Poll results: Is screen-to-body ratio important for you when choosing a phone?
posted by Daniel P. / Dec 15, 2014, 3:42 AM
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 asked you last week about the level of importance you place on the screen-to-body ratio when choosing a phone.
Somewhat surprisingly, almost half of our 3303 respondents list screen-to-body ratio as one of the main criteria when they are choosing a phone nowadays. This means it's up there with specs and price-to-value for these folks, and manufacturers should definitely take notice before they slap huge top and bottom or side bezels on a device, and call it a day. For another 43%, the screen surface ratio is somewhat important, too, which leaves just under 10% of our respondents saying they don't pay too much attention to this particular design solution. Pretty telling opinions indeed.
Is screen-to-body ratio important for you when choosing a phone?
No, not really
It's somewhat important
That's one of the main criteria for me
I like iPhones, but yes, it's in top 5 priorities... iPhone 6/6+ designers should have considered that one...
posted on Dec 15, 2014, 3:52 AM 4
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True. One of reasons I didnt buy iP6, after all those years using iphones. I dont want 4,7 screen in 5-5,2 body...
posted on Dec 15, 2014, 4:04 AM 4
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No one has really got the combination just right though. Sharp has tried and I liked the idea but someone just needs to make a phone with JUST screen on the front. No front camera and the speakers on the top and bottom (or maybe with minor bezels). I would buy that in an instant.
posted on Dec 15, 2014, 6:11 AM 1
Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012
If Sony makes a ZR like phone, with todays specs it would be the perfect design... ZR is almost ike the Aquos but top and bottom bezels are symmetrical. So a new one with stereo front facing speakers, thinner, and better internals would make a lot of sense.
posted on Dec 15, 2014, 8:33 AM 1
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I think a followup question/pool is needed, specifically on about shape of the bevel and screen to body ration and such actually is, I mean no one wants a phone with a too thick bevel so you are looking at it more then the screen. However that said, some prefer more or less, I'd like to think I prefer medium, if it is too small fingers can begin to accidentally touch when simply holding the phone if you got large hands like I have.
posted on Dec 15, 2014, 4:44 AM 0
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Of those three choices, I can see these results. Now, if PA puts screen ratio in a poll with battery life, camera performance, app selection, size options, and a few other choices and asks what is important, I would be shocked if it is a top concern.
posted on Dec 15, 2014, 10:20 AM 0
Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014
It's more about overall size-in-hand than it is about Screen Body Ratio. Anything over 70mm wide is uncomfortable to use one-handed imo. Shrinking the bezels is one way to hit this target, but so is just having a smaller screen. Less bezels also makes the device MUCH more fragile to side impacts.
posted on Dec 15, 2014, 2:17 PM 0
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