The Samsung Galaxy S4 has drawn a lot of attention for it’s innovative and ergonomic features. The bigger visual screen and scratch resistant glass make viewing easy on the eyes. The GS4 phone is much larger than most consumers have grown accustomed to when it comes to mobile phones. Apple’s iPhone 5 prides itself on its minimal size and other manufacturers have followed their footsteps (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches). At 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches, the GS4 has earned the title of a “phablet” which is a combination of phone and tablet.
Is it too big?
Naturally some people will wonder if the GS4 is too big to be comfortable. The device was designed to fit in the palm of your hand and this works well for most adults. For children or people with smaller hands, this may not be the best practical solution.
You will notice that the Galaxy S4 phone has beveled edges and a curved chassis designed to fit in the palm of your hand. Phones with a flat edge design do not rest as comfortably in your hand because the natural resting state of your hand is curved and not flat, as if you were giving a high-five.
Samsung GalaxyS4 shines when it comes to the new larger easy-to-read screen size and smaller footprint. Other phones with a 5-inch screen, such as the HTC Droid DNA haven’t been able to match the smaller size.
The GS4 design still manages to weigh less than the S3. From an ergonomic standpoint, having a phone that can fit in your hand comfortably and maintain a reasonable weight (4.59 ounces) is a huge plus because the lighter design puts less strain on your hand. All in all, the size and weight of the phone, clarity and larger screen size along with shape of phone add up to positive benefits for a person who spends lots of time on their phone. Samsung offers some well thought out ergonomic benefits to consider when purchasing your new phone.
Karen Burke is the President and Founder of Kare Products. Karen has over 30 years of expertise creating ergonomic furniture that helps avoid injury and promotes health for all types of discomfort and body sizes.