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Smartphones with big screens are stupid, says Nokia

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Smartphones with big screens are stupid, says Nokia
Is it just us, or is every tech giant out to bash its competitors? First we had Olympus claiming that the Nokia 808 PureView and its 41-megapixel camera are “utter nonsense”, after which Sony made quad-core smartphones look like pointless battery hogs, and now, we have Nokia saying that phones with big screens are just stupid.

Yes, “stupid” was the exact word that Nokia's Niklas Savander used during an interview with Pocket-Lint. He also described the phenomenon of consumers wanting bigger and bigger displays as “monster truck syndrome”, which is a desire that doesn't make sense at all, as people would one day realize. Furthermore, Savander pointed out that instead of just making screens bigger and bigger, companies should focus on creating new technologies.

Now, we know that many of you say that having a smartphone with a humongous display, be it for watching photos, videos, or playing games, is simply awesome. And that is indeed true, but other than that, the extra large size of the device takes a huge toll on the device's portability and make it more or less unusable with a single hand.

Currently, the Nokia Lumia 900 has the biggest display on any Nokia smartphone measuring at 4.3 inches in diagonal. In comparison, other companies are pushing the boundaries much further with screens of 4.7 inches and above. 

At the end of the day, we cannot agree that having a smartphone with a big display is stupid. Rather, it is a matter of personal preference. Some people prioritize the rich multimedia experience that a huge screen can deliver, while others prefer smartphones that fit perfectly in smaller palms. What do you, guys, think? What is your preferred display size?

source: Pocket-Lint

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posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:15 26

1. andro. (Posts: 1998; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Well judging my nokias status and sales in the smartphone recently i dont think anyone should take their comment seriously.

Android for instance has a wide range of phone screen sizes to suit all tastes from 2.5 inch right up to 5.3 inch. My Nokia has a gripe about this is puzzling

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:55 13

22. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

yes, nokia is taking the same style from microsoft, the babyhurtstyle :-)

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 12:35 8

58. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

they also thought that touch phones were a fad..... they lost that jump too.... dorks

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:16 13

2. redmd (Posts: 1269; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Lol Nokia is doing an Olympus.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:18 11

3. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Smartphones with bigger screens will reduce eyes strain compare to smartphones with smaller screen, but my preferred size would be around 4"- 4"5.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:29 9

9. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Im all for bigger screens as the bezel shrinks. Right now i completely agree with 4-4.5 inch screens as my "sweet spot". But that is mostly due to the bezel size around them. As bezels shrink and go away, we can get even more screen in the same size device, which will be great.

Its not monster truck syndrome, its ease of use. I dont like putting my phone to my face and squinting my eyes to read a web page or document. Nokia is just shooting sour grapes.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:35 2

15. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Well, this too, keep the same ol' dimensions and reduce the bezel would work too.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 12:32 4

57. gevvyd (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)

especially texting on a 3.2 inch C6-01 screen....A pain in the f**king ass!!!! my worst buy in my entire life!!!

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 09:04

85. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

I'm for higher quality and definition than size. I wouldn't go more than about 4.3 to 4.5

Higher screen resolution will also reduce eye strain [like HD TVs reduce eye strain and can be viewed at closer ranges].

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:18 3

4. DrewMonroe (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

nokia implies that other companies should incorporate the lenses of SLRs in a cellphone. sadly it doesn't realize that others manage to put the whole cinema and theatre in their devices literally =p

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:19 14

5. ryq24 (Posts: 725; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

phone with 5" or more screen should be called a tab and not a phone.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:57 3

23. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

is it really important? only the everyone's need it important

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 01:14

78. Deicide (Posts: 82; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)

Soon 5in will be the norm. Look 2007 felt 3.5in was right, 2009 felt 3.7in was right, 2010 felt 4in. was right, 2011 felt 4.3in was right, late 2011 felt 4.5in was right, and now 2012 4.7+ is right. What will 2013 be? 4.9in~5.0in?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:22 4

6. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Smartphone's main purpose is internet surfing. So the bigger, the better - it's more important for a smartphone to be thin than small, else seems a cigarette pack in the pocket.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 01:44

79. Leo_MC (Posts: 1513; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

smartPHONE's main purpose is making phone calls...

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 05:13 2

82. kanagadeepan (Posts: 922; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

NO.. The phone whose main duty is making phone calls is feature-phones...

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 14:19

90. DrewMonroe (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

get a telephone =)

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:25

7. Jericho (unregistered)

i agree with you ryq24

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:28

8. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

I understand personal preferences and everything but I prefer phones with a display at 4.3 inch Max. I am already not comfortable using a borrowed Sensation but I am cursed with small hands so that doesn't count.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:29 8

10. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)

Smartphones with small screens are even more stupid, says me

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:39 2

18. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)

The truth is always in the middle :)

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:30 1

11. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

But I think he has a point...li mean that's what Apple's been doing with the iPhone for years now, even though people always chant 'Bigger screens' iPhone's with their 3.5" screens have sold Millions...

