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New Study Suggests Consumers Want a Larger Display on Their Mobile Devices

There has been a lot of griping and complaining about screen sizes in Android phones getting out of hand. The Samsung Galaxy Note (unboxing and hands-on here) was the breaking point of this argument, 5.3″ of screen space seemed to push people over the edge. But a new survey says that 90% of smartphone owners surveyed wanted a bigger screen. According to the report, the sweet spot for screen size is somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.0 and 4.5″ or somewhere in between. The phone has to be thin and light as well in addition to the large screen. This should be no surprise to our readers though. What is your ideal screen size?

Via: BusinessWire

  • Caradenino777

    4.3 is good

  • JeffDenver

    Yes, 4.65″ is not big enough. I need an 8.7″ phone. I will not be happy until I have a dinner plate stuck to the side of my head while talking on the phone. 

  • Daniel Rowen

    UGH, my ideal screen size would be 3.7″ or smaller…I find that anything wider than my Droid2Global is really too big to hold in one hand and use with my thumb, which is how I use this phone often.  I do not have big hands, and prefer pocketability over having a GIANT display.  If I’m using my phone with two hands, I’ll be holding it horizontally and using the keyboard.

  • Mister_Eff

    4.65″  seems to be perfect. If only they would make a phone like that…

  • droidbeat

    4.65 inches

  • socalrailroader

    I LOVE my AT&T Galaxy Note, and I was one saying “Man, this thing will be too big, no way!”.  Now, I can’t see myself going smaller again, MAYBE 5 inches, but below that just seems too small now.

  • MrEnglish

    Sorry, even though I was one of those who chastised makers like Apple for keeping it small, I’m starting to understand. My Gnex is just at the cusp of ridiculous when it comes to single hand navigation. Bigger than 4.5 is borderline PDA, which is fine, but call it what it is. I seriously doubt I’d buy anything larger than what I have now, in fact, smaller might be the new cool if the features and clarity are right. I’m not the movie watching type, so for what I do, which is primarily business, I can get away with a smaller screen with a great resolution. 

  • Dominick_7

    The 5.3 inch screen on the Note is ideal.

  • Wsiembida

    4.7 to 5

  • abhele

    uhhhh wats up with the verizon galaxy note LOL

  • Droidfan

    If you are going to utilize all the potential of a 2012 smartphone….you need screen real estate.  The 3.5″ screen of 2007 was fine in that day.  I had a Droid X (4.3″) that I just updated to a Razr Maxx (also 4.3 …..and one BADASS phone to boot).  A 4.3″ screen is the absolute minimum screen size for a modern  smartphone.  Checkout the reviews of the Galaxy Note on Amazon…..and see how many Note owners comment on how quickly 5.3″ became a comfortable size to use.

    I have read a lot of people complain that anything above 3.5″ is hard to one hand.  I have one word for you….ADAPT.  

  • i like the galaxy note and the galaxy nexus. so the sweet spot for me is 5 inch with 16:9 aspect ratio and on screen buttons.

  • 1997=the year you were conceived

  • Android1997

    Big phone=Small penis

    • fanboy1974

      Small phone = Big breast

      I can play this game too you know.  

    • Tim242

      So, I should be looking at only men with small phones?

    • But I have a big phone..

  • chris125

    I think once they start shrinking the bezel so that the phones stay the same size as current phones but with 5+ inch screens that would be fine, but right now 4-4.5 is ideal since anything over that and the phones become hard to use one handed.

    • Tim242

      There has to be bezel, or else you’ll be touching places you don’t want to. That will just give you something else to complain about.

      • chris125

        Egoist to see you can’t read either. I said no where eliminate the bezel I said make them smaller. Nice try tho clown maybe read next time or get a life before you comment. K thanks bye

        • Tim242

          They are already small. Any less, you’d be complaining. You complain about everything. Been watching your comments for a while. You never have anything positive to say.

          • chris125

            I guess saying how I feel is complaining. You must have nothing better to do than creep my comments. No need to comment on anything I say it’s my opinion it’s how I feel. Hop off the android teet 🙂

          • Tim242

            You are such a pissy lil queen. : ).

      • chris125

        Egoist to see you can’t read either. I said no where eliminate the bezel I said make them smaller. Nice try tho clown maybe read next time or get a life before you comment. K thanks bye

  • Destroythanet

    GNex is a perfect size imo. Smaller bezel to squeeze a slightly larger screen but keep the same dimensions and it’s all good.

