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While phones such as Apple’s iPhone 8 and Samsung’s Galaxy S9 come in large “plus” options, even their standard versions are much larger than some of their early predecessors. Average phone sizes have grown so that they have cut into sales of tablets on one end of their device spectrum. On the other, vendors sell smartwatches in part on the promise of accessing app functionality without having to drag the slab.

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Of course, flip phones that do little more than handle voice calls are still available; some of these have been shrunk down to the size of a credit card. But yesterday’s technology is often a poor match for today’s needs even if you can easily afford any phone on the market. Hence, a number of companies have introduced phones that offer varying degrees of functionality beyond the call, but are designed for when one wants to take a break from the bulk of a full smartphone experience. They come at the issue of both physical and psychological smartphone imposition form different angles.

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Makers of large-screen smartphones tout the advantages more real estate can bring to web browsing, video, maps, and games. But there are also many popular smartphone applications such as playing music, looking at photos, and browsing social media that don’t need such an expanse. Jelly Pro is an inexpensive ($125) small-screen (2.45-inch) Android 7 Nougat device that strives for something the size of a compact flip phone — but…