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How important is smartphone thinness to you?

Manufacturers seem to think smartphone thinness is of utmost importance!
But how much do you care?
For me, I'm more interested in the build quality, the battery life, the power of the processor...... the list goes on!

Most Useful Answer satchef1  Jul. 2, 2013 at 22:14

Pocketability is more important than thinness. I've had some chubby phones that aren't a problem at all, but they haven't been touting 4"+ screens. I guess this is what Jan is getting at really - sub 4", thinness isn't really important. On the other hand, a chubby Note 2 would be awful to handle. The Note 2 and Lumia 920 push the limits for what I'm be comfortable with to be honest.

I don't quite get Apple's obsession with thinness to be honest - they're producing (relatively) small handsets already. Sticking in the 9-10mm range would still produce a beautiful device, but it would give them more room to play with on the camera and battery fronts. Instead they're focussing on making the iPhone ever thinner, which seems an utterly pointless exercise.

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Stelph  Jul. 2, 2013 at 15:48

Anything under 1cm thick is thin enought, more important are design (some "thick" phones actually feel significantly thinner through clever design), battery life and the OS UI

The "race to the thinnest" is a real curse to smartphone develpment and I hope it goes out of fashion ASAP

TJ Skywasher  Jul. 2, 2013 at 16:12

I do like my devices to be thin and light and a lot of people don't like the thinness of the iPhone 5, but I'm okay with it. But how thin can you go? If it's a decent reduction in thinness I'm all for it, such as the rumoured cut in the thickness of the next iPad. But when it comes down to shaving point something of a millimetre off just to lay claim to having the thinnest device in the world then it just gets silly.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 2, 2013 at 17:48

When I had the iPhone 5 it took me a few days to get used to the absence of mass.
I'm with the OP overall. One of the ergonomically most pleasing devices I ever used was Palm's Treo 750. Thick and ugly? Yep. But it seemed to mould itself to ones palm ...
Dito the Pre 3 - another chunky phone that felt very pleasant.

satchef1  Jul. 2, 2013 at 22:14

Pocketability is more important than thinness. I've had some chubby phones that aren't a problem at all, but they haven't been touting 4"+ screens. I guess this is what Jan is getting at really - sub 4", thinness isn't really important. On the other hand, a chubby Note 2 would be awful to handle. The Note 2 and Lumia 920 push the limits for what I'm be comfortable with to be honest.

I don't quite get Apple's obsession with thinness to be honest - they're producing (relatively) small handsets already. Sticking in the 9-10mm range would still produce a beautiful device, but it would give them more room to play with on the camera and battery fronts. Instead they're focussing on making the iPhone ever thinner, which seems an utterly pointless exercise.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 2, 2013 at 22:49

Agree! I wouldn't want a 4.8-incher with the thickness of the Pre 3...

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