In Defense of Gigantic Phones


Ashley Slate

Bulletin/Spotlight Editor

There’s a BIG new trend that’s sweeping the smartphone market… literally. Popular companies such as Samsung, HTC, and most recently Apple, are leaving smaller phones in the past, and cranking out “phablets,” (part phone/tablet) with display sizes surpassing 5 inches (or in some cases, 6 inches).  Many are flocking to their carriers to own the latest technology, but others shake their heads in derision, ridiculing those who possess a phone that they claim to be “the size of Jupiter” as they cling to their 4-inch “pluto” phones.  What they fail to realize is this: big phones are actually pretty awesome, and here’s why the public shouldn’t be so quick to ridicule them.

Amazing Battery Life:

A bigger phone means a bigger battery, and a bigger battery means remarkable battery life that crushes that of “normal” size phones. To name some of the most popular phablets on the market right now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 boasts 28 hours of talk time, 10 hours of web surfing, and 17 hours of video play. In comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus comes up not far behind with a hefty 23 hours of talk time, 9 hours of internet browsing, and 11 hours of video playback. It’s not hard to see that these phones can endure so much on just a single charge.  In comparison, an iPhone 5 only has 8 hours of talk time, 10 hours of Internet usage, and 10 hours of video. It’s not hard to see who wins.

Big and Beautiful Display:

Screen size is another advantage when it comes to phablets. Just normal and everyday use on a big phone can make a person wonder: how did I ever do this on my iPhone 4? Everything’s sharper, clearer, and more defined. Internet browsing suddenly becomes easier, because you don’t have to zoom in to see every little word or picture. Gaming becomes ten times more awesome on a high-resolution screen with amazing graphics.  Suddenly, the idea of reading books and watching movies on a phablet doesn’t sound as ridiculous as it as it did with the claustrophobic size of a 4-inch screen.

Of course, there are the people who deplore the giant screens, because “you can’t use them with one hand.” Well actually, you can. Apple has a nifty little feature on the iPhone 6 Plus called “Reachability,” that will slide the entire interface down (when it’s on the home screen or in a third-party app) with just two taps on the home button, allowing a person to easily reach a desired item that may have been too high before. Samsung has a similar feature for its smartphones, called “One-Handed Mode” that will actually reduce the screen size to better suit one-handed use. And the phablet wins Round 2.

Powerful Cameras:

Your Instagram posts are about to get a whole lot better. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s camera is packed with a whopping 16-megapixels and optical image stabilization (OIS). In comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus has an 8-megapixel iSight camera with Focus Pixels and true OIS, which brings fast autofocus and amazing low-light photography.  OIS allows the shutter to stay open longer without shaking or motion blur, allowing for more light to reach the sensor.  This makes both of these cameras beasts in low-light shots. Translation? You’re going to get a really high-quality camera on either phone that can take really clear shots, no matter the lighting. And with a big screen to clearly view your photos, there’s no reason to say no.

Is bigger really better? The answer is an obvious yes. Whether you go with Apple, Samsung, or another company’s super-sized smartphone, go big or go home. And if you find yourself ridiculed by your peers over your phone’s size, just know that some people are just not equipped to handle so much awesomeness.