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Android’s pursuit of ‘more everything’ is getting out of hand

The stage was set for a glorious battle of the 6es this fall as Apple’s iPhone 6 was preparing to take on Google’s Nexus 6 to determine the fate of the mobile world. But Google dodged the direct confrontation by making its new premier Android device an enormous 6-inch slate that barely qualifies as a phone. There’s nothing wrong with big phones, but there’s something fundamentally broken about the single-minded pursuit of larger sizes that has characterized Android history so far.

Consider the three best Android phones of 2013: the 4.7-inch Moto X, the 5.2-inch LG G2, and the 5-inch Nexus 5. Each one of them has added at least a third of an inch to its screen size in its 2014 iteration and in the process lost something valuable. The old…

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