There are always trends in any market. The mobile market isn’t any different. In fact, it could be said that trends in the mobile space are probably worse than many other trends in any other market. After all, they get picked up pretty quickly by every major manufacturer out there, and considering there are so many different manufacturers out there, it’s hard to actually lose a trend, even when the trend needs to die out. We’ve seen phones get smaller, and we’ve seen phones get thinner. Most recently, though, while the trend to make our phones as thin as humanly possible is still staying strong, the general rule of thumb for manufacturers now is “bigger is better.” Unfortunately, that may be getting out of hand now.

I’ll admit that I’m a fan of big displays. I used to think that 3.5-inches was too big, but then when I got my hands on my first 4.3-inch display, I knew it was love at first touch. I don’t see the point of having a small screen on your mobile phone. After all, in today’s world there is so much to do on a phone, why would you want to experience it on a small display? A few years ago I would have said that anywhere around 3-inches would be big enough, but a few years ago I wasn’t playing incredibly detailed games, or trying to watch HD movies. Things change.

And that’s why I’m not really surprised to see that Samsung is reportedly making a device that features a 5.3-inch display. Of course, this isn’t the first mobile device we’ve seen hit the market with a display in that range. However, in that previous device (the Dell Streak), Dell was quick to point out that they’re positioning the Streak as a tablet, and not a phone. While I don’t think 5-inches warrants the tablet brand, it’s definitely too big to be a phone. And 5.3-inches, while .3-inches may not seem like a big deal, will make that “phone” feel like a behemoth in your hand.

And that’s why 5.3-inches (and probably even 5-inches) is just too big to be considered a “phone.” Seriously though, we’re in the market for huge devices and I get that, but when we’re looking at a phone that’s as big as your face, we may be pushing the trend a bit too far. The only argument that I can see for having a huge display like that, is the rumor that Samsung is installing one of their Super AMOLED Plus displays. That’s going to look ridiculous. When you look at a device like the Samsung Droid Charge and you see all those amazing colors, and you realize that it's a 4.3-inch display, then something like the Galaxy Q’s 5.3-inch monster will probably make you tear up out of joy.

And that’s probably a good enough argument, to be honest. When you look at a huge display, even when it comes to a phone, and the display is able to make you take a second look due to the color representation and detail therein, then you’ve probably got a winner in your hands. Will it be enough to convert those who think a 3.5-inch display (or even a 4-inch display) is big enough? Maybe. If you can show those folks why having a huge display like that is a good thing, then you’ve done enough to warrant their future purchase.

Will the Samsung Galaxy Q, if it is indeed a real device, be able to do that? At 5.3-inches and with the Super AMOLED Plus display, it has a real shot. But for me, I still think that 5.3-inches is too big to consider the device in question a phone. I’m not sure what to call it, considering it’s too small to be a “real” tablet, in my opinion. Maybe a mini-tablet. I’m not sure.

What do you think of the new size? Should Samsung aim a bit smaller, or is 5.3-inches perfect for you? Let me know what you think we should call a “phone” that has a 5-inch display, too. I’m curious.

