Is my phone overweight?
So, for a moment, we’re going to talk about something that remains the bane of people’s discomfort: weight — fat more like — phone fat.
Phones have gotten incredibly thin and with thinness comes lightness, usually. For instance, my current phone is the OnePlus 2, the successor to the so-called “flagship” killer of yesteryear (2014), and I can confidently say that this phone, while thin, is not light. I can say, also confidently, that this is the heaviest feeling (emphasis on feeling) handsets I’ve felt in some time. Call it my imagination, but this is one “heavy” phone compared, at least, to the feathery light and feathery thin standard of today.
What standard though? I remember a time (Jurassic Park time) when heaviness in devices was a direct expression of its status, now it seems the opposite is true. Accessories, once meant to complement the wearer, are now a direct reflection of that wearer. But could it be that I am simply projecting my own insecurities onto my most personal device? Has my phone become some Narcissus pool of water reflecting my own vanity?
I don’t know, but one nearly universal truth is that people want to feel lighter/thinner therefore their devices must be lighter/thinner. This is, no doubt, why “thin” is, today, coupled with “sexy” (sad as that is) and why the adjectives themselves are becoming more and more prevalent in the tech world. Not to worry, I have come to enjoy the heft of my phone and appreciate its fat every time I drop it into my pocket.