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Poll: How big is big enough?

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Poll: How big is big enough?
Back in the summer of 2011, we ran a poll that sought to gauge our reader's attitudes towards display sizes, as it's perhaps the most essential criterion by which we all shop for devices. Back then, the majority (40.54%) preferred a screen between 4'' and 4.29'', while 31.51% were most comfortable with 3.5'' to 3.99''. Only 3.09% of respondent felt that a screen under 3.5'' is ideal. And the remaining 24.85%? They were the phablet lovers of 2011, with insatiable hunger for more and more screen real estate. To them, 4.3'' was the bare minimum.

How do these numbers sound in today's context, however? A quick glance at just today's news feed would have horrified nearly 75% of our readers in 2011. 5'' flagships are now standard, far beyond the wildest dreams of even the 'phablet' appreciators of old, and an actual 2014 phablet is mostly expected to be at least 5.3''. They don't even make devices under 4'' anymore, at least for the most part. Our needs and perceptions, then, must have necessarily changed, too, right? But by how much? Let's find out by voting below.

Note: For the purpose of this poll, please consider phablets a smartphone, too.

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(January 2014) What is the perfect smartphone display size for you?
3.99'' and under 1.19% (49 votes) (49 votes)
4'' to 4.49'' 15.53% (640 votes) (640 votes)
4.5'' to 4.99'' 37.55% (1547 votes) (1547 votes)
5'' to 5.49'' 27.77% (1144 votes) (1144 votes)
5.5'' to 5.99'' 12.4% (511 votes) (511 votes)
6'' and above 5.56% (229 votes) (229 votes)

4120 votes

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posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:30 24

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


5" to 5.5" is the perfect smartphone size for me, I can still accept 5.7" because of the Note 3.
Btw, the person who choose 6" and above must be a King Kong.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:37 1

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


*perfect smartphone display size

LOL, PA suddenly add the word "display" after I posted this comment (comment #1)

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:38

6. MC_A_DOT (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I didn't read your post before I posted lol

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 07:13 3

20. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


IMO 4.7'' to 5.0'' is a very perfect for anybody, not too small and not too big.

So I voted 4.5'' to 4.99''.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:09 2

54. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


5 inch on my ZL , perfect . But now I feel small after using the note 3.

My perfect would be 5-5.5 inch while 6 inch phone is still acceptable . For table I love my nexus 7 although I do wish it to be bigger

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:17 2

57. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I'm at 4.8" - 5.2" so I'm torn about what to vote for. 5.5" is too big but 4.5" is way to small.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:32 5

59. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


i guess 4.3'' to 4.8'' is perfect smartphones.
under 4.3'' to 3.0'' is mini smartphone, and over 4.8'' to 5.5'' is bigger smartphone
and over 5.5'' to 6.5'' is phablet.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:43

61. rossumentum (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


even apple is giving in to larger screen sizes haha. iphone 6 expected to be around 5 inches.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:47 2

62. rossumentum (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


almost 4 times as many people prefer a phone over 6 inches than prefer one the current size of the iphone 5, 4s, 4 etc! reason why apple stock falls from 700 to 390. It isn't that hard to see people.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:13 2

69. buccob (Posts: 2633; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


For me it depends if it has on-screen buttons, in that case 4.7-4.9" is ok in a small frame. But with separate capacitive buttons 4.3-4.6" is perfect. Anyway the Z1 C will have to do for me...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:04 2

74. the_s2 (Posts: 239; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Big is better, is what I think. I prefer 6"+ phones. happy owner of an Xperia Z Ultra,I don't have big hands and I'm no king kong. I think I can live with a phone under 7" as long as its pocketable. Well, it is just MY opinion. I do get weird stares at me when I'm out in the public, and talking on a 6,4" phone. Maybe 5-5.5" is the perfect display size, keeping the phone size close to that of an LG G2. (Speaking of ZU, Sony can make the sequel to it with a 6,6" screen size keeping the current design and size as the bezels are generous enough.)

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:04 3

75. jcdz89 (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


Yeah agreed, 5 inch just perfect with slim bezels. But using note 3 for month, now 5 incher looks like a toy. Its hard to ignore bigger screen..

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 11:12 1

78. greyhulk (Posts: 160; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


And the handful of people who said that 3.99" and under was perfect, must suffer from dwarfism or be children.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:35 19

2. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


4'' & under - Much small

4.3'' SUCH PERFECT WOW

4.7'' just acceptable

Over 4.7'' VERY OVERSIZED

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:07 3

51. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


So Z1 compact for you!

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:08

52. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


wow :3

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 11:13 2

79. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1733; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Could you f**king not? Doge Shibe is so 6 months ago, it's never even funny.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:37 12

4. MC_A_DOT (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I think the Note 3 is perfectly sized....but I have King Kong hands

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 07:34 2

33. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Is that the only thing you have Mr Kong?

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 13:53 3

84. jamesedward318 (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)


I don't know if this creepy or borderline inapporpiate...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:38 4

5. flipjzn (Posts: 257; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


4.5" to 5" with thin bezel, for effective one hand typing.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:15

70. buccob (Posts: 2633; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Agree Xperia ZL. Galaxy S4

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:39 2

7. rossumentum (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I like how everyone used to make fun of 5 to 5.3 inch screens and now that is the desired size. These people cant see the future and that is why they will continue to do poor in the stock market.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 07:25 1

29. Jobayer (Posts: 167; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


In my opinion they where to be made make fun of until S4 and G2 .

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 07:54 1

41. rossumentum (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


i'd say when the note 2 came out it was no laughing matter

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:41 4

8. haney.alsaaidy (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


6"+ for me

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 17:23

91. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Actually, 6.3" is my limit, but still 6"+ for me too

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:42

9. rossumentum (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Desire has grown a full inch in 3 years.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 06:43 7

10. aranauser (Posts: 58; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


feeling bad for iphone users.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 07:46 2

36. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


why should you feel bad if they are happy with the screen size?...even if they are not, apple is making bigger phones this year.
...i like my nexus 5, but that doesn't make me feel that people with bigger or smaller phones and phones with the other operating systems are unlucky.

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