The Myth of the Compact Cell Phone


Over the years, most forms of technology seem to have gotten smaller. But for some reason cell phone manufacturers have decided to be rebels, releasing larger phones year after year. I’m sure there’s critics who will tell me I just need to look for a compact phone, it’s out there. I’ve been to several cell phone stores in search of a compact phone and most conversations have gone something like this.

“Hi, I’m looking for a compact phone.”
“Here’s a nice one.” (pointing to phone with 6” screen)
“That’s rather big.” (placing my current 4.6” screen next to their phone)
“No, your phone is too small. Get a bigger one.”

So I took to the internet to find this perfect compact phone. And I found the Sony Xperia X compact – of course it was conveniently missing from websites of major retailers in the UAE. So I went back to the stores, foolishly thinking that knowing the name of the phone I wanted would somehow make things easier.

“Hi, I’m looking for the Sony Xperia X compact.”
“Here’s the Xperia X.”
“Do you have the compact version?”
“No, we only sell good phones.”

At this point, I started looking for something else besides a compact phone – an employee that wasn’t arrogant.

“Hi, I’m looking for the Sony Xperia X compact.”
“I don’t think it’s going to be officially released in Dubai. Try a small store.”

So I went to a small store.

“We just sell the most popular phones. You need to go to a larger store.”

Instead of throwing my compact-sized hands up in the air in frustration, I went to mid-sized store.

“There’s so many customers asking for compact phones, but we don’t sell them because there’s not enough demand.”