agree when I first biught a larger device, it felt weird. But after liek 2 days I wouldn't ever go back to smaller.

I tired it by getting the Galaxy S6 Edge. I liked it, but it was to small. The Edge+ was a blessing.

Maybe I take it for granted I have very long fingers and so far a 5.7" device isnt big. But I held the iPhone 6S Plus and I can tell right away it is larger vs my Note 5. Especially how wide it is.

I

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 17:42 1

63. buccob (Posts: 2522; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I work with smartphones on a daily basis... and I agree with Baracus... not everyone has the same taste even when the majority has been pushed towards bigger devices...

My first touchscreen smartphone was the BB Storm2 with a 3.2" screen that, at the time I found great, even for watching TV shows (I converted some to mp4 just for it)...

Then I got the Motorola Atrix with a 4" screen and a qHD that was very bad due to the pentile arrangement making it look very pixelated... but the size was great, specially compared to the iPhone of the time with 3.5"

After that I had the Samsung S3 with 4.7" HD screen and to be honest, that device was TOO big for me, and I don't have small hands... it simply didn't feel comfortable to hold it, specially because of the low screen-to-body ratio... and the thinness was weird at first.

Then I got the Sony Xperia Acro S and the overall size for me was PERFECT (when not using any case).... it was thick but forgivable.. and the screen was also HD screen with a 4.3" making it a perfect ppi for me... it was truly unnoticeable from fullHD with the naked eye...

Now I have the Z3 Compact and the bump in screen size is also PERFECT for me while retaining the same footprint.

So after using bigger devices, and configuring Notes, HTC Ones, Nexus, etc... My Z3C still has the perfect size for me and I don't find it weird when I go back from using a huge device all day long...

Different tastes buddy.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 12:29

21. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


How is it easier to sketch on an iPhone vs the Note 5? Really? I mean really!?
So you can sketch better on an iPhone with your fingers vs using a fine tipped stylus that you can draw and write without blocking your view?

How is GarageBand easy when you can't compare such an application on another platform? I mean how is that a fair comparison?

Oh and since the article is about large phones, why are you giving more props to Apple, when it was Samsung who started the large phone trends?

Apple was against big phones and claimed no one would by those "hummer" phones., yet by the time they decide to make one, 75% of the smartphone sales were larger device exceeding 4.3" in size.

Its Samsung phones that provide the best battery-life consider their size over most brands. They also have better technology like wireless charging and wireless fast charging. BOTH will charge up a Galaxy Note in 1/2 the time as any model of the iPhone. Even the small iPhone takes nearly 4 hours to charge from completely dead. While the Note 5 and ALL the S6 models can charge up in less than 2 hours.

Taking pictures and editing them. Recording movies and editing them. How is this easier on the iPhone. Its easily as quick on any brand. On every phone I've used since the S4, includes a video editing app within the same UI as the recorder.

My camera app has controls for the typical editing functions people use most like cropping, rotating, collage and more. I can even write directly on the photo. Can you do that with an iPhone?

I mean come on guys be fair. The iPhone is good at everything you mentioned, I am not against the facts. What I am against is you giving them credit in this case for copying a trend who made all those things better even when they were criticized for it and it turns out it was a great idea.

See that's what makes you Apple fans such hypocrites. You bash stuff when Apple doesn't have it, especially if Samsung has it first and then you love it when Apple gets it.

Apple didn't implement larger phone first, nor did they do it better.

Look at the iPhone 6S vs the Note. The Note houses far more hardware and a larger display with more pixels and yet the device is smaller than the iPhone 6S Plus.

How is it better at productivity when the one-handed mode drops 40% of the constant of the screen? So if you are reading a webpage in one-handed mode you have to scroll double when on the Note, 100% of what is on the screen is there even in one-handed mode.

I don't care who wins, as long as the results are fair and not fanboish. You guys are sickening to give credit to a company who doesn't deserve it.

When it comes to a phone with a feature-set that comes with the size, just because its bigger and good at doing something doesnt mean its the best at everything.

The Note is not the best at everything. But when it comes to productivity, no device other than a tablet can even match its capabilities.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 13:43

29. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


To be fair, Samsung didn't start the big phone trend, they just popularized it by making them really good and actually useful.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 14:49

34. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


HTC I believe was the first to make a larger device at 4.3". But 4.3" wasn't seen to be unusually large. It was the 5" Dell Venue and the Galaxy Note at 5.3" that were seen as unusually huge.

I also remember that, for 3 quarters after the HTC Evo 4G was release, HTC has higher phone sales than Apple had of the iPhone for 3 quarters in a row with Apple finally passing them in the 4th quarter but it took the combine sales of the old and new model to finally beat HTC.

