Report: 4.7 inches is the most popular phone screen size, and you can guess why

Report: 4.7 inches is the most popular phone screen size, and you can guess why
If you still doubt Apple's dominance, then a new report by device intelligence provider DeviceAtlas ought to change your mind. While the scope of the write-up spans a number of categories, one in particular caught our eyes: screen sizes (and resolutions) and their respective popularity across the globe.

According to DeviceAtlas, the data comes from web traffic reports that also usually capture information such as operating system, browser, and the aforementioned screen size and screen resolution. The breakdown indicates that while screens larger than 5 inches are gaining traction, 4.7-inchers are still the most popular diagonal. And there's really just one explanation here: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Further corroborating this is the fact that 750 x 1334 resolutions are almost universally the most common — a resolution that only the iPhone 6 and 6s offer. The second most popular screen size is 5 inches, while 1080 x 1920 pixels is the most commonly reported resolution. 

Speaking of pixels, it was interesting to see just how much Quad HD (1440 x 2560) smartphones have grown in popularity. In countries like the United States, Quad HD accounts for just under 10% of the total user base, whilst India leads with adoption rates of about 12% from what our eyes tell us. Surprisingly given the previous, the US, not India, is actually leading in terms of phablet penetration (5.5 inches and above).

Here's a more detailed breakdown:

source: DeviceAtlas



1. TheYellowFlash

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Well my G2 remains to be the best screen-to-body ratio in a 1920x1080 resolution

8. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

Exactly.. Its hard to replace my G2.. its as tall as the iPhone 6/6s and only 3mm wider but still packs a bigger screen

34. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

my Redmi 2 Prime is 4.7 inches and it's the best form factor i have seen these days. iPhone 6/6s is also 4.7 inches but it's way too big phone for a 4.7 inch screen.

74. engineer-1701d unregistered

i bet the next 5 inch iphone size will be perfect says all apple users year after year they get bigger and year after year they realize jobs and the rest dont know what they are talking about

76. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

100% agreed....

9. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

4.7 measly inches!! C'mon Apple, stop your trying to save every penny in the processing of manufacturing iPhones in order to brag about record-breaking profits each year... Apple is ruinning the smartphone industry with it's dominance; great R&D innovators like Samsung isn't getting any credit of it's rich catalogue of innovations in it's flagship. But the greedy Fruit company, stuffing outdated resolutions and sub 2000mAh batteries, 2 "innovatjive" Gigabytes of RAM but yet selling monstrously, - it's killing the success of bleeding-edge innovators with latest tech in thier phones. (And yes, i'm an Apple hater). *Sigh*

12. Unordinary unregistered

I mean the 6S and 6S Plus have better / same battery as the S6 and Note 5..... on paper. Real life SoT, Apple wins. And I dont know this based on experience, but based on thousands of comments on the web (yes, other sites with unbias users exist) of people report (with proof) of lower SoT results than reports (and proof) of higher SoT with iPhones. /Shrug. I will be getting an S7, so time will tell. And yes, Samsungs phones have great battery, we all know this. But lets be real, those so called "sub 2k" batteries are topping battery life. [Keep in mind, no where did I say they are the best. Just pointing out that you paper-stat circle-jerkers need to relax lol]

19. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

iPhone 6s Plus doesn't really have good SoT. Idk where this myth comes from but i have actually tested iPhone 6s Plus vs Note5 over the weekend. The iPhone would be at 5% after about 4.5 hours at full brightness while watching videos and web browsing over wifi. Note5 lasted 5.5 hours before getting at 5%. Maybe it was the AMOLED (but still 2k has to push more pixels) or maybe it was just a larger battery idk. I had a Droid Maxx and it used to go about 6.5-7 hrs at full brightness and I dont think any other phone still beats that (maybe the Maxx 2).

24. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The Z5c definitely matches 7 hours screen on time streaming HD videos especially after the most recent update. Can't wait for marshmallow.

27. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Should we believe you or gsmarena/phonearena? iPhone 6S Plus and Note 5 both got an endurance of 85H Both got the same 9h 11m result

57. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Hey Ninetysix! So you wanna compare battery life of a 1080p vs a 1440p phone? *meh*

66. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

but Note 5 have higher capacity battery with 4 weak cores, that helps a lot in battery endurance. would love to see both of them compared for full non-stop gaming. but then Note 5 would far more throttled down. it's hard if you really want to compare it to details. and little knows that due to retina scaling, 6+ actually rendering a 1242x2280 resolution.

63. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

GSMA does all tests at 50% brightness (that the manufacturer has calibrated) and adds standby times (which iOS is the champ of). PA runs all battery life tests at 200nits. I used them continuously (movie marathon) at full brightness. So if you really need to believe anyone, buy or borrow both the phones and see for yourself. BTW Note5 does lag and stutter (majorly when you scroll contacts or texts etc if you have a lot) and the iPhone doesn't (except when going to the task switcher at iOS 9.1). I'm not a fanboy for either company and I personally don't care. I have used almost all major OEM brands: Nokia, Apple, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Blackberry, Huawei, Sony and HTC. The best skin would be Sense. The best experience would be Motorola. Apple is good, it actually is but the way its locked down (i cant even see the songs I have 'liked' on the music player) clashes with me. Samsung I don't recommend to anyone unless he wants the best camera (yes it has the best camera) since Microsoft decided to eff Nokia's legacy. Somehow a year after purchase Samsung phones start to become glitchy. Sony is actually good but it's audio doesn't inspire me. As for LG, they photocopied Samsung to the last icon and the experience is very similar. Apple I'd recommend to anyone who has never owned anything but an iPhone or to those who have no idea how to operate smartphones.

61. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Consumers are voting with their pocketbooks, and no matter if it makes sense or not the only thing consumers care about is the performance of their device. The "innovation" seems to come regardless. Let us not forget it was the Note series and the push to 5" Hero devices screen sizes on Android that forced Apple to increase their devices from 3.7" just 2 and a half years ago to the 4.7" and 5.5" they are now. But Apple is a monster, and people are very loyal to them. That is the real innovator- customer loyalty. Only Samsung and Apple have it. May be time to ask why if you are a CEO of any other OEM.

71. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

If innovation is a smoke screen of marketing and gimmicks, I want no part in this area of 'tech'. No the real answer of why Apple dominates any Android OEM is because one thing: women. No review/comment is going to sway that market with resolution talk, specs, and 'value, women simply buy because it's 'fashionable' and fashion doesn't belong in tech, fashion keeps it disposable.

20. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Sharp called......

60. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

76.2%...godly for a phone that size.

73. engineer-1701d unregistered

well no one asked me so its like 20 people from each country i hate these graphs they dont show any real info

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Hell yeah. I remember the days where 4.7 inches was the standard. Now, its goddam 5.5.

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

5.5 inch phones are not the standard. That's just the popular size for someone who wants a phablet size device. 4.7-5 inches is what the majority of the population has.

33. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

He means standard for high spec flagship phones.

46. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The article makes us believe that the majority does have a smaller 4.7 inch sized screen, when the actual statistics tell us that the 5 inch and larger group is almost the same size, which leaves that 17.1% "other" group to be the deciding factor. And since we don't know what's in there, it's basically hard to say whether that smaller size or the larger size is more popular.

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR 4.7-5.2 Is My Ideal Screen Size But It Seems That Only 5.5in And Above Get The Absolute Best Specs These Days Smh. When 5.5in Phones Get 80+ Screen To Body Ratio Then I'll Be Happy About It.

54. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Probably because in our western world we can buy both a tablet and a smartphone hence we prefer a smaller "phone". I guess that in other continents people who can only buy one device decide for a big phone instead of 2 devices.

56. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's Stupid No Matter Where You Like You Can Get Both Smartphone And Tablet. I Only Own One Device And I Live In The US So Don't Say Stupid s**t Like That To Me.

77. stonec

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 30, 2016

Many people in the world still can't afford both a tablet and a phone, what's stupid about that?

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Love the size, hate the resolution.

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

and charges you equivalent to having an arm and a limb removed.. nope!

13. Unordinary unregistered

Loving my screen =) No need to shade my phone at the beach also like I had to with my prior smartphone.

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Never had to shade a screen for years now, didn't know that was a thing.

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