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How big would you like the new iPhone screen to be: Poll results

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How big would you like the new iPhone screen to be: Poll results
A lot of people took part in our poll last week. We asked you: "How big would you like the new iPhone screen to be?", and then we gave you several options to choose from. Of course, we picked the most popular screen sizes available currently, including the current iPhone's 3.5" diagonal, 4", 4.3" and up.

The option that got the most votes (1145) was 4.3 inches, which also happens to be the Samsung Galaxy S II's screen size. The second-biggest group of users (935) are those who would like to see the next iPhone have an even bigger, 4.5" display. However, 845 of you would rather prefer it to come with a 4" screen. Obviously, there are also a lot of people who aren't willing to go any higher than that for one reason or another. Interestingly, though, the option that has the iPhone retain its current screen size has more votes than the one that suggests a screen size of 3.7-inches. We guess that customers who wanted a bigger screen simply went for the more "extreme" options.

The conclusion we can draw from all this is that a lot of people out there would love to see the new iPhone sport a bigger display than 3.5". With numerous rumors and leaked parts all hinting at a bigger screen, this might as well become a reality when Tim Cook comes out on stage to announce the phone later this year (hopefully as early as next month).

Still, we wouldn't hold our hopes too high regarding a 4+" screen. Apple is, after all, targeting the mass consumer, who rarely needs or wants such a big display on their phone. With almost all hardcore smartphone users now siding with Android, the iPhone is now being purchased by a different customer group, which doesn't appreciate it for its numerous apps, games, or fast processor, but mostly for its appearance and seamless user experience. Because of that, it the manufacturer does increase the screen size, we guess it won't exceed 3.7", or maximum 4.0".

It does make some sense for Apple to seek a slightly bigger display size. When the iPhone first launched in 2007, it could do much less than what it can do today, due to the faster hardware and incredible apps that were eventually written for it. With so much stuff to do, it makes sense to try and improve the comfort of using the device by making the screen bigger. However, we doubt they will be willing to make it much bigger than it is right now, because otherwise they'll again compromise the comfort of using the device, due to larger physical dimensions. For Apple, it will all be a matter of finding the right balance between screen size and phone size, and we feel that 4.3" or 4.5" will be somewhat off balance for the company.

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posted on 03 Aug 2012, 07:25 1

1. MeoCao (unregistered)


I know 4.8 is too much ask for Apple, so 4.3 will be more reasonable demand.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 07:28

2. andro. (Posts: 1951; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


i'm guess 4 inch screen,the rest of the outward design will be on par with iphone 4 and iphone 4$ again.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 07:35 15

3. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


I don give a damn.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 07:37 2

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Damn.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 07:39 12

5. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


most people who voted on this poll were android users....

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 07:40 14

6. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


That's why they trolled around with 4.3 knowing it will never happen.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 09:55 4

13. lyndon420 (Posts: 1736; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


That's right. Apple will tell you iZombie's what you want.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 15:47 2

26. Dr.Phil (Posts: 907; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Yes, but perhaps some of those Android users would be iOS users if the iPhone had a bigger screen. Just trying to put a little perspective on the poll that you might not have thought about.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 17:24

27. JGuinan007 (Posts: 633; Member since: 19 May 2011)


IDK if there was a 5.3 Iphone with a stylus I might go with Apple but I don't think that would ever happen

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 07:48

7. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)


4.1 to 4.2 and a half would be just right for an iPhone for me.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 07:54 8

8. amiaq (Posts: 451; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Android is bigger than iOS.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:51

17. monkeytown (Posts: 108; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


in what? lag?

