Are Android phones too large?

Today in Open Source: Giant Android phones. Plus: Strike Suit Zero released for Linux, and is Apache the most important open source project?

Are Android Phones Too Large?

Ars Technica has a great story about the size of Android phones. They seem to be getting bigger and bigger to the point where it's hard to find smaller Android phones.

I have mixed feelings about these larger phones. I have a friend who's tall and has large hands, he switched to Android from the iPhone to get a larger screen. So I can understand the attraction to these larger phones for some people.

You don’t have to look too hard at the slate of new smartphones to see Android’s “bigger is better” ethos. While iPhones have remained resolutely conservatively sized, Android manufacturers continue to push the limits with phones like the 5.5-inch LG Optimus G Pro or the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega.

Consumer choice is all well and good, but looking further at the range of available phones, it’s actually impossible to get any of the latest models and also get a phone that’s smaller than 4.7 inches. They just don’t exist anymore.

More at Ars Technica

However, I prefer a smaller size phone that more easily fits in my pocket, and that can be used one-handed. These giant phones seem much too clunky and bloated for me. I can't imagine carrying some of them around.

At what point does an Android phone turn into a phablet? Or even an actual tablet? I have to wonder about the longevity of the sales of these products.

Are people buying them because they need a larger size like my friend, or are they buying them simply because Android phone makers keep producing larger size phones and that is what is mainly available to buy?

I think Android phone makers are getting pretty close to jumping the shark when it comes to phone size, if they haven't already done so. I can't help but wonder if there's going to be a market backlash to these giant phones at some point.

Do you prefer a smaller or larger phone? Tell me in the comments.

Strike Suit Zero Available on Steam for Linux

The game Strike Suit Zero is now available for Linux (and Mac) on Steam.

We really are living in a different time when it comes to Linux gaming. Steam has brought in a whole new world of games that just didn't exist before. And this is really only the beginning, it will be fun to see where we are five years from now.

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