Smartphones are getting bigger as tablets are getting smaller


The tech world’s two most popular devices are moving in opposite directions.

Smartphones used to win praise for their compactness. Remember when Apple released its first iPhone and the world marveled at how much the company managed to pack into a moderately-sized mobile phone? But lately mobile phone makers are on a steroid kick. Virtually every mobile phone maker has either rolled out a bigger phone this year or is contemplating it. Samsung recently announced its newest Galaxy Note, which sports a 5.7 inch screen—only Samsung’s ludicrously large 6.3 inch Galaxy Mega is bigger; HTC is rumored to be releasing its 5.9 inch One Max later this month; Motorola is reportedly considering a massive smartphone release of its own; and Apple, which has yet to release a bigger smartphone—or Phablet—may finally be caving in, too.

Tablets, however, have been moving in the other direction. Better priced and more portable…

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