Big-screen phones are becoming a problem and foldable displays aren’t the solution

I have a confession to make: My favorite phone right now is the Samsung Galaxy S9. Yes, the one from 2018. I’m testing the 6.9-inch Galaxy S20 Ultra and running Android 11 on the 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL, but when I want to kick back with my phone of choice, these days I’m reaching for the Galaxy S9 and its 5.8-inch screen.

In short: I’m sick of big phones.

In just the past few months, we’ve gotten the 6.67-inch OnePlus 7T Pro, 6.8-inch Galaxy Note 10+, 6.8-inch LG V60, and 6.9-inch Galaxy S20 Ultra, all of which are extremely cumbersome. It’s gotten to the point where the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max is on the small side (which is probably why Apple is rumored to bump the size of its biggest flagship to 6.7 inches this year).

lg v60 side Ben Patterson/IDG

The V60 is LG’s biggest phone at 6.8 inches.

But at least Apple makes an iPhone that’s under six inches. If you want a decent Android phone that can actually be used with one hand, your options are basically a 5.6-inch Pixel 3a or a Galaxy S10e. The Galaxy S20 starts at 6.2 inches and goes up from there, nearly half-an-inch bigger than the Galaxy S9 from just two years ago. Take a look at how phones sizes have increased over just the past three generations:

Galaxy S9: 5.8, 6.2
Galaxy S10: 5.8, 6.1, 6.4, 6.7
Galaxy S20: 6.2, 6.7, 6.9

LG G7: 6.1
LG V50: 6.4
LG V60: 6.8

Galaxy Note 8: 6.3
Galaxy Note 9: 6.4
Galaxy Note 10: 6.3, 6.8

OnePlus 5T: 6.0
OnePlus 6T: 6.4
OnePlus 7T: 6.6

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