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Poll results: Is screen-to-body ratio important for you when choosing a phone?

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Poll results: Is screen-to-body ratio important for you when choosing a phone?
Phones are getting huge and heavy, leaving an impact not just in our wallets, but also in our pant or shirt pockets and purses, with some phablets straight-out uncomfortable to sit with, or even carry around due to their sheer length and width dimensions. Some phone makers, however, have taken notice, and tried to trim the side bezels as much as possible, fitting 5.5" displays in bodies suitable for 5.2" phones, or 5-inchers in a 4.7"-style chassis, for instance.

The undisputed king here is Sharp, whose EDGEST design gets rid of the top bezel almost completely, with the 5.4" Sharp SH-04F reaching the whopping 81% screen-to-body ratio, meaning that the phone is almost as big as a regular 5-incher. Some other major manufacturers, like LG with the G3, or not so major ones, like IUNI with the U3, are also trying to trim their flagships from all sides with great success. That is why we asked you last week about the level of importance you place on the screen-to-body ratio when choosing a phone.

Somewhat surprisingly, almost half of our 3303 respondents list screen-to-body ratio as one of the main criteria when they are choosing a phone nowadays. This means it's up there with specs and price-to-value for these folks, and manufacturers should definitely take notice before they slap huge top and bottom or side bezels on a device, and call it a day. For another 43%, the screen surface ratio is somewhat important, too, which leaves just under 10% of our respondents saying they don't pay too much attention to this particular design solution. Pretty telling opinions indeed.

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Is screen-to-body ratio important for you when choosing a phone?
No, not really 9.05% (299 votes) (299 votes)
It's somewhat important 42.99% (1420 votes) (1420 votes)
That's one of the main criteria for me 47.96% (1584 votes) (1584 votes)

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posted on 15 Dec 2014, 03:52 4

1. AlikMalix (unregistered)


I like iPhones, but yes, it's in top 5 priorities... iPhone 6/6+ designers should have considered that one...

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 04:04 4

3. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


True. One of reasons I didnt buy iP6, after all those years using iphones. I dont want 4,7 screen in 5-5,2 body...

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 04:41 1

5. KParks23 (Posts: 675; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


To me it depends on the phone screen size i think we would all take the biggest screen in the smallest package that would be great, but its more important on a note 4 than say a z3 compact..

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 06:11 1

9. Finalflash (Posts: 3433; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No one has really got the combination just right though. Sharp has tried and I liked the idea but someone just needs to make a phone with JUST screen on the front. No front camera and the speakers on the top and bottom (or maybe with minor bezels). I would buy that in an instant.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 08:33 1

10. buccob (Posts: 2635; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


If Sony makes a ZR like phone, with todays specs it would be the perfect design...

ZR is almost ike the Aquos but top and bottom bezels are symmetrical.

So a new one with stereo front facing speakers, thinner, and better internals would make a lot of sense.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 09:42

13. buccob (Posts: 2635; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


*ZL ZL ZL ZL

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 04:00

2. TheHossein (Posts: 93; Member since: 27 Sep 2014)


I Hate Phones With Large Edges "But" Not All . I Love M8 , You Know... Except For Its Camera !

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 04:38

4. geusan (Posts: 137; Member since: 19 Oct 2014)


no lag is more important.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 06:10 1

8. Finalflash (Posts: 3433; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Don't you mean more "wool"...

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 04:42

6. deanylev (Posts: 221; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


70ish% and up and I really don't care

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 04:44

7. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I think a followup question/pool is needed, specifically on about shape of the bevel and screen to body ration and such actually is, I mean no one wants a phone with a too thick bevel so you are looking at it more then the screen.

However that said, some prefer more or less, I'd like to think I prefer medium, if it is too small fingers can begin to accidentally touch when simply holding the phone if you got large hands like I have.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 10:20

11. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Of those three choices, I can see these results. Now, if PA puts screen ratio in a poll with battery life, camera performance, app selection, size options, and a few other choices and asks what is important, I would be shocked if it is a top concern.

posted on 15 Dec 2014, 14:17

12. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


It's more about overall size-in-hand than it is about Screen Body Ratio. Anything over 70mm wide is uncomfortable to use one-handed imo.

Shrinking the bezels is one way to hit this target, but so is just having a smaller screen.

Less bezels also makes the device MUCH more fragile to side impacts.

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