14 thoughts on “Them Phones Are Getting Skinny”

  1. Quite simply people buy phones based on their form and price. Features don’t really matter much. Being skinny is pretty important and will sell a whole bunch of phones. However, despite being thin these phones above look like calculators to the average consumer and will not break the mass market. The current top phones are phones like the Samsung D900, the LG KG800 (Chocolate), and the Sony Ericsson W810i.

    You want thin? Check out the Samsung SGH-X820. Half the thickness of the Pearl at 7mm.

  2. I bought a Blackberry Pearl because it’s tiny. I was skeptical about the QuickType keypad and went to a T-Mobile store to try it out. It was so unexpectedly small that I was sold on the spot.

  3. I never thought i would see the day when the blackberry could be used with one hand. wow. I am sold on pearl, though find something quite elegant about my Nokia E61. But Pearl is not a tough sell at all.

  4. I absolutely purchase based on slimness of design. Its the first factor I look for, its funny most photo’s of phones show the front an back, never how thin they are. The Treo 750 and Nokia N95 both suffer form being way to thick. Maybe I suffer from Phoneorexia or Mobulimia, but thats why I purchased the Slvr and my eventual smart phone purchase will be as slim as possible.

  5. hey, quick request OM (or others at gigaom) – in advance of the holidays thing, could you perhaps get reviews of these smart phones (eg treo v motorolaq versus others) from some of your own tech circle friends? honestly, i could care less about why wired chose the q this year as editor’s pick because i know a lot of folks who like the palm’s speed and utility…curious to hear what some of the ubergeeks thing, and not what wired’s advertisers and partners want to hear (hey, maybe you could do an ubergeek profile weekly, like ‘what’s in my office.car.desk etc’ including the ‘why’…just a thought…

  6. I don’t need a slim phone for regular phone use – I have a Moto L2 for weddings and formal occasions but the UI makes the baby Jesus cry, so I stick to a SE z520 most of the way. The main reason I gave up carrying a smartphone was because of the bulk, though – the Sony P800 and the Nokia 6620 were both way too big for me.

    Thing is, though, unless I’m sending e-mail from the phone, I can’t think of anything that would compel me to take a smartphone rather than, say, just installing Opera Mini on a W810i.

  7. NTT Docomo actually studied this in the initial rollout of their MOVA series of phones around 1999, 2000. They plotted on a graph how sales went up as weight went down. I recall seeing the graph maybe in a sales presentation, or perhaps in Natsuno’s book, “iMode Strategy.”

  8. It appears that I may be the only one put off by these ridiculously thin phones of late. I see people with them (huge amount of RAZRs usually) and simply feel like snatching them from the person in question and snapping them in half out of repulsion, they’re hideous. If all future phones follow this “trend” I’ll be stuck with my curret k750i (respectable thickness) for a long time.

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