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Evelyn Pendall
Evelyn Pendall Just what Ive been waiting for! If you really need a phone to do NET WORKING YAH! GO FOR IT, BIGGER IS BETTER! Facebook pages and websits we sometimes need to post in etc. Excellent if your running a page for a good cause.
Jack Daniel Harrison
Jack Daniel Harrison Yeah for a phone I have a 4.3" phone and that's the biggest you should need for a phone....
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Idiot. Five inches is too big, The samsung infuse just looks riduculous. You have to start using some common sense at some point. 4" inches to 4.3" inches is big enough.
Israel Leiva
Israel Leiva Also, for sure Steve Jobs can't handle 6 inches of Android. Apple doesn't measure up. LOL
Israel Leiva
Israel Leiva The bigger, the better. If you only use your phone to talk then you should go back to a flip phone. A tablet you can talk on is the way to go. A lot of you can't handle damn near 6 inches. Yes, i really did just say that. LMAO
TY DA TI Its a tablette
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel We'll tell you when to stop, coz 5.3 ain't big enough!
Sami Azeroual
Sami Azeroual Big phone/small tablet call it what u want
Derick Williams
Derick Williams Eh... I think my captivate is just fine.. when I got it I knew there would be 4.3 and 4.5 displays coming out. Its all about personal preference.. I personally try to keep it balanced... My personal thoughts are if it is going to be that big its going to be for more "computer use" than phone use at that point.. so you may as well be on a computer imho. Then again I'm one of the weirdo's who don't "get" the appeal of tablets.
Dina Locklear Ball
Dina Locklear Ball Nope it will put an iPad a run for it's money!
Broderick Whitten
Broderick Whitten I'm from Tx so the bigger the better
Erik Rosli
Erik Rosli I don't think I''ll ever buy one, but there's nothing wrong about 5.3" display. Like some guy said, there's a market for everything. I know a couple of people with poor eyesight who would love to have phones with large display.
Angel Miguel Peguero
Angel Miguel Peguero a5 inch phone beastlol
Dan Hammen
Dan Hammen i think things like the evo and atrix are too big ... let alone adding another inch on to that size phone..
Diego Avelar Tubz Sillk
Diego Avelar Tubz Sillk Shoot if the galaxy tab was a phone I would use it as one
Gerald Dawkins
Gerald Dawkins No never
Athier Mohammed
Athier Mohammed no i dont think its to big and plus you have more finger room for those bigger fingered people and also it would make a good gps for a car cradel or something and a good high res. tv screen for those movies,videos,pictures and more.
Flako Ramirez
Flako Ramirez Yup they r nutz
Maria Ortiz
Maria Ortiz heck no the pics are larger, you can zoom so it's fun!
Jason Wilkinson
Jason Wilkinson yes,
Adrian Salazar
Adrian Salazar Depends on the person, obviously if the person is small you'll probably want something smaller but if the person is bigger or taller you'll probably want something with a huge screen. I have the HTC Sensation 4G and think 4.3" screen is rather small for me as I'm 6'1" and a 5.3" screen would be great for me...
Kyle Huff
Kyle Huff Mean the huge*
Kyle Huff
Kyle Huff If it can fit in a pocket, its not too big..... And I dont kean the hige pockets in cargo pants or trip pants either. :P
Nathaniel Hull
Nathaniel Hull Dont knock it before u try it
Igor Rebenko
Igor Rebenko i got the dell streak 5" and i guess thats the limit for me.. i dont think i could used it with 1 hand, i strugle to answer calls with the streak
Frank Caputo
Frank Caputo Nah
James Vincent
James Vincent That size is easily at the edge of the phone/tablet size line possibly sticking a few toes over
Clemmie Hooper
Clemmie Hooper 5.3-inches is too big to be considered a phone???? Sounds like a comment from someone too young to remember what a REAL PHONE was!
Teron Facey
Teron Facey 5.3 is really unnecessary. What if a phone that size doesn't fit inside owners pockets? I'm sure they don't want to have it attached to there belt that annoying
John Haas
John Haas i would love it
Lennes Shaw
Lennes Shaw Dont know bout that, but can you give me some info on asus slider pls?
Nole Lazaroff
Nole Lazaroff Totally agree.
Lorne Shaggy Sloan
Lorne Shaggy Sloan disagree, bigger is better. If that 1st galaxy tab could have made regular phone calls, it would have been my phone.
Ayoub Hage
Ayoub Hage Bigger screen for porn :p
Gordon Christie
Gordon Christie I had a look at a dell streak it wasnt too big when I held it and it fitted in a pocket ok too but the guy in the shop wasnt pleased lols
Samuel Claudio
Samuel Claudio Tablet*
Samuel Claudio
Samuel Claudio Hell yea, what heck is going on with this phones now a days, 3d and now table size. Its too much, a phone needs to be a phone.
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. I have no problem with a 5.3 in screen. The front has to be all screen though.
Christopher Tyrone Truitt
Christopher Tyrone Truitt That's what I call a phone give me a 5.3inch screen on a cell phone I will be very happy
Ciroc Rufai
Ciroc Rufai I'm using a dell streak now and i will jump to d gsq cuz of the amoled screen afterall we all use our smartphones now for many things and less phone call
Jamil Cooper
Jamil Cooper I feel it be ok but wonder how the curves of the phone looks like. Great for movies on go
Stu Wells
Stu Wells big screens are nothing new, i had a 5" screen on my HTC x7500. Also had dual cameras (on the model before mine). That was 5 years ago, since then my phone has always been a mobile computing device that I could also talk on sometimes.
David Cohen
David Cohen 4.3 is the limit
Siddharth Krishna Dwivedi
Siddharth Krishna Dwivedi does one wear a clock in wrsit? NO fashion wise its ok for a day to be different but if its your style you need psychiatrist and so with this 5.3" stupidity.
Richard Quintanilla
