Phones have been getting smaller and smaller all the time,
even with more features being implemented. In the 80s phones were huge,
but that was largely due to the excessive (and still short lasting)
battery packs and large components inside.
As technology has increased, in every aspect, phones have been
getting smaller and smaller. Process lithography is now in the 40nm
range and shrinking every year. Battery power has been getting longer
in smaller spaces, and is even going to be paper thin.
I laughed when I saw the cell phone in Zoolander, but it is
getting to be almost to that point now. Samsung has demonstrated a cell
phone watch which is only 11.98 millimeters thick, and it still has
Bluetooth, e-mail synching, an MP3 player, voice recognition and a
speaker. The touch screen is 1.76 inches with a resolution of 176 x 220
There is always a trade off between making a smaller product
and still making it usable for the consumers. Can you imagine reading
your e-mail on a 1.76 inch screen? How about pushing the buttons on a
touch screen to make a call.
Sure, I know I had a calculator watch growing up, but my
fingers were also a lot smaller than they are now. I am not sure I
would be able to hit the buttons properly any more, let alone read
anything more than one line on the LCD screen.
Are we at a point where we have to say "stop" to the ever
increasing shrink of products, or should we keep designing to see how
far we can push the envelope?