Why? Well, many of them are Korean, so I dismissed that as a play to help support the fatherland. More recently, others have switched from iPhone to different smartphones with much larger screens. I’ve tried various Samsung models and they all have two things in common.
To be honest, I love the larger screens. Some of the Samsung models are close in size to my iPad mini, which I usually carry with me and my iPhone.
A larger screen size for an iPhone might mean I could ditch the iPad mini. But screen size isn’t the real issue with smartphones.
Navigation is the issue. Look around at almost anyone using a larger Samsung smartphone and you’ll see a two-fisted user.
Apple’s original iPhone screen size might just be the perfect size for one-handed usage. The newer, longer iPhone models are usable with one hand, but require a stretch of the fingers, even from hands attached to my six foot frame.
I don’t want to hold a smartphone with two hands just to use it. What to do?
The image above comes from Apple’s website and highlights a new feature in iOS 8’s Messages app. thumb navigation.
Controls for sending video messages and audio messages are instantly available by using your thumb to navigate the controls.
A thumb navigation wheel like that is tailor made for future iPhones which have much larger screens. I don’t know if Apple has included an option for thumbwheel navigation in iOS 8, but I’ll tell you what I’ll miss with a larger screen iPhone.
One hand navigation. Let’s hope that Apple and iOS app developers can drop in an option for thumbwheel navigation to apps running on iPhones with much larger screen real estate. I don’t want to hold my phone with two hands just to use it.