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Report: 4.7 inches is the most popular phone screen size, and you can guess why

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Report: 4.7 inches is the most popular phone screen size, and you can guess why
If you still doubt Apple's dominance, then a new report by device intelligence provider DeviceAtlas ought to change your mind. While the scope of the write-up spans a number of categories, one in particular caught our eyes: screen sizes (and resolutions) and their respective popularity across the globe.

According to DeviceAtlas, the data comes from web traffic reports that also usually capture information such as operating system, browser, and the aforementioned screen size and screen resolution. The breakdown indicates that while screens larger than 5 inches are gaining traction, 4.7-inchers are still the most popular diagonal. And there's really just one explanation here: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Further corroborating this is the fact that 750 x 1334 resolutions are almost universally the most common — a resolution that only the iPhone 6 and 6s offer. The second most popular screen size is 5 inches, while 1080 x 1920 pixels is the most commonly reported resolution. 

Speaking of pixels, it was interesting to see just how much Quad HD (1440 x 2560) smartphones have grown in popularity. In countries like the United States, Quad HD accounts for just under 10% of the total user base, whilst India leads with adoption rates of about 12% from what our eyes tell us. Surprisingly given the previous, the US, not India, is actually leading in terms of phablet penetration (5.5 inches and above).

Here's a more detailed breakdown:


source: DeviceAtlas

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posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:18 19

1. TheYellowFlash (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


Well my G2 remains to be the best screen-to-body ratio in a 1920x1080 resolution

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:35 8

8. fatexo (Posts: 213; Member since: 21 May 2010)


Exactly.. Its hard to replace my G2.. its as tall as the iPhone 6/6s and only 3mm wider but still packs a bigger screen

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 12:42

34. neela_akaash (Posts: 1095; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


my Redmi 2 Prime is 4.7 inches and it's the best form factor i have seen these days. iPhone 6/6s is also 4.7 inches but it's way too big phone for a 4.7 inch screen.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 03:38 2

74. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i bet the next 5 inch iphone size will be perfect says all apple users year after year they get bigger and year after year they realize jobs and the rest dont know what they are talking about

posted on 21 Nov 2015, 01:20

76. neela_akaash (Posts: 1095; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


100% agreed....

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:41 9

9. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


4.7 measly inches!! C'mon Apple, stop your trying to save every penny in the processing of manufacturing iPhones in order to brag about record-breaking profits each year...
Apple is ruinning the smartphone industry with it's dominance; great R&D innovators like Samsung isn't getting any credit of it's rich catalogue of innovations in it's flagship. But the greedy Fruit company, stuffing outdated resolutions and sub 2000mAh batteries, 2 "innovatjive" Gigabytes of RAM but yet selling monstrously, - it's killing the success of bleeding-edge innovators with latest tech in thier phones. (And yes, i'm an Apple hater).
*Sigh*

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:48 2

12. Unordinary (Posts: 1011; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


I mean the 6S and 6S Plus have better / same battery as the S6 and Note 5..... on paper. Real life SoT, Apple wins. And I dont know this based on experience, but based on thousands of comments on the web (yes, other sites with unbias users exist) of people report (with proof) of lower SoT results than reports (and proof) of higher SoT with iPhones.

/Shrug. I will be getting an S7, so time will tell. And yes, Samsungs phones have great battery, we all know this. But lets be real, those so called "sub 2k" batteries are topping battery life. [Keep in mind, no where did I say they are the best. Just pointing out that you paper-stat circle-jerkers need to relax lol]

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:10 6

19. uzimafioso (Posts: 191; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


iPhone 6s Plus doesn't really have good SoT. Idk where this myth comes from but i have actually tested iPhone 6s Plus vs Note5 over the weekend. The iPhone would be at 5% after about 4.5 hours at full brightness while watching videos and web browsing over wifi. Note5 lasted 5.5 hours before getting at 5%. Maybe it was the AMOLED (but still 2k has to push more pixels) or maybe it was just a larger battery idk. I had a Droid Maxx and it used to go about 6.5-7 hrs at full brightness and I dont think any other phone still beats that (maybe the Maxx 2).

