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What is the perfect smartphone display size for you? (poll results)

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What is the perfect smartphone display size for you? (poll results)
Some say that bigger is better, but this may not be the case when it comes to a smartphone's display size. It is true that modern smartphones come in all shapes and sizes, some of them even going beyond the 4.3-inch milestone, yet somehow, such extremes are starting to look and feel a little too spacious for users to work comfortably with. That is why we were curious to know what the perfect display size for you was, and the votes from our poll are already in.

The results indicate that the majority of you, or 40.55% to be exact, find screens between 4.0 and 4.29 inches to be perfect for them. Anything in between 3.5 and 3.99 inches is what 31.5% of our readers prefer, and 24.86% of you are fans of displays measuring 4.3 inches and above. We were quite surprised to see that only 3.09% of you will fancy a smartphone with a screen size below 3.5 inches, which is not good news for the petite HP Veer 4G.

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(June 2011) What is the perfect smartphone display size for you?
3.09%
123 votes
(123 votes) Less than 3.5 inches – The smaller, the better. Navigation is easy and the smartphone fits nicely in the smallest of pockets.
31.51%
1253 votes
(1253 votes) Between 3.5 inches and 3.99 inches – Small enough to use with ease, yet big enough to read fine text.
40.54%
1612 votes
(1612 votes) Between 4.0 inches and 4.29 inches – The extra real estate proves useful when viewing photos and videos.
24.85%
988 votes
(988 votes) 4.3 inches and above – No display is too big for my hands.

3976 votes



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posted on 01 Jun 2011, 07:53

1. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Yeah!
3.5'' to 4.3'' is the standard size.
I'll always go for 4.3''. Very perfect for me.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 08:49 1

2. koutrelakos (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


How about using 3.5, 3.7, 4.0, and 4.3 as the options... clearly makes more sense, as those are the four most common screen sizes. SMH PhoneArena.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 09:50 1

7. glentomas123 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


Well, the survey is weighted to ensure iPhone doesn't look like it's left out in the cold at 3.5inches. To be fair, at least they should have grouped 4.0 to 4.3 together.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 08:59 1

3. Bob (unregistered)


4.2" = ideal.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 09:11 1

4. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Maybe this should have been done in centimeters. Screw screen size, I want the most radioactive phone! (according to the World Health Organization)

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 09:49 1

6. joey18 (Posts: 520; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


my perfect size are 3.5 to 3.7 bcs my old droid x wast 4.3 is to big and hard to put on my bag so now my new phone is 3.5

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 10:06 1

8. milo (unregistered)


It should also be noted that PhoneArena tried hard to sway votes to the under 3.5" response by saying: "The smaller, the better. Navigation is easy and the smartphone fits nicely in the smallest of pockets."

They also tried hard to sway votes away from the 4.3"+ response by added the verbiage, "No display is too big for my hands." Obviously that statement is simply not true for anyone.

The answer we were supposed to pick was, "Small enough to use with ease, yet big enough to read fine text." The only phones that can meet this perfect balance according to PhoneArea are 3.5" to 3.9".

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 11:28 1

10. devonblue4u (Posts: 40; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)


I second the objection to the way the 4.3"+ vote was worded on the same grounds that it seems the poll author is biased to smaller phones. Why have a poll at all then?

If you read the related article on size, you can see the bias. "When is big just too big?", an article posted just yesterday, ballyhooed 3.5-4" phones as the perfect size. I'm 5'10" (average height for a U.S. male) and i have a GT-I9000M 4" Galaxy S. Too big? Naw! would my web browsing be better with a larger screen. Of course! The constant flipping and zooming takes too much time, and I don't carry a bag for a tablet. And I don't wear skinny jeans ('cuz my knots don't fit.. quoting Jay-Z!), so theres room in my pockets. And as of this post, fully 65% of responders prefer 4" to 4.3"+ displays.

If you're gonna have a poll, don't skew the questions predetermining the answer. This is more like an opinion and a confirmation.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 11:02

9. slim_small_light (unregistered)


Why not a 3", high resolution (800x400), 8.5mm slim, 1Ghz (Dual-Core??), Android phone ? Enough to surf the web when needed, nice to make calls and the occasional games.

The SonyErricson Xperia Mini is a good size but it is just too thick. If the Xperia has the thickness of the Arc... perfect.

Although I am using my iPhone, I still keep my Samsung P300, which I admit is ugly but if a smart phone comes in that form factor (with nicer trimmings and design), it would really be very very cool. That form factor incidentally have just enough surface area to squeeze in a 3" screen.

If available, I believe many iPhone users wouldn't mind buying it as a second phone.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 13:37 1

11. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


3.7 - 4" is best. Anything past that, then just get a tablet.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 09:27

13. farhan_bd18 (unregistered)


I JUST LOVE 3.7 TO 4.3 INCHES BROWSING , PHOTO, VIDEO.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:04

14. kunjan (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


3.5-4.0 would be the perfect size for the smartphones...If i want bigger why go for 4.5+ rather buy a tablet

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