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Wednesday Poll: What’s the Perfect Smartphone Display Size?


Smartphone displays have grown at a ridiculous rate over the last couple of years. It seems like just yesterday that we were making the jump from the 3.7″ original DROID to the hummer-esque 4.3″ DROID X. At the time of the release of the first EVO and the DX, we thought we had reached a limit for super-sized phones. Boy, were we wrong. We’re now swimming in 5.5″ phone-tablet hybrids with 4″ devices coming off as “small.” Companies are even pushing towards 6+-inch phones – an absurd idea. But hey, if people keep buying ’em, why not make ’em?

But for the sake of a good poll, why don’t you tell us what your optimal display size would be?

What's the perfect smartphone display size?

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  • Oero Manifesto

    Let’s not forget these are suppose to be phones that FIT IN YOUR POCKET. I have a Galaxy Nexus and I really don’t see the point in having a phone bigger than that. Get a table if you need a 5″ or more screen. I’m no iPhone fan but at least they understand basic ergonomic design and that people want something that fits nicely in your hand not HANDS! Even with my GNex one handed navigation is a bit difficult. Also it is impossible to have NO BEZEL on a phone, you can only reduce it.

  • AranelAlasse

    I LOVE the screen size of my new Note 2. Although… I could maybe go even a tad larger. so I voted for 6+.

  • I like a phone that has flat sides like my RAZR Maxx. You can stand it up when reading etc.
    . Those curvy one like the S3 fall over.

  • Its not the length of the sword, its the fury of the battle. At least that what she says…

  • brando56894

    Even though I haven’t had one yet, I’m going to say 5″ which seems to be the general consensus. The 4.65″ screen on my Gnex is nice and my girlfriends’s 4.7″ on her S3 is even better, I was messing around with the Note 2 a few weeks ago and it was nice and the screen was huge but it may be a little too big. So somewhere between 5 and 5.5 would probably be best for me. I have relatively small hands for a guy so top to bottom swipe in portrait on the Gnex is a little difficult for me one handed but I usually use it in landscape anyway.


    I’m ready for something bigger than my Note2.

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  • VoiceofSky

    4.8-5 is perfect imo.. Android innovates!

  • jaybar

    It’s not just about the screen size, you have to consider the bezel size and other physical attributes in addition to the screen size. For example, look at the Razr M compared to the Droid X for example, both have 4.3″ screens but the Razr M is much more compact due to the minimal bezel and lack of hardware buttons. With that said, I would say a 4.5″ screen with minimal bezel would be ideal.

    • jaybar

      And I should also say that I have a GS3, which I have gotten used to but sometimes I can say that it’s just a little too big for my tastes.

  • If my n7 had telephony powers, it’d be my phone.

  • Dan

    I honestly think the top tier phones like the DNA and S3 are too big which is why i’m a little reluctant to upgrade to one of them even though I really want one of them because of the other specs. I prefer 4.3 or 4.5, because for myself I can reach all of the screen with just one hand instead of having to hold it with my other like I would with big phones. But that’s just my personal preference.

  • Todd Dixon

    Depends on the size of your hands.

  • Anything bigger than the Droid X is not a phone….

  • Dominick_7

    5.5 is fantastic, would love to see how they could do 6.1 or 6.3 in the same form factor as the updates seem to point to.

  • MttFrog13

    I like 4.3″ for most devices, or about 4.6 if the device has on-screen buttons.

  • Greg

    more important than screen size is bezel. Try holding a Razr M and tell me you dont love touching that hard slab

  • Sami Elahmadie

    Really not pleased that the survey software displays in order of greatest votes. It’s easier to see the curve this way. This reminds me of an article I read a while back; I think evidence to support his point is steadily growing.


  • ChristianJohnson

    Basically, a screen size that I can use with one hand, has a great display, and an easily pocketable phone, whatever screen size that may be.

  • Joe

    I would like a poll on what’s the perfect phone dimensions instead.

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Makes me laugh. I remember moving from the D1 to the DroidX. People actually gave me a hard time about it being “monstrous” in size. I loved it and never looked back. Apparently, I was not alone. Lol

  • Joe

    7 inches. I love VoIP calling on my nexus 7

  • i remember the days of Droid – “These kids today are just spoiled I say with 5″ screens and JB” let them try Droid with Android 2.0…..lol Someone make a commercial please