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The 5-inch smartphone: is this the end of the screen size race?

0. phoneArena 08 Jan 2013, 07:32 posted on

Give people a phone with a 3.5-inch display in 2007 and you’d hear oohs and aahs about how big that display is. From then on, every year it’s the same story over and over again…

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posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:39

25. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


even holding a 5 inch phone to attend a call i will look like an idiot

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:39 11

26. remixfa (Posts: 13929; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


are you sure its the phone making you look like an idiot? :)

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:44

65. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


in the above picture i asume yes it looks bad besides idiots will get the bigest phone then find a way to drag it in the pocket and then its will be showoff nothing more. you cant make a call with that much big thing especially if call goes long

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:25 2

80. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


I have no problem with 5" as long as phone size dnt get bigger...example look at the xperia zl which has a 5" sxreen but ia actually smaller than the 4.8" s3..it shows we dont have to sacrifice size for larger screen .

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:11

100. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


so i was talking about whole phone size :\

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:20 1

103. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Like I said the xperia zl gives us hope that even though screens are getting bigger the phone itself doesn't have to... I hope the s4 will remain the same size as the s3 or smaller but with a larger screen cause am with you cause I don't want phones to get any bigger... For me the s3 is the limit though lol I did say the s2 was the limit and before that I said the iphone 4 was the limit... But am sure the s3 is the biggest ill go as I played with the note 2 and for me that's too big.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:59

71. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


and ofcourse a fool like you will surely buy even a 7" phone if it happens to come ever and still u gonna hold it up ur head to call i guess mankind is hunted by trend and logic of stupidity rather common sense

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:24

79. remixfa (Posts: 13929; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no, I'm just going to take an LCD TV and put it up to my face and make calls with it.

I didnt go for the note/note2 because it was too big to one hand... If you were capable of reading the rest of the threads, we've been talking about perfect phone dimensions.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:13

101. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


but i wasnt replying other posts i said 5" phone :P is hard to make call with u repied like a idiot note or note2 what ever it is i dont care unless its tablet

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:30

108. remixfa (Posts: 13929; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


many people including myself rarely ever use the phone as a phone call device, thus how we "look while holding it to our ears" is a pretty moot point. I might use 10 minutes a month on average and thats because not all of my relatives are smart enough to text me. lol.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:05

75. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


There must be a lot of idiots then... Considering Note and Note 2 has sold quite well. For some reason I don't notice those idiots....

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:44 1

28. Rocksteady (unregistered)


Well, I felt that the 4.8-inch display on the S3 wasn't enough for watching videos, internet browsing, emails reading, and the occasional games playing. Plus, I'm always gonna be worried that the battery running out while traveling, and I will be looking for a PHONE to use.

Mentioning the above reasons, I sold out my Galaxy S3 (although it was the best phone iv'e ever had), bought a nokia C2-05, and accompanied it with a Samsung Galaxy tab 7.0 plus. that's how I can enjoy the Android experience, and stay connected all time.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:49

29. remixfa (Posts: 13929; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and they just came out with the extended battery ;/

Sad that you did that, since you got a samsung tablet as well, you could have airstreamed data/video/ect back n forth between the two in the background. I used to stream a movie from my phone to the tablet (wirelessly) while still playing angry birds on my SGS1 at the same time. Why? because the option was there and I liked making iOS users jealous! lol.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 09:44 1

47. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I like a big screen, the Note and Note 2 were no problem for me to hold, talk on, put in my pocket, or use one handed. I am very interested in a 6.1 screen it would make it easier to browse the web, read/review docs, write memos/notes, draw diagrams/pictures/maps, edit blueprints/autocad, read books,/mags/news papers, being able to do all this on one device is great I always have my phone on me unlike my tablet wich is at home and most of the time I use my computer there since I have a 30inch monitor so a 6inch phone is not ridiculous. My dream Phone would be a 6.1 inch screen, slim bezel, onscreen buttons, 400+ ppi, 1920x1080, micro sd card slot, smart stylus, and Google nexus like updates to OS.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:05

76. mrochester (unregistered)


You must have the biggest hands in the world! I had a Note 2 (briefly) and it was most definitely a 2 handed device for me, which rendered it unusable as a phone in my books.