Richard Quintanilla That over the top a 4.3in is big enough wouldnt buy that
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama Give me a 5.3" device and i will finally be happy!
Kevin Kinchen
Kevin Kinchen I say, if you can talk to someone on the other end, then it's a phone.
Anonymous Agree
Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez It's like a mini tablet or something
Pierre Ware
Pierre Ware I'd like to have a tablet phone :-)why not have put them together
Hans Jaramillo
Hans Jaramillo If the front is all screen, that'd be awesome. Especially if it is a Super Amoled Plus(or even HD) display. :D
Hima Bichali
Hima Bichali How do you carry that in your pocket?...
Josh Carsen
Josh Carsen That's rediciulous. To me the 4.3" phones are too big to be considered a phone you look crazy holding half a sheet of paper up to your head. If you want to watch movies or play games buy a device for that. Id rather not see an unsightly bulge in everyones pants.
Fayez Noor
Fayez Noor btw im IN if its edge to edge display. ill give it a shot
Luis Montoya
Luis Montoya Nope
Ryan Sea Lion Osborne
Ryan Sea Lion Osborne I love my 5" streak I had to pay a lot of money to get a AWS version for T-Mobile. But it was well worth it. And I have an otterbox on it and it fits just fine in my pockets! (Most of the time)
Sochit Jovovich
Sochit Jovovich 5'3 i want it!!! If it is a phone... But At&t must carry it :p
John Cruz
John Cruz no just better not weight alot
Ramon Quintero
Ramon Quintero I say anything past 5 is to big for a phone
Anthony Domanico
Anthony Domanico Call me nuts, but I would love a 5.3 inch phone. Would probably erase my need/want of a tablet
Jai Green
Jai Green There is a market for everything.
Paul Davis
Paul Davis how about cut the screen in half and make it a clam shell. That would help a little bit i suppose? 4.3 inch screen is pushing it for me...
Nick Kalman
Nick Kalman *5.3
Robert Centennial
Robert Centennial No one really talks on a phone and if I could have a tablet that makes calls I would buy it. It would save me money. Bring on the 5.3 I will be the first customer.
Nick Kalman
Nick Kalman I'll take it. 7inch tablets feel in hand more like phone then tablet. 5'3 is nice for phone. Give me one.
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas 5.3 is a tablet
Darryl Mouzone
Darryl Mouzone I disagree because it all depends on the preference of a person. Some people might say that's way to big for me (that's what she said) but then others might like it. It all depends on each individual and their tastes.
Fayez Noor
Fayez Noor max 4.7 for me
Mark Strong
Mark Strong Too big for some too small for others.
Jocelyn Livingston Quinn
Jocelyn Livingston Quinn I dont care what size it is. I'd be happy dialing a halfpage notebook/phone with a bluetooth earphone ANY DAY over carrying two devices... Saving up for one of these big phones right now.
Tom Parker
Tom Parker 5.3 is to big to be considered a phone
Mike Caros
Mike Caros just go ahead let my galaxy tab make voice calls. totally stupid idea. anything bigger than 4 inches is too big! nexus s, perfect! sensation, too big!
Ike Ace Evbuomwan
Ike Ace Evbuomwan 4.3 is the max for me anything bigger begins to be impractical for a phone.
Kevin Vernon
Kevin Vernon Depends on how big your hands are, I would like it.
Gerard Hyacinthe
Gerard Hyacinthe I have bear paws for hands so if it fits in my pocket I'll take it. Texting in portrait mode sucks on a little phone.
Anthony Ochoa
Anthony Ochoa It feels like a fkkin tablet in your pocket
Oscar Zavala
Oscar Zavala Yes and no
Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez thats small espicially with ppl that have bad vision.
Christopher Wesley
Christopher Wesley Yup.
Austin Jae
Austin Jae That's not what she said.
Sidney T Jefferson
Sidney T Jefferson No its not too big id buy it pending the carrier
Tony Dear III
Tony Dear III All of the people sayin no its to big should be quiet because you can't speak for the rest of the world. If I want a phone that's 5' in let me get it. Some people have nigget hands and can't use a keyboard it a little 3.7 in screen. That being said. I myself would start the tablet range at 6 inches but hell let the people get what they want and they will be happy.
Travis Tallant
Travis Tallant The battery would have to be a car battery if you wanted that to stay charged beyond lunch.
Jyonasaurus Flex
Jyonasaurus Flex 5.3", What the hell? I'll take a 3.5" over a 5.3" That's absurdly too large
Justin Charles Reback
Justin Charles Reback I dont agree. It depends on the screen to bezel ratio. I think with the right design, a 5-5+" screen could work for a phone and not be too big.
Anh-Tuan Le
Anh-Tuan Le They should have Yao Ming do one of these commercials, in response to Manny Pacquiao's Veer commercial.
Adrian Martillo
Adrian Martillo Well, if you are 6'7 or taller this size if phone is just fine
Brent Legendre
Brent Legendre funny, Cell phones use to be huge bricks with antennas and as technology improved they got smaller, now they are getting big again.
Trent Datcher
Trent Datcher then again, flexible displays in the future could make it usable as both a phone and tablet in the future
Joey Adorjan
Joey Adorjan nope i would love it
Vince Sclafani
Vince Sclafani the price will be expensive
Prabhath Jay
Prabhath Jay yes
Kishore Sapkale
Kishore Sapkale yaaaa it is
James Gustavo Hidalgo
James Gustavo Hidalgo Its cool....as long as its not bigger than my penis....my phone and i will get along just fine
Oscar Ortega
Oscar Ortega yes but the just my choice but if ppl want then so be it.
Steve Hartsock
Steve Hartsock That's not a phone, it's a tablet.
Kory S. Deberry
Kory S. Deberry The bigger the better and if its running duals its mine
Vince Sclafani
Vince Sclafani abnormal
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr disagree people deserve to have choices
Nick Salamon
Nick Salamon hell yea

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