I read an article that women 18-30 are the biggest uptakers of new technology, but most tech companies are ignoring them at their peril (I cant find that article, but here’s something similar).
My wife’s phone contract is nearly up. She has an iPhone and likes it but loathes iTunes (“why can’t I f#$@ing drag and drop!!!” she says out loud to no one in particular- iTourettes). She is looking at Samsungs with bigger screens because she keeps her phone in her handbag, rather than in her pants pocket like me. A bigger phone has no drawbacks for her, whereas for me I wouldn’t be able to easily carry it…
Is this an example of design ‘evolution’ rather than design intent?
What I mean is the bigger screen size is driven by a reason (specification race - “we’ve got a bigger screen with more stuff”), which isn’t the reason why consumers buy it (I like smartphones with bigger screens because how I use the phone is more conducive to having a bigger screen).