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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26. haikallp unregistered

I used to own a 3.2" Samsung Jet, and i am know using the 3.5" ipod touch 4g and 3.8" htc trophy. When i first held my phone, i thought that it was a tad too big. But after a while, it kinnda grows on you. Now, when i use my gf's 3.2" Samsung Galaxy 3, it feels odd and uncomfortable. I've used a 3.7," 4.0" and 4.3" phones before. In my opinion, 4.3" is too big two use with one hand. 4.0" feels big to me too but at least i can use it with one hand. So to me, the best screen size would be 3.7" to 4.0". 4.3" is cool and all but its not something i would like to own. 4.5" is just riduculous.

27. Bob unregistered

A very relevant article today. I handled the 4" phone and found it to be a lilttle small for my hands. I think 4.2" (less than oft available 4.3") may be the sweeter spot considering the new qHD screens coming out. Toshiba has infact come out with an even more crisper screen very recently.

28. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I want a 5in QHD phone without the ridiculous Dell Streak 2in bezels! Someone with some smartphone manufacturing know-how answer my call! Samsung, Moto, HTC!

29. Ralph22 unregistered

A 4.5" display is not too big. A 5.2" case is. As displays begin to go edge to edge you lose all the bezel at the top and bottom and side. A 4.5" display will almost fit in a phone the size of an iPhone 4.

31. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I bet these same fandroids were the same ones who complained about how big the 1st gen iphone was. They're also the ones who complained how big the ipad's screen is. It's funny how they change their minds as soon as Apple's rivals releases a device with bigger screens than Apple devices :)

32. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Just like they were so sure when they said that resistive touchscreens are better than capacitive. But later on pretend that they never said it at all, now that all android devices use capacitive touchscreens, lol.

47. america123jeff

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 14, 2011

It is not all about apple you fucktard. Do everyone a favor and quit being a dick. Why do so many people think apple is the owner of the electronic world. I want answers DAMIT!!!

33. Shafeer

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

4" all the way!! Some people say it is too big, but anywhere between 3.5" to 4" is good, preferably the biggest in the range :)

34. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

The Infuse is great! I never thought a large phone like that would be so sleek. I had the old 3.7" Desire (CDMA) and loved it until the Infuse. 4-4.3" is probably optimum for a superphone user focusing on multimedia communication, entertainment and art. The Galaxy S II is going to scream "Buy me!" but this Infuse wonderful.

35. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

16:9 is the way to go. I'm surprised Apple is stuck in the old standard TV ratio. Apple is better than old TV, they should step up and do 16:9.

36. box unregistered

My 10.1" tablet does video and voice calls for free wherever I go, and it works with my Bluetooth headset. Bigger is better for smartphone tasks, to a point; if it can't fit in your pocket, it's too big. After playing with the Streak, Infuse, HD7, and other models (including the iphone), smartphones should be no less than 4" if you're doing anything more web-intensive than e-mail. The iphone's screen feels dinky, and the phone itself just feels too small to be comfortable (though I have large hands). Maybe that's why the iphone is more popular among the female portion of the smartphone market?

38. skainer

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

I own the galaxy s with the 4inch display, it works out great with its slim profile. I would consider moving up to a 4.3, 4.5 and even a 5.0 as long a they keep the lightweight slim profile.

43. iSlackerz unregistered

It's hard to disagree that a 4" screen is probably perfect for the majority of users. I'm on the taller side (a hair over 6' 4") and have large hands. After holding/using both the Atrix and Samsung Vibrant, Epic and Captivate, they all felt just a little small for me. Though I must say the Epic's keyboard helped it feel better in the hand than the others. For me, a 4.3" screen is about perfect, I can easily reach across the screen to press icons with my thumb. I do think a 4.5" screen would be perfect it's probably too big for the pocket. What I think matters most in phone size is choice. I can have a 4.3" phone while the little lady can use a 3.7" phone. With choice almost everyone can be happy.

48. GYNGA

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

5" FTW

49. SMARTGUY unregistered

4.3 is the size i prefer. And 4.5 is the most i can fit in my pants w/o lookin funny. The screen size for iphone ( i use itouch) is too small these days. When u tried to play action games ur fingers can cover like 40% of the screen which is bs. If the iphone increase its screen size i might just go get one. 1 fact im concern about is how slick the body of the phone is is gonna be

53. dickenson

Posts: 8; Member since: May 03, 2009

I love the big screen phones. Hate how they drain batteries too quickly though. But for viewing web pages and watching HD movies and viewing looking at pictures from friends social network albums and even just ordinary stuff you do on and with a phone. Big screens phone display cannot be beat. My HTC Inspire 4G with it's 4.3 inch display is like an Apple iPad at half the size. Perfect.

54. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

4.0 to 4.3 for an all-touch screen is perfect. Larger then 4.3 gets uncomfortable. 4.0 seems really the sweet spot for me, unless I decide I want a physical keyboard. But the best part is that right now you get everything from a mini-cooper (HP Veer) to a Full sized F-450 Super Duty truck (Samsung Infuse). That's kinda cool ....

56. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

To me, screen size is not the issue. It's the size of the device itself. For example, if you compare the Droid X with the Thunderbolt. Both have a 4.3 inch display and yet the Thunderbolt manages to be shorter than the Droid X. Too much wasted space on the Droid X causes it to be a very tall phone. I mean it's almost the same size as the Samsung Infuse and that has a larger screen of 4.5. The iphone also suffers this, even though it is only 3.5. If the wasted space the phone has, it could easily have 4 inches as some samsung galaxy phones are nearly as short and they have 4 inch displays. It really comes down to stop using so much stupid carrier and maker logos and more room for the displays themselves.

61. lastyear53 unregistered

4.5 really should do it!

64. heyhey

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

interesting, they used to try to make phones as small as possible.

65. AndroidAppLabs

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 2011

5 inch screen will be the perfect size. It won't be long before a phone can be all screen edge to edge. With basically zero bezel a 5 inch screen will be about the same form factor as a 3.7" device is now.

67. jake unregistered

i believe "perfect" would be two sizes, 4" with 0 bezel width and just enough bezel for the camera, speaker, ect. on top and mic on bottom. this one would be 4:3 ratio. the larger brother would be 4.2-4.3" with similiar bezels but have a 16:9 ratio. both need to have the 4 buttons hard-keyed to the sides like so. left side towards top vol +/- and search, the top be home-back-screen off, and right side be menu, camera. another issue to me is thickness. the thinner the better? no. you can grasp a phone better if it has a little thickness as well as carry better cameras and batterys. i'm not saying i want to tote an epic around but there is a perfest thickness as well, and, to me, we are getting to thin.

68. Tinkerbell the Unicorn unregistered

i really have no idea on this matter, but my phone pick would have to be the LG rumor touch since it is really easy to use.

69. Tinkerbell the Unicorn unregistered

i am beast
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