  • Jslafarr

    Flash the tablet mod if you can’t reach the status bar (gnex) – smaller bezel, same size screen, maybe a better gpu. Done… for now, until better technology comes out. Gnex is the best phone out now like it or not – but there could always be improvements.. on any device.

  • ideal for me would be 5.5″ and almost bezelless

  • Tom

    A thin, light, small bezel, 5″ phone would handle most of my needs. My Droid X does just not have enough real estate for browsing.  

  • Mebaker Mb

    Someone explain the galaxy note with verizon branding.

  • Booboolala2000

    4.3 – 5.3 is good for me. 4 is just a hair too small. I like to browse and easily get info without scrolling through an email.

  • Kevdroid

    I’m sensing a Droid Life survey…

  • Doan

    4.5″ sounds good to me.  It’s it’s truly edge-to-edge bezeless, a few tenths of an inch more would probably be acceptable.

  • Bloodshotrecords90

    the “Note” is the perfect size, for people with big hands.bad eyesight. 
    elderly people. and anyone over the height of 5’9″ (tall). I am 6’3″
    and the Droid Razor feels like a small phone. Bring the note to Verizon.
    ! why complain about more options.? If you are 5’8″ or shorter,  then
    the “I phone or droid razor ” will seem like the perfect size for you.

    • Tim242

      Height has nothing to do with the size penis you have, or size phone you choose. I’m 5’6, and have a Galaxy Nexus. It’s 5.3″ x 2.7″. It’s the biggest phone available from all carriers in the US, with the exception of the note on ATT.

  • TheScreenIsTooDamnLarge

    A phone should absolutely be usable in one hand without having to readjust your hand or to stretch your thumb in an attempt to reach something in the corner. 4″ with no Bezel.

    • Doan

      This is your personal preference.  Not everyone has your same preferences.

      • TheScreenIsTooDamnLarge

        Except phones keep getting bigger and not smaller. I would not be vocally proclaiming that The Screens Are Too Damn Large had I and others like me had an option of a phone we can comfortably handle with one hand that had top-notch specs on par with the big phones.
        I am all for choice, except I don’t see one for me.

    • Tim242

      You have two hands for a reason.

      • TheScreenIsTooDamnLarge

        I shouldn’t *need* to use two hands to use a phone! O_O
        What’s wrong with you? I can name dozens of situations where I want to do something quick with one hand, and having to use both hands is either out of question or simply cumbersome.

  • Marcus Schoen

    4.95 inches (the .65 inch addition is for the ICS soft buttons) in the Droid X ratio. 1080p aspect ratio here I come!

  • I want a bigger screen AND a qwerty keyboard! Is that too much to ask?

  • feztheforeigner

    I want a 10″ phone! Oh, wait…

  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    I’ve been quite pleased with the size of my G-nex.  It’s got a nice, big screen, but it’s still very pocketable. 

  • Bloodshotrecords90

    the “Note” is the perfect size, for people with big hands.bad eyesight. 
    elderly people. and anyone over the height of 5’9″ (tall). I am 6’3″
    and the Droid Razor feels like a small phone. Bring the note to Verizon.
    ! why complain about more options.? If you are 5’8″ or shorter,  then
    the “I phone or droid razor ” will seem like the perfect size for you.

    • thats not true

    • LOL im literally 5 8 and have the note. its not quite as large once you use it for a week.

  • Trooper

    I guess 4.8 to 5 inches. Gnex is ok, but its you dont really have a full 4.65 inches of screen real estate.   

    • GawkerRedesignSucks

      “you dont really have a full 4.65 inches of screen real estate.”
      Since when?

    • Tim242

      The screen is actually 4.72. Not sure why they understate it. But, with AOKP, you can reduce the size of the buttons, or remove them altogether, using the swipe fan. I chose to shrink the size. So, with the buttons, I have 4.6″ available.

  • nsnsmj

    I’ll never understand people who complain about screen sizes getting too big. It’s not like someone is forcing you to buy one of those phones. You have a choice. If the Note was your “breaking point”, then that’s really sad and pathetic. You were just looking for something to complain about. If you want a smaller Note, get a Galaxy S 2. It’s essentially the same phone.

    Now, to answer the question…

    After having owned a Nexus S for only a few weeks when I got it late last year, I was already craving for a larger screen. I thought 4″ would be perfect for me. Nope. I think the Galaxy Nexus has the perfect size screen, but even then, once I get my hands on one I may think it’s too small. So, for me, I love large screens.