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:28 1

24. Finalflash (Posts: 2725; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


The Z5c definitely matches 7 hours screen on time streaming HD videos especially after the most recent update. Can't wait for marshmallow.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:33 3

27. Ninetysix (Posts: 2316; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Should we believe you or gsmarena/phonearena?

http://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3
iPhone 6S Plus and Note 5 both got an endurance of 85H

http://tinyurl.com/q2wu6zn
Both got the same 9h 11m result

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 17:25 3

57. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Hey Ninetysix! So you wanna compare battery life of a 1080p vs a 1440p phone?
*meh*

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 20:05

66. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


but Note 5 have higher capacity battery with 4 weak cores, that helps a lot in battery endurance.
would love to see both of them compared for full non-stop gaming.
but then Note 5 would far more throttled down.
it's hard if you really want to compare it to details.
and little knows that due to retina scaling, 6+ actually rendering a 1242x2280 resolution.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 19:34 1

63. uzimafioso (Posts: 191; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


GSMA does all tests at 50% brightness (that the manufacturer has calibrated) and adds standby times (which iOS is the champ of). PA runs all battery life tests at 200nits. I used them continuously (movie marathon) at full brightness. So if you really need to believe anyone, buy or borrow both the phones and see for yourself.
BTW Note5 does lag and stutter (majorly when you scroll contacts or texts etc if you have a lot) and the iPhone doesn't (except when going to the task switcher at iOS 9.1). I'm not a fanboy for either company and I personally don't care. I have used almost all major OEM brands: Nokia, Apple, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Blackberry, Huawei, Sony and HTC. The best skin would be Sense. The best experience would be Motorola. Apple is good, it actually is but the way its locked down (i cant even see the songs I have 'liked' on the music player) clashes with me. Samsung I don't recommend to anyone unless he wants the best camera (yes it has the best camera) since Microsoft decided to eff Nokia's legacy. Somehow a year after purchase Samsung phones start to become glitchy. Sony is actually good but it's audio doesn't inspire me. As for LG, they photocopied Samsung to the last icon and the experience is very similar. Apple I'd recommend to anyone who has never owned anything but an iPhone or to those who have no idea how to operate smartphones.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 17:40

61. snowgator (Posts: 3554; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Consumers are voting with their pocketbooks, and no matter if it makes sense or not the only thing consumers care about is the performance of their device. The "innovation" seems to come regardless.

Let us not forget it was the Note series and the push to 5" Hero devices screen sizes on Android that forced Apple to increase their devices from 3.7" just 2 and a half years ago to the 4.7" and 5.5" they are now.

But Apple is a monster, and people are very loyal to them. That is the real innovator- customer loyalty. Only Samsung and Apple have it. May be time to ask why if you are a CEO of any other OEM.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 02:38

71. mixedfish (Posts: 1144; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


If innovation is a smoke screen of marketing and gimmicks, I want no part in this area of 'tech'.

No the real answer of why Apple dominates any Android OEM is because one thing: women. No review/comment is going to sway that market with resolution talk, specs, and 'value, women simply buy because it's 'fashionable' and fashion doesn't belong in tech, fashion keeps it disposable.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:17

20. UglyFrank (Posts: 1547; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Sharp called......

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 17:29

60. zeeBomb (Posts: 1733; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


76.2%...godly for a phone that size.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 03:37

73. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


well no one asked me so its like 20 people from each country i hate these graphs they dont show any real info

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:22 11

2. zeeBomb (Posts: 1733; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Hell yeah. I remember the days where 4.7 inches was the standard. Now, its goddam 5.5.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:27 2

4. nctx77 (Posts: 1646; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


5.5 inch phones are not the standard. That's just the popular size for someone who wants a phablet size device. 4.7-5 inches is what the majority of the population has.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 12:39 3

33. techandbeers (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


He means standard for high spec flagship phones.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 14:22

46. Macready (Posts: 811; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


The article makes us believe that the majority does have a smaller 4.7 inch sized screen, when the actual statistics tell us that the 5 inch and larger group is almost the same size, which leaves that 17.1% "other" group to be the deciding factor. And since we don't know what's in there, it's basically hard to say whether that smaller size or the larger size is more popular.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:20 1

21. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1940; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


IKR 4.7-5.2 Is My Ideal Screen Size But It Seems That Only 5.5in And Above Get The Absolute Best Specs These Days Smh. When 5.5in Phones Get 80+ Screen To Body Ratio Then I'll Be Happy About It.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 16:02

54. epdm2be (Posts: 453; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Probably because in our western world we can buy both a tablet and a smartphone hence we prefer a smaller "phone". I guess that in other continents people who can only buy one device decide for a big phone instead of 2 devices.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 16:39

56. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1940; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


That's Stupid No Matter Where You Like You Can Get Both Smartphone And Tablet. I Only Own One Device And I Live In The US So Don't Say Stupid s**t Like That To Me.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:24 1

3. Commentator (Posts: 3655; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Love the size, hate the resolution.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:30

7. legiloca (Posts: 1097; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


and charges you equivalent to having an arm and a limb removed.. nope!

