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Do you wish high-end Android smartphones came in smaller packages? Sign this petition

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Do you wish high-end Android smartphones came in smaller packages? Sign this petition
As the specifications lists grow, so do the smartphones it seems. Judging by the sales of these devices, this reality has not proven to be detrimental.

That does not mean that there is no market for equally high-end phones with smaller packaging however. Giant devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Huawei Ascend Mate push the practical limits of size, not so easy to put in a pocket and not usable with one hand.

Our friends over at GSMArena have decided to lead the charge with a petition to challenge manufacturers to meet this market with leading edge equipment that is not also approaching the size of a satellite TV dish.

That does not mean we do not appreciate some of the goodness that comes with these high-definition screens, speedy processors and cool looking hardware. Despite those attributes, there are some things that turn people away, like the size penalty of a 5-inch-plus sized screen for one thing.

Samsung gave us the Galaxy S III mini last year, but with that trade-off came some compromises, most notably a downgraded processor, lower resolution screen, and no LTE support. Size-wise though, it is a nice device, and we liked it overall in our review. Compared to its bigger brother though, the S III mini is not cutting edge technology.

If you are a part of the market that would be interested in seeing mid-sized, high-spec hardware, maybe this petition will generate some interest with the manufacturers and maybe we will see some new generations of hardware in the future. If you are interested, click the source link.

source: GSMArena

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posted on 19 Apr 2013, 17:48 18

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


posted on 19 Apr 2013, 19:02 13

19. doejon (Posts: 406; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

why would anyone need a highendsmartphone

with 3,5 inch display??? for watching hd movies? or retina res?? lol
or surfing the internet?? or playing games where fore examplle the objekts u must grab are smaler than ant? if u use a navigation app u dont need glasses u need a binoculars lol.. where the smart of this phone?

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 20:26 13

29. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

no i want 6'' inch screen.....hell yeah.....lol......4.3'' to 4.7'' inch screen is perfect for smartphone, or if need phablet then it will 4.8'' to 5.5'' inch screen.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 00:33 1

44. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

This size is suitable for me (4.7"). If your hand is at mid size you can have the 4.5" until 4.7. If you are a giant, like shaq. Smartphone that suits their big hand would be from 5" above.
With a nice resolution (1080p) and a quad core S4/tegra 3 would be nice on a 4.7" cellphone. At least i think it would.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 02:28 3

47. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

tegra 3 ???

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 03:23 1

49. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

Hope he meant tegra 4.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 21:01 7

33. jcarrigan (unregistered)

I am sorry for those with tiny hands or maybe even iPhone fans that are scared of their precious pretty pink bedazzled fuzzy iPhone getting too big for their man purses but my smartphone has progressed into replacing my laptop and essentially eliminating the need for paying for internet at home so my phone is my computer and my internet connection. I love the fact that there are 5.5 inch screens and im okay with 6inch screens but thats my limit. After having a phone with a 4.8inch screen, i cant even type a simple text message on an iPhone 5 much less do an email to my boss. I am happy that we have a variety of smartphones in all shapes and sizes so theres really no need to attempt to stop the OEM's from making big AND small phones.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 23:31 2

39. MartyK (Posts: 947; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Yeah, I pass also.... plus htc make midsize highend phone, get one of them crybabies....lol

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 17:53 6

2. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Yes please.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 17:56 14

3. jphillips63 (Posts: 245; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

4.5-4.7" screen is plenty for a smart phone. Who the heck wants to hold anything larger up to there ear to talk on? Sme may think its cool like those walking around with boom boxes on there shoulder listening to music.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:07 20

6. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

For me its not about the screen size but the device size...with bezels getting smaller we can actually fit bigger screens in smaller or same form factors..for example the xperai zl is is 5" but the same size or even smaller than some 4.7" phones and also the 5" s4 is smaller than the 4.8" s3...personally I would like a 4.5" device with the minimal bezel of the s4 so that would basically mean a phone the size of the s2 which IMO was the perfect size as a device, not too big but not too small.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 19:17 2

21. jphillips63 (Posts: 245; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I agree you can cut down outside dimensions and go with larger screens and keep the overall unit somewhat small but you also give into a more fragile phone with no buffer around the glass to take the impact if the phone is dropped. This is the main cause of many phones being dropped and having broken screens or those that are sat on if its all glass and we all know glass don't give so it breaks.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 19:29 3

23. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

True which is why the many phone now easily crack as the front glass curves into the side..this may have been a reason why Samsung anyways with the s4 have a slight ridhe on the s4 so if dropped the glass doesn't make direct contact with the floor...the s2 had this same ridge and was very durable where as the s3 dint and was not very shatter proof..