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:00 9

39. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

you have to remember that its the Apple logo that sells the phone..
If apple made an iphone with 4-4.5 inch people will buy it like crazy too..

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 08:40

84. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

err...i guess

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:30 2

12. Captain_Doug (Posts: 997; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

It's not the screen size that matters to me, it's the form factor. That being said, I would much prefer a large screen to a small one. I do watch movies, play games, and more than that, it's useful when typing or navigating. Things are just easier and better looking. But if you do some math, you can fit a 5" screen (16x9) onto a device smaller than the Nexus, Rezound, etc. The screen size only comes out to be 2.45" by 4.36". Throw a tiny bezel on the sides and another little bit on top and bottom and you have yourself a device easy to hold in your hand but still very easy to see. I have friends with iphones or the smaller androids and I have to hold the device right next to my face. I want to be able to use the device from my lap, from the counter-top. You can't do that with anything under 3.7"

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:30

51. SeniorEd (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Feb 2011)

I agree with your 5" screen example. In fact, the Galaxy S III is pretty much going to be that phone .... Very thin, or non existent, bezel on the sides and small on top and bottom, with a 4.8" screen. At least that is what the rumors say.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:30 6

13. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

i agree with nokia... instead of making huge huge screens why wont they focus on creating new technologies... for me the ideal smartphone screen should be 3.5" to 4".
and beyond that is just stupid... its almost unusable with 1 hand... -_-

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:37 3

17. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

I hate big screens, but I don't see how bigger screens stand in the way of "creating newvtechnologies "

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:07 2

26. kamejoko (Posts: 204; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

Why Lumia 900 with 4.3"?. Who's stupid?.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:38 1

45. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

how about galaxy note?.. who's stupid now?..

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 21:52

72. frydaexiii (Posts: 1444; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Whether you like it or not, there will be people who still want it, and Samsung and other phone manufacturers are providing the option and not shooting themselves in the foot by saying it's stupid and realising that they can't keep up soon.

And btw, the "stupid" Galaxy Note has sold 2 million worldwide, how many has Nokia's tiny screens sold?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:32 2

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

5+" aren't that good for everyone on the hand but 4.7- is ok with me specially with companies making better screens and smaller bodies its like saying a 55"+ TV is stupid

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:32 2

52. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

55 inch tvs are stupid. u shouldnt have less than a 60 inch!! lol :)

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 16:06

64. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I was going to say100+ but though about it

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:36 1

16. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)

I wouldn't have used the word stupid, but I kind of understand what they're saying and I agree with fact that big screen take a huge toll on battery and investment on better technology.
My ideal size is like an iPhone but with a reduced bezel to host a bigger screen kind of what Sammy is rumored to do with the SIII but with no more than 4" or 4.2" screen size. I know it's all about habit for the right hand to stretch more but I don't want to carrie a giant device as a cell phone.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:39

19. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

Its kinda true. Phones with bigger display are harder to carry and use. Also, bigger screen would create award holding position thus prone to accidental dropping. Galaxy Note is a good example of this. It is too small to be a tablet, too big to be a phone. I did not find a comfortable position to use it.
PS: I did bash any Androids, just screen size nothing more and nothing less.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:46 1

20. Galen20K (Posts: 541; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

I don't mind if people want super large screens but now people are equalling that if the phone has even a 4.3" screen, that its not high end which is ridiculous. I'm sorry but just because a phone may have a 4.3" or even a 4" display, does not make it low end.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:51 2

21. SunMa_ (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

O.Nokia shut the .... up!I like very much smartphones with bigger displays.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:00 3

24. kazunorikobo (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)

3,5~4,3"(iPhone-Galaxy SII) are fine.Not too small that you have to put it at your face in order to read webpages and not so large that you have to use two-hands to access all the screen area.
If you want big screens and care so much about media experience buy a tablet.
Screens beyond 4,65" are tiny tablets,which are stupid.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:06 2

25. sandysingh252 (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Nokia is still repeating the same mistakes and still the employees do not have control over their big mouth. They once said on iPhone launch that expensive phones are stupid, even said that touchscreens are stupid, they denied google for making first android device and they still are not able to learn that their opinions fo not matter at all. In the end, it's just public that decides, what is better. So it's better for them to not to run their mouth unnecessarily and focus on the future market and try to tackle with their competitors.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:10 3

27. williedyno (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

lets not forget that Nokia is same company who thought Flip Pones were a trend and no one wants to carry a silly flip phone.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:14 2

28. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

4.5inch Max for me. Beyond that probably useless

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:23 3

30. bgapfire (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)

Since when is one handed phone usage the standard? I agree it may be convenient at times, but I can only recall one phone I used with one hand. It was a flip phone and I didn't have the ability to enjoy multi media and web browsing the way I can now. Buy what works for you and don't bash people for having preferences. Let's stop creating an imaginary screen size standard. The mobile market is filled with choices and all will differ. These arguments over what is stupid are "stupid!"

