Posted by Joe Rossignol on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm.
As we told you earlier today, Samsung is set to launch its new Galaxy Note II in the United States on Wednesday. It’s going to be an exciting event, especially with the presence of Kanye West, and I have no doubt that many people will be interested in purchasing the device through AT&T, Verizon and the other carriers that will be selling the handset.
But with its gargantuan 5.55-inch display, is the Galaxy Note II simply too big for a smartphone? Perhaps you could find a use for the extra display space, but I feel that there is absolutely no reason for it and that is why I’m quite content with my 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5. Heck, even the 3.5-inch screen on previous iPhone models was suitable enough.
I already thought the predecessor Galaxy Note was large enough with a 5.3-inch screen, but Samsung somehow felt the need to increase the display size even further with the Galaxy Note II. I can only imagine how uncomfortable it must be to walk around with a Galaxy Note II in your pants or jean pockets — and oh boy, don’t even bring up skinny jeans. Realistically, I feel that no smartphone screen should ever be larger than 5-inches diagonally for it to be even considered a smartphone anymore. The Galaxy Note II is closer to being a miniature tablet than an oversized smartphone. It’s a “phablet,” as I so often hear it named.