So yea Samsung wasn't first, but yes made it a bit more popular with an unusually sized behemoth. They have sold more big phones than any single OEM

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 18:35 1

43. ibend (Posts: 3858; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


I remember that Dell Venue.. Almost buy that phone but decide to get my first tablet, since my android phone at that time still doesnt need replacement

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 23:26

50. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I actually thought the Venue actually had a chance.
A bit bulky, but it was well designed.
Not minimalistic design many have come to love.
I just don't think they marketed well.

Every OEM who directly wants to just compete with the iPhone is losing site of a better option. Squeeze them into a tight corner and they will turn to orange juice.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 03:35

68. Leo_MC (Posts: 1148; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Dude, you know of course the phone should make phone calls?

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 12:51

24. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


How about "MEDIA CONSUMTION"? Isn't that what drove smartphones to be larger. Because playing games, watching movies on a larger panel where you can actually watch movies in their native resolutions with up/down-scaling is also a huge plus.

You were so busy trying to praise Apple, you didnt even really highlight the benefits of having a bigger display.

Like how increases in resolutions on larger screens are better because it doesn't make everything look small...liek it did on older iPhone models.

Or how Internet browsing is better because you can use desktop mode and see what you could be missing vs using mobile sites.

Or how a larger display makes taking photos and recording easier with a larger screen to see what you are taking a photo or recording much better.

Or how a larger screen makes it easier to share the onscreen content with another person.

All those things are not specific to any device and would be better to talk about than trying to find a way to always make Apple look good even when they simply don't.

Yes a larger device makes everything you mention easier on ANY device, and yes some are even more batter at it having hardware specific to those things too. But none of those things are so much better on the iPhone that it cant equally be mention for other phones.

Another fanbois biased ass article from PA yet again.

You should give equal credit to all OEM's fairly because they all drive the tech market an no platform has driven them better than Android.

They all have set trends that others use an benefit from. You should have just did a single graphic that shows all the top large phones, not breaking down to claiming some device is better at something when we know better.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 12:33 1

62. pauliunas (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Jan 2016)


To me, it's not a plus unless it goes beyond 10" in size. My 11" tablet was just perfect for watching movies on my lap, I wouldn't watch anything on a smaller screen except some occasional youtube video. So basically none of these "benefits" are important to me. Yes, I do want good specs and good battery life, but at this point, the specs are mostly over the top (when you remove all the bloatware), so the only important thing seems to be battery life. Since I don't mind my phone being 1mm thicker, I think the OEMs just need to make the same flagship phones with smaller screens, just like Sony does (and I deeply respect them for that). Oh, and don't forget putting a bigger battery in. Is that so hard?

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 14:57

35. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I Hate The Way Large Phones Feel In My Hand, That's The Only Reason I Need Not To Buy Them.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 08:25

70. pauliunas (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Jan 2016)


You Don't Need To Write Every Word In Caps, This Is Not A Title.

I hope you do understand how stupid this looks.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 08:33

72. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I Don't Understand How Stupid It Looks Because I Happen To Like It.
"Have A Nice Day"

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 15:42 1

36. jeroome86 (Posts: 901; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I prefer big phones now since my aging eyesight. Also enjoy the better battery life. But you should get what you like and not be sway by the haters. Whether your a Android, Apple, Windows lover. Even BlackBerry if that's what you want. No reason to constantly bash another OS. Don't like it, don't buy it. In the end you should buy what you like. Like what you buy.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 15:57 1

37. Totse2k15 (Posts: 451; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Once you go big, you never go back. It's true for me. From my Moto G to my Note 4.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 18:00 1

41. robocopvn (Posts: 404; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


Howcome there are so many Iphone photos in this article? Coincidence ??

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 18:41 1

44. ibend (Posts: 3858; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


its just your feeling, lol

at least they show some random unbranded render for #3, and they show BACKSIDE of nexus6P and note5 picture when they mention "Higher resolution SCREENS".. but for better game, awesome UI, easier to do things, and battery life theydecide to choose something that not the best for that part

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 20:28

45. Diezparda (Posts: 869; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Exactly! i'm tbh since iPhone 6/6 Plus i'm started to consider the iPhone for one reasen (larger screen) but they're still newbie in phablet category.
1st look at the dimension of iPhone (it's kinda compared to G4/Note 5).
2nd #8: Awesome exclusive UI and productivity features sounds like bs when there is no such thing like S-pen or multiwindows.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 17:57 1

64. buccob (Posts: 2522; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Not only S-pen or multiwindows (which are Samsung related)... most other android devices have far better UI and productivity features than what all the iPhones, including the Pluses offer...

- Widgets
- Floating apps (whether is third party or first party such as Sony Small Apps)
- Powerful Automation apps
- Standard Sharing capabilities (Bluetooth, WiFi Direct, NFC)
- Standard usb port for OTG support
- Cheap wired and wireless display capabilities (MHL / miracast, chromecast, etc)

All of this allows you for a more productive and also cheaper environment.

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