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4 inches to 4.5 inches is the sweet spot for smartphone screen size, says survey

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4 inches to 4.5 inches is the sweet spot for smartphone screen size, says survey
The search for the perfect screen size for a smartphone is never over and the latest survey from Strategy Analytics illustrates that perfectly. Over 90% of the participants chose smartphones with screens ranging from 4 inches to 4.5 inches on the diagonal. The survey was carried out in the US and the UK, but we have no information about the number of people it covered.

“Almost 90 percent of existing smartphone owners surveyed chose a prototype smartphone with a display larger than their current device. This trend is driven by increased mobile web browsing capability, as well as engaging video and gaming experiences,” Paul Brown, a Director in the Strategy Analytics User Experience Practice, said.

Not everyone chooses the exact same size - women tend to go for slightly smaller devices, and Android users of all genders prefer larger displays, so it seems that picking the right screen size is also a matter of getting used to it. In 2007 when the OG iPhone was launched, its 3.5-inch display looked huge and now we have a quiet consensus of 4.3-inch to 4.7-inch devices representing the Android and Windows Phone high end.

At the same time, though, users going for bigger sized screens would like to see lighter devices. So if a smartphone has a large display but is still big and bulky, for many users that would be too much of a compromise to make.

What’s your ideal for a smartphone screen and does thin matter that much? Sound off in the comments below.


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posted on 15 Mar 2012, 05:11 9

1. josephnero (Posts: 558; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


4.3 is the best for me

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 05:32 7

7. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


I think your average sized phone for holding a 4.3 inch screen is perfect. But if you can make the screen bigger without increasing thephone's size, that would be great.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:02 1

9. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Yeah, they can do that easily if they make the mobile screens a more rectangular type. . .

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 16:44

49. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


so it becomes wider? not really..

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:09 6

10. PeteD10 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Absolutely! More screen, less bezel please.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 09:56 3

42. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


If the Bezel is thin enough you can go up to 4.6" no problem!

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 05:21 1

2. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


4,3 is the best, 4,5 is as big as i would go...bigger than that is just not comfortable

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 07:07

19. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


the overall footprint and volume is what really matters.

screen size does not absolutely dictate device size. the galaxy nexus has a 4.65" screen, but due to lack of physical buttons, a thin bezel and a very thin device, it works very well.

if the technology continues toward smaller bezels and thinner phones, i could see a 5" screen being perfectly comfortable.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 14:15

47. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


it is just not comfortable in landskape mode to type messages, mb i have small hands idk but 4,3 hite the sweet spot for me, 4,3 with resolution as high as possible :D

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 05:22 3

3. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


Read this article apple!!!

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:52 6

15. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


No! They're like the weird kid in class who doesn't get the joke and everyone else is laughing at them

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 10:47 3

43. c.hack (Posts: 613; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


all the way to the bank. lol

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 05:23 1

4. SSyar (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


well ... i switched to neo coz it was annoying to use 4inch X10 screen...!

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 05:25 3

5. mercorp (Posts: 1030; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


how about a 100 inch galaxy note?

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 05:30 4

6. Croxy (Posts: 55; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Even 5.3 inch isn't too much if you use Flygrip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47ht6jloqkI

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 05:41 2

8. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


To me it's 3.7 to 4.5 . However I felt that my mom's galaxy note is too big for a phone too small for a tablet . BTW 3.5 inch wasn't that bad like some Fandroids claim , I used a 3.5 inch screen on my iPod and n97 . Try the Xperia x8's 3inch screen , typing on it makes you go nuts

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:23 2

11. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


for me only 4'' is the sweet spot more is just too much

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 08:33

34. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Same here.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 13:44 4

45. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


That's what she said...

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 15:40

48. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


with this comment you clearly show yourself as a person with IQ less than 30
so please zip your mouth because you clearly dont have a brain

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 21:36

52. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


It's called a joke, learn to have a f**king sense of humor you brick.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 20:04

53. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


So sorry. Next time I will ask to speak.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 16:46

50. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


and she said yours was like what, 2"?

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:41

12. LodeStar (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


well i just hope my fingers are getting longer too

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:42

13. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


it is completely depends on your needs . 4,3 inch is good for me (because i have big hands :D) also 4,5 quite comfortable but above that would be not good.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:52

14. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i enjoy my 4, but would definately like to go to 4.5 if/when they reduce the bezels

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:52 4

16. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what this survey said, but he writers wont "90% of the people do not like the size of the iphone"

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 08:21 1

31. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


They cant mention that or ifans will throw a hissy fit,they cant handle that level of truth about iproducts

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:53

17. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


4.3 is the most comfortable size for me.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 06:56

18. Philipb (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


i got the titan, i would not go bigger. Would be happy with size as low as 4.3.

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