Ryan Haines/Android Authority
The smartphone thin wars have largely been over for years now. This period of mobile development saw various companies touting ultra-thin designs, although this often came with trade-offs (mainly smaller batteries).
However, we wanted to know if Android Authority users always care about the thickness of the smartphone, and here is what you told us in the following poll.
Do you care about the thickness of the smartphone?
Over 4,800 votes have been cast in this poll at the time of writing, giving us a good sample to work with. The most popular choice? Well, 41.7% of respondents said they just don’t care how thick a phone is.
It’s quite an interesting position, as a thick phone can obviously be a bit bulky for some. But many chunky phones on the market (like the S22 Ultra and Pixel 6 Pro) also bring added benefits like superior camera systems and bigger batteries. Plus, there are definitely users who like a heavier, more substantial design.
In second place, “A thin phone is nice but not essential” (36.23%). Other considerations clearly come first for these users, but they wouldn’t complain at all if their wishlist was wrapped in a slim package.
To complete the podium, “Yes, it is a consideration among others”, accounting for 17.83% of the votes. Finally, only 4.25% of readers surveyed said a thin phone was their “main concern”.
When we look at the poll from a different angle, we can see that nearly 80% of respondents say they don’t care about a thin phone or think it’s just nice to have.
- Beardednomad: No, but it depends. It’s more a matter of feel than thickness.
- Gregory Tschirhart: I’ve had smartphones since they started making them. I want a phone that’s rugged and can withstand a bit of abuse. Then again, I don’t want a brick in my pocket either. The phone needs to be flexible enough to fit in my pocket without breaking in half.
- jimx2: I wish they would stop bumping the camera and make the whole phone as thick as needed with a bigger battery
- NESter: Am I the only one who hates the thinness of phones? They are difficult to hold. I put a big, thick, tough case on mine the first day, not just to protect it. Plus, I’d take a week of battery life in a chunky phone that’s rugged every day. These delicate little wafers we have today don’t appeal to me.
- Milan Svitek: Honestly, I’d much rather manufacturers get closer to the 10mm range instead of trying to go down to 9…8…7mm…Damn it, didn’t Vivo make one less phone 5mm thick! ? At that point, it’s downright uncomfortable to hold! Give me a bigger battery to drive a brighter screen and get your piece of paper-thin glass back. I do not want it. I’m glad Google kept my slightly larger Pixel from the last generation. It’s much more comfortable to hold
- Vulpes: Anything less than about 8mm seems pointless. More than 9mm though and I think I notice it wrong. Don’t use cases as I care first and foremost about the ergonomics of using a phone. So yes, I really care, but other factors are more important – even related to physical dimensions, like width and weight or even edge shape.
- mckillio: I certainly care and wish my phone was around 8mm. Thicker phones also mean heavier phones and phones are just too heavy these days given their huge size. Hopefully we’ll have solid state batteries in the years to come and don’t have to compromise.
- needa: I care a lot. I can’t stand the weight and thickness of my op9. But what can you do? Nothing.
- JL: It doesn’t matter how thick. Never done. I just want the phone to do cool stuff. I always put a beefy battery case on my phones anyway. I mostly care about function rather than form.
- Richard Quist: It is one consideration among others. I want the phone to be sturdy, but be able to hold it comfortably and place it in a pocket without feeling like I’m carrying bricks.