How big would you like the new iPhone screen to be: Poll results

How big would you like the new iPhone screen to be: Poll results
A lot of people took part in our poll last week. We asked you: "How big would you like the new iPhone screen to be?", and then we gave you several options to choose from. Of course, we picked the most popular screen sizes available currently, including the current iPhone's 3.5" diagonal, 4", 4.3" and up.

The option that got the most votes (1145) was 4.3 inches, which also happens to be the Samsung Galaxy S II's screen size. The second-biggest group of users (935) are those who would like to see the next iPhone have an even bigger, 4.5" display. However, 845 of you would rather prefer it to come with a 4" screen. Obviously, there are also a lot of people who aren't willing to go any higher than that for one reason or another. Interestingly, though, the option that has the iPhone retain its current screen size has more votes than the one that suggests a screen size of 3.7-inches. We guess that customers who wanted a bigger screen simply went for the more "extreme" options.

The conclusion we can draw from all this is that a lot of people out there would love to see the new iPhone sport a bigger display than 3.5". With numerous rumors and leaked parts all hinting at a bigger screen, this might as well become a reality when Tim Cook comes out on stage to announce the phone later this year (hopefully as early as next month).

Still, we wouldn't hold our hopes too high regarding a 4+" screen. Apple is, after all, targeting the mass consumer, who rarely needs or wants such a big display on their phone. With almost all hardcore smartphone users now siding with Android, the iPhone is now being purchased by a different customer group, which doesn't appreciate it for its numerous apps, games, or fast processor, but mostly for its appearance and seamless user experience. Because of that, it the manufacturer does increase the screen size, we guess it won't exceed 3.7", or maximum 4.0".

It does make some sense for Apple to seek a slightly bigger display size. When the iPhone first launched in 2007, it could do much less than what it can do today, due to the faster hardware and incredible apps that were eventually written for it. With so much stuff to do, it makes sense to try and improve the comfort of using the device by making the screen bigger. However, we doubt they will be willing to make it much bigger than it is right now, because otherwise they'll again compromise the comfort of using the device, due to larger physical dimensions. For Apple, it will all be a matter of finding the right balance between screen size and phone size, and we feel that 4.3" or 4.5" will be somewhat off balance for the company.

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37 Comments

1. MeoCao unregistered

I know 4.8 is too much ask for Apple, so 4.3 will be more reasonable demand.

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

i'm guess 4 inch screen,the rest of the outward design will be on par with iphone 4 and iphone 4$ again.

3. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

I don give a damn.

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Damn.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

most people who voted on this poll were android users....

6. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

That's why they trolled around with 4.3 knowing it will never happen.

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

That's right. Apple will tell you iZombie's what you want.

26. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2253; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Yes, but perhaps some of those Android users would be iOS users if the iPhone had a bigger screen. Just trying to put a little perspective on the poll that you might not have thought about.

27. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

IDK if there was a 5.3 Iphone with a stylus I might go with Apple but I don't think that would ever happen

7. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

4.1 to 4.2 and a half would be just right for an iPhone for me.

8. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Android is bigger than iOS.

17. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

in what? lag?

29. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

ios lags too dont be a ifanboy all ur life

33. viper1983

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

iOS lags in what? Task-killer apps?

36. phynix

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

no, it lags in serval places. when i had my iphone 4 it was really laggy when switchig back from facebook, music, and messaging. I always cleared the apps from the recent apps list like i was told and it didn't do much help. i also had that problem with my 4s.... and a i can't help but correct this article. the sg2 has a 4.52 inch screen. all the phones were bigger than the first evo with sprint which was 4.3. just saying

9. Rocksteady unregistered

0.0 inches.

10. mkdk7

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

don't think apple is even considering to increase the screen size over 4.3inch.. 4 to 4.3inch at the max would be fine for me

11. twens

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Wherether they increase the size or not I don't care cos am not buying it... Patiently waiting for my note 2

30. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

amen brother

12. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I do wonder how long Apple will only have one iPhone screen size: after all, you can have numerous Apple notebook sizes and desktop screen sizes. Perhaps a 5 or 5.5 inch phablet could be possible, iPhoneMAX? Screen resolution would be an issue, but I can imagine if Apple could find a way to keep as many people as possible happy, then it would likely sell 20+ million units per annum quite quickly...perhaps even double that.

14. quryous

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You asked what we would WANT. Well, because of my age and eyesight, I found that the original Galaxy Note, at 5.29", was just about perfect. I waited, though, and will be buying the Note 2, at 5.5" which should be perfect for me and many people over 45. THAT is what I would want, and I'm going to get it. Now, if it only had Samsung's 350dpi screen, . . .

15. anthony60415

Posts: 15; Member since: May 03, 2012

No matter how big the screen is,It's still the same s**tty IOS from the pathetic company Apple

18. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

you´re a sad person

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

4 inches is perfect to me

19. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Was 3.5" perfect when the iPhone 4S came out?

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

1. We don't know the new screen size so saying I want 4" is my preference. 3.5" was not perfect on the 4s. I did want a 4" screen. Unfortunately I'd have to switch to android for that size and I'm not willing to use that OS to get a bigger screen.

23. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

you should really check out the difference between 4" and 4.3" for me of all the screen size increases this seems to be the most noticeable. If you put the DROID 4 next to the DROID RAZR there is a huge difference, but if you put the DROID RAZR next to the Galaxy Nexus (4.65") it's not as noticeable. That's why imo 4.3" is the best size for a phone screen.

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

4.3 is the size you like not me. I've used phones with all different screen sizes and I like 4". 4.3" is ok but a little bigger than I want. Anything above that is way too big.

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i think the new iPhone will have a 4.0" Display.

20. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I would have to disagree that for the average consumer 4" is probably the best. Look how popular the SGSIII is and that's definitely not a niche device like the physical keyboard phone or the phablet. I think most people want larger screens as long as they don't make the phone too big to fit in their pocket.

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