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

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73 Comments

75. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

As a big guy, I refuse to have a phone that is 5.5 inches or smaller because I dont want a phone that is half the size of my hand lol I love my 5.7in Note 4 and Im not going any smaller than that. I dont see the point of having an average phone when im not average lol

70. murtazarzv

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

In real SAMSUMG consistantly selling devices between 75 to 85 million...after having great competition in android...ios have lil competition ..

69. murtazarzv

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

It shows web traffic..not sales..because sales of galaxy s6 n note 5 are also humungous ..iphone more selking but this data us not reflecting actual sales...its just web traffic..which means ios users use internet more than galaxy s N note devices

62. skyline88

Posts: 702; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

wow, didnt know iSheeps aware about what is screen size. truely amazed me.

53. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

It's because of the iPhone 6. That's all. I still want a 4.0"-4.3" screen phone. If wanted big screen and didn't care about pocketability and one-handed usage, I wouldn't limit myself to 5.0-5.7", I would look for 6.5-7.0".

48. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

And how does this comply with 80 % android marketshare? Omfg use your brains, if apple haven't destroyed it all by now.....

65. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

see article tags.. this article is all about iOS and Apple, lol and they need to explain how and from where they get that traffic data, since its way off from OS market share (unless 50% android device never connected to internet, i wont belive this BS)

41. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

5.5 or 5.7. Nothing smaller. After my Note 3 I tried my S3 and wow. Seem so small. Love my 6s plus now with its great battery life. Now I realize you need a little bezel actually. Too many phones are trimming away too much and your fingers touch the screen by accident.

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed! The trim bezel looks better, but makes the accidental presses more likely. My Notes easier to handle in a case, while my iPhone handles good either way...accidental press wise.

35. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

With more and more data now available from carriers, I prefer a bigger screen for watching online videos. 4.7 is too small.

32. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple may set trends, but they gotta improve their body to screen ration with next iPhone otherwise it's a fail for me. Even iPhone 6/6s is behind on the screen to body ratio. Samsungs designs make new iPhone look outdated (and this is coming from an iPhone fan).

30. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Most popular or most common? Not sure they are the same.

25. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

A 5" screen with1080 x 1920 resolution is all I need. I just want it to come with high end specs and stock Android.

18. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Most common isn't the same as the most popular......just saying.

31. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Just saw your post. Exactly.

72. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Care to elaborate? Specifically in the context of this article?

17. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I really think it depend on where you are. In Asia big screen is the rage. Maybe in North America they still prefer 4.7" screen but I think that will change soon that's why Apple came out with the iPhone 6s.

55. epdm2be

Posts: 836; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Because in Asia many people only buy one (1) device while in Europe and US many people can afford to buy a tablet next to their smartphone.

15. palmguy

Posts: 991; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

My OG 2013 Moto X is 4.7 inches. Gonna rock it til the bamboo back comes off.

14. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

My next phone has to be at least 5.7 inches. Once you get a big screen there's no turning back.

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea there is, went from a 5.0 N5 to 5.2 S5 to a 4.6 Z5c and definitely prefer the smaller footprint.

28. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

That only applies to some people. I went from the Nexus 6 to the Nexus 5X and I prefer the size of the 5X.

29. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3201; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You bet there is. I went from my Lumia 1520's 6" monster to 3.5" on the BB Classic. Right now I'm on a 3.6" Pre3 and have no intention of changing anytime soon.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

5.5 or larger for the Jed.

45. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

I hope you're referring to phones.

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm married to a woman, and don't do the gay thing. Take that stupid crap elsewhere. Talk to me about tech.

50. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

It was a joke. Didn't realize you were overly sensitive. Also lol not taking orders from someone who refers to himself in third person.

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't joke with me that way. End of discussion.

52. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

I'll joke with you however the hell I want to. End of discussion.

64. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

Same here. I went from the 6 inch N6 to the 5.7 inch N6P and I miss the larger screen. This is still a sweet phone though. I don't regret it enough to switch back.

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