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Why smartphone screens are getting bigger: Specs reveal a surprising story

Ben Taylor | July 22, 2014
As smartphones become our primary devices, doing the jobs once held by computers and even televisions, we need a product that can serve all of these functions.

So how does this relate to screen size? As smartphones become our primary devices, doing the jobs once held by computers and even televisions, we need a product that can change, like a chameleon, to serve all of these functions.

Before 2010, the extra real estate was unnecessary. After all, we were using phones mostly for making calls, listening to music, or doing a bit of light web-browsing on bad mobile interfaces, making mental notes to do our real work when we got back to our computers.

Today, the web--from site interfaces to television to native apps--is often designed primarily for the mobile format. The smartphone is no longer just a phone, but a hybrid of devices--and increasingly, the most common way to interact with the world. A bigger screen allows a mobile device to play all of these roles at once.

We've ridiculed the so-called phablet (a phone that's nearly the size of a small tablet), but perhaps we've been headed in that direction all along. Maybe bigger is better.

 

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