The first “portable” cell phones were hardly portable. So it makes perfect sense that we wanted to see how tiny we could make them.
But after we managed to make our phones itsy-bitsy, the only place to go was up—or rather, bigger. And now our phones are getting so big that they may as well be tablets. Don’t get me wrong—I love my Samsung Galaxy Note 2. But that doesn’t mean it’s not occasionally inconvenient.
Here are 11 problems giant-phone-owners know all too well:
You can’t use it with one hand
You can still hold it in one hand (for now...), but the days of texting with a single thumb are long past.
Making phone calls is exhausting
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t use a headset to make phone calls because your giant phone looks ridiculous when you hold it up to your face—you use a headset to make phone calls because your arm gets super tired when you hold your giant phone up to your face.
The screen has been replaced at least once
Big glass screens aren’t meant to be dropped—from any height. Otterbox can’t make a case tough enough for a phone with a 6-inch screen.
You’ve been featured in a listicle about people taking pictures with iPads
...But you don’t have an iPad—just a phone so big that it’s frequently mistaken for one.
You haven’t picked up your tablet in months
You could watch Netflix or read ebooks on your tablet. But why would you bother pulling out a separate device when your phone’s screen is only an inch or two smaller? RIP, tablet.
It fits in nothing
You hope it looks cool to just carry your phone around in your hand, because there’s no way this thing is fitting in your pocket or your purse.
You can’t use it surreptitiously
You used to be able to text under the conference table during boring meetings, or sneakily check your Facebook in movie theaters. But now everyone within a two-mile radius notices if you even try to look at your lock screen notifications.
Some mobile games are actually more difficult
Sure, high-resolution mobile games look way better on a big screen. But speed-based mobile games—like word-swiping game Wordament—are more difficult on a large screen, because your finger has just that much more space to swipe.
Cases are more expensive
You may not think you’re paying a premium for your phone’s screen size, but you are. Don’t believe me? Check out the difference in price between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ cases. Sure, it might only be $10...but it’s still $10. Discrimination!
Battery life sucks
Your phone’s battery life is fine when the screen is off. But turn the screen on, and 30 minutes later you’re at 50 percent (and don’t even think about using it on full brightness).
You’re a screen snob
After you live with a big screen—even for just a few weeks—you can never go back to your old, tiny-screened phone. And you let everyone know this. When your friend whips out the Samsung Galaxy S6, you laugh and compare it to your Note 5.
“Seriously, how can you even see what you’re doing on this thing?”