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05 November 2013 @ 01:07 pm
Nexus 5  
So the Nexus 5 was announced/released last week. It's once again time for me to consider what do about my phone.

The Nexus 5 is large. It's a tiny bit larger than the Nexus 4, though some people have claimed that it actually feels a little smaller.

It's an okay looking phone. The HTC One is much prettier, but the HTC One is also even larger. (The Galaxy S4 is fricken gigantic, and the Google Play edition is also an ugly white.)

The Nexus 5 has a 32 GB version (unlike the Nexus 4) which is... kinda tolerable. The 16GB microSD card in my Nexus One is currently hovering around 2 GB free space left. My 16 GB Nexus 7 recently ran out of space and i had to poke around and clear out some stuff. (The Humble Bundle app apparently leaves old apk files lying around or something, which was part of the problem.) Given that some apps are actually getting up to around the 1 GB size nowdays i'm really not sure how long 32 GB will last me.

If there were a Google Play version of the HTC One Mini, with 32 or 64 GB of storage, a quad core processor and Adreno 320 GPU, and 2GB of RAM then i would be in love, and happily pay $500 or $600 for it.

The other phone that's potentially interesting is the Moto X Developer Edition. It's not quite as powerful as the Nexus 5, but it is a fair bit smaller. Not all the way down to my ideal size range but definitely better. But in order to get the off-contract developer edition with 32 GB storage i'd have to spend $650. And although it's better than other non-Nexus phones it still doesn't have quite the pure Android experience.

And for reference, here's the spreadsheet i've been using to keep track of the various phones that i'm at least moderately interested in:
Google Docs Spreadsheet

The only other even vaguely interesting phone that i know of that's coming out soon is the Moto G, which is rumored to have a release or announce date of November 13th. It's also rumored to be smaller than the Moto X (which is good,) cheaper than the Moto X (which is good,) and have only 8 GB of storage (which is abysmal.)

So my current choices are:

Spend $650 on the Moto X.
Spend $400 on the Nexus 5, and put the ~$200 i'd be "saving" away towards a new cellphone in a year or so if the size really bothers me as much as i worry it might.
Keep waiting for several more months for something else to come out that's better than either of the above options. (Which may or may not happen.)

(And just for reference, i've got about $500-$600 that i've saved up gradually over the last three years, earmarked for getting a new phone.)
Current Mood: stressedstressed
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on November 5th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
The HTC One is smaller than the One X*, but it's still a large phone. You're bigger than me and (I think) have bigger hands (I have long fingers for someone my size), so it might fit your hands fine. The only problem I have is supporting the base when unlocking the screen, because the length is just enough for my hand span. Honestly, I've gotten so used to the screen size that when I had my Captivate out to see about installing updates on it, I thought it was way too small.

I couldn't bring myself to get the Galaxy Note or anything similarly sized. I would feel ridiculous talking on it.

*I just held them up to each other, and the One is actually a tiny bit taller. I still have the impression of it being smaller, possibly because it doesn't have the extra plastic around it. It's definitely thinner.
DonAithnendonaithnen on November 6th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)

So since this has come up a couple times now, i actually got curious and measured the size of my hand last night.

The length of my left index finger seems to be almost exactly 3 inches, or
7.6 cm, while my middle finger is 3 and 6/16ths inches, or 8.5 cm. (Measured by putting the tape between my index and middle fingers and sliding it all the way down to the join.) My thumb, measured the same way, is about 2 and 2/16ths inches or 5.5 cm.

It's harder to measure the total hand length,but if i'm doing it right it's 7 and 6/16ths inches or 18.7 cm and the palm length is 4 inches or 10.1 cm.

And palm width is even harder, but i'm guessing between 3.5 and 3 and 10/16ths inches and between 9.1 and 9.4 cm

So going by this: http://www.theaveragebody.com/average_hand_size.php

I'm just a smidge under the average hand length and just a bit over the average hand width. Not seriously off the average, but perhaps combined with being just a smidge over the average height makes me think my hands are disproportionate. And i've certainly met a number of people who are shorter than me who have hands the same size or larger than mine.

Oh, and then i found this site: http://www.handresearch.com/diagnostics/how-to-assess-your-finger-length.htm

It looks like my finger length to palm width ratio is between 0.934 and 0.904, and my finger length to palm length ratio is 0.842. Which would put me in the "normal variations" box, but in the upper-left hand corner, outside of the oval area. I have no idea if that actually means anything significant or not.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on November 6th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
I measured my finger length earlier (after reading an article by a woman about supersizing phones), and my middle finger is 3.25" long (83mm). I'm 5'2". My fingers are as long as Ben's. Total hand length is just under 7", I think 6 7/8".

My finger length index (fl/(pb+pl)) is .488, which puts me in long fingers, and the finger length to palm width is 1.06. FL to PL is .902, so I'm in the 'abnormal variations' section there, hanging out with the S in LONG FINGERS.