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Some things in the world are small, just as some things in the world are big. Our friends at Samsung happen to specialize in creating big things for the world, both in the mobile industry and out. However, since we're mostly interested in all things mobile here we'll just stay focused on the "big" things Samsung has created for us in the mobile industry, such as the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4, and more notably the Samsung Galaxy Note and Note II. The Galaxy Note II is one of the biggest smartphones in the world with a 5.5-inch screen, but according to rumors from source SamMobile, Samsung may be about to show us exactly what the phrase "Go big or go home" actually means.

It's reported that Samsung will be creating an enormous 6.3-inch device called the "Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3", which would also feature a second, smaller device in the line called the "Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8" appropriately sized at 5.8-inches. Although rumors of a 6.3-inch device had already been discussed, it was very early on and was rumored to be the size of the next Galaxy Note III; a secondary smaller device or another name hasn't been mentioned until now.

I've brought big phones up on several occasions, but I still have to ask when reading these reports: Are we seriously doing this right now? Is this really about to happen? A phone that's a mere 0.7 inches smaller than a 7-inch tablet, come on now. I don't even see many Note II users getting excited about a phone that forces you to use two hands just to talk on the phone. In a word, a smartphone of this size could only be described as comical. I don't know how seriously I could take anybody talking on a phone this size.

I was quick to make fun of the Galaxy Note 8.0 because it was a tablet that also had a phone feature enabled in it, but the purpose of the Galaxy Note 8.0 wasn't to be used as a primary phone - it was an extra feature added in to the tablet. But this device, this "Mega"device, is supposed to be an actual phone - it's a smartphone after all, right? I'm not sure if Samsung lost sight of what a phone is supposed to do, but first and foremost I would like to think that most people would rather be able to hold their phone up to their ear with one hand instead of two. Maybe I'm behind on the times, but I think even those with big hands would struggle to comfortably hold this device up to their ear. Not to mention it doesn't sound at all pocket-friendly unless you're really into that whole 90's era MC Hammer fashion. Portability is really starting to sound limited and I think that in itself could hinder a lot of projected sales.

The Note II, while a great device, still receives a lot of controversy over the size. However, money talks and the sales of the Galaxy Note II seem to speak to Samsung in a way that says "Bigger is better!" and they're really pushing the envelope with the Galaxy Mega 6.3. Perhaps they’re not thinking in the sense that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing – like too much increase in size. Samsung is seeing how much they can get away with. Quite frankly this move worries me, but not in the sense that you might think. I mostly just don’t want other manufacturers to see it as a challenge; a challenge to see who can make the biggest, baddest smartphone on the market.

Are there going to be people interested in a 6.3-inch device? Absolutely! It's not an empty market, but I think honestly Samsung should have left it alone at the 5.8-inch variant and would have walked away pleased as punch. All the Galaxy Mega 6.3 would be doing is saying to consumers and other manufacturers, "Hey, look what we can do." You don't really need two screen sizes in between 7-inch and 5.5-inch, but if you're going to make one at least make the one closer in size to the phablet, not the tablet.

Readers, what's your smartphone size limit? Would you prefer the 5.8-inch or the 6.3-inch variant? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


