4 inches to 4.5 inches is the sweet spot for smartphone screen size, says survey
posted by Victor H. / Mar 15, 2012, 5:06 AM
The search for the perfect screen size for a smartphone is never over and the latest survey from Strategy Analytics illustrates that perfectly. Over 90% of the participants chose smartphones with screens ranging from 4 inches to 4.5 inches on the diagonal. The survey was carried out in the US and the UK, but we have no information about the number of people it covered.
“Almost 90 percent of existing smartphone owners surveyed chose a prototype smartphone with a display larger than their current device. This trend is driven by increased mobile web browsing capability, as well as engaging video and gaming experiences,” Paul Brown, a Director in the Strategy Analytics User Experience Practice, said.
Not everyone chooses the exact same size - women tend to go for slightly smaller devices, and Android users of all genders prefer larger displays, so it seems that picking the right screen size is also a matter of getting used to it. In 2007 when the OG iPhone was launched, its 3.5-inch display looked huge and now we have a quiet consensus of 4.3-inch to 4.7-inch devices representing the Android and Windows Phone high end.
At the same time, though, users going for bigger sized screens would like to see lighter devices. So if a smartphone has a large display but is still big and bulky, for many users that would be too much of a compromise to make.
What’s your ideal for a smartphone screen and does thin matter that much? Sound off in the comments below.
source: Strategy Analytics
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4.3 is the best for me
posted on Mar 15, 2012, 5:11 AM 9
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I think your average sized phone for holding a 4.3 inch screen is perfect. But if you can make the screen bigger without increasing thephone's size, that would be great.
posted on Mar 15, 2012, 5:32 AM 7
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4,3 is the best, 4,5 is as big as i would go...bigger than that is just not comfortable
posted on Mar 15, 2012, 5:21 AM 1
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the overall footprint and volume is what really matters. screen size does not absolutely dictate device size. the galaxy nexus has a 4.65" screen, but due to lack of physical buttons, a thin bezel and a very thin device, it works very well. if the technology continues toward smaller bezels and thinner phones, i could see a 5" screen being perfectly comfortable.
posted on Mar 15, 2012, 7:07 AM 0
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Read this article apple!!!
posted on Mar 15, 2012, 5:22 AM 3
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No! They're like the weird kid in class who doesn't get the joke and everyone else is laughing at them
posted on Mar 15, 2012, 6:52 AM 6
To me it's 3.7 to 4.5 . However I felt that my mom's galaxy note is too big for a phone too small for a tablet . BTW 3.5 inch wasn't that bad like some Fandroids claim , I used a 3.5 inch screen on my iPod and n97 . Try the Xperia x8's 3inch screen , typing on it makes you go nuts
posted on Mar 15, 2012, 5:41 AM 2
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for me only 4'' is the sweet spot more is just too much
posted on Mar 15, 2012, 6:23 AM 2
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That's what she said...
posted on Mar 15, 2012, 1:44 PM 4
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what this survey said, but he writers wont "90% of the people do not like the size of the iphone"
posted on Mar 15, 2012, 6:52 AM 4
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