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Why size matters: A woman’s perspective on phone size trends

Girls have needs

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“It’s not the size, it’s the performance.” Sure.

Honestly, that may apply to other things, but just not smartphones — you know, things that need to be in our teeny tiny hands to use. Here are a number of reasons why the “bigger is better” mentality is taking away from women’s smartphone experiences.


Top three reasons:

Our thumbs

Like, literally not being to reach everything on the phone screen because of our short thumbs attached to the small hands.


We’re not pointing short fingers here; it’s no one’s fault but anatomy’s. But, when it’s a physiological problem, we sort of hope that we get more than two small phone flagship options (as of last count: Samsung Galaxy S10e, Google Pixel 3) when at least 50 percent of the targeted users are affected. After all, we can buy new phones but not longer thumbs.

Small pockets and skinny jeans

Now that there’s been an advancement in the fight for pockets (yes folks, pockets on dresses are a thing), we have to talk about actually fitting things in there. When I say things, I mean my phone which I want to be able to keep in my pocket. Admittedly, we women tend to have smaller pockets based on various other factors but the simple equation is: Smaller bodies = smaller clothes = smaller pockets.

Not to mention, tight pants and clothes mean less space for us so why would you be so cruel as to deprive us of the utility of pocket use with your humongous phones?

Pretty tiny purses

Sure, we can always get bigger purses, but then the men in our lives will keep on asking to put their stuff in it because “it fits, anyway” so we’re not having that.

The cute purses we enjoy, on top of matching our outfits to a T, serve a utility: A space for lipstick, cash, and other emergency knick-knacks like tampons, mints, or Advil for when we get headaches from being treated as the lesser sex (but that’s another story). We’d love to throw in our smartphone in there… if it would fit…

Solutions I’m shooting down

Phone accessory galore

If the sudden uptick in PopSocket sales isn’t an indication that there are people having trouble holding on to their phones, I don’t know what is. As an avid PopSocket user myself, I can swear by how useful these things are. And sure, you get a better grip on your phone but it doesn’t really solve any of my screen reach problems.

Cute accessories like this phone case purse hybrid from Casetify exist but they are few and far between. Plus, they’re only available for certain phones so unless you’re on an iPhone, tough luck finding one that fits your device.

“But Isa, what if you can wear your phone?”

Yes, I get how that fixes things: It has a smaller, reachable screen and you won’t have to worry at keeping it in your purse or pocket. But folks, it looks like this:

ZTE Nubia’s Alpha wearable

Until I can wear my smartphone, and wear it looking great, I won’t stop at wanting smaller ones.

IMHO and other perspectives

Wider displays are always welcome, sure, but with disappearing bezels and companies forcing those notches in our faces, I don’t see why phones can’t shrink back to a size that fits my palms.

In the history of time, not once have I complained about having a screen that’s too small on a mobile phone because if I needed a bigger screen, tablets and TVs exist. Sure foldable phones are cool but why can’t these phones fold to a size that actually fits my small purse.

If phones folded this way… maybe they will fit my skinny jeans’ pocket?

I do recognize that like phones, women come in all shapes, sizes, and perspectives — bless the folk who believe we should only come in cookie-cutter shapes — so there are still probably those who disagree with my points here and that’s okay. They have the choice and no one’s stopping them. But I don’t with these phones and I can’t even. 🙄 That’s the problem.

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Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

There are Moschino cases, too!

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This is not a drill.

With Honor’s announcement of their Honor 20 series came a fashion collaboration that definitely excites me. The Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition was just announced and I just love how extra it is.


The phone itself has the worlds “This is not a Moschino phone” stamped on the back in true Moschino fashion. Of course, there’s a matching wallpaper that says, what else: “This is not a Moschino wallpaper.”

There are also cases that follow that design lead…

My favorite, a case that features similar bold text for that Moschino flair and straps that you can even hook to your bag.

Though all designs are fresh, the partnership isn’t surprising. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott is known for collaboration, not to mention, Honor also teamed up with the Italian fashion brand for the Honor View 20’s design.

No details on pricing and availability for this particular version of the Honor 20 Pro is out yet but one thing’s for sure: I’m loving the fashion x tech partnership and I’m definitely hoping for more!

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A colored, Bluetooth-enabled Tamagotchi is coming

Still very cute!

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The cutest 90s pet is back and it’s in full color!