Content looks great on big screened phones, but the tradeoff is the size of the device. Typically, I think most people make a compromise somewhere between the 2.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:38

110. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


yep, I use my 7 inch tablet far more than my tine 4'3" droid razr screen. Next phone, I get will have at least a 5 inch display. If I can hold a Nexus 7 in one hand, then any smartphone around 5 - 5.5 inches will be fine for me.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:50

30. havardu97 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


No, it's not! In a few yers I think we'll see that "normal" phones, not phablets, that are about 6".

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:50 1

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 11800; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ready for the first full day of CES. Registered yesterday got a couple sneak peaks, and today is hands on all day

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:07

56. andro. (Posts: 1959; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


In a competition myself that a phone manufacturer is running for a vip trip to World mobile congress in Barca in Feb,have my fingers crossed!

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 09:22

43. Lauticol (Posts: 199; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


4.3 inches in 2011? Please! HTC HD2 was announced back in October, 2009.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 09:34

45. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 621; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


People complaining about phones screens getting larger, sheesh. It's just called options and you buy what you like, who cares if you like tiny phones that make you look like a gorilla trying to peel a grape or a gargantuan phone that makes you look like Tom Thumb when you need a step ladder to reach the power button. All about choices, if the giant phones don't sell then manufacturers will get the picture that the majority don't want them bigger than their heads.
I am an owner of the DNA I'm a 6ft 190lbs and I only find the phone tall and I love the screen it is so sharp and clear and I'm around some of the best phones out there now, the iPhone 5/4, Droid Razr Maxx HD, Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S3. 1080p screen makes a serious difference when you read text, watch videos or pretty much viewing anything. 1080p contrary to what other people think might not be necessary but believe you me once you view it and realize how crisp and sharp and detailed everything looks, you'd be hard pressed to say otherwise.
What I find incredibly odd is the fact that people buy phones based on looks only to shove the damn thing in an otterbox case, whats the point of the looks then? My phone is case free since I bought it and also it's screen protector free(what a crock?), those things are even worse, why have a screen that's scratch resistant and you have to buy more protection for it, kind of defeats the purpose doesn't it?

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:15

102. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


thing is the mean purpose of phone will be compromized if sceen or phone sizes dont stop somewhere yes to make calls if u ever made a call rather videos and games

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:11

57. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This is yet another dumb article.

Who died and made Victor the phone industry visionary??

I remember when 3.7" phones were the rage.. 4.3 came along and it was OMG.. that's TOO BIG!! no way! Never! That can't last! Well, 4.3 settled in for a while, then it was 4.5, 4.65 and on..

I don't know where things will settle. it just may be that people will get sick of 5" phones and we'll go back to 1080p 4.3" phones or 4". Who knows!

i know that I LOVE my Note 2 and the huge screen. In fact.. if they come out with a Note 3 with a bigger screen and slightly bigger chassis. YES, I'll run to buy it. Not everyone will though, and that's ok.

And as far as the move to 1080p tech goes, from 720p.. Victor, have you even ever looked at the displays side by side? If you had, there's NO way you could sit there and say that you cannot perceive a difference between 1080 and 720 at the 5" size.

I went to the verizon store and checked out the DNA.. that screen is AMAZING. I absolutely noticed a difference with the 1080 screen. The text was sharper. No question about it. it was amazing. Enough to convert me from my Note? No way. But.. I'd love for my phone to have 1080p resolution. To say there is no difference is insane.

The take away here is. we don't know what's going to happen. I believe that it will be the chassis size that dictates how big we go. THere will reach a point where people just don't want anything bigger chassis wise. Then we'll stuff as big of a screen in that phone as possible.

I want a 6" note 3 or 4 with chassis size very similar to what it is now.. that would be heaven in the hand. :)

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 03:18

138. Victor.H (Posts: 441; Member since: 27 May 2011)


I love the opening sentence and how it's solidly backed up by your experience.

