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Why is T-Mobile getting the Galaxy Note? 77% want a big phone

Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the 5.3-inch smartphone (or is it a tablet?) will launch on T-Mobile’s U.S. network in the coming weeks, according to the company. In a statement on Tuesday, T-Mobile finally addressed the many rumors of the device availability as it’s been one of the worst-kept tech secrets this year, save Google’s Nexus 7(s goog). New to the discussion, however, is justification by T-Mobile: Consumers want bigger screens on their phones.

Quoting its own survey of 1,031 U.S. consumers over the age of 18 who already own a smartphone, T-Mobile says that 77 percent “would prefer a device with a 4.5-inch display or larger.” With its 5.3-inch high-definition screen, the Galaxy Note surely fits the bill for those consumers. Interesting to me is the phrase “or larger” in the answer. Apple(s aapl) is rumored to finally be moving to a 4-inch display — up from 3.5-inches — on its next iPhone and yet that size may still not suffice for some.

Those not familiar with the Note can look to my video overview in April, using AT&T’s(s t) version of the handset. Instead of focusing on the typical features, I approached the often-asked question: “Is the Galaxy Note a smartphone or a tablet?” My conclusion is that’s the wrong question to ask, as the device offers features of both form factors. Instead, to see if a 5.3-inch slab is right for you, the better question to ask is: “Are you a one-handed or two-handed phone user?”

After answering that question, you can decide if Android 4.0 on a 5.3-inch handset is what you want, because the Galaxy Note will ship with the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. The software also supports advanced applications that take advantage of the included digital pen. Additionally, T-Mobile says the mobile broadband radio in the Galaxy Note supports the operator’s 42 Mbps HSPA+ network; great for downloading content on the large display.

7 Responses to “Why is T-Mobile getting the Galaxy Note? 77% want a big phone”

  1. wow really? people prefer an iphone because of it fitting into their pocket?! Excuses for being on Apple bandwagon. there are plenty of android phones of all different sizes so that’s no excuse to switch to an Iphone. dumbasses. keep buying virtually the same phone as it has looked since the 2g. keep being a apple slave and being locked down to what you can and can’t install on your phone. Android is open source and is the best in the OS west. Shit on Apple.

  2. More and more users prefer to be able to choose their size. If someone is going to carry the device in a purse, backpack, or briefcase, then a larger device is fine.

    Conversely, a smaller phone is needed if one is going to put the phone in their pocket.

  3. While they claim that 77% of their customers want larger screens, they need to not forget that this means that 23% DO NOT want larger screens. That’s why when my last Verizon contract ran out I switched from Android to an iPhone… the Android phones are just getting too large, and while the iPhone’s 3.5″ screen is a bit small, the phone can actually fit into your pants pocket without looking/feeling weird. Pocketability is important to some – so hopefully the phone makers won’t all forget this.

  4. ridiculous…… but just like you said up to each individual.myself if I wanted to use a tablet as a phone then I would get one… 4.0 screen is just right for me to carry it in my pockets and see just enough of a video or webpage while on the road, sizes are getting out of control not sure why… but it takes all kinds