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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: 1999; 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: 1279; 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: 737; 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: 1691; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


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

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 05:13 2

82. kanagadeepan (Posts: 943; 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: 1017; 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: 211; 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?..

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