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 21:06 1

29. jacko1977 (Posts: 390; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


ios lags too

dont be a ifanboy all ur life

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 13:26

33. viper1983 (Posts: 31; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


iOS lags in what? Task-killer apps?

posted on 05 Aug 2012, 12:14

36. phynix (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


no, it lags in serval places. when i had my iphone 4 it was really laggy when switchig back from facebook, music, and messaging. I always cleared the apps from the recent apps list like i was told and it didn't do much help. i also had that problem with my 4s.... and a i can't help but correct this article. the sg2 has a 4.52 inch screen. all the phones were bigger than the first evo with sprint which was 4.3. just saying

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 08:33 4

9. Rocksteady (unregistered)


0.0 inches.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 08:50 1

10. mkdk7 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


don't think apple is even considering to increase the screen size over 4.3inch..
4 to 4.3inch at the max would be fine for me

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 08:58 2

11. twens (Posts: 616; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Wherether they increase the size or not I don't care cos am not buying it... Patiently waiting for my note 2

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 21:07

30. jacko1977 (Posts: 390; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


amen brother

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 08:59

12. Bozzor (Posts: 114; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I do wonder how long Apple will only have one iPhone screen size: after all, you can have numerous Apple notebook sizes and desktop screen sizes. Perhaps a 5 or 5.5 inch phablet could be possible, iPhoneMAX? Screen resolution would be an issue, but I can imagine if Apple could find a way to keep as many people as possible happy, then it would likely sell 20+ million units per annum quite quickly...perhaps even double that.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 10:04 1

14. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You asked what we would WANT. Well, because of my age and eyesight, I found that the original Galaxy Note, at 5.29", was just about perfect. I waited, though, and will be buying the Note 2, at 5.5" which should be perfect for me and many people over 45.

THAT is what I would want, and I'm going to get it.

Now, if it only had Samsung's 350dpi screen, . . .

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 10:37 5

15. anthony60415 (Posts: 15; Member since: 03 May 2012)


No matter how big the screen is,It's still the same s**tty IOS from the pathetic company Apple

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:52

18. monkeytown (Posts: 108; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


you´re a sad person

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:48 1

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


4 inches is perfect to me

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:54 3

19. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Was 3.5" perfect when the iPhone 4S came out?

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:58 1

21. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


1. We don't know the new screen size so saying I want 4" is my preference. 3.5" was not perfect on the 4s. I did want a 4" screen. Unfortunately I'd have to switch to android for that size and I'm not willing to use that OS to get a bigger screen.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 12:06

23. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


you should really check out the difference between 4" and 4.3" for me of all the screen size increases this seems to be the most noticeable. If you put the DROID 4 next to the DROID RAZR there is a huge difference, but if you put the DROID RAZR next to the Galaxy Nexus (4.65") it's not as noticeable. That's why imo 4.3" is the best size for a phone screen.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 13:06

24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


4.3 is the size you like not me. I've used phones with all different screen sizes and I like 4".

4.3" is ok but a little bigger than I want. Anything above that is way too big.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 15:44 1

25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5593; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i think the new iPhone will have a 4.0" Display.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:57

20. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I would have to disagree that for the average consumer 4" is probably the best. Look how popular the SGSIII is and that's definitely not a niche device like the physical keyboard phone or the phablet. I think most people want larger screens as long as they don't make the phone too big to fit in their pocket.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 12:01 1

22. MaineMan91 (Posts: 25; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Apple sucks I'm going back to android cause there bigger and better

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 13:28

34. viper1983 (Posts: 31; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


they're*.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 19:16

28. intos (Posts: 86; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


apple dont give a penny about all of you ... they will put a bigger screen just to make your mouth shυt !!! but dont have high expectation for more than 4inch display... 4 maximum !!! this company doesnt care what people want !! that shows me when they launch the 4s...they have Rest assured to their success thanx to the ίsheeps and they move like turtles !!! So its usless to wait from an arrοgant company good surprises!! most impossible bad surprises !!!

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 13:29

35. viper1983 (Posts: 31; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


What?

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 06:15

31. Even4steven (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


A 4 inch phone would be just fine. I have an iPad also, so I want my phone on the smaller side, easy to carry and hold as a phone. Before I had the tablet, I had a much larger phone. I believe the tablet changes the way I use my phone and also my need for a bigger screen.

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 08:38

32. eyad_996 (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)


I'm 100% sure that it will have a 4 inch screen, come on it's Apple.It took them 5 iPhone models to even consider changing the screen size, do you really think they will jump from 3.5 to 4.3+ in the next iPhone !!!

posted on 05 Aug 2012, 21:00

37. BDW2008 (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


to be honest who cares when you can already get a 4.7+ inch phone right now either the htc one x/evo 4g lte or the samsung galaxy s3

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