I’ve looked at a lot of 5G phones in the last year, from the best Oppo Find X2 Pro to the affordable Moto G 5G Plus, and the release of the iPhone 12 mini made me realize something; all existing 5G phones are too big.
Phone manufacturers are always trying to convince us that we want bigger displays for smartphones so that we can see more game or movie, but the resulting phablets can be quite difficult to use comfortably with one hand. We rarely see “compact” or small phones, especially those ready for 5G.
However, this has changed with the iPhone 12 mini, as with its 5.4-inch display, it will not stretch your arm. Apple even called the iPhone 1
It’s quite strange that Apple is innovating in front of Android phones (strange as it may be called “creating a small phone”), and other smartphone manufacturers should follow suit as soon as possible.
Bigger is not always better
Currently, the main applications of 5G are downloading music, movies and games on the go or streaming them directly from your phone’s network. You’d expect these to be tasks that work well with big screen phones, as the extra display property will allow you to see media better.
But the bigger one is no better, and most phone manufacturers increase the screen size of their phones without having a higher resolution – this can sometimes lead to larger phones that make the content look a little bigger. Worse than smaller devices with the same resolution as the pixel – the number of inches is smaller.
This insistence on huge screens also shows that telephone companies are mistakenly assuming that everyone will benefit the most anyway. If you spend your free time playing Call of Duty: Mobile or Fortnite, then you may want a big screen that can show you more, but if you just get annoyed Friends you really don’t need a portable movie on your way to work. Still, there are few phones for this audience.
However, the size of the screen is quite controversial when you remember the simple fact of perception, which is “things that are closer seem bigger.” Simply holding the phone closer to your face is an easy way to make the content look bigger, albeit one that can cause eye strain for some.
We need more compact phones
The lack of compact phones is not a specific 5G problem, although the relatively limited list of next-generation smartphones makes the problem much more obvious.
Some people don’t want their smartphones for movies, TV shows or games at all – they just want a portable social media device, taking notes or just calling people.
Huge phones aren’t great for this – it’s awkward to hold in your hand, as you have to reach for power buttons and fingerprint sensors, and it’s hard to reach all the extremes of the display. In addition, they are annoying to carry them in your pocket depending on what you carry.
There are few phones on the market that really cater to people who want compact devices, and Apple seems to be the only company that understands that. Few other manufacturers are launching phones with less than a 6-inch display, but Apple already had the 4.7-inch iPhone SE (2020) earlier in the year.
Of course, so far most of the use of 5G is in the group of “media consumption”, but with the development of technology, people will begin to create applications and features that use fast connectivity that goes beyond the media. People will want a 5G phone for purposes outside of gaming and watching things.
Why other brands should follow suit
The iPhone 12 mini may be the first truly compact 5G phone, but is it really worth buying on that basis? Well, it’s hard to say, since we haven’t tested it, but I’m still not completely convinced.
You’ll pay a lot for the iPhone 12 mini, with its starting price of $ 699 / £ 699 / AU $ 1199, so people looking for a phone that’s small, cheap and 5G compatible at the same time won’t find it for them.
Value has not always been something of Apple, and many other smartphone makers offer better value for money. However, if you are a fan of Apple, you may find this the best option.
If you are a brand agnostic, there are several different brands known for producing smaller phones that would be ideal for the task of making a smaller 5G phone in the near future.
Sony was making compact versions of its best phones, although it stopped a few years ago. Fans have been wanting more Sony Compact phones for some time, although the company’s only offering in this regard, the Xperia 5 II, is actually not that small.
Motorola has made some pretty big smaller phones in the past, but its 5G phones like the Moto G 5G Plus and Motorola Edge were big.
If these companies, or any other, released a phone that doesn’t cost much but is small and has 5G compatibility, it will be a resilient future device that doesn’t feel like a burden to use and would be a more tempting purchase. from iPhone 12 mini. I’m definitely looking forward to it and I bet a lot of phone fans too.