Forget what they say, folks: Size really does matter.
(When it comes to smartphones, that is. Sheesh -- what kind of column do you think you're reading?)
The question of size is on many-a-mind right now with the upcoming launch of the LG G3, LG's fancy but full-figured new flagship phone. The device packs a whopping 5.5-in. display -- the same size panel used on 2012's Samsung Galaxy Note II. The Note II, as you recall, was labeled a "phablet" for its colossal form at the time. But LG insists its phone doesn't belong in that plus-sized category.
So just how big is the G3 really? For a little perspective, on a sliding scale of traditional smartphone size, the G3 is at the top of the pack with measurements of 5.8 x 2.9 x 0.35 in. Next, you've got the One (M8), at 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.37 in. That's followed by the Galaxy S5, at 5.6 x 2.9 x 0.32 in.; the Nexus 5, at 5.4 x 2.7 x 0.34 in.; and the Moto X, at 5.1 x 2.6 x 0.4 in.
The plus-sized Galaxy Note 3 is bigger than all of those phones, at 6 x 3.1 x 0.33 in., as was its predecessor -- the aforementioned Note II, which measured in at 5.9 x 3.2 x 0.4 in.
But a picture's worth a thousand words, right? Here's how the G3 looks alongside those other devices, with images courtesy of mobiledevicesize.com:
(Click on either image to enlarge and view devices at real-life size.)
As you can see, the differences in dimensions create a wide spectrum of size, with lots of small but significant steps along the way and some pretty meaningful bumps when you look at phones a couple spots apart in the lineup.
Now, remember: Dimensions alone aren't the only factor that affects what a device is like to use. As I noted in my initial impressions of the G3, the phone's small bezels and curved back make it feel far less unmanageable than you might expect. And the truth is that as phones keep getting bigger and bigger, many of us are growing accustomed to the feel of a hefty device in our hands and pockets. Now more than ever, size really is all relative.
But compared to many phones on the market, the G3 is a bit of a giant -- there's no denying that. Ultimately, the question is just what size phone is right for you, and that's something only you can decide.
I'll have much more to share about the G3, including my full real-world review, as we get closer to the phone's U.S. release.