Do you wish high-end Android smartphones came in smaller packages? Sign this petition
That does not mean that there is no market for equally high-end phones with smaller packaging however. Giant devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Huawei Ascend Mate push the practical limits of size, not so easy to put in a pocket and not usable with one hand.
Our friends over at GSMArena have decided to lead the charge with a petition to challenge manufacturers to meet this market with leading edge equipment that is not also approaching the size of a satellite TV dish.
That does not mean we do not appreciate some of the goodness that comes with these high-definition screens, speedy processors and cool looking hardware. Despite those attributes, there are some things that turn people away, like the size penalty of a 5-inch-plus sized screen for one thing.
Samsung gave us the Galaxy S III mini last year, but with that trade-off came some compromises, most notably a downgraded processor, lower resolution screen, and no LTE support. Size-wise though, it is a nice device, and we liked it overall in our review. Compared to its bigger brother though, the S III mini is not cutting edge technology.
If you are a part of the market that would be interested in seeing mid-sized, high-spec hardware, maybe this petition will generate some interest with the manufacturers and maybe we will see some new generations of hardware in the future. If you are interested, click the source link.
19. doejon (Posts: 311; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
why would anyone need a highendsmartphone
with 3,5 inch display??? for watching hd movies? or retina res?? lol
or surfing the internet?? or playing games where fore examplle the objekts u must grab are smaler than ant? if u use a navigation app u dont need glasses u need a binoculars lol.. where the smart of this phone?
29. akki20892 (Posts: 2699; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
no i want 6'' inch screen.....hell yeah.....lol......4.3'' to 4.7'' inch screen is perfect for smartphone, or if need phablet then it will 4.8'' to 5.5'' inch screen.
44. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 491; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
This size is suitable for me (4.7"). If your hand is at mid size you can have the 4.5" until 4.7. If you are a giant, like shaq. Smartphone that suits their big hand would be from 5" above.
With a nice resolution (1080p) and a quad core S4/tegra 3 would be nice on a 4.7" cellphone. At least i think it would.
33. jcarrigan (unregistered)
I am sorry for those with tiny hands or maybe even iPhone fans that are scared of their precious pretty pink bedazzled fuzzy iPhone getting too big for their man purses but my smartphone has progressed into replacing my laptop and essentially eliminating the need for paying for internet at home so my phone is my computer and my internet connection. I love the fact that there are 5.5 inch screens and im okay with 6inch screens but thats my limit. After having a phone with a 4.8inch screen, i cant even type a simple text message on an iPhone 5 much less do an email to my boss. I am happy that we have a variety of smartphones in all shapes and sizes so theres really no need to attempt to stop the OEM's from making big AND small phones.
39. MartyK (Posts: 669; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Yeah, I pass also.... plus htc make midsize highend phone, get one of them crybabies....lol
3. jphillips63 (Posts: 141; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
4.5-4.7" screen is plenty for a smart phone. Who the heck wants to hold anything larger up to there ear to talk on? Sme may think its cool like those walking around with boom boxes on there shoulder listening to music.
6. taz89 (Posts: 1949; Member since: 03 May 2011)
For me its not about the screen size but the device size...with bezels getting smaller we can actually fit bigger screens in smaller or same form factors..for example the xperai zl is is 5" but the same size or even smaller than some 4.7" phones and also the 5" s4 is smaller than the 4.8" s3...personally I would like a 4.5" device with the minimal bezel of the s4 so that would basically mean a phone the size of the s2 which IMO was the perfect size as a device, not too big but not too small.
21. jphillips63 (Posts: 141; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I agree you can cut down outside dimensions and go with larger screens and keep the overall unit somewhat small but you also give into a more fragile phone with no buffer around the glass to take the impact if the phone is dropped. This is the main cause of many phones being dropped and having broken screens or those that are sat on if its all glass and we all know glass don't give so it breaks.
23. taz89 (Posts: 1949; Member since: 03 May 2011)
True which is why the many phone now easily crack as the front glass curves into the side..this may have been a reason why Samsung anyways with the s4 have a slight ridhe on the s4 so if dropped the glass doesn't make direct contact with the floor...the s2 had this same ridge and was very durable where as the s3 dint and was not very shatter proof..
65. MoonlitTear (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Jun 2008)
I could not agree with you more. I hold up my HTC Radar (3.8" Screen) right smack against a Droid Razr M (4.3" Screen) lo and behold they are almost the exact sized phones. I think a 4.3 HD Screen size is just about perfect IMHO.
