A 4.7 inch Apple iPhone 6 is compared size-wise with a current batch of heavyweight Android models
0. phoneArena 24 Apr 2014, 15:14 posted on
With speculation that Apple will be launching one, and possibly two, larger screened iPhone models this year, how would these phones stack up against today's top Andorid handsets? First, some background. Apple is expected to offer a 4.7 inch version of the Apple iPhone 6 with a 16:9 aspect ratio. And while there is a rumor about a 5.5 inch phablet sized iPhone, this device apparently is being delayed to 2015...
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59. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
So in your opinion Steve Jobs was "wanker" ? :D
37. sgodsell (Posts: 1163; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
The moto x has the same 4.7" display size as the iPhone 6. The moto x is just a tiny bit bigger then a iPhone 5s. Motorola did an amazing job with the moto x.
13. Finalflash (Posts: 1655; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
That is the least of their problems, after seeing that graphic I just realized that thing is going to fail HARD (usage wise not sales wise, no shortage of idiots in the world). iOS wasn't designed for larger phones, it literally is going to be impossible to use with one hand. Unlike Android with its software navigation keys at the bottom of the phone, most iPhone Apps have their navigation at the top of the screen. Primarily, that back button is ESSENTIAL, and it is in the most difficult to reach place on a large screen phone. This would require a redesign of the WHOLE app UI for most apps to conveniently place the keys somewhere in reach of your thumb because both upper corners are tough to reach. Seeing as how Apple had the small hands crowd all to themselves for the past 7 years, they better release an updated 4 inch model with that 4.7 incher or they are going to hurt pretty bad.
15. PBXtech (Posts: 973; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
I've said it before and still stick to it, Apple needs to ditch the home button. At the very least, modify it so it's no longer a circle. When I look at the images above, the home button causes a huge waste of space, and they echo that on the top.
And I agree, the back button is a valuable tool.
19. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2953; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Completely agreed, the home button may be easy to use and a trademark of Apple, it is also a big waste of space since it requires so much bottom bezel.
61. MobileGuru (Posts: 78; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)
Unlikely considering the fact that they just introduced touch ID on the 5s last year
63. Spariant (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
I think they may come up with gesture based interface for the back action like maybe swipe left on the screen or something like that.
18. Salazzi (Posts: 161; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
so let me get this straight. People say the iPad is just an oversized iPhone, but then they said iOS isn't designed for larger phones, when the iPad is 7.9 and 9.7" respectively? Does this make any sense? I'm sure Apple will have things figured out as they do focus in large part to the experience of the consumer.
20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2953; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
iPad's are designed for the large screen and so is it's UI. We are talking about a bigger, taller iPhone. Even the iPhone 5 had some issues because apps weren't exactly optimized for it and thus had waste black space.
22. PBXtech (Posts: 973; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
If you look at UI of iOS, yes, it's not very well looking on either of their iPads. The amount of wasted space between each icon is ridiculous. It functions and there are plenty of great apps so people live with it but the rows and columns are not well suited for large screens.
Other than that, phones are typically one handed operation and tablets two hand operation.
27. Finalflash (Posts: 1655; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
iPad isn't designed for one handed use. You have two hands available and expected for navigation or basic function, phones though are a different animal. Using large phones is a problem with one hand but manageable on at least Android because you can easily reach most navigation items. But with iOS, the design for every app has so far not had to deal with the screen being unreachable easily in some areas with one hand. Now there is that problem and unfortunately most of these apps have been relying on that crutch for too long. Not saying it will be impossible, but some iOS users had problems realizing the writing on the top left was a button on iOS 7, so much so that they had to put an option in the settings to make it look more like a button. Now take that button and move it somewhere else and then have other apps have it in all sorts of other places. The uniformity and familiarity of a system that prides itself on those two things is about to broken, it won't be easy.
28. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
I agree with you except for the fail part, apple CANT FAIL. lol
50. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2933; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Well put. Although there are UI guidelines, each and every app on iOS implements its own navigational/functional paradigm. And for the most part, the paradigms are different enough so that using a number of apps is a cognitive disaster for many people. Apple's products and designs give an impression of being easy to use, but in reality they are not. There is a lot of discussion in the UI about this approach. Basically Apple designs everything for the buyer who is making a purchasing decision, not for someone who is going to seriously use the device/app.
Although, to be fair, Google's insistence on getting rid of the menu button is somewhat dumb. It's really nice to not have to give up part of my screen for a "hamburger" :)
53. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 151; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
No disrespect Flash but i'm sure it works just fine - they have a lot of very smart engineers working for Apple dont you know, you're not on the inside, you have no idea how 'hard' this will 'fail' or how difficult it is to use...
7. MrTzr (Posts: 103; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
Sony should sue them! It looks like the Z2 with such big bezels.
9. Antimio (Posts: 188; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)
Not a good idea. Apple will countersue with one of their pointless patents. and probably, BC of being an "All American" company, they would win the case.
23. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
If the bezels come out to be tiny, Sony should sue them, too. ;)
43. express77 (unregistered)
Sony usually dont participate in BS patent trials and Apple would never even dare to sue sony. So Apple is safe.
14. jphillips63 (Posts: 171; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Moto x looks better and more proportioned.
