Hey Tech Guys: Women Don't Want Massive Phones
Zeynep Tufekci describes her frustrations dealing with her too-big Nexus
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 8, 2013 1:28 PM CST
The Nexus 4 smartphone is shown by Randall Safara of Google at a Google announcement in San Francisco, Oct. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Zeynep Tufekci was covering a protest in Istanbul when Turkish soldiers began firing tear gas into the peaceful crowd. She whipped out her phone—a Google Nexus 4—hoping to document the outrage, and clutching her bag with one hand, tried to snap a picture with the other. It was no use. Her pictures kept coming out blurry and useless, "for one simple reason: Good smartphones are designed for male hands," she writes at Medium. "As my lungs, eyes, and nose burned … I cursed the gendered nature of tech design."

"I'm 5 foot 2 inches on a good day, and my hands are simply not big enough" to use modern smartphones one-handed, she writes. Every generation the screen gets slightly larger. "For most men, it’s just one small, added benefit. For many women, though, it’s a reminder that the tech industry doesn’t always remember or count your existence." Nor does it consider those developing countries where people are smaller on average. The tech industry desperately needs more diversity, to help it design "for people other than average sized men in rich countries." Click for Tufekci's full piece.

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Scott Beamer
Nov 18, 2013 8:57 AM CST
So use two friggin' hands. I'm male with big hands and I find it more trouble than it's worth to try to do much of anything on my phone with one hand.
TwoSheds
Nov 11, 2013 3:24 AM CST
Women want a phone with a better vibration motor.
iq145
Nov 9, 2013 11:41 PM CST
Women Don't Want Massive Phones They Want Massive Guns! http://www.newser.com/story/177170/female-hunters-on-the-rise.html