Mid-size phone screens still king, study shows, the phablet 'fad' just 2% of total

Mid-size phone screens still king, study shows, the phablet 'fad' just 2% of total
Market analyst Flurry, which supplies user info to most app developers, and gathers data from about a billion smartphones and more than 2000 uniques devices, has come up with interesting observations on mobile trends already, but now it decided to break things down by screen size.

Flurry took the top 200 most popular models that represent 80% of its vast database, and it turns out that the big-screen trend that Android users are starting to take for granted, is actually only slowly making headway in the grand scheme of things. 

The mid-size commands a vast majority of devices owned, with the so-called phablets representing only two percent globally, which Flurry calls a 'fad', yet with the influx of 5" and up flagships this year, carrying Full HD displays, something tells us that ratio is bound to change. Also, breaking the activities down by category shows that tablets are heavily used as gaming devices, not so much for reading and video as initially thought.

source: Flurry via Electronista

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43 Comments

1. Evil.Bunny

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

i wonder how those stats will change if we take the iphone out of the count....

49. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

Good observation. Im sure a huge portion of the "mid-size" category can be attributed to the iPhone. To be honest I thought the perfect size for a screen was 4-4.3" Then I got my galaxy nexus and had some time with the S3 and DNA and now Im thinking its in the 4.6-4.9 range. I really do think the phones have plateau around 5" mark. Anything bigger should be considered a phablet.

2. thethird

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

No surprise there. But still loving my Note 2 to the bits. So a matter of choice makes all the difference. :D [+]

3. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

the good thing about mid-size phones is that you can put it in your pocket easily but the problem is that, mid-size phones have weak processors.

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

So every phone with 3.5-4.9" screens have weak processors? Since when are the Exynos 4412, S4 Pro, and Snapdragon 600 considered weak?

9. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

give me an example of phones with that processor.

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S3, 4.8" with Exynos 4412. LG Nexus 4 and Optimus G, 4.7" with quad core S4 Pro. Sony Xperia SP, 4.6" with dual core S4 Pro. HTC One, 4.7" with Snapdragon 600.

12. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

u call that mid-size? i call them big phones and do they fit properly in your pocket? NO!

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Dude, mid sized phones in the test the article was referencing were categorized in the 3.5-4.9" range. By the way, yes, they all do fit in my pockets properly.

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I should also mention the Tegra 3 processor in the HTC One X+ (4.7" display), which performs on par with the Exynos 4412.

17. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

oh yeah, i haven't notice that, sorry for the trouble.. i wish the are no hard feelings peace

37. g2a5b0e unregistered

The Tegra 3 performs on par with the Exynos 4412? That's news to me.

43. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Only the overclocked version in the One X+.

45. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

and Octa Core

46. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's not in any phones below 4.9" though.

10. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Middle size phones weak? A lot phone using S 4 Pro, S600, Exynos is screen size less than 5". Those phone spec weak? Probably you need to out your own phone then.

15. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

so you consider phones that sized 4.7 etc are mid-size.. hmmm.. i can't imagine how big your hands are..

29. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Its all personal preference, what is a mid size to you might be tiny to someone else or huge to another...I have the s3 and I have no problem fitting in any of my pockets and for the most part I can use it single handedly...for me its not the screen size that matters but the device size, in this "study" the s4 is considered a phablet because of the 5" screen and the s3 is considered mid size because it has a 4.8" screen even though the s4 is actually a smaller device...with bezels becoming smaller we are cramming bigger screens in to smaller sizes so that needs to be taken into consideration and not just the size of the screen.

48. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I am with u. All the phones(android) currently enjoying the flagship status of every manufacturer are huge in size and not convenient in any way for single handed use. I am only 5'8" and it looks odd when i hold a big phone like S3. I would definitely like to have a phone with Galaxy S2's dimension standard with flagship hardware in it.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

4.9" is a "medium" sized phone? A year ago I would have scoffed. 3 years ago I would have said that you're out of you're fraking mind. I'd say anything larger than 4.5" is large, and anything phablet sized is extra large. The graphs are badly skewed by the fact that the iPhone 3g through 4S are 3.5", and should be considered "small", and are one of the most common phones on the planet. Include 3.5" as "small", and anything above that but smaller than 4.5", and the graphs will look far, far different.

5. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

For me, no bigger than 5'. It's not about 'pocketability' for my case, i dont wear jeans. But something around the size of Galaxy S3 and Lumia 920 (to be exact, the dimensions of the width of the phone) is close to the limit of single-handed operation for me. So, probably my hand can still handle the S4 and HTC One pretty well since the dimensions are well within the limits, but not a Galaxy Note. I dont like holding my phone with one hand and tapping on the screen with another hand even for simple tasks like typing texts and making calls, which means huge phablets are not for me.

32. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hey me too! 5" is already enough for me, like the S4 and the Xperia Z. Oh, don't you think that the Lumia 920 is too bulky? Its like holding a polycarbonate brick.

34. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

To me Lumia 920 is ok, i like the weight actually. I also have the Galaxy S2 but i didnt like the weight, too light. To me 8.5mm and 10.5 mm is not much difference when it comes to thickness, not to mention Lumia 920's back is curved not flat. If it is flat with squared sides like the iPhone then 10-11mm will feel thick.i can tolerate any thickness under 12mm.

35. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yup, me too. My brother was using the S2 too, and it was too light, I didn't like it too. Even though the Lumia 920 is bulky, but I still love the weight! :)

6. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

considering that the s4 has a 5" display with the body similar in size to its predecessor, i think their basis for determining the percentages is faulty. the xperia zl is also smaller than the s3 and it has a 5" display. they should use the dimensions of the devices. not the display size.

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The S4 is actually slightly smaller than the S3, look up the dimensions

30. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Agree with bigger screens in smaller devices than before, I think display size is now the wrong way to determine the size of a phone or at least should not be the only determing factor.

7. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

4.7 is my comfort zone ... maybe because that's what i have tried so far.

22. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

It is true that when you try a big phone, then you can use something a step bigger. Eg, if you used a 3.7" phone, it will be easy to move on to 4.3" but you cannot expect someone using a 3.2" phone to start using 5.0" phone, thay will complain that it is to big.

19. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

people nowadays are making false comments it's okay because i know that they don't have a life

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