Poll: What is the perfect smartphone display size for you?

Poll: What is the perfect smartphone display size for you?
Ever been asked by a family member for a smartphone recommendation? If yes, then the chances are that you, in turn, started asking questions so that you can narrow down the list of possible suggestions, and one of them almost assuredly had to do with display size. 

Indeed, the diagonal of the touchscreen glass is among the most important criteria people set when shopping for a new smartphone, and that makes a lot of sense. Do you want to lug around a true phablet-sized monster that can essentially double up as an on-the-go media hub, or are you more comfortable with a sub 5-incher that fits in your jeans' pockets? Let us know by voting for the screen size bracket that you find closest to optimal!

(March 2015) What is the perfect smartphone display size for you?

3.99'' and under
0.46%
4'' to 4.49''
5.73%
4.5'' to 4.99''
32.3%
5'' to 5.49''
42.73%
5.5'' to 5.99''
14.93%
6'' and above
3.85%

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41 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's not about screen size. It's about the width and thickness of the phone. For me, it should be less than 70 mm wide and 8 mm thick. Within those dimentions, bigger screen is better.

5. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree with the 70mm but height is a big deal too. Phones with too much bottom bezel make it hard to reach the top of the screen. If I want to use both hands, I'll use my tablet. Generally speaking 5" is max for me. I lov emy Nexus 5 but I couldn't go bigger. I'm looking forward to the Z4 Compact.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, IMO ~130 mm very easy one handed use ~135 mm easy one handed use ~140 mm not easy, but not hard one handed use ~145 mm quite hard one handed use ~150+ mm, needs two hands But this depends on how long your fingers are and what grip you use, so its different for everyone And the bottom bezel is very important too, the smaller the bottom bezel the less far you have to stretch (if you have a pinky on the bottom, but not everyone uses that grip)

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

Height less than 145 mm is pretty good for me.

8. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Agree with both things. For me 5" with off screen buttons and 5,2 max if it has on screen buttons.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yup, same here, I want the phone to be manageable. If only they released a 5 inch or less nexus again I would buy it in an instant. The only other option is the Z4C otherwise (unless it isn't water proof, then the rest of the features will compete with S6).

25. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually is about width and height for me.... less than 66mm and 130mm so I can reach everywhere with my thumb,. Thickness is only a concern if the device exceeds 11mm and in those cases I will use it without any sort of case

41. Z3R091 unregistered

This question have been ask. The answer is still the same, 5" to 5.5"

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Is it just me or PA made the same poll for every year? I voted 5" to 5.49", it's perfect for me. 6" is the limit. But I guess if some manufacturer make a phone with 6" screen with very thin bezels, and has a body size like a 5.5", that would be awesome.

4. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Yes but I guess they want to map how popular opinion changes year on year.

37. BillyBoy

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

If you flip your hand really fast you can fly, don't you?

3. Biernot unregistered

4,8 - 5,2"

10. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

moto x 1st gen was a perfect phone on both weight and size

21. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

It was too heavy for its size. And its bezels were too big for a no-button phone. (i still have it on a shelf)

28. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Do you even lift bro?

35. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I concur

11. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

In terms of display. 4.6-4.7 - For daily driver on days off from work. 5.7 - Daily drive on work days. Right now my setup is : Note 4 on work days and iPhone 6 on days off (Still bugs me not having iCloud sharing from the whole family during the week)

12. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

5.5 to 5.99, perfect for me. I use my Note 4 one handed easily, same with a friends Note 3 and LG G3, anything lower than 5.5 is too small for me now and anything above 5.99 may be a little more difficult, still want to try a +6inch phone for a week or so though to see how I will feel about going over 6inch. I did try a Lumia 1520 for an hour or so, didn't mind it.

13. Saafa

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

POLL: what kind of craze of giant smartphones? IMO a standard hand can handle 4.5-4.8 (and maybe 5.2) without pain. :/ Once Upon a time i had a LG G2, but I sold it because it was too big for my hand. And the only reason I did not buy LG G3, was that it was too huge...!! now, i have a Z1C and its a bit small; but I do not feel pain. The end. ^_^

15. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

For me Galaxy S4 size was perfect. Screen size and overall device size was perfect .

16. senbobaggins

Posts: 8; Member since: May 22, 2011

I personally think its all about bezel size. Take the M8 or M9 for example; I know that there is an amazing amount of engineering put into these devices but for me i feel the bezels are its downfall. The bottom bezel was massive on the M8 and i found myself selling it on after 4 weeks of use. If smartphone makers focused on reducing bezel size then i would consider going for a 5" plus screen

17. zakiroi

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

exactly 5" on galasxy s4 perfect

18. PaulJst

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

4.5" – 5.0" idea size for me. What is more, only for the home.

19. mdroid

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

just exactly 5.5" is for me.

20. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

Once you start using big screen mobiles you can't get back to the 'smaller' screen devices. I am using the XZU as a daily driver, it's very difficult for me to carry it, I can't ride the bike comfortably with it in my pocket.. but still I love the screen size and cant go back

22. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

I moved from Note 3 to Galaxy S5 and size wise I don't regret this !

23. mrochester

Posts: 1018; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Definitely the 4"-4.49". My iPhone 6 is just a tad too big to be comfortable to use one handed. Using my mum's new iPhone 4S makes you realise just what we're missing as far as comfortable one handed use.

26. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Xperia Z3 Compact... 4.6" screen, with the body almost as small as the iPhone 5s

24. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

4.5 to 5. I used to have a Note 2 moved to the bigger One Max, got tired switched to a smaller Note 3, got tired switched to smaller S5. Still not satisfied, I switched to my Z3 Compact I am using now. Perfect. Will hold on to this until it breaks or I will see how Z4C will be.

27. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I feel like my ideal size will keep growing. After trying a friends 1+1, my S5 felt puny.

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