How important is the screen-to-body ratio for you when choosing a phone?

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dimensions

6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches

153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Dimensions

6.11 x 3.06 x 0.27 inches

155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95 mm

Weight

5.68 oz (161 g)

OPPO R7 Plus

OPPO R7 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.23 x 0.31 inches

158 x 82 x 7.75 mm

Weight

6.81 oz (193 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dimensions

6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches

153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro

Dimensions

6.11 x 3.06 x 0.27 inches

155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95 mm

Weight

5.68 oz (161 g)

OPPO R7 Plus

OPPO R7 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.23 x 0.31 inches

158 x 82 x 7.75 mm

Weight

6.81 oz (193 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

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While many were complaining about Samsung's all-plastic design paradigm until earlier this year, then continued whining about its move to sealed premium unibodies, Samsung had been quietly moving towards a silent revolution in the design of its phones, and of handsets in general. Besides introducing a metal-and-glass S6 that could be the envy of even more established premium chassis makers, it doubled down on the concept with the Note5 and S6 edge+, improving on the high-end casing where it counts most on big-panel phones, the screen-to-body ratio.

Not only are the two new phablets more compact than the Note 4, but with 75%+ screen-to-phone-size metric, they are also the most compact 5.7" phones, despite sporting Samsung's now-obligatory fingerprint scanner in the home key. The closest phone that comes to their size is Xiaomi's Mi Note Pro, whose 5.7" panel, however, is housed in a body a bit taller, thicker, and, above all, wider than the Note5. The new Samsung phablets are also more compact than the 5.5" iPhone 6s Plus, but that's not hard to achieve given the rather low screen-to-body ratio of Apple's phablets. What is more impressive is the fact that the Note5 and S6 edge+ are closing in on most 5.5-inchers when it comes to size, too, despite having larger displays. 

Samsung and the other compact-conscious makers may be on to something here, this is why we wanted to ask you how important is the screen-to-body ratio metric to you when choosing a phone, and gauge whether their design efforts would ultimately pay off. Take your pick in the poll below, and sound off in the comments.

How important is screen-to-body ratio for you when choosing a phone?

Very important
59.14%
Somewhat important
33.46%
Not important
7.39%

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79 Comments

1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Very important as it's now nearly impossible to get a high end phone that isn't a phablet.

45. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Yupp. It's very very important...... more the ratio, smaller the form factor.

52. rantao333

Posts: 345; Member since: May 21, 2013

expandable storage, replaceable battery, higher resolution all voted very important according to survey, but guess the sales of LG, HTc and sony..

70. Wolf_Blitza

Posts: 64; Member since: May 30, 2014

it's not important to iPhone users... until Apple improves it and calls it an "innovation"

77. devonblue4u

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 12, 2011

yup, they only mention how they have taken the previous gen phone and made it better. And the crowd from The People's Temple of Apple will toast it with a sip of Kool-Aide. :)

2. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

very..Iphone 6+ is even bigger then some 5,7-6" phones and it`s "only" 5,5..gotta think about the pants man! :)

13. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i am thinking about same,too big phone for that screen like iphone 6. i will buy new phone in next 2 weeks, i am waiting to see nexus lineup and htc, i want 1440p screen with decent body/screen ratio, i am hoping that htc will do some tricks this year.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its the first spec i would check out for an Android device.

53. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah Apple should look into another design lanugage. Even though many like it - I (an apple fan) not digging anything after 5S.

3. alila2

Posts: 167; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

1st thing I look for, big screen small body.

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Of course size is important for something called a "mobile" phone. Everyone wants a larger display but they also don't want a super Nokia/HTC/Motorola level brick.

32. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

The problem is not thickness, but profile mostly of back. Imagine phone rounded on front like Edge and back like Note 5(without metal bezel). Even with around 1cm it would feel great in hand. And of course screen to body ratio is very important. I want 80 or even more %. I just want speakers, camera and notification light on front(and of course sensors etc.).

5. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Its very important for me..that's the only reason I left apple..I wish the somehow manage it without loosing the home button..

6. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

it`s the screen you use.. not the bassels

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Battery life > bezel

10. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

thickness= battery life

38. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Agree, I would take thicker device with large battery and smaller bazel over any other phone.

8. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Given how so many people cry 'dem bezels' at anything Sony, it must clearly be very very very important for a great many people - well unless they're trolling...

16. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

While Sony also has one of the best screen to body ratio's in the high-end segment...

21. dazed1

Posts: 787; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

lol..

79. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

No they don't. They are pretty consistent at 70%, but many have been able to get those same results with physical buttons on the front of the device.

39. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I was expecting Z5 ultra with thin bezels.

9. alila2

Posts: 167; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

the reason why i won't be buying the nexus 5 2015.

49. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

Indeed, the reason I will be sticking with my LG G2. I don't want a larger phone and I don't want to compromise on screen size.

57. yonith

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Exactly the same situation here! Good thing the SD800 was such a solid SOC.

62. alila2

Posts: 167; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

you are right lg g2 is the perfect screen to body ratio, but I chose the n5 2013 over it just for the pure android . and I'm sticking with it till something like the g2 comes out.

11. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Look how old the iphone design compared to the rest.

55. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple has the advantage of being noticeable and differentiable in publics eye - that's why they're holding on to that design dress. Buy you're right, because of that the design is getting old. It's quality fit and all, but it's getting old.

12. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Seen as the Nexus 6 with a 6 inch screen is only a tiny bit bigger than a 5.5 inch iPhone 6 plus, I'd say it's pretty important. I'll never understand why people think the current iPhones look good with the giant bezels, they just make it look old and pointlessly massive. The iPhone 6 with a 4.7 inch screen is a bit bigger than the LG G3 with a 5.5 inch screen, which is just stupid design

44. drtrigsman

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I don't know all the specs of all the phones, but I wondered if what you said about the G3 was true (sounded like a dream come true), so I looked it up. LG G3:http://www.phonearena.com/phones/LG-G3_id8347 •5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches (146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm) •Weight: 5.26 oz (149 g) Read more athttp://www.phonearena.com/phones/LG-G3_id8347#dawBpXKBF2RJtJBS.99 iPhone 6: 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm) Weight: 4.55 oz (129 g) http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Apple-iPhone-6_id8346

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