What's the ideal smartphone screen size for you: poll results

What's the ideal smartphone screen size for you: poll results
Last week, we asked you one of the quintessential questions when it comes to smartphones: what's the ideal size of their screen? With so much variety in devices these days, we get everything from as low as 3 inches to as large as 6 inches and bigger. Such diversity, you might think, could make the results of this latest poll into a cacophony of different opinions. In reality, though, it seems the truth was simpler, and - just as the proverb goes - somewhere in the middle.

In fact, there is not one, but two sizes that emerge in the race to the top: 4.7-inch and 5-inch smartphones. 5-inch smartphones actually grabbed nearly 30% of your votes, and 4.7-inch ones ran not too far behind with 23.4%. 

Add to that the other double-digit results, and you'd see that an overwhelming majority of people think that the sweet spot for a smartphone screen is between 4.5 inches and 5.5 inches. With expectations for two upcoming iPhones, one with a 4.7-inch display, and another one with a 5.5-inch one, it seems that at least in terms of size, we'll soon reach an industry-wide agreement on the 'right' smartphone sizes.

Interestingly, the two extremes that are smartphones with screen size smaller than 4" in diagonal and those larger than 5.7" received only marginal support. With this sweet agreement from the results in mind, it seems that we should finally be able to focus less on just the size and measurements of smartphones, and more on what we can actually do with them. And isn't this great?

What's the ideal smartphone screen size for you?




1. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

PA, you have my approval.

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It comes to prove bigger doesn't always mean better.

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well this poll is somewhat pointless because the screen size does not necessarily equate to phone size. If they could make a phone with 0 bezels I would easily take a greater than 5 inch screen. But some phones will have 4.7 inch screens like the iPhone and be as large as a 5.2 phone like the S5. It really needs to be a poll of phone size instead of screen size.

25. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The S5 is 5.1 by the way.

2. kareivis

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

4,3" - 4,5" would be the best size for me. I just loved my previous HTC One S. My current Lumia 925 with it`s 4,5" is balancing on the edge of just right and little too wide.

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I bet some people will change their minds about how some phones will have an overkill pixel density.

4. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Do this poll a few years later and see how the consumer's tastes and preferences have changed!

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

They've done that already. They'll do it again. I'm hoping that the standards don't go above 5.5".

11. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

If everyone keeps shrinking bezels like LG did on the G3, then most 5.5" screens will feel like ~5" and that will be the norm for Androids across the board

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Previously it was like 4.7" is identical but now it's becoming 5" as the best size as per the poll. But 4.7" is best IMO.

16. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah 4.7" is enough. Compare phones with 5 and 4.7" and make it side by side, there is only a slight difference.

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Remember when 3.5 inches was "just about the right size"?

22. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014


24. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Nope, I alway want 4" plus screen then hd2 come out I love it, then skyrocket then s3 come out that is where I found it little bit too big for me and I'm short with average hand. Htc one m7 is sweet phone...... I found 4.3 to 4.7 seem to be test best.

26. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Pepperidge Farm remembers

8. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I have got big hands and I can say 5 inches just perfect

27. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I must have bigger hands cause 5.7 (note 3) to 6.4 (Z ultra) are both fine for me.

9. aspleme

Posts: 30; Member since: May 18, 2014

I noticed something with this poll... It seems to correspond with the popularity of phones. I've used smartphones ranging from 4.7 to 5.5. Each one feels ideal after I've used it for a while. Should have a box to tick to mark whether your ideal is your current. It would produce much more interesting results.

14. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It's not the case for me. I'm using now a Google Nexus 5 and I wish it was a bit smaller. For me 66 mm wide seems to a maximum to be able to use the phone with one hand withtout having to do some hand gymnastic. So I voted for 4.7 But I don't think there is an "ideal" size, as it denpends on your hand size. I bet if you ask the same in a more women predominant forum the answer will be between 4 and 5" instead.

23. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Exactly, they should definitely divide the poll by sex. Most girls I know like something around 4-4.5", most guys like something around 5". My gf loves the G5 but won't get it simply because it's too big for her to use comfortably. I would love to get a Note 4, but I'm not getting something I can't comfortably have in my pocket.

10. damokles unregistered

4" all the way. Everything else ain't a phone anymore.

20. chengsae

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

what phone do you have currently?

30. damokles unregistered

iPhone 5S.

12. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

For me, it's the size of the phone that matters. Over the years, my ideal screen size has increased as bezels have become smaller. My old phone was 4", my current phone is 4.3", but looking at how bezels have become smaller, i reckon my ideal screen size would be about 4.5 now.

13. lilhart

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

@PA, Don't you mean most preferred screensize, ideal is kind of misnomer here. What is ideal for 29% people is not for all. You get it?

19. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Its all about screen to phone ratio. My s3 with a 4.8" screen feels like a behemoth compared to the Motorola moto x at 4.7". That being said the note 2 doesn't feel all that much larger than my s3 but the note 2 is at 5.5". So like what I've said and so many others have stated its screen to phone ratio

21. mamadathu

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 01, 2014


28. Mrmark

Posts: 407; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

I thought 5.5 Galaxy Note 2 was huge and I loved it but now that I have the HTC One Max ... There is no going down from 5.9 ... I think 5.9 -6.0 would be my limit for my hands

29. Zapp_B

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I love the display on the note 1. 5,3" with 16:10 aspect ratio.

31. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Moto x is a perfect size.

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