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 00:37

65. MoonlitTear (Posts: 43; Member since: 09 Jun 2008)

I could not agree with you more. I hold up my HTC Radar (3.8" Screen) right smack against a Droid Razr M (4.3" Screen) lo and behold they are almost the exact sized phones. I think a 4.3 HD Screen size is just about perfect IMHO.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:37 8

14. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1639; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Actually, they've found that you only use your smartphone to make phone calls a small percentage of the time (I want to say studies say about 10-15%). The rest is primarily for text messaging, web browsing, and taking pictures. So, I doubt those who use those larger phones have a problem with it considering that they only use it for talking a small percentage of the time. I own a Galaxy Note and I don't have any problem holding it up to my ear. I think I look less ridiculous than those people who have the $300 Beats Studio over-the-ear headphones on while they are walking around town.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:47 3

16. alila2 (Posts: 158; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)

4.5" capacitive buttons or 4.7" on screen buttons , with a 80% screen to body ratio .

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 20:12

27. tyger11 (Posts: 194; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

"to talk on"? Why would you do THAT?

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 17:58 3

4. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

yes!! where do i sign!?
i think they should make 2 or 3 kind... each one have a diffrent screen size and battery but the other spec should stay the same

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:06 3

5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Um... I like my screen size... 4.7". Will go bigger to 5" but not interested in anything smaller.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:10

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

If you put all that hardware in say an S4 features, that will require quite a space alone, see the limitations with the Xperia ZL, which is may be smaller in width and height, yet much and I mean much thicker than the Z or S4. How do you go down and keep all the marbles AND stop it from falling apart?

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:13 4

8. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)

no thanks i like large screens.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:14 1

9. shamataa (Posts: 241; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

i signed another one also.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:20 5

10. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)

as a note2 owner i wouldn't like to switch to smaller size even if it will be a high end android smartphone because after owning note 1 and note2 for a year and half i can't go back to 4.5 inch or 4.7 smartphone but it would be great for those user who are looking to find great specs in a small package

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:21 2

11. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

I do not need to compensate unlike others.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:26 5

12. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Many people don't want a brick in their pockets. I don't understand why Android manufacturers don't make high-end devices in smaller packages. It seems to me that if they want to take more of Apple's market, they'd produce an alternative to the pocketable iPhone 4S that didn't have a weak processor and low-res screen.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:29 4

13. lyndon420 (Posts: 5002; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I'll pass on this. Kind of a pointless petition because manufacturers are making these big screens as a sign of demand from the consumers...heck even apple of all companies has seen this and reacted accordingly. In the end we should feel fortunate that we have the variety we have now. Buy it if it works for you, and the sales of those devices will determine if the OEM will keep making them or not.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:44 6

15. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Why wouldn't you want to support this? I can understand liking larger handsets, everyone has their own preference. But why not support having more options that satisfy more people?

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:47 7

17. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

I don't mind manufacturers making smaller phones. Just don't expect me to buy them.

Besides, to get flagship specs in a smaller form factor the phone will be a thick brick

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 18:55 2

18. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

I think this should be. Its not a S3 mini or S4 mini if the specs of said phone pale in comparison. I would accept a (slightly) lower res display (like if the S4 mini had a 4.3" 720p display as opposed to a 5" 1080p display) and slightly lower battery spec if the specs are otherwise the same.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 19:16 3

20. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

I used to say 3.5" (when i had the Nokia C7) is way than enough for a mobile, then I said 4.3" (when I had S2) is perfect but when I got the S3 I hated for a week, but now i just can't hold a smaller phone, and i am waiting to get the S4.

C7: 3.5" 117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5 mm - Small
S2: 4.3" 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49 mm - Perfect
S3: 4.8" 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm - Slightly big
S4: 5.0" 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm - Slightly big

Now if the next S5 will abandon the home button, narrow down more the sides bezels and move some components behind the screen, it's possible to have a phone with a 5" and 129 x 68 x 8.5 mm then that would almost like the perfect S2 size but with a 1080 5" screen.

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