When is big just too big?

Remember when yesterday’s 3.2” resistive touchscreens were considered to be really pushing the envelope in terms of screen size on phones? Sure our perception might have conformed over time, much like with most things in general, but at what size do touchscreens need to be in order to be classified as too big?...
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54 Comments

1. JeffdaBeat unregistered

The perfect size screen for a phone in my opinion is 4". I remember using the Samsung Galaxy S for the first time and it was just the perfect fit in my hand. Putting it in side my pocket was also nice. I could still feel it, but it wasn't like carrying around a brick. I think the upper limit of what is comfortable would be the HTC Inspire at 4.3". That's when I felt like I was kind of stretching to keep the phone in my hand. But because it was so thin, it wasn't too bad in the pocket. Anything larger, I wouldn't be down for. I still want my smartphone to be mobile and I remember how much of a pain it was carrying around the HTC Mogul and HTC Touch Pro.

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

agreed the perfect screen size to me is between 4'' and 4.3'' depending on how think the phone is

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

thick*edit: edit button now appears on some post :D now editing the main post please

39. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

5" is perfect for me because I have big hands (and a big dick btw). Unfortunately, there aren't many good devices at this size so I go with HTC ftw at 4.3"

55. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ohh ur cool

40. obnoxious9162775

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 25, 2011

I agree as well. I own the Atrix 4g and the 4 in screen size is perfect. Movies look amazing, browsing the web works great and plenty of space on the screen for gaming. I held the Infuse at the ATT store, it is an amazing piece of equipment, but for a guy that is only 5 foot 7, my hands are not that large so i could probably stretch 4.3 but that is still pushing it. So the big picture that i see the manufacturers are trying to create is that there is a phone out there for everyone. Big hands, little hands, midget hands or whatever. Either way, I can still appreciate the variety.

2. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

I like 'galaxy s II', even with its huge screen. Ocos, some peeps will definitely hate 4'' plus phones. It all boils down to choice and purpose.

37. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

4" is the sweet spot - especially in the form factor of my Moto Atrix. I also have the SGSII and while I'm magnetically attracted to that brilliant 4.3" SAMOLED+, its just not the size phone I take out drinking beers with the boys.

5. Deep Pockets unregistered

I still think 3.7 does the trick. A super high end phone with a 3.7 will give all you 4" and 4+" phone owners pocket envy! If I am at home or in the office I have a PC or Tablet. If I am on the road I like to travel light and only need to be able to "check" things like email and wikipedia or imdb etc... 3.7 with a great camera and great screen IS the answer.

41. obnoxious9162775

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 25, 2011

I disagree, i dress baggy straight up gangsta style, so my pockets could hold a tablet if i wanted to. Might be a tight fit, but i would get that fucker in there and walk around with a wierd bulge looking like I am happy to see ya....... LOL

6. bubba78

Posts: 57; Member since: May 23, 2011

Perfect size phone screen for me is 4" - 4.3". I have a thunderbolt now and I love the screen size, but wish it had better resolution and daytime visibility. If it is sunny out you can forget it. I tried using an iPhone after having my TB and even though I didn't have trouble seeing it outside on a sunny day and the resolution was better on the iPhone, the screen was way to small. I missed my TB, so I went back to using the TB.

7. hey oh :) unregistered

I have a desire hd. I gotta say that right now I'm at both hands. I hate it. But it makes up whenever I see how awesome its screen is, though SLCD. I prefer one that has 4".

8. Kartiel unregistered

Thats What She SAid...

10. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

3.7'' - 4.0'' is the best size for me i think i have Desire, Desire S, Galaxy S (Sold) and Incre S wonderfull size & nice color with sharpnes below 3.7" is too small, maybe just for call only 3.5" is to economic,

11. ALI unregistered

although im not a big fan of htc, i think the thunderbolt is the perfect size phone. the thing is, big screen's is always a plus the problem is the extra trimming surrounding it.

