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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.  

  • http://twitter.com/HaidarAlamir Haidar Alamir

    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.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

    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?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dieringer-Scott/1020953744 Dieringer Scott

      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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nadeemqasem Nadeem Qasem

    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!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=75200646 Stephen Cox

    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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nadeemqasem Nadeem Qasem

      thats not true

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

      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.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

          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.