Would your ideal phone be thin and light, or solid and meaty!

I've been using an iPhone 5 for the past few weeks, and I find it *too* thin and light. I repeatedly have to check my pocket to make sure it's still there! I'd prefer a bit more weight, maybe in the form of a bigger battery.

What do you think? Manufacturers seem intent on making things thin and light, but that's the *last* thing my techy friends want from their phones!

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Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 13:15

Familiar with the pocket check dance, would help if I always used the same pocket...

I like motorolas approach to it, with a choice. (Well not so much for us in europe, but in theory at least) Would prefer the depth to be a bit greater and not concerned if it weighs a bit more though of my last four phones all but the old SE 800i have been lighter than the i5, which surprised me. I think the Nokia 920 has gone a touch far though

AhmadCentral  Nov. 15, 2012 at 13:21

Same, the one good thin Motorola have done with Android is introduce phones with longer battery life, and not bulk up the phone too much. It is right in the sweet spot. Right now their are manufactures making phones in th 6-7mm category. I have a phone at 9.5mm thin and it fits the hand great, better than the S3 infact and it's the same size apart from being thinner.

Even the iPhone 5 surprised me so much with how light and thin it was. It would feel much more premium if it was thicker and weightier.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:01

I don't buy the "ballast = quality" argument. On the other hand, not having to keep checking my pocket obsessively for my phone, would be a nice change. I think I'd get sick of carrying around a brick after a while, though.

AhmadCentral  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:10

Just fyi, when i say thicker i don't mean phones from the 90's thick. I just mean thicker than 7mm. even 10-11mm isn't that thick when you hold it in your hand.

I mean look at the Razr maxx hd. That is 9mm and has a 3300mAh battery. Phones that are trying to be less than 7mm are pointless. if they add 3-4mm more they would have more room in the phone to add more stuff (battery life) and it would still feel good in the hand.

xplode  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:29

I think the sturdiness is much more important than how thin the device is. I'm probably not going to buy a Lumia 920, but I have seen the drop tests( and it's built like a tank. And has to be when we're talking about the expensive flagship devices, IMO.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 15, 2012 at 15:08

It depends how it feels, really. But I'd rather have 11 or 12 millimetre and great battery life.
Nokia N9 feels solid and is, relatively, sleek. Add 2 mills for another 4 hrs of use.
I once had an Asus WinMo device - weight 230 gramms... That was a bit much.

moonmonkey  Nov. 15, 2012 at 15:45

I wouldn't like too thin. Iv'e an Evo 3D. It's def not the slimmest but when you hold it you know it's a quality well made piece of tech.

AhmadCentral  Nov. 15, 2012 at 15:57

Exactly, and that phone is 12mm thick. 6.5mm more than the thinnest phone in the world.

B1zarr0Prim3  Nov. 16, 2012 at 08:34

My next phone is a Lumia 920 so I'm going for thick and meaty.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 16, 2012 at 09:53

My next phone is a Lumia 920 so I'm going for thick and meaty.

When you get exhausted, give it to me :D


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