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...
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73 Comments

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes because of Samsung's Galaxy S III, that's why. They sold over 50M+ in its very first year and the Galaxy S has sold 50M+ every single year since. Has nothing to do with Apple. The only reason its popular with the iPhone now, is because the 5.5" is humongous vs other OEM's who have similar sized devices. The iPhone 6S Plus and the Google Nexus 6P are both ginormous ugly phones. They don't look prim and proper like the Galaxy Note 4/5. It was Samsung who got everyone to make bigger phones, last time I checked. So how about we give them credit and not Apple, who claimed; no one would buy those "hummer" phones.

16. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

The Note 5 has a pretty good 75.9% screen-to-body ratio. Not many phones can beat that. And even if they do, those phones have on-screen navigation buttons which take away from the overall viewing area. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Heres-why-on-screen-navigation-buttons-on-Android-are-bad-for-you_id67350

37. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Techie is honestly the most uninformed, clueless fool on here. Let's me get this straight. He honestly thinks Samsung Galaxy S3 accounts for most of the 4.7" devices because it sold 50mln during an entire year? And a bunch of people upvoted his BS? This shows how biased phonearena is toward android. Time to make him look stupid, yet again. 1. The GS3 was a 4.8 inch device. And even if it were considered in this class, it has a different resolution than the iPhone 6, which specifically is stated in the article: "750x1334 were almost universally the most common." 2. iPhone sales in Q1 Q2 and Q3 were 74.5mln, 61mln, and 47.5mln respectively. So even if you net out iPhone 6 plus sales, assuming the 7 to 1 sales ratio, in Q1 alone, iPhone 6 sold sold 64mln units, compared to "50+ million GS3 IN THE FIRST YEAR". In 3 months, the iPhone 6 obliterated GS3 year end sales numbers. http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/21/apple-hardware-sales-q3-2015/ http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/news/2015/07/iphone_6_outsold_iphone_6_plus_by_seven_to_one_figures_reveal/ 3. I don't care if you even respond. You are just getting called out on your stupidity and biased Android love coupled with Apple hate.

39. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Edit *let

40. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Woah there sparky. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S_III http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/10/16/samsung-galaxy-vs-iphone-which-product-line-has-so.aspx That being said, the 4.7 inch screen is literally the only thing I envy Apple over recently. I just bough the MXPE, and really like it. I just wish it was the size of the original MX. But you are definitely wrong about the S3 numbers and given your need to come and whine about it shows you aren't all that solidly sure on your choice.

42. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

I have not a clue what you are trying to communicate with the wiki URL, and a link to a completely irrelevant article, sparky. Please explain?

43. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

That the 50 mill you quoted, and techie articulated, is wrong. It was closer to 80 mill. Read the links. Also, the galaxy line wasn't their largest base. Now, this is/was a 4.8 inch phone, not a 4.7. But the numbers you ran with were wrong. Yet you went on vomiting at the keyboard. Kudos to you..... It's just about android here. Additionally, You are comparing a newer phone (iP6) to an older phone. So please just be quiet and let the adults talk.

44. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

1. GS3 sold 50+ million units for the year. Techie is right. Source: http://www.androidauthority.com/galaxy-s4-demand-galaxy-s3-sales-197892/ 2. The GS3 is a 4.8" device and the iPhone is a 4.7" device. Source: refer to wiki link YOU posted 3. TECHIE specifically compared the GS3 with the iPhone, claiming it is the true reason why so many 4.7" phones exist, when the phone isn't even 4.7"...... I was just going off what he said. 4. Notice, I never said Samsung didn't have more overall smartphone shipments. However, if you take a minute and actually read techies comment, he specifically states gs3. So now, YOU be quiet and let the adults talk. Lol you should feel incredibly stupid about now.

26. kudus

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

yeah you're totally right! "It was Samsung who got everyone to make bigger phones" Apple 2011 : Who needs a bigger screen like Samsung Galaxy Note 1 that can't fit in one hand & put in your pocket? Anyone? Apple 2014 : *introducing the "all new so called innovation" iPhone 6 Plus

6. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I just switched from a Google Nexus 6 to a Sony Z5 Premium. I really notice the smaller 5.5 inch screen size of the Sony. That said the Z5 Premium is a better phone than the Nexus 6 in pretty much every way at least for my needs.

10. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

From LG h440 to V10 LMAO this is HUGE !!

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; 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: 30836; 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: 30836; 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.

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: 1962; 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: 3098; 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.

15. palmguy

Posts: 965; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

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

17. ryq24

Posts: 874; 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: 816; 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.

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?

25. Awalker

Posts: 1962; 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.

30. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

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

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