Our Society Wants Thin People, Thin Pretzels, Thin Noodles and Thin Phones


I'm not sure what is going on with our 'thin' society – thin is in and fat is out – who started this crazy idea?  I guess for people, it was the health agencies and insurance companies preaching about the perils of being fat, or 'thick,' as I like to call it.  Now we want thin, or 'fragile,' as I like to call it.  This is especially true in the smartphone (and tablet) world and still I do not understand our notion that "thinner is better."  By demanding thinner devices, we add an extra burden to the designers…especially the folks that design the batteries – we want a super-thin smartphone, but we want it to last a week…see how fickle we are?  This just never made sense to me as manufacturers scramble to squeeze more and more into less and less – and doing a damn good job of it.

Some people think that a thinner device is more attractive visually and the device feels better in your hand – not to mention easier to store in your pocket, case or purse.  Personally, I like a little girth to my device…no soda crackers for me please – unless they have peanut butter on them.  Don't get me wrong, I do not want to carry a 'brick' around in my pocket – let me explain here that I carry my smartphone in my shirt pocket, not my pants pocket – hence its girth will do me no good.  I am a 'thick' guy with 'thick' fingers so I want a little something that I can hold on to, not a 'fragile' little dinky device that I always feel I would be fumbling with not to drop.

Our source was nice enough to pick out the top 10, thinnest flagship smartphones to compare – just how thin are they, up to this point.  The average thickness of the ten flagships below is a 'whopping' 0.35-inches or 8.9 millimeters (mm).  The Moto X is nearly twice as thick as the thinnest smartphone, the Gionee Elife S5.5 at a mere 0.22-inches or 5.6mm!  The old Apple iPhone 5S is at a very respectable 0.3-inches or 7.6mm.


Let's take a quick run through the list provided as we go from 'fat' to 'thin.'  We will start with the Moto X – 0.41-inches or 10.4mm – definitely needs to go on a 'diet.'  Second in line is the Lumia 930 – 0.39-inches or 9.8mm.  Third in line is the BlackBerry Z30 – 0.37-inches or 9.7mm.  Fourth in line is the HTC One M8 – 0.37-inches or 9.7mm.  Next comes the new LG G3, measuring 0.35-inches or 8.9mm.  Surprisingly our sixth thinnest smartphone is the venerable Google Nexus 5 at 0.36-inches or 8.6mm.  Next is the Sony Xperia Z2 at 0.32-inches or 8.2mm.  With all of its criticism, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in at a mere 0.32-inches or 8.0mm.  Being honest to the list, the Apple iPhone 5S comes in at 0.30-inches or only 7.1mm, compared to the first iPhone in 2007 that was 0.46-inches or 11.6mm.  The thinnest flagship smartphone out there is the Gionee Elife S5.5 – it is under 0.22-inches or 5.55mm.

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Cory has written for Androidheadlines since 2013 and is a Senior Writer for the site. Cory has a background in Accounting and Finance and worked for the FBI in the past. From there he pursued his Masters in English Literature. Cory loves Android and Google related technology and specializes in Smartphone Comparisons on our site. Contact him at [email protected]

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