Is a 5.5-inch phone too large for you: poll results

Last week, we asked you one hugely important question in regards to smartphones: is a phone with a 5.5-inch display (or larger) too big for you?

Phones these days seems to come in two conventional sizes: the regular size for a flagship display hovers from around 4.7 inches to 5.2 inches, while the other big category is that of phablets where screens are commonly between 5.5 inches and... likely, infinity (Huawei's P8 Max claims it's a phone, yet it packs an enormously huge 6.8-inch screen!). It's true that there is a big difference between 5.5-inch phones in their own right: just look at the compact for its size LG G3 and the much larger Apple iPhone 6 Plus, but in essence, the separation between this type of larger, phablet-class devices, and narrower, more pocketable phones of regular, 5-inch-ish size is clear.

Now, the votes are all in, and it seems that the jury is out, or put in other words, people are largely split in two groups of roughly equal size: those who think that phablets are too large, and those who find them comfortable.

Our poll has amassed over 3,000 votes, and the group thinking phablets of 5.5-inch and larger are just too large is more numerous, with some 52% of the votes, while 48% consider phablets comfortable to use. It's interesting to see how opinions have evolved on this matter: just a few years ago, the same poll would have yielded hugely different results. 

We can only hypothesize whether in the near future we'll have the same discussion about 6-inch phones, but just this once, it seems that we have reached some sort of an agreement about this distinction between a phone and a phablet. And with phablets - while some companies experiment with bigger screens - we now seem to have settled in on a 5.5" to 6" screen sizes, and that's the upper limit. Unless our palms start evolving quicker to match those ever-growing smartphone screen sizes, that is.

Is a 5.5-inch phone too large for you?

Yes, it's too big (uncomfortable)
No, it feels comfortable to use



1. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

5" and under for 1 handed use. Maybe as big as 5.2" depending on bezels.

5. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Note 4 is so comfortable to hold n use. No issue whatsoever due to it's size.

10. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If you use 2 hands... That or you're Shaq.

21. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

my friend has a note 3 and it's actually not that bad ! with one hand

25. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I have average sized hands, and it's a piece of cake to use my Note4 one handed, especially with the brilliant one handed mode.

33. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I have to disagree. I'm all of 5'6" 140lbs & use an Xperia T2 Ultra... 6 inch screen. I can use it with one hand just fine 75% of them time

29. QWERTYslider unregistered

Agreed. 66mm wide is perfect. 70mm is the max I would want.

2. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

The REAL QUESTION IS.... Is a 4.4" phone TOO SMALL for you?

27. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Why 4.4"?

3. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Galaxy Note 4 so easy to Hold,and superb for showing off Photos & Videos,plus good for Sky Go or BBC iPlayer

4. GeekMovement unregistered

I'm comfortable with my Note 2. Can't wait to get the Note 5.

6. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

5.2" max for me.

7. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

I gues its a fine size i have an lg g3 and its ok even my nokia lumia 1520 feels fine in my hand and my hands are not large.

20. LennonRoberto

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 13, 2013

What about the pocket? Do you even put these phones inside your pocket? How does it look and feel?

8. aleunge

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Really depends on the screen to front ratio and the design. People ok with the iPhone 6 plus for example, can be ok too then if a larger screen is placed into the same chassis. And there is room to do that for most phones. Question should more be maximum phone size people are comfortable with and then manufacturers compete to see who can have the biggest display fit within it... Have just seen too many people looking for a small 4.something inch screen phone and buying one and finding out the phone itself is bigger than a lot of 5 inchers, especially when looking at low end phones with gigantic bezels.

9. Pinocchio

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

3.5" is the perfect screen size. If you don't believe me, go ask Steve Jobs!

11. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

He's dead, gone!!!! and I don't know how to evoke spirit.

12. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

His dude disagrees

16. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I still use 4S and 3.5 is enough for everything except web browsing, it's pain in arse (Ok, I use it for music, texting, youtube). IMO 4.5-4.7 is ideal size, Lumia 925, Z3 Compact and Optimus G are most ergonomical smartphones to date if you ask me.

19. LennonRoberto

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 13, 2013

Lumia 925 ergonomic? Man, it was a pain to hold it! Too flat and zero grip. I'm so glad I managed to trade mine for a Moto G LTE... Otherwise I would just throw it in the garbage can. Talk about ergonomics... Did you ever hold the 1st Moto X? It definitely is one of the best screen to body ratio and very comfortable to use.

23. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

No, I live in Europe and I haven't seen any Motorola in our shops for years now. For me 925 was pretty comfortable to use, but still Optimus G is example how it should be done. What a great phone

30. QWERTYslider unregistered

SO glad he is where belongs.

35. Scottl878

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

4.3inch screen size is perfect!

13. cyb22

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Hi! Two months ago my nexus 4 start having some display issues so i begin the search for a replacement! Off course, nexus 6 popped up in my mind but the almost 6" screen was a big issue. After some research, i've narrow it down to the s6 edge and the lg g flex 2. Suffice to say that it was to early for the Samsung so i've went ahead and bought myself a brand new lg g flex 2. I kinda regret it now, but not because the form factor! the shape and the 5.5" curved screen are working together to give me the best feel from a 5.5" factor! I am using it easily with one hand! what i want to say,for me, it's not the screen size that makes the difference but how they use it! p.s. i apologize for my bad English!

14. endygwa

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

silly poll; it's only a matter of 1-hand vs 2-hand usage.

18. LennonRoberto

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 13, 2013

Not strictly. I'd say it is a matter of being pocketable, too. Don't tell me you're comfortable with a 5.5" flat phone inside your pocket. Even 5" gets uncomfortable depending on it's bezels.

15. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

the majority of readers on Pa are probably 60% samsung users and are using sort of note series. the note 4 is 5.7 but yet the vote says 5.5 too big. you all are either in denial or just flat out telling fibs with it comes to phone size

17. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

G3 feels like the absolut maximum for my use. Wouldn´t mind if they fit an 5.7" Display into an G3-sized housing.

22. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Watch Apple introduce again a 4'' compact iphone (iphone 7c) next fall and sell like crazy.

24. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

5.5 is perfect.

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