Probably it won't matter to you what experts say, but let's try: if you have average 20/20 vision, at around one foot, your eye will not be able to make a difference when the pixel density goes above around 320ppi, so that 441ppi on a 5-inch 1080p display is of no real benefit in most common scenarios, experts say and you can do the digging. Hey, but those are just the facts!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 05:47

140. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I truly believe what you're saying here. 441 ppi is just too much. I could even consider it a gimmick. We can say, hey, it's crispier and sharper than other devices bla bla bla. But the truth is, it won't really have that much of an effect. The pixel density is overrated. We can always say that the higher the ppi, the better, but we should always remember that it's not all about the ppi. We don't have the ability to perceive microscopic things.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 11:03

143. remixfa (Posts: 13929; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


a fun test for PA would be to take the nexus4, OneX or some other 720p high end screen vs the HTC DNA out on the street for some random people's opinions on which is better.

However do part of the test saying that the HTC is 1080p, and another part of the test saying the OneX is 1080p and the HTC is 720p, and the last part letting people guess which display looks better.

See how many times people say the HTC really is the nicer set in all 3 scenarios.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:13 1

58. slimmy (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


I'm an android guy but the comments on this website are so android biased that it's just ridiculous. I don't need to give out my body measurements to state that IN MY OPINION I think 4.3 or 4.5 is big enough, I have the GS3 that I love but it's too big.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:25

60. dreeemer (Posts: 27; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I have the Note; which i feel is very comfortable. The only gawks i (still!) get is when I'm using it in my hands; as I rarely actually make calls. But, look how ridiculous ppl look when walking around with a tablet! Nothing looks more idiotic...
That being said, that thing in the picture is absolutely absurd! What is that-an xbox? Geez ...

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:37

63. Captain_Doug (Posts: 758; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Wow. That was pretty blatant fanboyism.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:53

68. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6567; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I believe so look how far Android evolved from 4.5" while the Iphone is sooo far behind in technology and screen size

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:17

77. cncrim (Posts: 516; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


there is room to improve, manufacture just have to mipulate the location camera, charger, speaker phone etc..... to diffirence location and not depend on hardware/composite navigation, but more software navigation(Not like the nexus because it still take up space, should be take advatage of swipe gesture to navigate) then even the Note 2 will feel like 4.6.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:28

84. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


The question is how long will it take Apple to hit 5 inches? I do believe 5 inch 1080p is the max for a mainstream phone. I have a note 2 and love but it's not for everyone.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:00

95. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


They will take as long as it take for them to claim, that they are first with Ultra super retina FullHD screen........ But remember when ever they do this, they will claim they are the first to do it, becoz they will make it different size like 4.98" or 5.01"......

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:38 1

85. idroidwindow (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


So many die hard fans here.. You think we be fighting over politics or something yet saddly its cell phones.. The world we live in now a days and these first world problems people have..

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:40 1

86. Jyakotu (Posts: 821; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Honestly, while I'm enjoying my GALAXY Nexus, the phone is kind of hard for me to handle due to it being so large and me having only average hand sides. I can operate it with one hand, sure, but it gets a little uncomfortable after awhile. IMO, 4.3-4.5" is the sweet spot. Not too big, but just big enough. I don't know if I can jump on the 5"+ screen for phones yet. But different strokes for different floks.

I do feel kind of silly saying the GNex is too big for me and I have a lot of female friends who own the Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X and other large screen phones. LOL

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:56 1

90. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I think we have reached threshold limit for screen size, 5" screen will be perfect for most people....... Now since manufacturers have reached threshold for screen size, they should try to innovate in terms of other specs, like improving Battery, optimizing software more so that it can make use of all the raw power they are having in terms of quadcore CPU, and Octocore GPU's, camera's tech should also be improved more to atleast take place of point& shoot......... I know nokia 808 has very capable camera, but they should work to reduce it size and make it more mainstream..........