12. devonblue4u

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 12, 2011

If they can figure a way of trimming the wasted real estate (Dell Streak), 5" displays would be viable in a smaller form factor. We have 2 I9000M SGS's (4"), and constantly zooming and re-orienting the web pages is quite annoying. I don't consider the Galaxy's size a problem, as I can one hand the phone easily and I can't palm a basketball. I really woulf like to see what Asus has up it's sleeve with it's new phone solution. The came up aces with the Transformer Tablet, let's see if this is the same game changer in the phone market.

13. forsaken77 unregistered

Remember back in the day when phone manufacturers were making phones as small as possible? I remember a motorola phone that was about 3.5" total... the whole phone!!! You had to dial with your nail cause the buttons were sooo small. Now they have the mentality that bigger is better, which isn't true. I think the overall concensus would be that 4" is the perfect size. Right now I have the Galaxy S Captivate on 2.2 and it's great. The only way to influence these companies would be to not buy the bigger phones, then they won't make them. Shame the Galaxy 2 is 4.3" :(

14. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Have to take aspect ratio into consideration, too. It was interesting viewing an iPhone 4 and Atrix 4G side by side. The 16:9 Atrix 4" display was the same width as the 3:2 iPhone 3.5" display, obviously the Atrix being a bit taller. I think a 4.2" 16:9 would be the sweet spot, which would take the Atrix edge to edge.

15. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I don't think the on-screen controls argument is valid. On-screen controls in a real-time game are atrocious on any touch-screen phone. Genres like Fighting games need a real controller with tactile buttons and just don't belong on touch-screen phones.

16. dara unregistered

What about 4.2 screen of SE Arc? And 4.3 incher of sgs II? They are both praised for their ease of use due to aspect ratio and slim/lightweight phone frames they are incorporated with.

17. PimpStrong unregistered

I've been dying for a 4.3 but for me 4.5 is perfect. I use my phone for apps, web browsing mainly, email, youtube/vevo, picture viewing, and text so that much real estate will amazing. I can't imaging ANY of those features being better on a 3.7 or 4" screen. I barely even make phone calls on my phone so for me its more like having a mini entertainment tablet with me at all times. The Infuse 4G may have a big screen but it is by no means a "big phone".

45. america123jeff

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 14, 2011

what do you mean its not a big phone? Its one of the biggest phones out there! It is a big phone which is what makes it so awesome. I cant wait to get the SGS II. I wish it had a 4.5 inch screen with qHD resolution but 4.3 super amoled+ is great too

18. steelman unregistered

I just got an HP Veer. It runs webOS. its H+ speeds are awesome and its battery life lasts me 2 days. all these new bricks die in about 4 hours. Small is the new big!

19. steelman unregistered

btw the veer size is 2.5 inches.

20. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I think they should keep making phones in all screen sizes myself. I'm a big guy 6'4 with hands to match, and for my Droid X fits perfectly into my hand. The perfect reason why they make phones in varying sizes, cause for someone like me a bigger screen is really nice, things like clicking and typing are easier on a bigger screen. Now for me I wouldn't get a streak 5, I got one as part of the Dell promo and sold it, but it was one of those things were the phone was too big for me to use with one hand comfortably. For me 4.3 is about the most perfect size.

21. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

After having my EVO for over 10 months and holding an iPhone 4 again, I'm really dissapointed in 3.7". Whenever I use an iPhone I am constantly going "wtf?". It's just too weird to go back to a smaller screen once you've experienced a bigger screen.

30. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

That's exactly why your ex girlfriend does not want to go back to you :) I guess size does matter after all :)

52. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well she decided his 10" where too much much for her and decided to go after your 3.7"dont worry she will be back where she belongs :)

46. america123jeff

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 14, 2011

wait, i thought the iPhone 4 had a 3.5" screen... I may be wrong though

25. LXH unregistered

perfect phone screen for me is 3.2'' . I always love 3.2''. I tried 3.5'' (Iphone 2 from my brother and Iphone 4 from my friend) and 4.0 (Samsung Galaxy S from my friend) a lot but . . . I think they're too big for me. :D I'm going to buy a tablet :D 8.9 is my choice :D cheer and peace !
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