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    Back in May, I asked an interesting question, one many have probably pondered themselves, "Will your next phone be bigger or smaller?" For whatever reason, in today's smartphone market, "bigger" has nearly become synonymous with "better". Each year, every smartphone manufacturer's flagships are larger than the previous model. The Galaxy S III had a 4.8-inch display; the Galaxy S4 had a 5-inch display, and the Galaxy S5 now has a 5.1-inch display. The same trend is also found in the already oversized Galaxy Note brand. The original Note handset was 5.3-inches, followed by the 5.5-inch ...

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    Anyone who has been around cell phones since the "early days" can tell you about an interesting phenomenon. Early cellular phones were huge. Some were installed in your car, others were neatly packaged into a suitcase that you could carry around with you. After that, the race was on to make them smaller and lighter weight. Eventually, whoever had the smallest cellphone was the "winner" (of what, we're not quite sure, but at least they had bragging rights). Then smartphones came along and the trend reversed. Previously small phones started to get bigger and bigger with every passing ...

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    We've been begging for it for quite some time: screens that span the entire front of our phones. The hated "bezel" used to be a place where we could hold on to our devices without accidentally touching the screen, and there was a point in time when the bezel was a necessary component to actually hold our screens in place, with the screen and digitizer both recessed behind it. Fast-forward to today and our phones have a single slab of glass that occupies most of the front of the device. The bezel is now an area of black around the screen that taunts us. We want that area filled with pixels. ...

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    You know, over the past year, there's been a recurring theme in mobile technology. That theme is bezel reduction. This makes me sad. Sure a shrinking bezel generally means a larger screen in a smaller body, but the cost, in my opinion is too great. We saw this recently with the LG G2. We see it again with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The bezels on phones today are practically non-existent. There is just the slightest hint of a black line on either side of the screen and that's it. This is a good thing, because it allows for a larger screen (5.7” as opposed to the Note II's 5.5”) in what ...

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