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Android Headliner: We Want Thicker Phones, Not Thinner and here’s Why

November 1, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

As most of you probably know, the DROID Turbo was announced this week. We were in NYC for the Verizon event and do have one in hand right now. The DROID Turbo is an absolute beast with a 5.2-inch 2560×1440 resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 3900mAh battery, not to mention the 3900mAh battery inside. And because it has a massive 3900mAh battery, it’s not a thin phone. It’s actually rather thick. Now the Moto X 2014 is the same size, but with a much smaller 2300mAh battery, it’s 10mm thick. While the DROID Turbo is 11.2mm thick. Not that much of a difference in thickness, but battery wise, it’s huge. Almost twice the size of the Moto X.

Motorola started with the insanely huge batteries a few years ago with the DROID Razr Maxx, DROID Razr Maxx HD, and the DROID Maxx. And we love those devices. And we also love the DROID Turbo, because the battery is amazing. But the issue is it’s exclusive to Verizon. Which is great for Verizon but not for those that aren’t on Verizon. This week, we saw a phone from OPPO that was under 5mm thin. It was so thin, in fact, that it couldn’t have a headphone jack. Pretty crazy, right? And at twice the thickness, the DROID Turbo has a much larger battery.

We’ve been saying for years that we don’t want thinner phones for a couple of reasons. One is that thinner phones are harder to hold onto, and aren’t as comfortable to hold. The other, which is probably the more important reason is battery life. We know that Android hogs all the battery life. Which is why we are seeing bigger and bigger batteries in these phones. Although software optimization is a big deal too as Motorola and LG has shown. But the thing we’re saying here, is that we want thicker phones. The DROID Turbo at 11.2mm feels really comfortable in the hand, as it’s not too thin, and the ergonomics of the device feel great as well.

How many of you agree with me, that we want thicker phones? Not 1970 thick, but around 11mm thick or so. Not 5mm thick. Be sure to let us know in the comments down below.