Poll: Have smartphones become yet another style symbol?

Aaron Baker
member from Dallas, TX
Published: April 11, 2012

While catching up with an old friend over beers a few evenings ago, a fellow patron pulled out a Samsung Galaxy Note and placed it on the bar.

"Is that the huge Samsung phone?" my friend asked, looking over at me with a perplexed look.  "Yeah, the Galaxy Note.  It's pretty popular," I responded.

His sarcastic rebuttal left me speechless - and anyone that knows me knows that's pretty hard to do:

"Ha - I would never carry a phone as huge as that.  I like girls too much."

His quip was followed by a lengthy diatribe that I won't rehash word for word, thanks to some language and slang that I'm sure he'd prefer I kept private.  In essence, his concern was that carrying a device of that size would qualify him as "nerdy," thus diminishing his chances of success in the relationship department.  But it brought up an interesting thought that I've pondered on and off over the years.

We use our mobile devices for everything, so it stands to reason that given the time they spend outside of our pockets, they're as much of a symbol as a bracelet, hair cut, or pair of popular jeans.  As our mobile habits change, have our phones become a sort of social status symbol?  Can the Galaxy Note and it's unusual size be considered a "nerd" device, thus reducing your chances of getting that attractive woman's phone number?  Is that iPhone 4S considered a "girl device" or a "phone for kids" due to a smaller display and the ever-growing popularity it has amongst teenagers?

I'd love to hear from you.  Cast your vote, and defend your thoughts in the comments section below!