Smartphones with big screens are stupid, says Nokia

Smartphones with big screens are stupid, says Nokia
Is it just us, or is every tech giant out to bash its competitors? First we had Olympus claiming that the Nokia 808 PureView and its 41-megapixel camera are “utter nonsense”, after which Sony made quad-core smartphones look like pointless battery hogs, and now, we have Nokia saying that phones with big screens are just stupid.

Yes, “stupid” was the exact word that Nokia's Niklas Savander used during an interview with Pocket-Lint. He also described the phenomenon of consumers wanting bigger and bigger displays as “monster truck syndrome”, which is a desire that doesn't make sense at all, as people would one day realize. Furthermore, Savander pointed out that instead of just making screens bigger and bigger, companies should focus on creating new technologies.

Now, we know that many of you say that having a smartphone with a humongous display, be it for watching photos, videos, or playing games, is simply awesome. And that is indeed true, but other than that, the extra large size of the device takes a huge toll on the device's portability and make it more or less unusable with a single hand.

Currently, the Nokia Lumia 900 has the biggest display on any Nokia smartphone measuring at 4.3 inches in diagonal. In comparison, other companies are pushing the boundaries much further with screens of 4.7 inches and above. 

At the end of the day, we cannot agree that having a smartphone with a big display is stupid. Rather, it is a matter of personal preference. Some people prioritize the rich multimedia experience that a huge screen can deliver, while others prefer smartphones that fit perfectly in smaller palms. What do you, guys, think? What is your preferred display size?

source: Pocket-Lint

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85 Comments

89. se_gila

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

@Evil_SaNz ;) Hate the feeling of cigarette pack in the pocket :( Shld be handkerchief in pocket ;)

88. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I just want a phone with a 4.5 inch screen with almost no bizzel. That would be perfect.

86. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

What's stupid is how the market is clearly calling for bigger screens, and Nokia is sitting here making comments like this, only making it harder for themselves to get back to the top. Consumers will go elsewhere to get what they want if they aren't getting it from the brand they like.

83. isproab

Posts: 20; Member since: May 27, 2010

I have to agree. There should be a class of devices. "Phone" should signal smomething like 4.3 inch or smaller. Honestly, 4.7 to 5+ should be considered a micro tablet or something. I need my phone to be able to last 12 hours without being charged during moderate use. 20 or so personal emails, 10 or so text, browsing for 30 mins or so, an hour or two of music along with 15 to 30 mins of phone calls. My phone sits on my desk most of the day without doing most of that and is around 20% and thats after less than 10 hours. Screens are the biggest hogs of juice.

81. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

if a big screen is stupid, then what would you call a small screen? " Small screens are Literally a pain in the ass." Playing games, watching videos and viewing photos is undeniably better in a huge display, even iphone owners would agree to that. . .

74. thelegend6657 unregistered

Actually a bigger screen is a good thing . My sweet spot is 4.3 - 4.7 although my n97 3.5 only . Also I prefer the 16:9 aspect ratio of Nokia phones compared with the other company's device

76. Deicide

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

Most phones this year are coming with 16:9 displays b/c of HD screens instead of the 5:3 displays. I guess my phone is unique with he only 16:10 screen available atm. Oh and the 4:3 LG Optimus Vu.

73. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I don't think Nokia is in any position to talk...The Lumias haven't even been selling as well as expected...

69. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

I can't believe this guy still has a job post OPK. Give it time...Elop still has some house cleaning to do. For a top sales guy to alienate tech trendsetters by making such a acerbic comment suggests his communication skills are on par with his former boss, OPK. In other words, he would have trouble selling a charged fire hose to a fella locked inside a burning house. Yes, he makes a arguably valid point insofar as excessive screen size has downsides. But this also needs to be nuanced. In particular, ever smaller bezzels are allowing large screen sizes to fit into pocketable dimensions. The single hand operation on a large screen can still be addressed smartly with the UI...but there is a point of diminshing returns which only the market will decide. It's all about the delivery...and this guy hasn't yet figured this out.

68. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

I love Nokia, but I hate them for thinking this.

70. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

These types of comments from a senior executive have stock price consequences. Savander just increased his value to the shareholders thru a public departure.

67. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

"Olympus claiming that the Nokia 808 PureView and its 41-megapixel camera are utter nonsense" With their recent issues Olympus better shut their pie hole.

66. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Of all the phone companies out there, the one that should understand most the meaning of humility is Nokia. I see there are still stalwarts from the old regime still trying to suck the life out of the company.

71. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Exactly. Give it a little more time. Elop just got the excuse he needs to nuke this guy.

65. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

So claims the idiot who is trying to hawk a 4.3in "monster truck" phone in the US, using a recycled N9 design that is just as huge as any 4.7" thin bezel HD phone out there. Also gotta laugh at his new technologies line. Nokia hasn't brought anything new to the table with any of their mainstream phones, with 2 year old tech and a still struggling Windows OS. I'll take a raincheck until you have something of actual worth to brag about.

63. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I have big hands, so for me, the Galaxy Note is about right for me. Bad move for Nokia here.

62. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

If you need a bigger display, get a tablet... I think 3.5 is too small, but 4 inches is ideal... I don't think the iPhone will get any bigger than 4 and they have the device sized just right...

61. jabberwocky

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

3.7 to 4.3" is the sweet spot. 4.5 is bearable but I would consider it a drawback that I would have to deal with. I won't buy a 4.7" phone. I would prefer to see more projector/projector compatible/TV/monitor out solutions for media situations. Mostly, I read the web and do email and calendar work. Music doesn't require a screen size. I'd much rather have high quality a/v out options than a big screen. Close to 5", and you might as well just put the radios into tablet in my opinion. I totally agree with Nokia, and given the battery life of most large phones on the market today, they are dead-on calling manufacturers stupid. A 4.5"+ screen sucking battery life down to a half a day is absolutely a stupid idea.

77. Deicide

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

Actually, most smartphones now are carrying bigger batteries, now hitting around 1850mAh. I last around 12hrs on HEAVY use on my Galaxy Note, it has a 2500mAh battery second to the Droid Razr Maxx. It's been reported with light use, you can get about 2 days and normal about 1 day. So I render your argument invalid.

59. RamyAbdelbadea

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

NOKIA To say what you said is A Stupid Thing !!

56. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Not the time for any Nokia employee to be talking crap. Concentrate on getting the products out, innovative products that consumers demand for, big, small, fat, thin, whatever.

55. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Well, I think the guy who made this comment is stupid. I've had two eye surgeries and as a result, my vision has been compermised. So the larger screens are a preference for me now as well as for many others. Tablets are great, but I can't take that everywhere I go. But a Galaxy Note is perfectly fine in a pocket and if VZW is smart, they'll get a CDMA version ASAP. But I guess it doesn't matter because I was done with Nokia when they decided to make ONLY WP7 phones. (No disrespect to WP7, great OS)

60. RamyAbdelbadea

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

I Was done with nokia since they left maemo to death and then meego !!

54. jove39

Posts: 2152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Smartphones with label Nokia are stupid...lol

87. gevvyd

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

not the nokia label, but the symbian OS! (nokia lumia 800 is gorgeous)

53. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Obviously he is looking for something to argue about because a screen size is important when it comes to selecting a phone. Im a big buy (6'7" 235lbs) and I have the 4.3" HTC Inspire. I have a hard time with this phone because I have to bring it close to my face when standing up (and I have20/20 vision). Screen size is important to me and the comments he made had have come from an "vertically average" guy. He can keep making phones that are for average people, but im not an average man!! Im getting the Galaxy Note and call it a day

50. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

nokia = fail

49. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

The thing is everyone is different. Choice is good, if you have large hands or like large phones, at least you can find something out there that fits you (and same thing vice versa).

48. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

In my opinion 3.7 - 4.3 is the sweet spot, I have a Nexus S and I like the size of it very much, I can reach all corners with my thumb, it fits comfortably in my pocket and the screen works great for multimedia. I can still enjoy screens up to 4.7 or 4.8 but above that I think is just way too big, phones are supposed to be usable with just one hand.

47. matty1323

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I think it all depends on what you do most with your phone. I have a Galaxy Nexus and I'll admit you can't do everything with 1 hand because you can't reach to certain spots of the phone, but I would rather have the screen be on the bigger side than the smaller side. I've had 4.3" and 3.7" screen phones and I don't think I could he happy with less than the 4.3" screen size. I think that is the sweet spot personally, but MAN is it awesome to watch video or surf the web on this phone's awesome web browser and screen.

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