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How Much of Your Phone is Actually the Screen?

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“Bigger screens and smaller bezels” have been the touted design mantra for most Android devices over the past few years, but how much screen are we actually getting? @somospostpc did a little bit of the number crunching for us and gives us the the percentage of space that the actual display takes up on the front of most of the top Android smartphones.

It is not a surprise that we see some of the latest and most highly regarded Android phones out right now have the largest percentages of display to bezel. While the LG G2 takes the top spot,  the Moto X, Galaxy S4, and Nexus 5 are all near the top in terms of display percentage.

How far do you think Android and Google can push this percentage?

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Via: @somospostpc
  • rado

    what about sony zl

  • Roger W Turner

    I like this analysis. Any chance of droid-life putting up equivalent estimates for new and leaked devices as they’re covered?

  • Rob

    Interesting, my LG Optimus 4X (released June 2012) has a screen-to-phone ratio of 76% (with capacitiv buttons), so apparently newer phones aren’t necessarily better. To show my calculations: The phone measures 13.24cm x 6.81cm, it has a perfectly rectangular shape with radii of 0.4cm at the edges. Thus it has a surface area of 80.075cm². The screen is 4.7inches (10.4cm x 5.85cm), and has an area of 60.9cm². 60.9 / 80.075 = 0.76.

    Also quite interesting, phones with softbuttons (Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Moto X, Moto G) don’t have a better screen-to-phone ratio than phones with capacitiv buttons or hardware buttons…

    • HarvesterX

      Um…are you missing the G2…

  • Brian Cohen

    Why is the infograph using commas instead of decimals for the numbers?

    • Blair Piotrowski

      It was probably done in Europe. They typically do that.

  • fr231

    I would like to see an infographic of how much of the screen is filled with buttons, carrier and manufacturer branding.

  • Ken Mankowski

    My moto x is fantastic. Excellent battery life, and such a quick update to kit kat. Picked seahawks color scheme.

  • Rob

    LG G2 – dat bezel. So happy with my purchase. Will be even happier when we get KitKat on it! (Sorry, just bought the G2 on Verizon not too long ago, cheapest Snapdragon 800 phone off contract).

  • joejoe5709

    I love my G2 and I love how large the screen is, but it is REALLY pushing the limits of bezel/screen ratios. I mean they could possible push it to 5.3″ and still be alright, but that’s it. No more and I mean it this time (until new holographic or bendable tech of course). Any more than that and the bezels get too small, the phone gets too wide, and you can’t reach all four corners. Honestly, I gotta say… 5.0″ with very little bezel has got to be close to the perfect blend of comfort and screen size. I like the Moto X, but if the screen were a hair bigger it would be perfect. The Nexus 5 is also nice, but the chin is a little large. For a two year old phone, the GNex was pretty far ahead of its time! 3.2% higher than its GS2 counterpart! Not bad!

    Lolz for the iPhone. And the HTC One. That sucks.

  • Dan K.

    Still love almost everything about the G2, the display is amazing, but yes, I think it’s too big, not enough bezel. It’s been a pain with screen protectors, cases, and my fingers hang over the edge of the display if I’m holding it up, like reading in bed. On reason I’ve still thought of switching to an N5.

  • Alan Paone

    Only one phone wasting less than a quarter of the face on not screen? We’ve got a long way to go!

  • M3D1T8R

    In the future when we have holographic projected displays, screen size will reach 200%. For now ~75% is a good number.

  • M3D1T8R

    Where’s my DNA?

  • Bigwavedave25

    Aww yeah, the G2 is currently leading the charge 🙂

  • KOBALT

    i’ll sacrifice a little less just to own a Nexus.

  • Kenny Powers

    lol at all the butt hurt fans dogging the iPhone users. How is that nike fuel band app working for you? And the dozen other apps that the developers don’t want to waste their time with Android

    • Adam Marr

      A whole dozen apps, and one of the many stupid fitness bands? Don’t come at us too hard now.

    • Tim242

      Is that all you got? Nike fuel band…really???

  • Droid Ronin

    I wonder how the Droid RAZR M fares, since that was one of the first to advertise being a “full screen phone”.

    • WAldenIV

      See my comment above.