The Tamagotchi Go is a refreshed version of our favorite digital pet. Available in glitter cases and now fitted with colored screens, the 2019 Tamagotchi hopes to capture this new generation the same way they did ours: Through adorable virtual critters!


You still take care of an incessantly needy pet but this device now allows you to connect with other users via Bluetooth so that your Tamagotchi can make friends, marry, and even have more Tama babies. And, good news, there will even be a new Tamagotchi Hotel feature which will babysit your pet on days you can’t just deal — that means less dead pets! (90s kids would know. 😅)

Additionally, there’s an app, to be released later on, that will allow users to connect to other Tamagotchi worldwide.

Despite the advancements, the Tamagotchi Go will still be a straightforward device which runs on AAA batteries and needs no connection to your smartphone or the internet to run. The new Bandai toys will be on sale starting July 28 and it will retail for US$ 60 a piece.

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Louis Vuitton put screens on their iconic bags because why not

Literally seeing the future

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Not the type to shy away from all things extra, Louis Vuitton has decided that the future of fashion entails screens on designer bags.

Unveiled at the Cruise 2020 collection show held at JFK’s TWA Flight Center last week, the prototypes aptly titled “Canvass of the Future” featured flexible screens on classic LV bags.


Two bags were shown off on the runway with flashing screens — the ultimate high-tech arm candy.

Now, dear reader, if you’re an avid follower of the folding screen trend, you’d know that this isn’t the first time we’re seeing those screens on a purse. Early this year at CES, we saw this purse from Royale — the same brand responsible for the very first functioning folding smartphone.

It comes as no surprise then that the same screens are used on the Louis Vuitton bags.

Here’s a closer look at the two-paneled Speedy in all its AMOLED screen glory.

 

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CRUISE 2020 MONITOR BAGS by @nicolasghesquiere HI guy, it’s MKBHDLV back at it again. We saw the Fibre Optics in the last men’s show (more info on that real soon BTW) and now this! This one wasn’t the only one in the show. There was a bucket bag with screens on both sides as well. If it ain’t OLED, count me out smh 😤 ⁣• • •⁣ ⁣#louisvuitton #lvmen #louisvuittonlover #lv #monogram #dlouisv #luxury #highend #highendfashion #fashion #louisvuittonjapan #lvsingapore #louisvuittonmalaysia #ルイヴィトン #louisvuittonparis #louisvuittonbags #louisvuittonph #lv2019⁣ #lv2020 #lvcruise20 #lvcruise #nicolasghesquiere ⁣⁣ ⁣Prices and information are all subject to change and should be treated as estimates and guesses.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright © 2018 by LOUIS VUITTON⁣ ⁣All rights reserved.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣We are not affiliated, associated, authorised, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Louis Vuitton Malletier, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. The official Louis Vuitton instagram can be found at @louisvuitton. The name “Louis Vuitton” as well as related names, marks, emblems and images are registered trademarks of Louis Vuitton Malletier.

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As of now, there is no news on other functionalities, although some on social media have claimed that there are touchscreen capabilities on the bags. Pricing also hasn’t been unveiled although you can bet your bottom dollar it won’t be cheap as LV bags and flexy screens, on their own, can both fetch a pretty penny individually.

 

 

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CRUISE 2020 by @nicolasghesquiere Here are the other bags from the show. The Skyscraper bags are cute. Also, here’s the other *touchscreen* bag. One in the front, on in the back. So it’s pretty much just 2 iPads glued on to a Bent Box it seems. Shout out to the girl @vickyyzzzz for pulling through ♥ ⁣• • •⁣ ⁣#louisvuitton #lvmen #louisvuittonlover #lv #monogram #dlouisv #luxury #highend #highendfashion #fashion #louisvuittonjapan #lvsingapore #louisvuittonmalaysia #ルイヴィトン #louisvuittonparis #louisvuittonbags #louisvuittonph #lv2019⁣ #lv2020 #lvcruise20 #lvcruise #nicolasghesquiere ⁣⁣ ⁣Prices and information are all subject to change and should be treated as estimates and guesses.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright © 2018 by LOUIS VUITTON⁣ ⁣All rights reserved.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣We are not affiliated, associated, authorised, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Louis Vuitton Malletier, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. The official Louis Vuitton instagram can be found at @louisvuitton. The name “Louis Vuitton” as well as related names, marks, emblems and images are registered trademarks of Louis Vuitton Malletier.

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One thing is for sure, though: The future of handbags is bright — well, as bright as the AMOLED screens.

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