NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Samsung is the world's largest smartphone maker, dominating Android and with a tiny market share in Windows 8. The Galaxy S4 is its flagship Android smartphone, going up against the iPhone, Nokia's (NOK) highest-end Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry.There are two things almost everyone want to know about the Galaxy S4:
This is something it has in common with the HTC One, among others. Slippery or not, the fact is that both the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are too big for easy one-hand use. The scenario is this: Holding the device with one hand and trying to touch something on the screen too far away with your thumb, you risk hitting something else on the screen with the rest of your thumb or where the palm of your hand meets the thumb. These inadvertent touches lead to errors of various kinds, which then take time to backtrack and resolve. In essence, I think all of these major Android vendors would do themselves a favor by making versions of their flagship phones that have screens between 4.2 inches and 4.5 inches. Screens 4.7 inches to five inches are simply becoming too much, even with thinner bezels. One can certainly appreciate the ergonomic work done by both Apple (AAPL) and BlackBerry (BBRY), and their 4-inch and 4.2-inch touchscreen smartphones. They feel better in the hand because they conform to realistic use cases. I am not saying that all of these companies such as HTC and Samsung shouldn't make smartphones sized between 4.7 inches and 6 inches -- as some of them currently are -- but just that they should also make variants containing equally high-end components and resolution screens in the 4.2- to 4.5-inch range. I have big hands, and I agree that the iPhone is too small with its four-inch screen. However, these other devices from HTC, Samsung, LG and others at 4.7 inches and up are also too big. There is a happy medium, and it is not being properly addressed by most.