14. Dr.Phil (Posts: 821; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Actually, they've found that you only use your smartphone to make phone calls a small percentage of the time (I want to say studies say about 10-15%). The rest is primarily for text messaging, web browsing, and taking pictures. So, I doubt those who use those larger phones have a problem with it considering that they only use it for talking a small percentage of the time. I own a Galaxy Note and I don't have any problem holding it up to my ear. I think I look less ridiculous than those people who have the $300 Beats Studio over-the-ear headphones on while they are walking around town.
16. alila2 (Posts: 117; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
4.5" capacitive buttons or 4.7" on screen buttons , with a 80% screen to body ratio .
4. takay0 (Posts: 142; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
yes!! where do i sign!?
i think they should make 2 or 3 kind... each one have a diffrent screen size and battery but the other spec should stay the same
5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Um... I like my screen size... 4.7". Will go bigger to 5" but not interested in anything smaller.
7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2068; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
If you put all that hardware in say an S4 features, that will require quite a space alone, see the limitations with the Xperia ZL, which is may be smaller in width and height, yet much and I mean much thicker than the Z or S4. How do you go down and keep all the marbles AND stop it from falling apart?
10. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)
as a note2 owner i wouldn't like to switch to smaller size even if it will be a high end android smartphone because after owning note 1 and note2 for a year and half i can't go back to 4.5 inch or 4.7 smartphone but it would be great for those user who are looking to find great specs in a small package
11. Mozarrt (Posts: 290; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
I do not need to compensate unlike others.
12. Planterz (Posts: 250; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Many people don't want a brick in their pockets. I don't understand why Android manufacturers don't make high-end devices in smaller packages. It seems to me that if they want to take more of Apple's market, they'd produce an alternative to the pocketable iPhone 4S that didn't have a weak processor and low-res screen.
13. lyndon420 (Posts: 1642; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I'll pass on this. Kind of a pointless petition because manufacturers are making these big screens as a sign of demand from the consumers...heck even apple of all companies has seen this and reacted accordingly. In the end we should feel fortunate that we have the variety we have now. Buy it if it works for you, and the sales of those devices will determine if the OEM will keep making them or not.
15. jellmoo (Posts: 461; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Why wouldn't you want to support this? I can understand liking larger handsets, everyone has their own preference. But why not support having more options that satisfy more people?
17. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
I don't mind manufacturers making smaller phones. Just don't expect me to buy them.
Besides, to get flagship specs in a smaller form factor the phone will be a thick brick
18. downphoenix (Posts: 2235; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I think this should be. Its not a S3 mini or S4 mini if the specs of said phone pale in comparison. I would accept a (slightly) lower res display (like if the S4 mini had a 4.3" 720p display as opposed to a 5" 1080p display) and slightly lower battery spec if the specs are otherwise the same.
20. bachir8k (Posts: 67; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
I used to say 3.5" (when i had the Nokia C7) is way than enough for a mobile, then I said 4.3" (when I had S2) is perfect but when I got the S3 I hated for a week, but now i just can't hold a smaller phone, and i am waiting to get the S4.
C7: 3.5" 117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5 mm - Small
S2: 4.3" 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49 mm - Perfect
S3: 4.8" 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm - Slightly big
S4: 5.0" 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm - Slightly big
Now if the next S5 will abandon the home button, narrow down more the sides bezels and move some components behind the screen, it's possible to have a phone with a 5" and 129 x 68 x 8.5 mm then that would almost like the perfect S2 size but with a 1080 5" screen.
24. taz89 (Posts: 1949; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Lol almost like me but I had the Nokia 5800 xpress music and though that was the perfect size andi though at that time the iPhone was too big, than I got the iPhone 4 and thought that was perfect, than I got the s2 and thought that was perfect, than got the s3 was at first slightly put off when I heard it was going to be 4.8" but when I got it, it wasn't as big as I though it would be and the curves actually made it feel smaller than it was but I didn't think it was the perfect size but more than manageable and still fit into all my pockets that all my previous phones fit in..now I am getting the s4 and again I was put off when I heard of the 5" screen but knowing its actually slightly smaller than the s3 made me happy and had no issue pre ordering it...like you I still think the s2 is the perfect size phone but I feel with today if Samsung were to use the minimal bezel etc of the s4 and apply it to a phone the size of the s2 they couple quite easily fit in a 4.7" screen in a s2 size phone and for me that would be just the perfect phone...
