What's the ideal smartphone screen size for you?

What's the ideal smartphone screen size for you?
Skip back to the dark ages of 2007, when the Apple iPhone launched and kickstarted a revolution in mobile, its 3.5-inch display seemed gigantic by all imaginable standards. Its dominance was not challenged by anything at first, but then Android stormed in with plenty of devices, and things changed quickly. The end result is obvious: the iPhone itself evolved to a larger display, and 3.5-inch displays have almost vanished, even when we're speaking about the most affordable of devices.

Our perception of smartphones seems to have changed as well. Just two years ago, most surveys showed people finding the ideal screen size to be between 4 inches and 4.5 inches. Our hands have not grown much bigger in the past couple of years, but it seems that people are now more inclined to buy smartphones with much larger screens. Samsung gave birth to the phablet with the 5.3" Galaxy Note, but we now have phablets with a 5.7-inch and larger displays. So have we really adjusted to those new, supersized devices? 

We decided to ask the best source - you, our readers. What is the ideal smartphone screen size for you? Let us know the size and your reasons why right below.

What's the ideal smartphone screen size for you?

Smaller
0.38%
4"
3.02%
4.5"
10.59%
4.7"
23.43%
5"
29.45%
5.2"
12.34%
5.5"
10.7%
5.7"
5.82%
Larger
4.26%

FEATURED VIDEO

122 Comments

1. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Around 4". My 4.5" Moto G is a bit cumbersome to use, whereas my iPhone 5S is very comfortable to use one handed. My hand aches from trying to use the the Moto G one handed due to all the over-stetching of my fingers.

51. chengsae

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

Man people and their "one hand use" you end up using both your hands in the end. no one can multitask... GEEEEZZ.

54. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's okay, just wait until the iPhone 6 when one handed use will conveniently become inconvenient. Ironically, when this test was done a while ago (when the iPhone 5 and 5s were the only choices) the 4 inch option did a whole lot better.

85. sgodsell

Posts: 6847; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow, just looking at the votes above. I can see why Apple is losing market share. The world has spoken and Apple does not have the perfect 4" screen then. Timeframe 4498 votes 2.91% for a 4" display. 29.19 for a 5" display.

124. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

4.7 is is good enough with minimal bezel. Z3 compact make it happen!!!

120. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

No one can multitask with a big screen...

56. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

You gotta hold it a bit more on your fingers than your palm. An advice, handle a phone bigger than 4.5 for an hour or so, and then going back to 4.5 will feel terribly easy!

90. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No problem at all using my 5" phone for more than 1 hour at a time. Going back to 4.5 certainly wont feel terrible easy.

68. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I can use the Note 3 with one hand just fine. It has a 5.7 inch display!

82. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

By any chance, are you from Narnia? My hands are HUGE and I can't use my bros Note 3 for more than 2 minutes without my hand hurting. In short: Not comfortable ='/

87. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

That's cause it's a flat slab. If it was curved it would've been easier to handle but well Samsung doesn't really care about ergonomics. Their design department is probably drunk.

122. drunkenjay

Posts: 1645; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

so is sony and apple?

75. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

5" with On-screen buttons. /thread :)

81. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Man, it is funny how these animals just attack you because you mention an iPhone LOL….People on this site are pathetic. Seems to me that they read right over the words "My 4.5" Moto G" lolllll.

111. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Ironically your hating on people hating on iPhones. Hypocrite.

116. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Hating? No. Pitying. Yes. Lol

119. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

U seem to be highly bothered when iPhone hatred comes..

123. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Because it floods articles no matter which article it is. We can be speaking about WP and someone will come along ripping on why Apple needs to change its logo or something completely irrelevant lol. I just wanna read my Android and iPhone news without any flooding of Apple jealousy/hatred lol.

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

For me 5-5.5 inch will be the ideal size unless a 5.7 inch phone is manageable as the Note 3. But 5.5 inch is the right size to not look too ridiculous and yet I'm able to enjoy my media.

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That's what she said. Sorry I couldn't resist! :D

28. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

oh cmon , teen jokes. how old are you ? 12 ?

38. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Add 9 to that.

63. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I didnt ask your biological age.

72. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Wow, you're so mature and sophisticated.

73. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

at least I dont make ' thats what she said' jokes. thats enough for me

77. Beijendorf unregistered

You're 129 years old?!

67. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Most people on here are immature so he blends in.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Same for me.

3. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Let's see how real hypocrisy shines here. I have friends that own Apple and have always said they were content with the smaller screens claiming they didn't need or want a larger screen......Until...Apple released the larger one. Now, it's happening again. However, many of these friends were tired of the game and moved on to either WP or Android. John B.

21. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

TBH, I'd prefer Apple keep the iPhone at around the size it is now (increase the screen size by all means, just don't massively increase the device size). But if I had to choose between a 4.7" Android device or a 4.7" iOS device, it'd be the iOS device I was going for, despite the fact it would probably be physically larger than I want it.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.