Why do Cell Phones Keep Getting Bigger?


The evolution of phone size in the cellphone industry is a fascinating timeline. We started with these huge, bulky phones, with pull out antennas. Then phones began to shrink, adding screens and flip phone options. And before smartphones were introduced, the rave among teenagers was slide out keyboards. Now, the market is dominated by almost entirely smartphones.

But over the past several years, an interesting trend has taken place. Smartphones have continued to get bigger and bigger. The original iPhone had a screen size of 3.5 inches. Now, you can purchase an iPhone 7 Plus with a screen size of 5.5 inches. Not only that, a regular iPhone 7 runs about 4.7 inches in screen size.

So exactly why have smartphones increased in size over the years? There are a few different ways this can be explained. Firstly, the technology has become more complicated. Think about this for a second. Do you use your phone or your computer more times in a day? For a majority of users, a smartphone is used more.

Smartphones have quiety become user's’ primary computer throughout the day. And it is much easier to fit technology in a big computer than something that fits into your pocket. With every year, smartphone providers have also increased the capabilities of your phone. However, oftentimes this requires a bigger phone in order to hold all of the technology and software.

Increase technological advances isn’t the only reason the size of phones have increased. Another reason surrounds one major development in how phones are used. According to estimates, by 2017, online video will account for 74% of all online traffic. That means just nearly 3 out of 4 times someone uses the internet, they are watching a video. And 55% of people watch a videos online everyday.

And in another couple years, who knows? Maybe everyone will have “smart glasses” instead of phones. The possibilities are endless.


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