Can Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max make a convert of an iPhone Mini owner? Yup, I like big screens and I cannot lie

For years, I have actively avoided the big screen revolution on smartphones.

It started with Samsung’s Galaxy Note devices, which a lot of users love. I found it ridiculous. Hey, why not just use an iPad as my phone?

Since then,this screen supersizing has trickled to almost every other device. The iPhone, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy phones. The 4- to 5-inch screen on smartphones was slowly becoming the exception.

And I was perfectly fine staying in my comfortable small-screen zone. I can play my games, read emails, surf the web and do everything else just fine on my smaller phone.

Last year, I got an iPhone 12 Mini, adamant 5.4 inches of touchscreen was plenty. If I want to participate in “big screen activities,” I’ll use a TV.

Then I tried out the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

For the record, it has a 6.7-inch touchscreen. It’s gigantic. I’ve seen smartphones like this from Apple and rivals and scoffed. They just look too huge to take seriously.

But readers, I now have screen envy.

Streaming The Office and playing a mobile game like Genshin Impact looks delightful. Also, because the screen is bigger, everything else is bigger, too, like the keyboard. Less fumbling on the wrong letters for me. My fingers were meant to fly on a bigger screen.

I’m not ready to commit to a giant screen like the Pro Max, but I’mdefinitely willing to meet in the middle. As for how I feel using my iPhone 12 Miniafter going big for a bit, let’s just relive this classic Saturday Night Live moment where Will Ferrell whips out a very tiny phone.

Readers, what’s your take? Big screen or smaller screens for your phone? Let’s talk about it on Twitter.

What else happened in tech?

• Apple unveiled a new smartphone. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s called iPhone 13. As expected, carriers are offering lots of deals. But make sure you know what your smartphone is really worth. If you’re convinced you need a new iPhone, here’s how to choose the right one. Of course, there’s no harm is keeping that older iPhone.

• Microsoft has gadgets, too. With Windows 11 around the corner, Microsoft revealed several new devices including a Surface Laptop Studio and multiple Surface Pro devices.

• Ready to unfriend Facebook? Here’s how to deactivate, or permanently delete, your account.

• What in the Quantum Realm is this?!? Engineers created a winged microchip that’s smaller than an ant.

Game break

From the files of real money meets virtual style, Fortnite partnered with luxury streetwear brand Balenciaga on virtual outfits players can use to spruce up their avatars. And you don’t have to miss out on the glamour your avatar is sporting. There’s real gear for fans, too. You can snag a very understated Fortnite hoodie for just $725. Or for $1,290, you can buy a Fortnite jean jacket. Those $1,000 smartphones don’t sound so bad after all.

This week on Talking Tech

On the Talking Tech podcast, we talk a lot about the iPhone 13, iOS 15, Microsoft’s new Surface devices, and the rampant spread of misinformation on Facebook.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

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