Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Feb 2016 22:16 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

But in bounding after large screens, phone makers seemed to ignore the usability issues that accompany them. Small studies have shown before that 4.3 inches is about as big as a phone can get before people start struggling to use it. The time to operate the phone slows down significantly because one-hand use is awkward - and that's for average men's hands. Assuming a normal distribution, for half of men and most women, a phone bigger than 4.3 inches - like the current smallest iPhone - is too big.

The increasing size of smartphones is one of the big mysteries of the technology world. The mystery lies not in phones getting larger - a lot of people prefer it - but in smaller phones, which a lot of people also prefer, disappearing, or being treated as second-class citizens.

Such an odd development.

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Glad they don't make cars
by cjcox on Wed 10th Feb 2016 04:56 UTC
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If they made cars, the steering wheel would be replaced with a large rectangle with long steel spikes covering it and a eletronic electrocution clip that you have to clip onto your tonque will driving sitting in a seat facing the back of the car....

Of course some like a razor thin phone that you can't hold onto, and when you do the power button or volume buttons get pressed.... etc...

The phones may look "cool"... and that car (above) might look cool too... but hardly practical.

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