Poll: How big is big enough?

Poll: How big is big enough?
Back in the summer of 2011, we ran a poll that sought to gauge our reader's attitudes towards display sizes, as it's perhaps the most essential criterion by which we all shop for devices. Back then, the majority (40.54%) preferred a screen between 4'' and 4.29'', while 31.51% were most comfortable with 3.5'' to 3.99''. Only 3.09% of respondent felt that a screen under 3.5'' is ideal. And the remaining 24.85%? They were the phablet lovers of 2011, with insatiable hunger for more and more screen real estate. To them, 4.3'' was the bare minimum.

How do these numbers sound in today's context, however? A quick glance at just today's news feed would have horrified nearly 75% of our readers in 2011. 5'' flagships are now standard, far beyond the wildest dreams of even the 'phablet' appreciators of old, and an actual 2014 phablet is mostly expected to be at least 5.3''. They don't even make devices under 4'' anymore, at least for the most part. Our needs and perceptions, then, must have necessarily changed, too, right? But by how much? Let's find out by voting below.

Note: For the purpose of this poll, please consider phablets a smartphone, too.

(January 2014) What is the perfect smartphone display size for you?

3.99'' and under
1.19%
4'' to 4.49''
15.53%
4.5'' to 4.99''
37.55%
5'' to 5.49''
27.77%
5.5'' to 5.99''
12.4%
6'' and above
5.56%

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104 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

5" to 5.5" is the perfect smartphone size for me, I can still accept 5.7" because of the Note 3. Btw, the person who choose 6" and above must be a King Kong.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

*perfect smartphone display size LOL, PA suddenly add the word "display" after I posted this comment (comment #1)

62. rossumentum

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

almost 4 times as many people prefer a phone over 6 inches than prefer one the current size of the iphone 5, 4s, 4 etc! reason why apple stock falls from 700 to 390. It isn't that hard to see people.

6. MC_A_DOT

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I didn't read your post before I posted lol

20. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

IMO 4.7'' to 5.0'' is a very perfect for anybody, not too small and not too big. So I voted 4.5'' to 4.99''.

57. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I'm at 4.8" - 5.2" so I'm torn about what to vote for. 5.5" is too big but 4.5" is way to small.

69. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

For me it depends if it has on-screen buttons, in that case 4.7-4.9" is ok in a small frame. But with separate capacitive buttons 4.3-4.6" is perfect. Anyway the Z1 C will have to do for me...

75. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

Yeah agreed, 5 inch just perfect with slim bezels. But using note 3 for month, now 5 incher looks like a toy. Its hard to ignore bigger screen..

54. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

5 inch on my ZL , perfect . But now I feel small after using the note 3. My perfect would be 5-5.5 inch while 6 inch phone is still acceptable . For table I love my nexus 7 although I do wish it to be bigger

59. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i guess 4.3'' to 4.8'' is perfect smartphones. under 4.3'' to 3.0'' is mini smartphone, and over 4.8'' to 5.5'' is bigger smartphone and over 5.5'' to 6.5'' is phablet.

61. rossumentum

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

even apple is giving in to larger screen sizes haha. iphone 6 expected to be around 5 inches.

74. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Big is better, is what I think. I prefer 6"+ phones. happy owner of an Xperia Z Ultra,I don't have big hands and I'm no king kong. I think I can live with a phone under 7" as long as its pocketable. Well, it is just MY opinion. I do get weird stares at me when I'm out in the public, and talking on a 6,4" phone. Maybe 5-5.5" is the perfect display size, keeping the phone size close to that of an LG G2. (Speaking of ZU, Sony can make the sequel to it with a 6,6" screen size keeping the current design and size as the bezels are generous enough.)

78. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

And the handful of people who said that 3.99" and under was perfect, must suffer from dwarfism or be children.

2. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

4'' & under - Much small 4.3'' SUCH PERFECT WOW 4.7'' just acceptable Over 4.7'' VERY OVERSIZED

51. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

So Z1 compact for you!

52. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

wow :3

79. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Could you f**king not? Doge Shibe is so 6 months ago, it's never even funny.

4. MC_A_DOT

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I think the Note 3 is perfectly sized....but I have King Kong hands

33. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Is that the only thing you have Mr Kong?

84. jamesedward318 unregistered

I don't know if this creepy or borderline inapporpiate...

5. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

4.5" to 5" with thin bezel, for effective one hand typing.

70. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Agree Xperia ZL. Galaxy S4

7. rossumentum

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I like how everyone used to make fun of 5 to 5.3 inch screens and now that is the desired size. These people cant see the future and that is why they will continue to do poor in the stock market.

29. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

In my opinion they where to be made make fun of until S4 and G2 .

41. rossumentum

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

i'd say when the note 2 came out it was no laughing matter

8. haney.alsaaidy

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

6"+ for me

91. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Actually, 6.3" is my limit, but still 6"+ for me too

9. rossumentum

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Desire has grown a full inch in 3 years.

10. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

feeling bad for iphone users.

36. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

why should you feel bad if they are happy with the screen size?...even if they are not, apple is making bigger phones this year. ...i like my nexus 5, but that doesn't make me feel that people with bigger or smaller phones and phones with the other operating systems are unlucky.

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