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Guess the Phone: An Old Friend Gets A Modern Makeover

by Brandon Russell | November 1, 2014November 1, 2014 12:00 pm PDT

Phones weren’t always thin. Phones used to be thick, substantial, heavy. But as manufacturers looked for ways to stand out, we were suddenly seeing devices that were almost too skinny for their own good. I mean, when people on social networks criticize a device for being too thin, you know there’s a problem.

Still, you have to admire the engineering that goes into them. It’s amazing how powerful such small, skinny phones can be. They’ll only get more powerful, too, and that ultimately poses a pretty big problem: battery life. In the end it really doesn’t seem worth it.

I’d take a slightly thicker phone with excellent battery over a skinny phone that couldn’t make it through the day—I know I’m not alone. I’m glad to see the company that made the device above is no longer concerned with making the thinnest out there. Now it just makes really good devices.

Even today, the phone you see above is still among the thinnest on the market. But is that really something companies want to boast about? It’s a solid marketing trick, and of course people do want thin devices. But I’m not so sure the battery sacrifices are worth it.

Last week’s Guess the Phone was the HTC EVO 3D.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...