    • TheScreenIsTooDamnLarge

      Actually, no we do not. You absolutely cannot get a good smaller phone in the Android world. Anything under 4.3″ (HTC Rezound) has crap specs. Might as well go with an iPhone at that point (not an ideal choice!)
      4.3″ with no bezel would be ok, but if the current trend keeps up, anything under 4.5″ will have year-old hardware.

      • GawkerRedesignSucks

        The droid 4 has a 4″ screen and basically the same specs as the RAZR.  There ya go.

        • TheScreenIsTooDamnLarge

           Pentile. No dice.

  • TheScreenIsTooDamnLarge

    The current trend for 4.5″+ screens is ridiculous. It’s a phone, people, not a goddamn tablet – get yourself an iPad.

    • Knatcal

      You can go get an iPad, and I’ll buy whatever phone I please. Unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with girly hands, so the man sized phones work great for me. The only thing ridiculous here is your attitude.

      • TheScreenIsTooDamnLarge

        False. There are no good small phones on the market that are up to par with something like the GNex. Until a competent company comes out with a true contender for a top spot in the sub 4.3″ size, my attitude will not change.

        • get yourself an iphone then, their attitudes are quite similar

          • TheScreenIsTooDamnLarge

            Wanting a quality product in the size they want? Damn, I didn’t know we were hating on people for wanting a choice now.

      • richlizard24

        His opinion on screen size is ridiculous?  Or was it the fact that he mentioned the iPad? 

  • andy droid

    Why does everyone think they know their sweet spot when the Galaxy Note is new to the market?  I looked at one in the store and it fit into my jeans pocket surprisingly well and I’m not a large guy. 

  • richlizard24

    3.5″-4.3″ is ideal.  It is a phone after all.  If I need more space, I have a tablet, a laptop, and a desktop.

    • chris125

       nobody is making you buy these phones….

      • richlizard24

         Sorry.  I thought this was asking for our opinions.  My mistake. 

        The iPhone sucks.  Better?

    • Tim242

      You can’t fit a tablet, laptop, or desktop in your pocket. The Galaxy Nexus fits in my pocket, with a lot of space left. Even the Note fits in the pocket perfectly well. Anything less than 4.3 is too small. These aren’t just phones anymore.

      • richlizard24

        You can’t, but you also don’t need to have all 4 with you at the same time.

        Anything bigger than 4.3″ is too big.  I use my phone for quick consumption while I use my tablet for longer term consumption.  I find phones with anything larger than a 4.3″ screen too large, and I’m 6’3″.  I had the Droid X and that was pushing it.  Not everyone wants a brick. 

        These are just phones.  That fact cannot be overlooked because of everything else they do. 

        Let’s not worry about screen size and push for better battery life.  Don’t let all of the bells and whistles distract from the real issue.  These massive screens are power hungry. 

        • Tim242

          These are not just phones. They are small tablets with a phone app. I hardly ever pull out my laptop anymore. My Nexus is 90% of my computing. Tablets are what seem like a waste. They are too big to be portable, and don’t do anything my Nexus can’t.

          • richlizard24

            I see your point but I do not agree. I find myself reaching for my tablet more than I do my phone. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy a phone with a smaller footprint. Having sold my tablet, I realize how much I actually used it.

  • Bloodshotrecords90

    the “Note” is the perfect size, for people with big hands.bad eyesight.  elderly people. and anyone over the height of 5’9″ (tall). I am 6’3″ and the Droid Razor feels like a small phone. Bring the note to Verizon. ! why complain about more options.? If you are 5’8″ or shorter,  then the “I phone” will seem like the perfect size for you.

    • chris125

       sure it will. Height has nothing to do with it. I have seen plenty of smaller men and women with a nexus and its 4.65 screen. Please just because you are 6’3 doesn’t mean anything. Perfect for you is not perfect for everyone.

  • I tried out a Galaxy Note in person the other day, and I don’t know if it’s the ideal size for everyone, but if Verizon had it I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

    • Dominick_7

      Agree 100%

      • Dan

        x2000!  If it’s not on or announced on Verizon by the end of May I’m jumping ship.  Already off contract, but want the Note before summer road trip, but prefer to stay on Verizon.