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:49

13. Unordinary (Posts: 1011; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Loving my screen =) No need to shade my phone at the beach also like I had to with my prior smartphone.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:23

22. Finalflash (Posts: 2725; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Never had to shade a screen for years now, didn't know that was a thing.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:28 7

5. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7906; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Yes because of Samsung's Galaxy S III, that's why. They sold over 50M+ in its very first year and the Galaxy S has sold 50M+ every single year since.

Has nothing to do with Apple.

The only reason its popular with the iPhone now, is because the 5.5" is humongous vs other OEM's who have similar sized devices.

The iPhone 6S Plus and the Google Nexus 6P are both ginormous ugly phones. They don't look prim and proper like the Galaxy Note 4/5.

It was Samsung who got everyone to make bigger phones, last time I checked. So how about we give them credit and not Apple, who claimed; no one would buy those "hummer" phones.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:56 2

16. Landon (Posts: 374; Member since: 07 May 2015)


The Note 5 has a pretty good 75.9% screen-to-body ratio. Not many phones can beat that. And even if they do, those phones have on-screen navigation buttons which take away from the overall viewing area.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Heres-why-on-screen-navigation-buttons-on-Android-are-bad-for-you_id67350

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 13:19 16

37. techandbeers (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


Techie is honestly the most uninformed, clueless fool on here.

Let's me get this straight. He honestly thinks Samsung Galaxy S3 accounts for most of the 4.7" devices because it sold 50mln during an entire year? And a bunch of people upvoted his BS? This shows how biased phonearena is toward android.

Time to make him look stupid, yet again.

1. The GS3 was a 4.8 inch device. And even if it were considered in this class, it has a different resolution than the iPhone 6, which specifically is stated in the article: "750x1334 were almost universally the most common."

2. iPhone sales in Q1 Q2 and Q3 were 74.5mln, 61mln, and 47.5mln respectively. So even if you net out iPhone 6 plus sales, assuming the 7 to 1 sales ratio, in Q1 alone, iPhone 6 sold sold 64mln units, compared to "50+ million GS3 IN THE FIRST YEAR". In 3 months, the iPhone 6 obliterated GS3 year end sales numbers.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/21/apple-hardware-sales-q3-2015/

http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/news/2015/07/iphone_6_outsold_iphone_6_plus_by_seven_to_one_figures_reveal/

3. I don't care if you even respond. You are just getting called out on your stupidity and biased Android love coupled with Apple hate.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 13:24 1

39. techandbeers (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


Edit *let

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 13:33 1

40. 14545 (Posts: 1447; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Woah there sparky.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S_III

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/10/16/samsung-galaxy-vs-iphone-which-product-line-has-so.aspx

That being said, the 4.7 inch screen is literally the only thing I envy Apple over recently. I just bough the MXPE, and really like it. I just wish it was the size of the original MX. But you are definitely wrong about the S3 numbers and given your need to come and whine about it shows you aren't all that solidly sure on your choice.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 13:48 6

42. techandbeers (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


I have not a clue what you are trying to communicate with the wiki URL, and a link to a completely irrelevant article, sparky.

Please explain?

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 13:51 2

43. 14545 (Posts: 1447; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


That the 50 mill you quoted, and techie articulated, is wrong. It was closer to 80 mill. Read the links. Also, the galaxy line wasn't their largest base. Now, this is/was a 4.8 inch phone, not a 4.7. But the numbers you ran with were wrong. Yet you went on vomiting at the keyboard. Kudos to you..... It's just about android here.