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Rich Field
Rich Field When you're making calls on a note 8 looking like you're holding a mini laptop up to your ear.
Chaitanya Deshpande
Chaitanya Deshpande Size of note 2 is barely comfortable 5.5 max ..
Karthik Setty
Karthik Setty Well....4 to 4.3 is good enough.
Curtis Owens
Curtis Owens all depends what you need to do on it. If you have precision drawing to do you need a screen that has enough space to move, if you only want to make calls or listen to music and maybe a few simple games, a small phone will do. If your hands are smaller you can probably have a smaller phone. If you want to watch a movie on a plane, you probably want a larger display. It is a very custom thing and that is the reason we have so many different types of devices.
James Norwood
James Norwood 4.5 to 5 inches. Anything bigger is pushing the limits of practicality.
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama 5 - 5.5 is fine
Nald Deeppath
Nald Deeppath make it a size of a TV..., thats cool when someone is calling.., lol :)
Li Xin Hui
Li Xin Hui Too big a screen is not good for eyes anyway. 4.7 is the most comfortable for holding and keeping~~
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes 4.5-4.7 and that's the max. My favorite spot for smaller screens is 4.3 and nothing less then that.
Andrew Bissel
Andrew Bissel 5.5 is the biggest I'd probably want to see on a smartphone. As long as its not iPhone shaped and 90% of it is height.
Rok Vrtacnik
Rok Vrtacnik 4.7 my sweet spot ;D
Jeff Seaver
Jeff Seaver For smart Phone 5 as long as thin and light. For Tab my limit is 8 and Note the current Note 2.
Ryan Anton
Ryan Anton 4.7 is the biggest it can get. Anything bigger is too big.
Arturo Atherly
Arturo Atherly 5 inches MAX....Y more???? REALLY??!!!
Charlie Ebner
Charlie Ebner 4.5". For me, that's plenty big.
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez I been using the note recently & find it to be a bit to much I think 4.7 is perfect
Mario Aguilar
Mario Aguilar 4.5 should be the limit
Kadeem Tyrell Robley
Kadeem Tyrell Robley 5 inches but then again it really all depends on how big your hands are but for me 5 is the largest I'd go
Gary Bowling
Gary Bowling 6 inches is where I draw the line.
Lance Johnson
Lance Johnson 6"-6.5" since I have big hands
Matthew Swanson
Matthew Swanson I'm liking my Note 2, anything bigger is just a small tablet so for me hover around 5 inches.
Gordon Christie
Gordon Christie Galaxy note 2 is as big as a phone should get
John Edward Santos Totah
John Edward Santos Totah 4-4.5
Eric Rogers
Eric Rogers 4.5- 5 inches
Sam Rick
Sam Rick 4.8" is the max for me.
David Slawter
David Slawter 4.7"
Eric Huxtable
Eric Huxtable 5" is enough.. I have a Note 2 and this is huge.. I can deal but it's not very very comfortable in the hand.
Lance Tomlinson
Lance Tomlinson Eh my current phone (Galaxy Nexus) is 4.65" @ 720p and I think its slightly too large. To me, the Galaxy S2 was perfect. I used to have the Galaxy Note but it was way too big. Next phone will be 4"-4.5".
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. All I know is that I'm getting the Note 3.....it doesn't matter if its 5.9 or 6.3. The author of this article is a joke.
Travis Newhero
Travis Newhero 5" should be the cutting size. Though 4"-4.7" is the most comfertable.
Jeff Griffith
Jeff Griffith 32 inches We need a phone with a 31" screen, because big screen phones are all the rage! Lol
Elvis Brown
Elvis Brown My Galaxy Note with 5.3 seems too big, but I still can handle it confortably with one hand. I have huge hands, so I will like to try a 6.3 inch. If that's too big, I think I'll go for the 5.8... Dunno yet, let's see
George Majao
George Majao 5inch
Magnus Larsson
Magnus Larsson 155''
Stephen Victor
Stephen Victor 100 -- BILLION -- inches
Nick Sanford
Nick Sanford 5 inches is the max for me.. for the things I do with my phone it is perfect. If I want the extra screen size I will go to a tablet. But to make calls take pics and play games 5in is the max id want to carry around on a daily basis.
Marwan Ahmed
Marwan Ahmed 4.5 to 5.5 inch is the most but more than that it seams that i'am holding a t.v not a phone
Jeremy Carter
Jeremy Carter 6 inches
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels as long as i can surf the web not needing to zoom in to read the letters 4.3" 480x800 still sucks for browsing
Sean Cresswell
Sean Cresswell My Note-2's 5.5" screen is about as big as I can comfortably handle, for day to day business & personal use.
J Litz Van
J Litz Van 2 feet, 6 inches. That's just way too big.
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas As long as the entire bezel stays the same size as the Note 2 I don't care how much bigger the screen could be
Rachit Kakkar
Rachit Kakkar not more than 5
Dave Bourque
Dave Bourque The 4.2 inch blackberry screen is a perfect size.
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey The Note III can easily be 6 - 6.3" using the current frame of the Note II and maybe just a tiny tiny tiny bit longer... basically something you couldn't notice with the eye. All Samsung would have to do is remove the home button, make a true edge-to-edge screen, and lengthen the screen for the few extra millimeters it would require. People need to stop being pussies. Most people who complain about larger phone, have NEVER physically held and/or owned a phone larger than an iPhone 5.
Kevin Zhang
Kevin Zhang 6.3
Mick Jetten
Mick Jetten 4.5 to 5.5 but I got big hands! I think the upcoming S4 @ 5.0 would be perfect for me. ;)
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey And that means WHAT exactly???
Jeremy Gross
Jeremy Gross u might as well hold a nexus 7 to your head
Dan Garcia
Dan Garcia My wife has the Note II at 5.5" and it's just about as big as I'd want to go.
Ilija Jovanovic
Ilija Jovanovic i think 5 inches is the max screen size for a phone,anything above it is a tablet :)
Huayuan Song
Huayuan Song 4.3 to 4.7 inches
Carl Dale
Carl Dale 4.5 - 4.3 inches. decent enough for me
Edgar Perret-Gentil
Edgar Perret-Gentil I'd say 6 inches is where you draw the line.
Gary Bollinger
Gary Bollinger I'd say about 6 inches
Tym O Tee Ola-tuneday
Tym O Tee Ola-tuneday After having the Note 2 for a few months, I can say that it's too big. 5 in is my limit. Nothing smaller than 4.7 tho.
Jonathan Coffey
Jonathan Coffey I got the Note 2 i went in thinking it was going to be to big. People need to make up their own minds and not let others make it for them.
Nicole Pace Buchanan
Nicole Pace Buchanan I have a note 2 and i would like it be 6 inches
Nick Petrizzio
Nick Petrizzio I'll take my Nexus 7 over anything larger then the Note II
Dee Ross
Dee Ross Sounds like the author of the article is trying to convince rather than discuss. My Note II is probably as large as I'm willing to go.
Richelle Alsoknownas Rachel Marley
Richelle Alsoknownas Rachel Marley My Note II is the perfect size for me. Might not be for everyone, though.
Krishna Karthik
Krishna Karthik 4.4 to 5 inches
Anthony Accardo
Anthony Accardo 4.0inch - 4.5inch
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski no bigger than the note 2. i think the s4 will be the perfect size.




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