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%

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120 Comments

118. nyc_rock

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 04, 2010

I would think this poll is pretty accurate in terms of the general population. Over 50% say that the ideal phone size is between 4.7-5 inches. Each size increment away from this sweet spot shows a precipitous drop in interest. Its strange then that phone mfg's continue to race for the biggest screen possible. I would think listening to the customer is pretty much job number 1.

115. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

6 inch screen on my lumia 1520 is great though 5 inch would also be great

112. gigi3

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

between 4 and 4.5 inch is perfect. but i voted for 4 inch. for calling , messaging, texting ,read e-mails and for browsing it's enough . if you want to watch movies on phone, better buy a tablet. 5 or 6 inch smartphone isn't a tv .

108. Anthony6612

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

I have a note 3 and for the most part it is comfortable to use. Most of us don't use our devices with just one hand so the size isn't that big of a deal. If the device is so big that you feel like you could drop it with one hand though then it is to big. I don't have huge hands. I'm just under 6'. But I feel really comfortable with my phone. I think that how a device feels in pocket is another big factor with how we feel about size.

106. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Physical Dimensions of S2 are perfect for me..

104. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

My S5 is probably as big as I wanna go for now, but I could handle a Note 4 too, I think.

103. almostdone

Posts: 452; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

5.5" to 6" but must have a small bezel. I like the maximum screen size in the minimum footprint.

102. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

7 inches with lg g3esque bezels

101. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

4.7"-5.0" is perfect for me :))

99. skyline88

Posts: 702; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

sometimes, its not about screen size affecting the whole comfort issue. i'd rather have larger screen with small bezel than a smaller screen with huge bezel (hint: HTC One, Lenovo Vibe X, Apple iCrap). but well, its used to be phablet having anything above 5", and now some flagships are breaking the 5" barrier.

97. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I currently have a 5.5in phone (G Pro) and I plan on upgrading to a 5.7in phone (Note 3 or Note 4). Since I'm a big guy (6'7" 225lb) I dont buy phones that are less than 5 1/2 in because I have large hands. When it comes to screen size, It depends on your preference(s)

95. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I prefer 5"- 5.7" screen size. Can't use small screens. Plus how am I suppose to watch my port ;) and action movies on a small screen.

89. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I have a Note 3 but my ideal size is 5.7"+, or at least 6"

88. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I say as big as will comfortably fit in my pocket! Screen size doesn't matter. Phone size does.

93. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

What I meant is screen size doesn't say how big the actual phone is. Screen size DOES matter. Please disregard the above comment by me

86. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

usually every1 says we get used to bigger screens very fast, so when i used htc m8 i swaped it for iphone 5s, its not about screen size its about whole phone size, i dont use phone for anything other than calling messaging email. i got laptop with me always with proper screen size.

84. mdroid

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

5.5" because of OnePlus One.

79. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I honestly like 5' screen :D

71. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Ideal would be a 4.7" display phone that has a clamshell 7" tablet folded in the middle. Awesome camera in the back. Selfie camera in the middle. No camera on the front with the 4.7" front. Might be a little thick but not too thick. My guess is Sammy or LG will come out with this 1st and 2nd- who cares which order. The only problem with this - How do you make a protective case for something like that. Also when are we gonna see multiple bluetooth channels in a phones/tablets/laptops. I wanna be able to hook up to at least 2 or 3 devices simultaneously.

69. jadjr

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

5.1 is perfect

62. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I'll take anything from 4.3 to 5 inches. Anything less is too small, anything more is too big

61. Tommy-Ka

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

4.7" in my Droid RAZR Maxx HD. My hand are not so big. Still, I can operate it with 1 hand, thus, this is the absolute border size for me. I don't need a bigger screen - phones larger than 5" are like "shovels" and I won't buy a larger one. If there are no good phones with smaller screens in the future, I shall stick to my RAZR Maxx HD for a longer period.

60. Nath4N

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 19, 2014

5.2'' in my G2 is perfect for me

59. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I love the 5.7 of my Note 3, but I do wish they'd trim a bit off of the top to make the footprint of the overall device smaller. I rarely have any issues handling the screen size.

58. Hitman3003

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

My Sony Xperia T has 4,55" screen size and it's optimal for me I think. But remember! Bezels are also important. Phone with Xperia T dimensions with 4,7" screen would be perfect for me. I wish in 2015 there will be Sony or Samsung phone with that specs, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 or 810 chip :) (probably Sony Xperia Z4 Compact ? ;) Just saying ;)

57. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I've felt for years that 4 - 4,5" displays were optimal, and indeed they are, for one-handed use. Having recently acquired the awesome Lumia 1520, I've gotten addicted to it's fantastic 6" display, though, and would find it very difficult to revert to 4"! I've found that my usage pattern has changed, because the larger screen opens up for a completely new mobile experience, in which one-handed use is no longer a primary concern...

55. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Having tried a mates Note 3, 5.7" will be perfect for me, waiting patiently for the Note 4 to arrive. :) The 5" on my S4 is great but I enjoy watching series on phone now and iPad requires converting the video and all that crap while Samsungs play pretty much every file type straight out the box.

52. chengsae

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

5 is the best size. good size to watch movie and fit in your pocket.

53. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Agreed....

50. karamelakimo

Posts: 109; Member since: May 26, 2014

i think between 4.5 - 5 inch is the best it's big enough to many things and suitable for hand grip

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