Smartphones have outgrown average pants pocket, designer says

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( — They’re too big for YOUR britches.

Like flat screens and french fries before them, smartphones have been supersized, swelling in length and girth as more Americans use them to surf the web and send emails.

The Samsung Galaxy S from 2010 was 2.53 inches wide and 4.82 inches tall; the newly announced 2013 edition is 2.83 by 5.5 — too big for the average pair of American khakis, said Doug Conklyn, senior vice president of global design for Dockers.

“We recently increased the size of our ‘coin pocket,’ which is the pocket-within-the-pocket on the wearer’s right, from 3×3 to 4×4 to accommodate today’s larger phones,” Conklyn told

“We have an amazing technical design team at Dockers that takes the time to ensure that the latest phones fit in our pockets,” he said.

A standard pants pocket is around 13 inches deep, Conklyn said. And with phones growing quickly to fill that space, designers are keeping a wary eye open.

“We don’t have fit sessions without having a smartphone on hand or an iPhone to make sure that the pockets are all designed to be perfectly functional,” said Simon Kneen, creative director and executive vice president of design for Banana Republic.


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