Lost In Mobile

Shaun McGill

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Lost In Mobile is the continuation of PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and if you want to get in touch, please do so via the email address or phone number above.

Thanks for stopping by.

Shaun McGill

Would a thicker smartphone kill us?

The iPhone 4, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Samsung Galaxy S 2 smartphones are very thin, easy to hold and look great. They also need charging once a day.

It is a difficult balance to build a phone that looks better than the rest on the shop shelf while including a battery that will ‘easily’ get through a day’s use. I know I sound like a broken record, but I would be happy to carry around a slightly thicker phone if the benefit is more battery life.

The convenience of owning a super thin phone is quickly eradicated by the inconvenience of worrying about having to charge it. Think about how you carry your phone; it’s either in a pocket, in a case or hung on a belt. In all of these scenarios, an extra 3mm would make no difference, but could potentially completely change the way the phone is used.

I understand that phones need to be slim, but we have easily reached the point where they can fatten up a little and still be thin. The problem is that they are getting so big (4.3” screen) that adding more thickness makes them difficult to use one-handed.

I don’t care though- give me battery life over design any day.