Re: Bigger is not always better
Yea, I've just been arguing over the 4" iPhone rumors. One wouldn't think we should have to fight so hard to get a phone-sized-phone!
I think there are two drivers for that. First, there is a good use-case for bigger screens just having more screen-real-estate... which is generally a good thing until the trade-off gets too much for the device/use-case. And, in a global market, more people try to get more out of one device (as opposed to multiple complementary devices), so they are willing to put up with sub-optimal sizes for the benefits (ex: phablets).
But, there is also an odd trend of a kind of 'bigger is better' or spec-wars mentality that is just odd. I'm old enough to remember bag phones and rejoiced the day I got my first Motorolo flip-phone I could stick in my shirt-pocket. Now, it seems, we're moving backwards to phones that are no longer phones but small tablets with cellular capabilities. Since I have a tablet/laptop/desktop, I don't (nor want to) try and do all my work on a phone. It IS a support device for me, so I'd prefer smaller sizes.
I don't, in any way, disparage folks who want bigger devices. I'm just fighting this trend that seems to be saying phone-sized-phones are a thing of a past, and I just need to get on board with the 'trend.' No, I don't. There is no reason there can't be 4" phones, as well as 5"+ phones. Both have use cases, and there are substantial markets for each (if the makers just make both as options... hello Apple!).