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Guess the Phone: The Very Definition of Garish

by Brandon Russell | May 10, 2014May 10, 2014 12:00 pm PST

What is that? a curious stranger asked. That’s… a phone? they said in disbelief. Even I still don’t believe it. Out of the many giant phones in existence, this is easily the most offensively big. Larger than any device has the right to be. Yet I’ve seen TechnoBuffalo’s Roy Choi willingly tote it around in public like it was no bigger than 3 inches. Yet it covers his entire head—it might as well be a tablet.

But it’s not; it’s a phone. A big, bright object that snipers can spot from across the world blindfolded. A construction cone replacement; an air traffic control wand; a crossing guard vest; a bike helmet; and many more ridiculous things this device can double as. A serving tray. Life raft. Runway.

I’m curious to see where companies think the size threshold is. A few years ago you would have been laughed into oblivion for suggesting something so large. That’s not a phone. It’s a damn tablet. Only it’s not. And, ok, I get it. I get why people love it. The extra screen real estate. People crave excess. More. They have their reasons.

Last week’s Guess the Phone was the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.