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Google, Motorola may be working on a 5.9-inch smartphone code named 'Shamu'

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
Jul 28, 2014
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  1. The fate of Google's Nexus program has been up in the air now for quite a while. Rumors have circulated in recent months that the program could be canned in favor of the upcoming Android Silver initiative. But during Google...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,979   +2,871

    I believe Google Nexus phones are quite popular but I don't believe a 5.9" screen is going to be everyone's cuppa tea, it's way too big.
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,161   +548

    Within the last 2 weeks, I finally upgraded my 2+ year old Note1, to a Huawei Ascend Mate2. It has a 6.1" screen, BUT, size wise, width, thickness are the same, and height is only 1/2" taller. Footprint is about the same. And the screen goes from 5.3 to 6.1", 8/10th of an inch more screen due to smaller bezels. If someone already is comfortable with a 5.5" screen, a 5.9" wouldn't be that much of a transition. Heck, if you believe the rumors, even Apple has finally started to grow their screen size a bit. Dell started all of this with the Streak5, which I had, but Samsung really took it to a whole other level.
    I wouldn't go back to anything smaller than a 5.5" screen.
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  4. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 827   +32

    5.9? No thanks. If I can't operate it with one hand, no thank you. The Nexus 5 is a bit of a stretch, but works ok with my hand. But definitely nothing bigger than that. If this rumor is true, then I'll be skipping out on this Nexus.
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    Like you say it might not be for everyone but I certainly don't think the screen is way too big. I use the Note III and its 5.7" screen is perfect, I could happily move to 5.9". Not everyone's hand is the same size :) Plus its great to see so much choice in the Android market.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,979   +2,871

    Yeah it's different horses for courses but I think to gain maximum market share I think they should've met somewhere in the middle... say 4.5-5" but having said that, how would they distinguish themselves from the sea of common garden variety phones of that size.
    Personally I like phones with a screen size of 4-4.5", I find them easy to pocket, use with one hand (I don't have hands the size of buckets) and the screen size is ample for me. If I wanted a bigger touchscreen I'd rather use a tablet. (I do have a Nexus 7 but I never use it).

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