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Here's how screen size preferences have changed through the years (infographic)

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Here's how screen size preferences have changed through the years (infographic)
It's interesting how our perception changes with time. For a moment, it may seem like smartphones are getting simply too big to be handled comfortably, but fast-forward a couple of years, and we find ourselves willingly dealing with even bigger handsets... It's an astonishing trend that has been amazing us here at PhoneArena for a few years now. Besides enjoying this screen size evolution thing as viewers, though, we thought it might also be fun to visualize it in the form of a cheery infographic. And guess where the data came from - you! We reminisced about what you've been telling us when it comes to your display size preferences (thankfully, it so happens that we've asked you more than once), had a good laugh at what we've considered "huge" a few years back, and, ultimately, gave the data some colorful flavor.

Enjoy our infographic, and let us know if nostalgia is already hitting you like a train!


Here's how screen size preferences have changed through the years (infographic)

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posted on 24 Jul 2015, 17:27 41

1. Wolf_Blitza (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 May 2014)


I remember when people called the 4.3" Galaxy S2 way too big and that the iPhone was perfect at 3.5"... the same people have the 6 Plus now.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 18:45 18

12. Commentator (Posts: 3721; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well, people were smaller in the past. It's scientific fact!

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 18:48 13

13. UglyFrank (Posts: 1877; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


That is what annoyed me, people with iPhones made fun of large phone and they even made videos comparing Samsung's to tablets but now the same people have the 6 Plus even girls with small hands have the 6Plus and they struggle to hold it.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 18:53

15. My1cent (Posts: 370; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


One big reason for the larger screen size is the differrece between Latin alphabet(Roman alphabet) and Asian alphabets( Chinese, Japanese, Korean).

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 19:22 12

18. fyahking (Posts: 963; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


Yeah, and the sheep said the iphone was perfect at 3.5in. Look at them now with 4.7 and 5.5 in iphones. It's funny how these sheep are so brainless. They even said full HD screen was too much.lol

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 19:43 1

20. nctx77 (Posts: 2329; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


And the other sheep said plastic was best and SD card slots/removable batteries were deal breakers. Fast forward to 2015.........

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 19:48 1

21. nctx77 (Posts: 2329; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Honestly, those 3.5 inch phones were a beast when it came to one handed use. I still have my old 3.5 incher. The 4 inch is nice as well, but you can't one hand it as easy. Basically, Steve Jobs nailed it when he said 3.5 was the optimum size. It just that now, people are more willing to give up comfort for real estate.and viewing pleasure.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 20:31 2

22. TBomb (Posts: 821; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


lol that was a good one

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 21:16 2

23. devonblue4u (Posts: 68; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)


And you've only been around for less then 2 years.....Flashback to 2013.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 21:27

26. Mobilephile (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


No its just that no, we use our devices much differently than 8 years ago. Times have changed and so has form factors and the evolution of technology.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 22:05 5

29. sgodsell (Posts: 4518; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The thing is even though Apple increased the screen size. The iPhone 6 still has a mid to low range resolution for its physical screen size.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 22:46 1

31. talon95 (Posts: 703; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I just tried typing and reading web pages on that 4" screen last week and it was hideous. Yes, 3.5" is perfect, for a flip phone.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 23:05 7

34. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


One hand operation was a gimmick used by Steve Jobs to justify Apple staying in their comfort zone of 3.5" while the rest of the world moved on.

Lost track of how many times I saw people texting with two hands on iPhones with 3.5" screens.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 23:53

37. Swordylove (Posts: 208; Member since: 27 Jun 2015)


It's not a gimmick, it's an ideal.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 01:04 5

39. Cyan3boN (Posts: 446; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Their brains are..

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 05:07 9

41. willzzz (Posts: 36; Member since: 27 May 2015)


And the 6 Plus is huge even compared to other phones with the same screen size.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 05:28 2

44. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1259; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Really...I really likes iPhone when it was introduced, but the damn screen was too small. I could barely see contacts, or anything else. HTC 4.3" evo made me leave Windows phone Mogul after many years of waiting for MS to get things right. Here I sit on Android with a Nexus 6.

My only complaint with Nexus phones is the inconsistent builds. The Nexus 6 dual speakers and screen size make it a perfect phone for "ME".
Google should keep dual speakers and make sure the next iteration has a screen at least as good as my Nexus 5. I like the Note series but the software upgrades is lacking.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 07:21 2

48. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Yes. And the stupid one handed use argument when nearly, if not all people who use iPhones with 3.5" screens use both hands when texting and/or typing. Lol.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 17:41

2. walid (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Oct 2014)


I remember when i thought the galaxy S3 was too big, now i got a lumia 1520

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 17:58 3

3. bradley8795 (Posts: 61; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Why the hell is the ad on the mobile page larger than the infographic??? I can see at least 15 ads, but I can't even view the infographic. What the hell is up with that?

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 18:12 2

8. Ray.S (Posts: 373; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Sorry about that. We fixed it so it can be viewed on the mobile site.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 19:02 1

16. bradley8795 (Posts: 61; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Thank you. I know you guys gotta make money, but the ads have been doing this a lot lately and I finally decided to say something. Thanks for fixing it! ;)

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 18:00 4

4. theguy2345 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


I still think 4.3 inches is the perfect size. I went back to an old phone recently, and it was so much easier to use with one hand. It also wasn't too small that it was hard to read on it.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 18:52 2

14. UglyFrank (Posts: 1877; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Whereas I used a 5S the other day and struggled to type a text

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 19:25

19. fyahking (Posts: 963; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


Shut up! You bought cause Apple told you it was the perfect size and 640p screen was the best.:)

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 21:26 1

25. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


He just said 4.3" is the perfect size for him and went back to an old phone. No iPhones were mentioned, what are you talking about?

People don't need Apple to tell them that sub 5" is the way to go. It's all about how they use their phones. Now, go shut up and troll somewhere else.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 23:47

36. Swordylove (Posts: 208; Member since: 27 Jun 2015)


*High five!*

Me too! 4.3" if with on-screen buttons. But 4.0" if using capacitive/physical buttons.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 18:08 1

5. Ruturaj (Posts: 1482; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


I had phone with 5 inch screen in 2012.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 18:09 3

6. kcombs (Posts: 275; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


I remember when I had my original 5.2in Galaxy Note and it was too big, fast forward a few years now my 5.2in nexus 5 is too small. lol

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 21:31 2

28. devonblue4u (Posts: 68; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)


My GNote was big, thick, heavy and had fat bezels. Who cares, back then it was a flat screen home theater in your pocket! Went to a S4, FHD at 5". My pockets breathed a sigh of relief after the Note! Currently using LG's G3. At 5.5", QHD and a smidgen bigger than the S4 - the best of both worlds!

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