• Device size thresholds

    12/05/2017 at 04:46 0 comments

    A rambly question for anyone. What sizes do you mentally separate devices into?  I'd like to get a feel for how people use and carry their devices.

    Here are my mental models:

    • pocket size. This could be small like a flip phone or large like a 6 inch smartphone. The max size for this would be a approx the New 3DS XL which reaches the limit length/width and thickness. Keyboards tend to be thumbs-only. Controller case goal size.
    • purse size / UMPC. This is the range where the company pretends that it's pocketable but real life says otherwise. I dislike these because they require a carrying bag but don't bring enough functionality to warrant it. Keyboards tend to be either thumbs-only or seriously gimped.
    • tablet. Touchscreen centric, larger than pocketable. More of a video playing device than anything. Not my cup of tea.
    • netbook / ultrabook. Big enough to have an actual keyboard. The keyboard justifies the increased size. I can do work without hating life.
    • laptop. 13-17 inches? The boundary is fuzzy. Still easily portable in a bag. I can get decent work done.
    • desktop replacement. Huge heavy laptops. If I have trouble swinging it around with 1 hand it fits in this category. Might have trouble fitting in a bag. A struggle to transport.
    • desktop. Anything not intentionally portable.

    Those are my thoughts. It's a mix of how portable something is and how functional it is. What are your perceived sizes? Which do you prefer or hate?