4 inches to 4.5 inches is the sweet spot for smartphone screen size, says survey

4 inches to 4.5 inches is the sweet spot for smartphone screen size, says survey
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.




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49 Comments

1. josephnero

Posts: 778; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

4.3 is the best for me

7. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

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.

9. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Yeah, they can do that easily if they make the mobile screens a more rectangular type. . .

49. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

so it becomes wider? not really..

10. PeteD10

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Absolutely! More screen, less bezel please.

42. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

If the Bezel is thin enough you can go up to 4.6" no problem!

2. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

4,3 is the best, 4,5 is as big as i would go...bigger than that is just not comfortable

19. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

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.

47. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

it is just not comfortable in landskape mode to type messages, mb i have small hands idk but 4,3 hite the sweet spot for me, 4,3 with resolution as high as possible :D

3. rycx365

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Read this article apple!!!

15. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

No! They're like the weird kid in class who doesn't get the joke and everyone else is laughing at them

43. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

all the way to the bank. lol

4. SSyar

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

well ... i switched to neo coz it was annoying to use 4inch X10 screen...!

5. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

how about a 100 inch galaxy note?

6. Croxy

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Even 5.3 inch isn't too much if you use Flygriphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47ht6jloqkI

8. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

11. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

for me only 4'' is the sweet spot more is just too much

34. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Same here.

45. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

That's what she said...

48. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

with this comment you clearly show yourself as a person with IQ less than 30 so please zip your mouth because you clearly dont have a brain

52. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

It's called a joke, learn to have a f**king sense of humor you brick.

53. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

So sorry. Next time I will ask to speak.

50. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

and she said yours was like what, 2"?

12. LodeStar

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

well i just hope my fingers are getting longer too

13. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

it is completely depends on your needs . 4,3 inch is good for me (because i have big hands :D) also 4,5 quite comfortable but above that would be not good.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i enjoy my 4, but would definately like to go to 4.5 if/when they reduce the bezels

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what this survey said, but he writers wont "90% of the people do not like the size of the iphone"

31. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

They cant mention that or ifans will throw a hissy fit,they cant handle that level of truth about iproducts

17. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

4.3 is the most comfortable size for me.

18. Philipb

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

i got the titan, i would not go bigger. Would be happy with size as low as 4.3.

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