  • Daja62

    I will tell you what and why people want bigger screens ,not every person has good eye sight and for those many thousands of us that don’t have good eyesight a bigger screen is absolutely wonderful . Don’t tell me the phone looks to big to talk on that’s what bluetooth is for if that’s your problem. As far as holding it in your hands well if your eyesight is excellent than stay with a a small screen that fits your hands but for us where either because of age or genetic problems with eyesight regardless of age a bigger screen is hands down a wonderful option . I said back in December that a big screen phone will not bomb out like all the so called experts said it would. Well Samsung is selling these like hotcakes and the people that are buying them love them and it also makes the experience of using these so much better than a phone with a small screen which is far from enjoyable when you can’t see what is on the screen. Say what you want but bigger is better and if you want a small screen then buy a IPHONE or a android with a small screen and be happy, I will take the bigger screen along with millions more of people like me and truly enjoy using my phone much much more.Now we need Verizon to get this phone ASAP and from rumors it sounds like they will albeit a different name but basically the same phone but need it to be LTE or its not worth getting.

    • chris125

       actually if you have bad eye site a higher resolution would prob help better than a larger screen. I mean look at the sgs2 larger screen with same resolution that is on smaller screened phones so you aren’t really getting more on the screen at any one time.

      • Actually the larger screen will be better than increasing the resolution alone.  If you’re sitting on the other side of the room watching a 13″ monitor at 720p and you’re having a hard time seeing it then you won’t be able to tell the difference between 720p and 4k on the same size monitor at the same distance.

      • Tim242

        Increasing the resolution makes text much smaller.

  • The one I can actually afford to buy AND which fits in my pocket somehow

  • Austinrgoebel

    4.6

  • Prime7

    I pretty much cannot tell the difference between my GNex’s 4.65″, my old DROID X’s 4.3″, and my PS Vita’s 5″ screens, so I’m going to say the sweet spot is somewhere between 4.3″ and 5″ for me.

    • Zebra

      Because with the on screen buttons, the content area of the GNex Screen is about 4.3″

      • Prime7

        Yeah. To clarify, if I have all three devices next to one another, it’s very easy to tell which screens are bigger. Otherwise, though, even the 5″ Vita screen doesn’t feel *that* much bigger than the X’s 4.3″.

      • Tim242

        Actually, it’s 4.45 with the buttons. I measured. However, mine is 4.7. I don’t use the on screen buttons.

  • blkghost

    I got surprised right now, thinking that the galaxy journal is coming out by looking at the picture. The picture should have been picked out better. The top if the phone says verizon but on the screen the 4g is for at&t. got all excited for nothing.

  • The problem, of course, is that a lot of Android manufacturers don’t want to hear that they should stay under 4.5 inches.  Why?  Because the “bigger numbers are always better” school of marketing is all they know.

    Starting to wonder if we’ll get a backlash against some Android OEMs as a result.  The Galaxy Nexus is right on that border, only because it’s replacing physical buttons and not really getting much larger.  But the HTC Titan and One X, the LG Optimus Vu, the Samsung Galaxy Note… they may actually be good ways to turn users off.

    Also, while the iPhone screen is definitely a bit small, I’d rather have a bit small than a bit too big.  At least one of them still fits comfortably in your hand.

    • Tim242

      You have two.hands for a reason…

  • Fattie McDoogles

    4.3- 4.5 is a great size. Any bigger I want it to be like the Galaxy Nexus and have onscreen controls

  • Nate Davidson

    WHERE R THOSE FLEXI SCREENS?!?!?!??

  • Bewara2009

    Come on whats the matter with ya, Don’t you people like it the bigger the better? 

  • I’m all for big screens.  It’s a big phone that I have a gripe with.

  • martyjones

    Every time I handle an ifone, I can’t believe how dinky it is (sorry for using ‘handle’ & ‘dinky’ in same sentence guys #nohomo).

  • Mrbrooks418

    90% wanted larger screens? Must of been an iPhone party………

  • Christian Bennett

    4.65″

    • Tim242

      The Nexus is 4.72. I measured : )

  • i want 4.3″ that INCLUDES software keys. i do not care how this the phone is, it must feel good in the hand (curvy, not boxy razr) and have a large battery inside to last a day.

  • Jdstell

    I think the 4.65″ Galaxy Nexus is about as large as I can comfortably use with one hand.

    • Tim242

      1. It’s 4.72. Two, a bigger screen can fit in a smaller phone. 3. You have two hands.

      • richlizard24

         4.  It’s his opinion.

        And the GNex screen is 4.65″. 

        • Tim242

          Have you measured it? I have. It is 4.72. Measure it.

          • richlizard24

            So the official specs are wrong?

          • Tim242

            Yes. Measure it. Haven’t you wondered why the used .65? Not one other phone is that precise. They should’ve had 4.7″ in the specs. Technically, it’s 4.72…but it should be rounded past the first number, behind the decimal.

          • richlizard24

            Yeah, I’m not going to waste my time measuring over a .07″ difference. And forgive my hesitation to believe a random guy on the Internet over the official specs.