59. saiki4116 (Posts: 302; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
That's what I feel..dimensions of S2 are perfect...and if I have to sacrifice that size, that would be only for a Note device.
22. Slammer (Posts: 819; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Being a consumer advocate, I'm for anything that gives us consumers a choice. High end phones should not be exempt from this.
25. shnibz (Posts: 153; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)
Yes! That why u got the Razr... only thing not "high end" about it is screen res. The size is great
26. taz89 (Posts: 1949; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Not that I would buy a smaller screen device again(smallest I would go is 4.5") but I think OEMS should make smaller phones with the same high specs such as screen and CPU and GPU and camera...battery will be a sacrifice as the device is smaller and maybe also the thickness but other than design and features etc and specs should be same...would it hurt an oem to make say example the s4, release a 5" version and a 4.3" version with the same design, features and spec at the same time and price it the same, and that way regardless what size a consumer picks Samsung wins...I think the only reason why OEMS are not doing this is say for example the s4, if they did have 2 different sizes but one sold a lot more than the other and they are left with millions of the other size, they will be making a loss and I believe this may be why OEMS are not doing this yet.
28. richard1697 (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
for me the right dimentions for a phone is 4.7 for max
50. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Funny, the HTC one has a 4.7" screen and the S4 has a 5.0" but they are pretty much equal in size.
30. fanboy1974 (Posts: 998; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I want to sign the petition to have Apple release a larger phone.
31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5488; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
regardless of whether this is effective or not Motorola still has your back. they openly said so. o:
32. mydi.maus (unregistered)
i will not sign..i like it bigg real bigg
34. cR203 (Posts: 180; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)
You guys are talking about making smartphones smaller, right now I'm waiting for the galaxy mega 6.3. I love big phones lol.
35. cR203 (Posts: 180; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)
I know I'm not the only one who likes big phones!!!
36. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
no thanks...let consumer preference reign,not tech sites,they want a compact device get an iPhone GSMArena....big screen is good for oldman.
38. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 4852; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Nuh-uh, 5 inch is enough for me!
40. Igneel (unregistered)
Rather than just complaining, why don't we just sign the petition and see how the manufacturers will respond to it? This petition just want OEM to at least provide a high end alternative rather than a mid range device to those who want compact smartphone.
42. poping (unregistered)
i don't want to go back to the jurassic era...
i don't want stress my eyes browsing again..
i don't want to view mobile web pages again either...
i don't want to view 720p/1080p movies in a small screen...
i don't want aluminum body coz it makes big phones look awkward...
i want phablets...
i want big screens with small bezels...
i want 720p minimum resolution...
51. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
I want phones that don't break and have good battery life... Is it really that much of a pain to make a better battery?
43. poping (unregistered)
i'm warning samsung, sony, htc, lg, moto, nokia...
if they ever go back to small screens, less than 5inches, on their high end phones,
then i'll get a gnote 3 and will never ever upgrade again...
45. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 208; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
I wouldn't mind a 6 to 6.5" phone. I wont need to lug my tablet along with the phone.
46. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
gsmarena must be staffed by small people with small hands!
48. sbw44 (Posts: 305; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
I understand what Gsmarena is trying to do, they see the trend that they are just making screens bigger and bigger! By the time you get a galaxy s7 you will have a 6" screen!
4.5" screens is the best size for me!
52. AndroSymbo (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)
Hello, I know many people will hate me but I want to see a 4 inch with HD resolution and jellybean 4.2, currently using galaxy pocket
53. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Signed. Because big phones are stupid, esp those over 5 inches.
54. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)
Finally!!!!...Somebody had to say it. I wanted a high end phone with a 4.3 inch screen!!!!
55. paul48 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
I want a smartphone about 4.3" 720 screen but with top end specs like the GS4 AND the FMradio, image stabiliser on the camera, and a strong shatterproof case
56. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)
Write a petition about physical keyboard or Not screen size,they should stick with an iphone,that's what they're all about apple,even apple has jumped the ship to 4inch,LOL what's next for them?
57. Leo_MC (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Why don't you buy tablets if screen is so important?!
A phone is a device that should be used with one hand.
58. Stuntman (Posts: 669; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
Where is the petition to demand high end Androids come with landscape slider keyboards?