Additionally, You are comparing a newer phone (iP6) to an older phone. So please just be quiet and let the adults talk.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 14:06 10

44. techandbeers (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


1. GS3 sold 50+ million units for the year. Techie is right. Source:

http://www.androidauthority.com/galaxy-s4-demand-galaxy-s3-sales-197892/

2. The GS3 is a 4.8" device and the iPhone is a 4.7" device. Source: refer to wiki link YOU posted

3. TECHIE specifically compared the GS3 with the iPhone, claiming it is the true reason why so many 4.7" phones exist, when the phone isn't even 4.7"...... I was just going off what he said.

4. Notice, I never said Samsung didn't have more overall smartphone shipments. However, if you take a minute and actually read techies comment, he specifically states gs3.

So now, YOU be quiet and let the adults talk. Lol you should feel incredibly stupid about now.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 17:27 7

59. miket1737 (Posts: 2350; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


honestly at this point i truly believe it is his alt accounts that thumb him up himself because i dont see any normal logical person doing that lol

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:32 2

26. kudus (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


yeah you're totally right! "It was Samsung who got everyone to make bigger phones"
Apple 2011 :
Who needs a bigger screen like Samsung Galaxy Note 1 that can't fit in one hand & put in your pocket? Anyone?

Apple 2014 :
*introducing the "all new so called innovation" iPhone 6 Plus

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:29

6. isprobi (Posts: 609; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I just switched from a Google Nexus 6 to a Sony Z5 Premium. I really notice the smaller 5.5 inch screen size of the Sony. That said the Z5 Premium is a better phone than the Nexus 6 in pretty much every way at least for my needs.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:47

10. plasteek (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Jun 2015)


From LG h440 to V10 LMAO this is HUGE !!

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:47 1

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


5.5 or larger for the Jed.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 14:15 11

45. techandbeers (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


I hope you're referring to phones.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 14:36 3

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'm married to a woman, and don't do the gay thing. Take that stupid crap elsewhere. Talk to me about tech.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 14:44 10

50. techandbeers (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


It was a joke. Didn't realize you were overly sensitive.

Also lol not taking orders from someone who refers to himself in third person.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 14:59 1

51. darkkjedii (Posts: 19470; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Don't joke with me that way. End of discussion.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 15:16 10

52. techandbeers (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


I'll joke with you however the hell I want to. End of discussion.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 19:43

64. redbaronk12 (Posts: 82; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


Same here. I went from the 6 inch N6 to the 5.7 inch N6P and I miss the larger screen. This is still a sweet phone though. I don't regret it enough to switch back.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:53 2

14. byazatt (Posts: 266; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


My next phone has to be at least 5.7 inches. Once you get a big screen there's no turning back.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:25 2

23. Finalflash (Posts: 2725; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea there is, went from a 5.0 N5 to 5.2 S5 to a 4.6 Z5c and definitely prefer the smaller footprint.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:36 1

28. Awalker (Posts: 1367; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


That only applies to some people. I went from the Nexus 6 to the Nexus 5X and I prefer the size of the 5X.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:44 1

29. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1559; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


You bet there is. I went from my Lumia 1520's 6" monster to 3.5" on the BB Classic. Right now I'm on a 3.6" Pre3 and have no intention of changing anytime soon.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 10:53 3

15. palmguy (Posts: 492; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


My OG 2013 Moto X is 4.7 inches. Gonna rock it til the bamboo back comes off.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:07

17. ryq24 (Posts: 681; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I really think it depend on where you are. In Asia big screen is the rage. Maybe in North America they still prefer 4.7" screen but I think that will change soon that's why Apple came out with the iPhone 6s.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 16:07

55. epdm2be (Posts: 453; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Because in Asia many people only buy one (1) device while in Europe and US many people can afford to buy a tablet next to their smartphone.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:09 2

18. JesseJames (Posts: 103; Member since: 22 Feb 2015)


Most common isn't the same as the most popular......just saying.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 12:01

31. gs200 (Posts: 20; Member since: 09 Jun 2015)


Just saw your post. Exactly.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 03:27

72. Chris.P (Posts: 520; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Care to elaborate? Specifically in the context of this article?

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 11:31 3

25. Awalker (Posts: 1367; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


A 5" screen with1080 x 1920 resolution is all I need. I just want it to come with high end specs and stock Android.

posted on 19 Nov 2015, 12:00 1

30. gs200 (Posts: 20; Member since: 09 Jun 2015)


Most popular or most common? Not sure they are the same.

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