          • Tim242

            You wasted your time debating me over it so, why not take 10 seconds to measure? Then, you don’t have to believe this random guy : )

          • richlizard24

            Because I don’t have the phone to measure. Not everyone owns a GNex and I’m not driving to a store to measure one.

          • Tim242

            Well, until you can prove otherwise, I’m correct.

          • richlizard24

            Solid Internet logic.

          • Tim242

            Better yet, I will post a pic to prove it. It will take me a few minutes though.

          • richlizard24

            Sure. I’ve never seen a GNex in the wild.

          • Tim242

            It was hard to get a shot showing the perspective of both ends of the ruler. This is the best I could get. The screen is 120 mm diagonal. That converts to 4.72.
            http://db.tt/i9EiyNko

            Phone Scoop lists it at 4.7. Again, there should not be a 2nd number past the decimal. http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?p=3475

          • RC

            measured mine…11.9 cm…error +-2 mm….that comes out to 4.69 inches

  • Erie8609

    Well considering i rock my galaxy tab 7 as a phone, what does that say?

    • Jdstell

      It says you use a really big phone?

      • Erie8609

        Exactllyy! 🙂 lmao

  • Liderc

    I think the Nexus hits the sweet spot.  The only thing I would do is reduce the size of the bottom bezel so that you don’t have to sometimes stretch your thumb to hit the notification bar.  If they did that it would literally be the perfect size. 

    I think most people are just afraid when they hear 4.5-5” screens, what they don’t realize is the bezel of most phones is causing it to be unintentionally large in hand. 

    The Galaxy Note is obviously too big for normal hands, mostly because it’s too wide to feel comfortable.  That’s why the Nexus works so well, because it’s not too wide that it feels awkward in hand. 

    • Tim242

      Most of us are blessed with two hands…

      • Liderc

        Most of us use one hand to use our phones.

        The other hand is used to smack idiots who make dumb comments.

        • Tim242

          The problem is…these are no longer phones. They are small tablets with a phone app. Much better for your hands to use both. *smacks you back*

          • Liderc

            You can’t smack me because you’re using both hands on your phablet!

            Sorry, 99% of people are going to remain using their smart DEVICE with one hand.  

          • Tim242

            It hurts my hand to use just one Han on my Nexus. Two is so much better.

          • Liderc

            You should stop having the hands of an 8 year old girl then.

          • Tim242

            I should? Should I check into getting a hand enlargement? I didn’t realize in the wound, that I chose the wrong hand size.

          • Liderc

            Yes, in the “wound”(womb just so you know) you should have chosen larger hands.

            The point is my 5’4 wife can hold the Nexus easily, you therefore have the hands of an 8 year old female.

    • WTF are they talking about?  I have small to average sized man-hands.  I have a D4 with the standard VZW two-piece case on it.  My thumb extends well past the edge of the 4″ screen when I reach across it.  Of course, if I hold the phone in the palm of my hand and just support it with my fingers, I can’t reach all the way across but, if I hold it like a man, no problem.

    • Lacokanostra

      Iphone users are stupid.

  • jdrch

    Love my #GalaxyNexus’ 4.65″ display, but must admit that that’s the largest phone I can use singlehandedly, and that’s with a 9.8″ handspan.

    • Tim242

      Most of us are blessed with two hands.

  • duke69111

    I am all for a phone with a larger screen as long as it the screen only and not huge edges that make the phone wider than it needs to be.  The galaxy Nexus size is about right.  The Galaxy Note however feels to big and wide for me and just feels wierd. 

    • Tim242

      Maybe you should try using both hands…

  • I thought the original Droid Incredible was the perfect sized phone.  Fit in my hand, just the right weight…  give me 4G, ICS, and all the other current bells and whistles in a Dinc-sized phone and I’d buy it tomorrow.

    • Tim242

      I loved that phone. But, could never go back to a screen that small. Too much scrolling.

  • careydw

    What we want is a phone that has the physical in pocket size of a 3.5″ screen, a 4″ screen when using one hand, and a 7″ or 10″ screen when using two hands. Come on manufacturers, give us what we want!

  • BrianWenger

    4.65″ is the perfect size.

  • Sandra Jefferson

    What’s with all you so called Men complaining about 5 inches. Do you have small hands??? 5 inches is barely enough for me. I really prefer 6-7 incehes

    • richlizard24

       So a tablet?

    • DroidzFX

      and…………thats what she said. 

    • Doan

      If you need a 7 inch phone, then you have unusually large hands.  For a man; for anyone.

