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With the iPhone XR and XS Max, the small phone is officially dead

So long, small phones! It has been true. On Wednesday Apple announced its trio of new iPhones, leaving it the last nail in the coffin to reboot a small, portable iPhone.

This is because the new series contains 5.8 " iPhone XS 6.1-inch iPhone XR and 6.5-inch XS Max . Suddenly, last year's biggest iPhone is the year's smallest alternative. Pair that Apple discontinues the 4-inch iPhone SE and that means one thing: abandon all hope of ever owning a new little smartphone, iOS, Android or what has you. Personally, as an owner of children's hands, it is quite disappointing. It's a feeling I'm not alone with.

There are dozens of us! :: shakes the fist ::

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I blame on Samsung Galaxy Note . When it came out 201

1, the 5.3-inch screen (which is not even huge today) is almost comical. I say "almost" because we knew there was a feature of that then King-Kong of a design. Samsung rented the note for the power user and the embedded S-Pen drove the productivity angle further. It was a niche product. Not just the one like the Samsung Galaxy Beam with its wonky light projector or vertically curved Galaxy Round – but it had a definite purpose and I assumed it would only serve a particular group of telephone users.


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After that suddenly every phone would be big. It was the ridiculously-squared 5-inch LG Optimus Vu the hard-wearing 5.9 inch HTC One Max and 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 if that phone rests in peace) to name a few. It was so hard to create the cheeky portmanteau "phablet" to just separate these Paul Bunyan devices from regular human-sized phones.

But then, somewhere along the way, lines became blurred. Phablets started to sound archaic because every phone started stretching out. And people wanted to see more things on their phones, because screen technology improved, resolution sharpened, colors became more alive, and "30 Rock" came on Netflix.

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I mean okay, sure big screens are beautiful.

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Telephone companies would argue that they only give the people what they want. And the numbers carry it out: By 2021, 1 billion phones with 5.5 inch screens or larger sellers are expected to sell on the market and will sell smaller phones by 2019. But surely everyone does not love how these overgrown devices fall out of your pockets every time you sit down down or need two hands just to pee out a quick text message. It has come to the point where we need to keep accessories on the back of our phones just to hold them firmly. What happened? How did we lose ourselves on this road? When did we look at these giant phones and their septum piercing-by-knocker accessories


There are some phones with a small screen like the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, the reputed New Palm Phone and Zoolander worthy of the Unihertz Atom, with its 2.5-inch screen. But if you are an iOS user, you may not want to switch to a very specific Android phone, and the Palm phone is not even technically correct as far as we know. The last bastion of the jumping was an update to the adorable iPhone SE that people really liked but it does not seem like it will happen sometime soon. As shown by the company's enthusiasm for "bigness" in its bottom below ( we get it Apple! It's great!)

In addition, all these phones could use a bump in specifications. Do not suppose that just because I want a small phone means I want a budget phone too. I want my little phone to blow to the eye balls with the latest and best high-powered specifications. I understand that which means that the space the engineers are working on is less, so the phone is thick! It is OK. My little hobbit-but-not-hairy hands would rather prefer the form factor than another phone that only Godzilla can use.

One reason Apple was late for the huge phone revolution was that co-founder Steve Jobs believed that Original iPhones (with only 3.5 inch screens) were the perfect size. Apple even ran an ad for how easy it was to navigate in iPhone 5 with just your thumb. It was not until 2012 – one year after he left – that the phones began to creep up to just four inches, with greater succession. But Apple always shone Android models up to this year: the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max also boasts the powerful 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 9 with a breeze.

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The development of iPhone sizes from the first iPhone to iPhone 6 Plus.

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Yes, you can still buy new 4.7 inch iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models at reduced prices, at least next year. But with 4-inch SE away, small screens feel as old-fashioned in Apple's line as the now picturesque home button. I think a real iPhone SE 2 next spring – says a Face-ID phone with a 4.7-inch screen that fits into a 4-inch body – would be a good niche for Apple to return to. Maybe even something that the company could sell at a bit of a premium. But in my heart, I know it's more of a pipe dream.

So with the latest batch of iPhones we can kiss the alarm screen, hope goodbye and listen to this playlist of songs about small hands. Goodbye small phones, it was nice while it lasted.

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