The move from a 3.5-inch screen to the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5 was a big move for Apple, but is it enough? There is a great forum discussion on iPhone screen size where you’ll find differing opinions and reasoning for why Apple should or shouldn’t go big. It’s a debate that’s certainly not unique to our forum and it has some users considering drastic measures that include a move to Android.
If they were to move beyond the 4-inch display, what exactly is the ‘perfect size’ or at least the size that most customers want in a phone. Motorola’s research suggests that a 4.7-inch display can still fit into a phone that is comfortable to use. If they were to go big, you can toss out one-handed usability. In this age of ever-increasing screen size, do people care about that anymore? It’s a valid question, with opinions seemingly changing. I once balked at the idea of Apple super-sizing our iPhone, but have since reversed course. The Android made me do it. In all seriousness, as I experimented with different (aka larger) displays, in time they became comfortable. I’m sure the the 1998 Nissan Pathfinder was a big truck when it was released. It’s dwarfed by the current model.
There is no one prevailing thought in our forum discussion as to the perfect size, with preferences ranging between 4.3-inch up to 4.7-inch screens.
The basic functions of the phone absolutely must be easy to use withh one hand. However, I am a female and a 4.5 inch screen wouldn’t prevent me from using it one-handed, so i think that would be a great size…Softspirits
If they would only make the top and bottom boarders a bit smaller they could replace that wasted real estate with a bit more bigger screen without changing any of the phones size….rom X
Apple’s main competition is Samsung, whose flagship Galaxy S4 boasts a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display. It’s a big phone, with a stunning, large display. When Apple decided to change the size of the iPhone screen, they tip-toed and for some, it wasn’t enough. There is no indication that the September 10th iPhone Event will bring anything but the 4-inch iPhone 5S and possible iPhone 5C. Apple had been known for being a company that was able to keep a lid on new products and there have been reports they were considering a big iPhone. If and when they decide to go big, it will send shockwaves that are sure to be felt by their competitors. As forum member Europa aptly puts it, “It’s unbelievable how high the demand for a big-screen iPhone is now. I really hope Apple is listening.”