      • Tim242

        Screen size isn’t about hand size. It’s about seeing more, scrolling less.

        • Doan

          To you.  To others screen size is about hand size.  To even others it’s about pocketability.  You can’t state what screen size is about, because it’s different for everyone.

          • Tim242

            I have small hands. I use the Nexus, with a 4.7″ screen phone. As far as fitting in the pocket, even the note fits in my jeans pocket. Next…

          • TheScreenIsTooDamnLarge

            Great! I am glad you have no problems with 4.7″+ phones. It joys me to know you think you are the only person on the planet whose opinion or preferences matter – that is adorable.

    • chris125

       I’m sure you do prefer 6-7 inches. 5 inches just doesn’t do it for ya=P

      • Tim242

        Nor is it enough for you. I heard you require 9-10 to even feel it.

  • tonysam1

    5+ inches. As long as the phone fits comfortably in my pocket, I will buy it.

  • 4 inches, sure. But ~5 inches? It’s just stupid.

    • Tyronne Lamar Johnson

       That’s what you white boys always be say’n

      • Dreedy Android

        Not this white boy….

  • Butters619

    My Atrix is 4 and I really like it, but 4.3 is nice too.

  • Bewtzilla

    Since i can physically use only hand, i tend to do most things with one hand. I also have a relatively large Asian hand with piano fingers. Bigger is good for my right hand but any bigger than the Gnex would be pushing pushing it. This is coming from a guy who adaptef to playing most consoles effectively onehanded.

  • NorCalGuy

    Do I want a bigger screen?? YEEEPPP

  • Andrew Elliott

    6.23″ is the perfect size

    that is all

    • Kinda small there

      • Andrew Elliott

        Its obviously cold in here

  • Yes Yes We Do I Want The Galaxy Note On Verizon ;(

    • MKader17

      You should spend more time punctuating and less time capitalizing every dang word.

      • Is That All You Do Troll On People -_-

        Get A Life

        • will bartlett

          yeah why do you capitalize every word?

          • Unemployed Headline Writer?

          • Mapekz

            He runs his comments through the titleize() function from Ruby on Rails.

  • T4rd

     No, I just want a phone with better battery life.  4.65″ is definitely enough display.

  • jonny6pak

    I think 4.5″ with a small bezel is ideal for me.  The Gnex is the max physical size for any phone I would use.  I was actually worried that I wouldn’t like something so large, but it worked out quite well.  But I would be unhappy if the bezel were any bigger

    • hkklife

      I am 100% fine with the GNex BUT the Galaxy Note is a tad too big. Ideal for me would probably be somewhere around 4.7 to 4.8″. 5″ would be OK if it had no major trade-offs (battery life etc) but its pocketability would also depend on whether or not I was wearing jeans or slacks.

  • TimXer

    4.3 on the DX rocks, but 4.8 sounds even better…5.3??#$%^&*(

  • New_Guy

    The Droid RAZR is the perfect size for me on all counts (size, thinness, weight)

    • hkklife

      IMHO the Razr is too wide given its screen size and resolution. I would take the basic Maxx formfactor and make it a tad narrower and increase the screen size by going with ICS and removing the capacitive buttons and some of that big bezel.

      • shooter50

        sounds like the typical robotic regurgitation most nexus owners use to put down the razr. 

  • Anakin2solo

    6″ with zero bezel FTW

  • like the Gnex.  just want them to cut down on bezel size…keep screen size but make phone smaller

    • S_T_R

      Liked and seconded.

    • Mapekz

      This time next year we may not see a bezel worth mentioning on most Samsung devices. The devices may also very well be flexible display-driven.

    • John

      Used to think 4.0 was the sweet spot.. but now I realize that was only because 4.3″ phones were very thick like a brick!

      Gnex feels smaller in my pocket than OG Droid simply because it’s very thin.

      I agree that 4.5″-4.65″ is a sweet spot, but the gnex could benefit from slightly smaller top and bottom bezel.  If the sides were much smaller, I think you’d start getting inadvertent touches with your hand as you try to work the phone one-handed.

      • Edwin M

        I agree. The RAZR feels awkward in the hand because it’s a little wider than other phones like the GNex and Rezound.

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        • shooter50

          chuckle, chuckle, thats funny. Nexus is 67.9 mm Razr is 68.9 mm I seriously doubt you can even feel the difference, You’re simply regurgitating the nexus party line. mmmm nexus good, Razr bad mmmmm

          • chris125

             I felt a difference holding the razr and nexus. I do not have either atm but the razr just felt weird in the hand. Not saying nexus was good but with the box like look of the razr it just felt a lot wider than it may have been.