17. PBXtech (Posts: 973; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Between that and the G2, with the S5 a close third.
16. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 352; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
There's no way Apple will just make the iPhone 5S bigger to account for the screen. They're going to alter the design in some way. My guess is the bottom bezel will be slightly shortened (can't be that much because of the home button) and the top bezel will be minimized enough so that it looks good and so that it can hold the speaker, sensors, and camera. Apple will do everything it can hardware-wise to maintain the "one handed use."
But as FinalFlash said they're gonna need to make some software tweaks, something they may be reluctant to do right after such a major redesign.
51. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2933; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Apple has some patent somewhere that basically makes any arbitrary part of the phone able to identify fingerprints, so no home button is needed for fingerprint recognition anymore. Sapphire is needed to make this possible, which is why the home button on the 5S is coated with sapphire.
As you've likely read, Apple has invested $1B+ in sapphire manufacturing. The reason may not be to replace Gorilla glass per se, but rather, to make fingerprint sensing possible for the whole screen or perhaps just the top and bottom.
You can imagine how well Apple could market a phone that all you have to do is pick it up and it knows it is you.
And it would be very easy for Apple to go to a capacative dynamic home button. They would lose the nice mechanics of a physical button, but they would pick up a lot of UI flexibility and the ability to make a very cool looking phone as the design would be very sleek without the physical home button.
There are tons of very cool designs that Apple (or anyone else) could implement, but don't because they basically have no imagination.
58. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 352; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Apple has the patent but not necessarily a working prototype (in fact I'm willing to bet that they don't). And it may take them a while to get that far, I'd count on it not being there in the iPhone 6 for that reason, maybe in a couple years.
25. Topcat488 (Posts: 1134; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
That's one ugly, long, big bezel phone... Too skinny, it needs to eat more Apps, lightweight.
26. livyatan (Posts: 691; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
That looks.. lets jusy say, less elegant than any compared device.
29. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
I swear people will hate iPhone no matter what.
36. darkkjedii (Posts: 10886; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Let em hate, apple has a successful formula and should continue to evolve it. Those who hate on apple, won't ever be buying their stuff anyway, so they don't really matter to apples bottom line. I wonder what's the point of attacking every single apple article with the same crap. What's the point, what's their goal other than attention, and green thumbs of course.
30. darkkjedii (Posts: 10886; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Apple knows what it's doing, their success and position prove that. All this hatred, and when apple knocks it out the park, there'll be more hatred. It never stops. Bring on fall, so I can purchase 3, and enjoy mine. The usual haters will post their usual responses. Batter up...
32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8093; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I'm getting the iPhone 6 and Note 4. I could care less what people say. People came up to me and asked how the hell I'm always switching phones and think I'm crazy for doing so. I know how to do business which is why I got my S5 for $100 off contract.
And to reply to your comment from the last Samsung article, yes that's me in the picture. You're not the only one who likes taking selfies lol.
35. darkkjedii (Posts: 10886; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Lol, glad to finally see your face bro. You and I will carry the same phones this fall. Kudos to grabbing an s5 for so little. My wife, and son have already let it be known they want new iPhones. Glad At&t has next now, it'll be cheaper to get em. +1 bro.
54. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 151; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Isn't this the truth - always and forever will it be 'this idea sucks, that idea won't work, Apple are doomed, this won't work etc.' Then when the idea takes off and sells millions all over the world we will all be labelled 'the wooly baa-ing animal' again as the rest of the manufacturers follow suit. I lol everytime :)
31. iphoneman37 (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Would of stayed with motorola if they came out with a droid 5 but til then I use iphone.
33. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
They need to somehow trim the top and bottom bezels.
38. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
As long as it doesn't look like a TI 84 calculator and it can still fit in my pocket I'm all in
39. Taters (Posts: 2801; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Those are some huge phones. Motorola and LG have the right idea. As compact as possible with as big a screen as possible.
41. vikingsfootball09 (Posts: 41; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)
well, imaging if apples other suppliers stop doing business with apple...wow, apple would be lagging behind and hurting big time
42. rallyguy (Posts: 540; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Since this is the flag ship of Apple it should be compared to the flag ship of HTC (One M8)and Samsung (S5).
55. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 151; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
They're just angry that their coveted manufacturers haven't enjoyed the same successes or created a device that sets a new trend...Don't worry about it too much..
47. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 632; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
They need to go wide,not only height.... Incresing length makes it ugly.
48. Amir1 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
lol, you are clueless about phone design. the last thing any design need to do is make wider phones - they are much harder to grip. taller phone instead of wider is always better.
49. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)
It doesn't matter if apple is late. They will sell sh*t tons anyway. I think the phone looks alright but curved back is the best feature. Apple needs to change the UI quite a bit and I think they will do so. Teach android OEMs how to make a big phone! I like android but many OEMs needs to sort things out. HTC, LG and Oppo have the right idea with gestures on lockscreen. Still the UI on the actual phone needs big improvements just like iOS. But I think Apple will sort this out and other OEMs will copy.
52. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Will other OEMs will copy? Sure if it is worth copying. Will customers buy products from other OEMs after making their copied versions a lot better than the iphone? Ofcos they will. In fact, they will sell tones of millions of their products. Does Apple copy good stuffs from other OEMs? Hail yeah!
Who doesn't copy?