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We watch as trends come and go in the mobile market. We watch as manufacturers put a focus on one feature or piece of hardware, and watch as they fade away or stick around. They come and go. NFC, for example, is a trend that seems to just exist, more or less, without much push from the companies anymore. Remember when it was all the rage? People were talking about it all the time. Now? Yep, it’s there, sometimes, but it’s no big deal.

It was a trend, and now it’s just part of the theme. Or it’s not. Does it make or break a phone if it has or doesn’t have NFC? No. in fact, I’m not sure I know anyone who actually looks for NFC capabilities in their future handset. I’m sure they exist, sure, but I don’t think the majority care all that much if the feature makes it to the final product.

Okay, we’ve painted a pretty clear picture. Trends come and go. Over the last few years, we’ve watched as our smartphones grew in size, too. (All the while sneaking NFC in there, too.) They’ve grown from the flip-phones of yesteryear to the devices that we have now. Handsets like the Galaxy Note II, and future devices like the ZTE Grand Memo –plus several others—all showcase that the size is just getting bigger.

We’ve also got rumors that Samsung’s Galaxy S IV will have a display around 5-inches. HTC’s One has a 4.7-inch display, though. The next Galaxy Note will probably have a screen that will measure in somewhere bigger than 5.5-inches. We’re getting bigger, and the major manufacturers are doing their best to continue that trend forward.

Of course, we can’t ignore the stalwarts who refuse to really go against their own grain – and with the grain of the rest of the race’s competitors. We’ve got BlackBerry, for example. Their Z10, the flagship of the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system, has a display set a 4.2-inches. Apple? Their iPhone line has been set at the 3.5-inch margin for so long, it was practically miraculous to see them bump it up to four inches. But they did it.

So, are we set in our ways? Is four inches the smallest we’re going to go from here on out, when it comes to full touchscreen devices? I think I can safely say that that looks like it is the case.

It’s interesting, though. Over in Japan, the carrier Japanese Willcom has introduced the Phone Strap 2 WX06A. It’s a phone that’s supposed to work as a back-up handset to your “real phone.” It features a 1-inch display, has hardware buttons on its front, and a battery that will give you two hours of talk time or 12 days of standby.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a device like this, though. HTC unveiled the Mini not too long ago, and our own Anna Scantlin articulated why the device is a good idea, but lacks the convenience most people are looking for. (That’s where wearable technology comes in.)

But here’s my question to you, because we know that trends come and go. We know that, at some point in the future, we’re going to see display sizes change again, but I want to know from you if you think we’re going to go back to smaller devices. We’ve already got thin handsets, and I doubt anyone wants them to get bulkier. But what about smaller? Will we see that return to the table?

I’m asking, because with new display technologies coming down the pipe, like foldable, or with a sharper curve than what we have now, there’s a chance that the first devices out with those particular specifications will be smaller than what we are used to seeing now. So, I’m asking you now, if you think you’d be willing to trade the size of your display for technology like foldable displays. Would you give up the size for the technology? Let me know!


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Uriah Counelis
Uriah Counelis No the display on my HTC Droid DNA is just the right size for me.
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel No
Enes Nadir Çomoglu
Enes Nadir Çomoglu Nope. I have a 4.65 inch screen and the only direction I'm going towards is an even larger screen. Once you get used to having a phone with a large screen, you can never go back.
Josef Ruiz
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Randy Walker Sr.
Randy Walker Sr. Why NFC is just in existence and no big deal is because of the service providers not because they users don't want it. For instance I know most of my friends and family would love to have access to Google Wallet on their phones and even those on AT&T like myself came to terms of ISIS which never was released to the majority of us either. So that isn't a fad that went away that was technology being deprived from the masses.
Frank F. Bona
Frank F. Bona Note 2 is the best... i'll skip note 3 coz i think it is still cool.. my next fone is note 4...
Nathaniel Manio
Nathaniel Manio Of course not! I mean, what good is a big screen if it looks like crap?
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Vincent Del Pizzo
Vincent Del Pizzo I'm staying at 4.3-4.7... Any bigger and I won't be able to fit it in my pocket! (:
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas
Javier Segura
Javier Segura Having anything bigger than 4.5in is stupid... If I want a big screen I use my Tablet, but a the Z10 and the Motorola DROID, even the iPhone have the perfect screen sizes. Unless of course you suffer from cataracts.
Ella Toma
Ella Toma Hell no
Charlie Ebner
Charlie Ebner If the screen size is larger than 4.5", then yes, I would.
Idris Hussain
Idris Hussain only old-fashioned people won't
Yuone David
Yuone David 720p for a 4.3inches is perfect for me.
Arturo Cifuentes
Arturo Cifuentes Hey name I'll just wait till the next note comes out Shauwwwww
Carl Dale
Carl Dale 4.3 inches good enough for me! :)
Curtis Owens
Curtis Owens :-) I have a solution for you Nadia! :-D better get it pattented first before I let everyone know about it though
Sheila Ellis
Sheila Ellis No. I have become accustomed to my Galaxy Note 2's great real estate. I wouldn't trade it for anything! I also no longer feel the need to have a tablet. Thanks Samsung!
Mike Hogue
Mike Hogue Keeping my Note 2 won't change it till Note 3 comes
Curtis Owens
Curtis Owens not I.
Idris Hussain
Idris Hussain 5" 16:9 perfect
Nadia Merhai
Nadia Merhai These dumb phone manufacturers are forgetting that women can't hold these tablet sized phones in our petite hands. I want clarity, and the ability not to have to carry a 5 inch tv in my pocket as a phone. That's what TABLETS are made for. I'm not against the larger screen sizes per se, but I'm against the lack of options.
Karl Funk
Karl Funk no....bigger is better,atleast for me...heck 99% of the time im on it is sitting back at home,or as a gps in my truck holder....ive been on the 5 inch dell streak for 2 years....so i think ill move up to the 8 inch Sammy Kona :)
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas Yea. Well as long as small still land in the 4-4.5" display anything bigger than that is Cool but not necessary
Nathan Kendall
Nathan Kendall If it weren't for the fact Best Buy was sold out, I would have a Blackberry Bold 9900, however I am currently using a Sony Xperia Ion and I think the screen size is perfect.
Justin Azzarito
Justin Azzarito 5 inch 1080p is fine already
Sky Baun
Sky Baun no
Martin Smeaton
Martin Smeaton If it is foldable, why would it be smaller?
David Barton
David Barton Has to be over 4.5 inches.. anything smaller would feel weird to me..
Kyle Cordiano
Kyle Cordiano 4.7 inch screen size is perfect for me.
Ethan Ramsey
Ethan Ramsey I don't care at this point. There's such a variety of phones out there made specifically for different people, there's plenty of sizes to choose from.
George Millhouse
George Millhouse Women like the small phones.
Erica Reid
Erica Reid Yes I would. Larger is certainly not always better
Lowell Orlando Richmond
Lowell Orlando Richmond nope




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