          • Benjamin Landwehr

            I definitely feel a difference.  And I’m not being a GNexus fanboy.  Even those slight difference do make it uncomfortable to hold to me. The Maxx fills a bit better since it’s a bit thicker, but the regular.. eh.

          • Liderc

            The Razr feels wider because it has square edges instead of round, that’s why it feels awkward. 

            The Maxx isn’t as bad because it’s thick enough where you aren’t having to hold just the edges like on the normal Razr.

          • Apostrafee

            I own both and there is most certainly a difference, the Nexus is easier to text vertically with one hand.

          • Edwin M

            I’m actually a fan of the Rezound. I have held all 3 though, and I will admit, there seems to be an awkward feeling the RAZR has in hand. That’s all I’m saying. All things considered, I’m an HTC Rezound person.

  • frankandsimple

    4″ screen is ideal for me. and I don’t think the phone should be feather light either. 

    • Tim242

      You’ll probably never see a screen that small again…on high-end phones.

  • Djyosnow

    Bigger os better!?! Now for vzw to get a pimp deviceith large screen%$#@&!#$

    • Djyosnow

      Prime example why I need a larger screen lol. VZW Journal??

  • RedPandaAlex

    I remember trying a Droid X and thinking it was too big–by the definition that if you can’t hold it in one hand and reach the notification bar, it’s too big. I still think 4.0″ is the sweet spot.

    • Mapekz

      This. If you can’t reach the notification bar with one hand without fumbling with the device then the device is too big for you.

      Then again, the software should be designed with this in mind anyway. Notification bar and buttons should be on the sides (i.e. Firefox for Android, Windows Phone 7 side-bar-thingy) to alleviate this issue. Also, Google’s design imposing buttons on top instead of on the bottom of the screen is far from ideal (though it can also mean a lop-sided, unstable hold on the device if it’s very long and all the buttons are on the bottom of the screen).

      • Tim242

        Or…wait for it…

        You could use your other hand to easily pull it down.

        I’M A GENIUS!!!

        • Dan

          Sorry, Apple has patented using two hands.

        • Mapekz

          Phones should be operable with minimal effort, i.e. one hand. As a general rule the notification bar statement in my post applies fairly well if I were to tell a new customer what device to get so as to prevent them from getting disgruntled; super small phones are just as hard, if not harder, to use as a crazy large phone.
          Since you are a more seasoned consumer you know what you like and can and will adapt to the size of your device. Most people, however, ask that the device adapts to them.

    • Paolo_Ozaraga

      I think it depends on your hand size. I would say I have above-average hands (assuming a standard bell curve of hand sizes) and don’t have problems reaching the notification bar on a DX

    • cryosx

      Exactly! The GS II is too big for my hands (thumb can’t reach the notification bar) but i guess it doesn’t matter now since i’ve adapted/use two hands whenever i use my phone.

    • RC

      how about having the notification bar come from the bottom instead of the top, that way you could still use the phone in one hand…

  • br_hermon

    My GNex PHYSICAL SIZE is probably pushing the limit. It’s just a touch difficult at times to reach up one handed and swipe down the notification bar. But SCREEN SIZE? The less bezel the better. Sure, give me a bigger screen, edge to edge, but stop making the phones physically so large.
    Ideally, I’d like a phone slightly smaller than the GNex but with an edge to edge display.

    • Tim242

      You could use your other hand to easily pull it

      down.

      I’M A GENIUS!!!

  • EC8CH

    I like the size of the G-Nex…. cram as much screen into that size and I’m good.

  • J RIDD

    I had the DX at launch and now have the GNex. I love the screen size on the GNex. 

  • Michael_NM

    The study must have conducted on iPhon’t users.

    • EC8CH

      Watch them come out with the i*hone5 (sorry… the “new” i*hone) at a larger size that is scientifically proven to be the exact perfect size for the human hand.  They’ll call it the “Phalange Dimension”.  Anyone who desagrees with their assertion will be accused of holding it wrong. Apple blogs will meticulously measure all other phones against this dimension and insist any deviation from the “Phalange Dimension” results in a phone that is utterly inferior.

      • bogy25

        Agreed – they will also claim to be the ‘first’ to break the 3.5″ screen size.  LOL

        • Skrause38

          …and patent all sizes from 3.5″ to 4.5′.  Here come another law suit!

      • tonysam1

        You are definitely right.

