Why are smartphones getting bigger?


The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, from http://www.apple.com/iphone-6/

Last week we told you about Apple’s unveiling of their two brand new iPhones, the 4.7″ iPhone 6 and the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus is even bigger than the 5.1″ Samsung Galaxy S5. So why on earth on smartphones getting so BIG?

A recent story on NPR shed some light on this phenomenon. Apparently studies are repeatedly showing that people are using their smartphones less and lessĀ as phones, that is, we’re not talking on our phones but using them as handheld computers. And we want the ability to multitask. Another fascinating reason that we Americans likely take for granted: people in other countries, such as in Asia, don’t have home internet and Wifi, which has become ubiquitous in so much of this country. According to this NPR story, people in Korea rely on their mobile phones as their main source of internet connectivity. Larger phones also lend themselves better to entering in characters in Asian languages.

It’s hard to believe there was a time when we thought our phones would keep getting smaller and smaller, and we laughed at people holding “bricks” up to their ears to talk. Looks like we are all doing less talking on the phone and finding new ways to become more productive and mobile at the same time. A bigger smartphone lets us do just that.