“Wait, that’s a phone?”
That is one of the many bewildered questions we’ve received from passersby, friends, family, and everyone else since we received Sony’s latest … device last week. And that’s the very question that has unintentionally answered another we’ve been trying to answer for going on three years now. At what point is a smartphone no longer a phone but a miniature tablet?
Smartphones have been continually growing for the last three years, from a common 3.5-inch display to 6-inches and beyond. The race has transferred from who can cram more pixels in a panel and who can fix the largest camera sensor to the back of a phone to who can burst the seams of the average pant pocket.
After Samsung’s Galaxy Note was a mild success, it was somewhat clear that “big” was in. And since, every smartphone iteration has grown in size. Five-inches, which used to be considered nonsensical, is quite average these days. And phones like the Galaxy Mega 6.3 leave us scratching our…