      • MKader17

        Haha yes! I bet you they go with something between 4″ and 4.3″ because no one really made phone’s in that gap. It will have a certain aspect ratio that blows everything out of the water as they cram the iPad’s new retina display into that size of a screen.

        In all seriousness, I would put a a lot of money on the next iPhone screen being between 3.9″ and 4.1″. If you ever use the Nexus S after using the Galaxy Nexus, it really does feel like a small phone. 

        • And, it will definitely be 3.96″ or 4.02″ inches or some such nonsense…it won’t be 4.0″ inches.  That’s been done already “can’t” be the perfect size, as EC8CH said above. 

          And, while I’m here…has anyone ever noticed the hands that are holding the damned iPhones in the TV commercials?  They look like they’re either something out of Madame Tussauds or they’ve been embalmed.  Freshly embalmed hands look just like that.  And they’re all TINY little hands.  They make the phone look HUGE in comparison.

          • EC8CH

            They actually shot i*hone commercials inside the womb of female Foxconn employees.  Those tiny embalmed looking hands…. fetus hands!

        • EC8CH

          Yeah I don’t think they’ll go all the way to the 4.5″+ screens that we’re seeing on android phones, but they’d be crazy not to do something bigger than 3.5″

          • Michael_NM

            Maybe they’ll just double the resolution and call it “new.”

      • Tim242

        If you’re going to talk this much about apple, and make such bold predictions…at least know that the next iPhone is the 6th, not the 5th. But, I’m hoping they drop the numbering. They have confused people enough.

        • EC8CH

          so then why is the 5th still a 4?

          • Tim242

            There was no iPhone 2, or 3. The 2nd iPhone was the iPhone 3G…for the att. 3G bands it added. The 3rd iPhone was the 3GS…3G bands plus faster processor. The 4th iPhone was the iPhone 4…because it was the 4th iPhone. The 5th iPhone, they elected to call the 4S. So, as you see, they have two different naming conventions going on….generation of product, and generation of data technology. Well, since the next iPhone isn’t the 5th version, and certainly won’t have nnon-existent 5G data…there’s no reason to call it iPhone 5. I hope for everybody’s sake that they drop the numbering. They confuse too many people with it.

          • EC8CH

            jPhone?

          • Tim242

            If they were to number it, it would be iPhone 6. But, I’m sure it will just be the new iPhone…just like with the iPad.

    • Michael G

      You beat me to it.  lol

    • richlizard24

      One day this site and its users will not care about Apple or feel the need to comment about them on damn near every story on this site. 

      • Michael_NM

        I highly doubt it. 24 hours is a long time with no fapple jabs. 🙂

        • richlizard24

          Obsession obscures rationality.

          • Michael_NM

            Rationality is impossible in humans. Emotions will always obsure it.

          • richlizard24

            Emotions over a cell phone? I like my phone, but it’s a phone. I’m not going to get worked up over it or play the iOS vs. Android game. Rationality is hardly impossible when considering a cell phone.

          • Michael_NM

            Emotions are present in even the most basic decisions we make. True rationality is impossible. I’ll admit that I have an irrational dislike of fapple. It began when I had an apple IIgs and a has grown since. 

            Unless one’s brain has an “anomaly,” emotions prevent a truly rational decision. Even when it’s a pencil or a phone. 🙂

          • richlizard24

            Or I’m not a teenage fanboy.  Problem solved.  It’s possible to make a rational decision even with emotions considered. 

            Have fun with your irrational hatred of Apple.  You’ll fit in great around here. 

          • Michael_NM

            Haven’t been a teenager for over 20 years, but yes, I do have fun around here. 🙂

          • richlizard24

            A 40 year old is lecturing me on rationality and emotions while referring to the iPhone as the “iPhon’t” and Apple as “fapple?” That’s enough Droid-Life for today.

          • DroidzFX

            EOL

          • RELEVANTUSERNAME

            LET’S GO RED WINGS!!!

          • JosephMoreno

            TO THE WALL!!

          • Matthew Rosidivito

            Dude, you’re commenting on an Android phone blog. You’re not that much better than the rest of us. Still, people do get really worked up around here sometimes.

  • Raven

    I think 4.0″ is the perfect size for my phone.  If I need anything bigger I will use my 7.0″ inch or 10.0″ tablets.

    • Tim242

      You should be questioning why you have two tablets, of different sizes. Big screen phones are small tablets with a phone app. That makes more sense than non portable tablets, with no phone app.

  • MichaeljayHoffman

    4.65 Galaxy Nexus aw ya

  • EC8CH

    ORLY?