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

Is screen-to-body ratio important for you when choosing a phone?
When smartphones had smaller displays, the screen-to-phone-size ratio didn't matter that much, as you could still reach everywhere on the panel and around the phone in a fairly comfortable manner. Well, that time has long gone, and even on the best compact smartphones you might have issues reaching the top left quadrant of the display with your thumb only during one-handed operation.

Not only this, but phones in themselves are also getting huge and heavy, leaving an impact not just in our wallets, but also in our pant or shirt pockets and purses, with some phablets straight-out uncomfortable to sit with, or even carry around due to their sheer length and width dimensions. Some phone makers, however, have taken notice, and tried to trim the side bezels as much as possible, fitting 5.5" displays in bodies suitable for 5.2" phones, or 5-inchers in a 4.7"-style chassis, for instance. 

The undisputed king here is Sharp, whose EDGEST design gets rid of the top bezel almost completely, with the 5.4" Sharp SH-04F reaching the whopping 81% screen-to-body ratio, meaning that the phone is almost as big as a regular 5-incher. Some other major manufacturers, like LG with the G3, or not so major ones, like IUNI with the U3, are also trying to trim their flagships from all sides with great success. That is why we wanted to ask you about the level of importance you place on the screen-to-body ratio when choosing a phone. Take your pick in the poll below, and explain to us in the comments.

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

No, not really
9.05%
It's somewhat important
42.99%
That's one of the main criteria for me
47.96%

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50 Comments

1. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

A phone with no bezel is like a face with no forehead and chin... Talk about ugly cheekless zombies, eww :(

5. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

I want smaller bezels. But I also want front stereo speakers and less accidental touches on the screen. #PowerUserProblems

23. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

waiting for HTC to remove all the black bezels from there phones and stupid logo bar waste of space always with HTC for years they can't get it right. HTC take notes from Sharp and LG

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

And a phone with big bezel is like having a thick forehead and double chin Not appealing either IMO as long as the phone's size is comfortable to use in one hand is good for me Smaller bezels help make the phone more comfortable But no/too small bezels makes the phone harder to use

2. mortalmastermind

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 07, 2014

I want bezel as small as that on LG G2. Nothing more and nothing less!

3. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

well the G3's front design was awesome!!! it looked unique until now even!

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Less bezel are better, but if they failed to make so, I wouldn't care much as long as they meet following criteria: Big battery Big battery Big battery

32. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I want a bigger battery. Increase the bezel if that's what it takes.

38. adrewfryman

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

bigger battery would mean thicker phone nothing to do with bezels

46. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

streching the battery longer will increase bezel eventually

33. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I want a bigger battery. Increase the bezel if that's what it takes.

42. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

7. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I want to use my device one handed. I can with the Nexus 5 but it'd be great if the bottom bezel slimmed down a bit. My thumbs aren't getting any longer.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Bezels have function too! They protect the phone screen from accidental touches and falls.

9. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

If the smartphone is as beautiful as iPhone 6 plus then the bezel size won't matter. Too bad that none of the plasticy and copycat phones are as beautiful and premium as Apple designs

10. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Aside from the iPhone 6 Plus are there any other phones (None Apple) that you approve of?

14. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

I would say only HTC one M8 but I hate how big the front speakers are , also that stupid black bar with HTC logo on the front. Useless waste of space

26. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I agree, that bar cuts into the screen size. Plus the HTC logo is on the back of the phone. It was stupid to put it on the front as well.

27. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Oh you didn't say useless piece of space in comparison with iBendy Plus.

36. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

Why IS your icon the Android logo?

39. adrewfryman

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

denying that the iPhone 6 is sexy af would be lying to yourself. i can t wait till Samsung fixes their all metal design. hopefully the s6 wont be as ugly as the s5

43. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

He's a troll.

44. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The iPhone 6 Plus is beautiful, but it is designed poorly and has a horrible UI.

11. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

if you dont want a bezel just get a piece of glass. there needs to be some bezel i do agree that in this day and age we should not have such thick bezels that most phones have.

12. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Smaller Bezels .. always welcome !! However they should not compromise on usability (accidental touch or etc.) .. Z3 is good (best design overall imo) .. they just need to slice down the top and bottom bezel a bit !!

13. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

Can't wait for the day when the phone will be all touchscreen.

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I want slim bezels, not non-existent ones. You still need space to handle the device. My top dog for this is the 2013 Moto X. Nice, trim bezels in a compact body that felt great to hold. Ridiculously small bezels just for the sake of saying you have the smallest falls into the same category as ridiculously thin devices or ridiculously large displays to me. A cheap selling point that diminishes overall usability for a marketing gimmick.

18. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

What jellmoo said.

16. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

the keyword is ergonomics. try using the sharp aquos and realize that the almost lack of bezels does not really do you a favor.

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Ergonomics are way more important. This is like arguing the outside of a car when you will really only enjoy it depending on the seats, control layouts, options, and performance. It looks nice on the lot(or in this case, at the carrier) and pulls your interest by the looks of the bezel/screen, but if the battery life, control layout, performance over time and tools don't hold up- that nice looking *insert name of phone here* will mean nothing sitting in your drawer as you have to shop for something better. I am pretty sure I won't get what I want on a phone with no bezel at this point. I am bored of certain colors, but so long as it is not dog ugly I am in on a good balance.

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