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:12

42. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

hey you brought up a good point there.. the only phone that can be used with one hand most of the time is a flip phone.. ever since phones came out with qwerty style keys people have been using 2 hands to use the phone.. .
people that dont like big screen most likely have never owned a nice 4-4.3 phone

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:42 1

46. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

i use one hand on my qwerty... =D

works fine for my especially when im riding my bicycle.. .xD

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:23 1

31. evolutionqy7 (Posts: 38; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Id partially agree with the word stupid. Especially when working in a phone shop people don't want massive screens, they want something in the middle between small and large.

My Titan has a 4.7" screen and its my first 4.3"+ screen and the last one.

Having it is nice for web and games, but its so impractical for using it with one hand for a long time and getting tired.

Once the international Lumia 900 comes out ill be replacing my Titan with that. I've got big hands, most people and average consumers don't, or either want such a big phone.

4" screen is my sweet spot.

This is just my 2 cent.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:30 1

32. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

OK, this is at least part cultural and the US and europe have seen things differently here. Certainly iphone/android phones where advertised with small size as a benefit - it meant pocketable, easy to hold, and stylish. WHen i crossed the pond I couldn't believe 2 things - 1: how big phones were and 2: how many flip phones there were - not that i didn't see them in europe but no where near as many, and candybar and sliders were both popular.
It is a matter of personal differences, though if a nokia employee from europe says big screens are stupid, it doesn't mean nokia thinks that or doesn't realize it's a case of personal choice and regional trends. Why do you think the Lumia 900 came to the US first. And they are not the only ones to hold back on large screens - how big is that screen on your iPhone?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:35

33. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I think a variety of screen sizes to suit tastes is best. Some consumers are ok with a 19" desktop computer display, whereas anything less than 32", to me, is too small for what I do.
Personally I think phone manufacturers could stand to make the phones modular, that is, fit main components like processor, RAM, physical memory, etc into a relatively small chassis, and then have add-on batteries of various capacities, add-on camera module, and add-on touchscreens of whatever size the customer wants, all of which makes updating or replacing components easier, and means we could get a high spec phone with a good size battery and camera, then choose screen size, no more arguments.
We've done this for desktops for decades, why not our phones?

Hmm, I'd better patent the heck out of this.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:45

34. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)

Durr I think 42" is the perfect size for a TV no matter the situation. 55" TV's are just stupid.


posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:47

35. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

What Nokia is saying is right. Companies should develop new technologies to make the screens look better rather than making them bigger. In my opinion I prefer a ''4'' inch display, that's my perfect size. At the end it's just a matter of personal preference

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:49

36. kastor (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

for me ,best size of phone is from3.5" to 4.3",all other are too bigg or too small.for TV perfect is around 40",but 32" can also be good

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:49

37. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I think for people with normal size hands, 4.3 to 4.5 (depending on how the bezel is treated) is the outer limit for a phone, beyond that it becomes awkward to use one-handed. Same thing with small-size phones, they are just as uncomfortable to use as over-size ones.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:58

38. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Big screen are great for entertainment purposes, but for serious use anything above 4.3" is too much. My ideal size is between 3.7" and 4.0"

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:10 1

40. Pego71 (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)

Depends on the size of hands, I have big hands and display of 4.7 inches is fine with me ...

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:11 1

41. dallas90733 (Posts: 36; Member since: 06 Mar 2011)

Humm, has anyone heard any more rumor when that Stupid SGS-3 (reportly 4.7 in display) is coming out and which carrier is getting this monster truck?..lol

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:24

43. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

In my opinion bigest phones are suited for big fat people who cant use normal size phone no offience but normally an idiot whould want a 4.7" screen moblie , why would someone gets a truck if it cant fit in hands or pockets easily

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:26 1

44. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

For me I find the sweet spot in between 3.5" to 4.3" only. More than that is such a pain to hold single-handedly.

And I certainly do not like the idea that some mobile phone manufacturers stretch the screen size even bigger every release and place all the best features in it while leaving those smaller-screened phones with a comparatively inferior feature set than the ones with bigger screens. And because you want the best features on a mobile to date, you are forced to buy that large-screened phone which for me is an utter b*lls*it.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:55 1

47. matty1323 (Posts: 33; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

I think it all depends on what you do most with your phone. I have a Galaxy Nexus and I'll admit you can't do everything with 1 hand because you can't reach to certain spots of the phone, but I would rather have the screen be on the bigger side than the smaller side. I've had 4.3" and 3.7" screen phones and I don't think I could he happy with less than the 4.3" screen size. I think that is the sweet spot personally, but MAN is it awesome to watch video or surf the web on this phone's awesome web browser and screen.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:02

48. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

In my opinion 3.7 - 4.3 is the sweet spot, I have a Nexus S and I like the size of it very much, I can reach all corners with my thumb, it fits comfortably in my pocket and the screen works great for multimedia.
I can still enjoy screens up to 4.7 or 4.8 but above that I think is just way too big, phones are supposed to be usable with just one hand.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:20 2

49. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

The thing is everyone is different. Choice is good, if you have large hands or like large phones, at least you can find something out there that fits you (and same thing vice versa).

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