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OpenSignal: Size matters

0. phoneArena 26 Mar 2013, 17:20 posted on

A report from OpenSignal shows that for each square inch on the screen of a smartphone, an extra 75MB of data is loaded through a cellular connection and 288MB of data is sent via Wi-Fi; the information comes from Open Signal's Android app and is the result of 9,962 different Android devices being surveyed and only those who used both Wi-Fi and cellular in the same day were part of the results...

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posted on 26 Mar 2013, 17:26 10

1. ckoch125 (Posts: 187; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Well it kind of makes sense. The larger screen makes it easier and more enjoyable to browse the web, etc.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 17:42 9

2. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Yea no-brainer. Better game, netflix, hulu, web experience will suck up more data usage.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 17:51 4

3. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


Haha, I thought the exact same thing.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 18:25 2

4. ghostkilla1388 (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


When i had my Droid X2 i used about 1.5 gb avg a month, now i have a Galaxy Note 2 and use more than 3 a month. So yeah its true lol.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 23:50 2

7. MAXXtreme007 (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Probably most likely the LTE. You had a Droid X2 so you're on Verizon, and there is a ton of difference between 3G and LTE. I switched from 3G to LTE and noticed a substantial difference as well—it's easier to use up more data because of how much less time you sit waiting for the page to load.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:38

9. McLTE (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Probalby most likely he really enjoyes the screen and he's just using it MORE.

Going from a 4.3" phone to a 5.5" makes it much more usuable for just about everything.. regardless of the data speeds. Yes LTE makes a difference, but not nearly as much as having the big screen.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 20:17 3

5. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"The larger the screen, the larger the amount of data that is consumed each month."

Some of us already knew this. Bigger screens means more of the browser is on screen. Thats more data on the screen vs a smaller screen. I can probably see more ads on a bigger screen vs a smaller one.

And watching Netflix on a bigger screen phone is just better. I rarely used it on my Droid 1 when I had to switch back to it.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 20:48

6. estreito (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 May 2012)


I think "big" screen users are also "geekier" to start with, so the study may be a little compromised, although i believe it has a degree of truth.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 07:51

8. Leo_MC (Posts: 479; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


10" 1024x768 consumes more data than 5" 1080p?
I don't think so.

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