Is that a phone in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

I know I am going to sound like a curmudgeonly old man when I say this, but cell phones are getting too damn big these days.

When I was a kid we walked through the snow, uphill (both ways!) and we liked it!

I don’t think it is too much to ask for a phone with flagship quality specs that still fits in my pocket. I need it to to fit inside my front jeans pocket and I should be able to sit down without it sticking out. I am a guy. I do not carry a purse around with me all the time and I will damned if I will start carrying some sort of man bag.

There was that time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time…

I was recently carrying my wife’s iPhone 6 plus around and 5.5″ most definitely did not meet the above criteria. When I upgrade soon, it seems I will only have 2 lousy options – the 5.1″ Galaxy S6 or 5.2″ Nexus 5x. Everything else starts quickly pushing into the almost 6″ range really quickly! Seriously, half a foot!!

You kids with your new fangled CD-ROMS and InterWebs!

In the heady days of 2009, the Palm Pre (my first smartphone post-iPhone release) had a 3.1″ screen – this was smaller than the iPhone (at 3.5″) and that was a good thing! Portability was a priority, smartphones were still phones first and computers second.

As a lark, I dug it out and compared it to the monstrous iPhone 6 plus.
iPhone 6+ vs Palm Pre

Even with the keyboard expanded, it is smaller in all dimensions
iPhone 6+ vs Palm Pre open

My oh my, how times have changed.

Now get off my lawn!

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