Is a 5.5-inch phone too large 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!).

Sure, it's a small difference (especially when you compare 5.2-inch phones with 5.5-inch phablets), but it is a real choice that consumers face when they have to pick a new device.

And it's far from settled: stats show that phablets are best sold in the Asian countries where mobile TV is widely watched even on the subway, and a large screen makes a lot of sense (many phones even come with a built-in retractable antenna for better signal reception). However, in the Western hemisphere, the split is far from clear.

That's where you come to help us settle the issue: is a 5.5-inch phone (or a larger one) too big for comfortable use, or is it just fine for your? Another way of putting this is "are phablets too big for comfortable use?". We've wondered about this before, but now is a great time to go back to the issue, as there such a wide variety of phones of different sizes and platforms that the question arises practically every day. 

What do you think?

Is a 5.5-inch phone too large for you?

Yes, it's too big (uncomfortable)
52.55%
No, it feels comfortable to use
47.45%

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83 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Every phone should have at least two variants to choose from. I would really like to buy Zenfone 2, but 5.5 inch is waaay too big for me. Size of iPhone 6 is maximum for me, as for now the most perfect smartphone in terms of size is Z3 Compact, big enough screen with small bezels. Smartphones should be more compact, to fit in the pocket and for one handed usage, if I want bigger screen I take my tablet.

5. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Big screens have some benefits too. Better browsing, gaming, watching movies. But when it comes to phone i prefer 4.6 to 5 inches for my primary phone. the secondary one can be 5.5 to 6 inches.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7443; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think smart phones that were like the Motorola Atrix and the Asus Padfones were unique. They gave you the option of using the phone as a regular smartphone, but then there was extras that would transfer your phone into a bigger device. Either a laptop with a keyboard and a larger screen (lapdock), or a larger tablet. I think these were great, and there should be more of them. This way you have the option to carry a small phone and it can transform into a large tablet or laptop. More OEMs need to make more of these devices.

48. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

5.5" is the perfect if the bezels are thinner than on the iphone6+ 5.5" is the perfect if the phone's overall size is jut like LG G3,or LG G4!

62. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

perfect for some. i believe there should be more choice. as much as Android has always been known for customizablity for the consumer i'm starting to feel left out wanting flagship specs in a 5" frame.

73. metalpoet

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

I currently have the LG G3 and i was worried about the size but i find it very comfortable for everyday usage. My friend has an iPhone 6 Plus and even though it has the same screen size, that phone is a beast and too big for me. I think it's all in how it is made and the size of the bezels.

51. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

there are phones with just 5.0 screen but the overall size is even bigger than the size of LG G3!

74. DRAPicard

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

I really liked the screen size of the original Moto X (4.7"). That was very nice in the hand. Give me a 4.6-4.8" 1080p screen ANY DAY!

7. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Agree with you. I think phone manufacture should introduce several size for each model. Some prefer small, some prefer big phone. I like the size around 5.7" (G Note size) up to 6.3" (G Mega size). BTW, I think 4.7" should be the smallest phone size. Small phone like 4" or 4.5" is really too small to be useful.

79. pauliunas

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 16, 2016

Tell me more. I HATE, HATE, HATE anything above 4.5". My 4.3" HTC Sensation was WAY MORE USEFUL than my 5" Asus Zenfone 2. I can't compare them directly because of the vastly different specifications, but I very rarely find myself chatting from my Zenfone2, as the screen is just too big to type with one hand. Using it in public transport is nearly impossible because I need one hand to hold onto something... And many many more downsides. Yes, there are some advantages of big screens: - watching movies? No, I need AT LEAST 11" to watch a movie comfortably. Holding my 11" tablet on my lap is quite OK for that purpose, but I wouldn't mind it even bigger. - browsing? for some reason I would browse with my Sensation much more frequently. Now when I have a bigger phone, most of the time for more extensive browsing sessions I find myself using my desktop PC... Sure, if it was 6" or even 7", that would help browsing a lot, but it's not enough for me to even consider buying such a giant slate. - tell me more? I really can't find any other reasons why you would ever want a *bigger* phone instead of a *smaller* one that actually fits in your hand.

9. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

thats the only reason i choose not to buy oneplus one

52. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

5inch phones are too small to be practical for a professional use.... my current phone is 6inch and it is a perfect size for a phone

76. streetlife

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

I use a Nexus 5 as my primary phone and it is practical for professional use. I have a 5.5 inch phone as a secondary phone too but I hardly use it.

78. pauliunas

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 16, 2016

You know, there is a 5" variant of Zenfone 2. I own it and I must say, it's the best phone I've had or heard of. And the price is just ridiculous - $200 for a smartphone with 2GB RAM? Come on, you can't find anything even remotely close to such a deal.

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Yes it is. I prefer 4.6 to 5 inches for my primary phone....

63. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

perfect size for flagship, maybe max 5.2 and for phablet: 5.5 to 6

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

NO...

41. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I agree. 5.5" is right around the optimal size.

4. KENTOZ

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

5.5 is too big for me 4.7 - 5.0 is the perfect size for me

50. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

5.5" is the perfect phone'screen size , if the bezels are thinner than on the iphone6+ 5.5" is the perfect if the phone's overall size is jut like LG G3,or LG G4! there are phones with just 5.0 screen but the overall size is even bigger than the size of LG G3!

80. pauliunas

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 16, 2016

4.3" is the perfect size if you ask me. I've had a samsung S4 which really doesn't have big bezels.. and it totally sucked. One-handed usage is pretty impossible in such size, I'd say.

6. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

5.5 - 6.0 is the perfect size

8. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

thats what she said ;p

29. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Coz Asians can only have less than 6 inch docks...for their phones.

10. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

It feels comfortable to use if the screen fits in compact body like lg g3.....

11. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

You are asking the wrong question since some are compact like the LG G3 and some are ridiculosuly bulky and heavy like the iphone 6 plus.

12. JunkWarrior

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Where's the option to chose "It's too small" really? Using Z Ultra, and waiting for the rumored Z4 Ultra.

13. LuckySwitz

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Primary phone is 2.4-inch..secondary is 5.5-inch..

43. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Primary phone is LOL-inch..outdated flip phone.. Heh. At least you have that "secondary phone" to fall back on.

72. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Primary phone is 7-inch, secondary phone is 4-inch.

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