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:56

91. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I think we have reached threshold limit for screen size, 5" screen will be perfect for most people....... Now since manufacturers have reached threshold for screen size, they should try to innovate in terms of other specs, like improving Battery, optimizing software more so that it can make use of all the raw power they are having in terms of quadcore CPU, and Octocore GPU's, camera's tech should also be improved more to atleast take place of point& shoot......... I know nokia 808 has very capable camera, but they should work to reduce it size and make it more mainstream..........

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:05 2

97. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


If im not mistaken. Didnt Dell start all of this with the Streak5? I should remember because i had one. haha. Still do. sits on my desk while i use my Galaxy Note 2.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:38

111. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


It sold badly - Dell had poor service for it, but it was cool when it first came out.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:05

98. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Apple remains conservative in the screen race
who cares about apple

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:39 2

112. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


if it was not for Samsung, the iphone 5 would have been the iphone 4S2..lol

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:30

107. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I have the original Droid RAZR, for a penny, lol, and I can defintely say that its screen is too small for many things...try playing the Hobbit game on something 4'3" and smaller - maybe it is just my fingers, but it us much better on a 7inch tablet.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 13:17

114. nicholassss (Posts: 351; Member since: 10 May 2012)


I really dont think screen size is an issue, physical size of the phone is. I've said on here before, my note two is big as i would be comfortable using. but if you put a 6.25 inch display in the same size body I'd make that jump.

I might upload a video sometime this week to show everyone what i mean.

and just a clarification, my mentioning the note 2 isnt samsung fanboyism, if all the major players had a 5.5inch+ screen i dont know if samsung wouldve been my first choice.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 15:21 1

124. sadiqhashim (unregistered)


I am reading this article from Africa, I always believed that Apple iPhone is designed for Americans and every American should be proud of it. Android is for the whole world.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 15:29

125. nasznjoka (Posts: 345; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


I guess so, just don' want my S4 to be on a 5" screen jus keep it 4.8"

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 15:40

126. nasznjoka (Posts: 345; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


like screen calibration that has been far from perfect on most mobile devices (except Apple’s again, of course!).

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 16:11 1

127. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


I'll just say plainly that i wish the screen size game stops.

Im truly still waiting on a "high end" 4.3 inch phone, and by high end i mean Quad core, HD screen, runnin the latest version of jellybean or the latest version of android, and Large battery

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 19:06 1

130. Twisted247 (Posts: 237; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


This article is most likely written by a iphone owner or an iphone follower. I don't think that 3.5+ is too big, if you don't like it or cannot manipulate the device correctly or to your satisfaction THEN DON'T BUY IT... It is LITERALLY the simple, for you guys on here to go on hating on larger phones is just stupid. Along with saying 1080p isn't necessary nor can it be distinguished between it and 720p is just sad. Ignorance is bliss until you speak, then you just look like an idioit.
Just like saying the guy next to you at the stop light in his Ferrari with a custom paint job, custom Wheels and a big after market stereo is "stupid" or "overkill" etc. No it isn't cause you aren't driving it. Again don't hate just cause you either don't like it, can't afford it, are too stupid to operate it, too afraid your ifriends will make fun, to scared to take make a change etc.

We are in a tech driven era and it is making huge strides constanly and evolving by the day. Stop hating and embrace the advancements that are being put forth. If you aren't satisfied with your little iphone then stop wishing the next one will have what you want. Cause if you cut it down and look at it on paper or even in your hands with out a distinct frame or name to it and you would be blown away at how far apple really is in the mobile world..

I could go on for ages but those saying this above article is correct, it just simply won't sink in.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 02:20

144. MartinZ (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


I still wish there would be some successors to the Xperia Minis with good specs. Because I don't like big phones, and most new phones with great specs have huge screens.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 19:03

151. RohanM (Posts: 132; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


for me 4 or 4.3" is enough.... 5" is way to big for a cell phone..
if any budy wants a big screen then he/she can get a lapyop/nettop or tablet..

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:00

152. jatin8189 (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


Yes..5" display size is perfect for phone

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 10:08

154. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


if theres no bezel, you will need to increase the size to get bigger display, so u can make a 5" screen beign 5" but not 5.3 beign 5, so it has a limit

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