  • Rich Robinson

    Just another category the LG G2 is leading half a year later!…

    • Tim242

      Not really. On screen buttons = bezel.

      • Rich Robinson

        Watching a movie on LG G2 = no on screen buttons = no bezel = still #1

        • Tim242

          One task…whooptie. What about every other task, like browsing, email…every other app? Bezel!

          • Rich Robinson

            Tim, what phone are you using? MotoX? For a 5.2″ full hd screen, the LG G2 is an excellent phone with lots of bezel. Sure I’d love it to not have on screen buttons but it’s not a Nexus. If you want to include all tasks then yes, it probably isn’t #1 but it’s top 3 and it isn’t a phablet at 5.7″ like the Note3

          • Ian

            I have lots of apps that utilize the whole screen, and in my opinion it makes for a cleaner more immersive experience. If I wanted I could write my own version of every app you mentioned and have them hide the nav buttons if I felt it necessary to the experience.

            But I get that you have a Note 3 and must defend every move Samsung makes, right or wrong. That’s too bad.

          • Tim242

            I actually have an S4. I sold the Note 3 and decided to keep my S4 until the S5 comes out. You can only hide the buttons if you are rooted. We’re talking out of the box. Then, you have to use pie controls. I hate pie. On my phone,, I have use of buttons without sacrificing screen space or annoying pie controls.

          • Ian

            mmmmm pie

          • HarvesterX

            Oh you already mentioned PIE, my bad…you’re right,…they do equal bezel out the box. Still prefer them any day of the week to capacitive though.

          • HarvesterX

            Tim…one word…PIE 🙂

          • Tim242

            Pie is root only. Not to mention, I hate PIE 🙂

      • Ian

        What Dwight said.

      • joejoe5709

        That’s not true at all. When I’m watching a video, it is not bezel. Yes it takes up screen space part of the time, but that does not make it a bezel.

        • Tim242

          Dude, people spend most of their time browsing and using apps. 90% of the time, if not more, it’s bezel.

  • Jordan Dewey

    Definitely one of the reasons I love the G2! 75.7% display percentage AND no buttons sticking out of its sides. Great looking phone period.

  • guest

    to be honest, LG G2 is really a magnificently designed phone. When I held it in my hand, i couldn’t believe how big the screent was and yet how small the device is. well done LG. keep it up.

  • Eric Cappa

    It’s called IMMERSIVE MODE!!!!!!! Full screen!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • George Davis

    No Droids? 🙁

  • duke69111

    LG G2, I win.

  • Spencer

    You know what’s really messed up? That you used a “,” instead of a “.” symbol. But decided to sneak a “.” in the upper right-hand corner.

  • James Hill

    LGG2 is the best phone out right now; yet most people are hooked on Galaxy and iPhone.

    • ferrari187

      yea everything i read about it is awesome, gets no love

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        Well, LG’s irked users with their previous offerings, especially in terms of software updates, where they’ve literally been horrible, and actually will be unless the G2 gets KitKat everywhere within the next two months, so it will take time for people to realize that their latest offering is good. Of course ,lack of marketing to blame as well, but that’s an issue with every non-Samsung manufacturer.

    • asten77

      I’m not buying another LG phone until they get off their butts with updates. My Optimus G is running CM11, but there’s no excuse for abandoning a flagship phone in under a year.

      • mcdonsco

        Which one is cm 11, 4.4?

        I tried aokp and cm 12 (and briefly gummy) and both just didn’t have the stability I was hoping for (guess that’s why they are called nightlies ehh?).

        Thinking of trying cm straight up 4.4, which I think is 11 right?

        All I want is a ROM that’s as close to stock android as possible and stable.

        • asten77

          I don’t think there is a CM12.. CM11 is KitKat, the latest..

          I’ve had it as a daily driver for about 2 weeks, and it’s been pretty stable for me. I usually only upgrade if there’s something useful in the changelog… on yesterday’s Snapshot release and no complaints thus far.

          • mcdonsco

            Yup, you’re right…just double checked it…is there a cm for 4.4 only not 4.2 For lg g2?

            Seems if I stay one or two versions behind (yet well ahead of stock 4.2) it should be more stable?

          • asten77

            CM10.2 should be more or less final. I don’t know much about the G2 version though.. Check out XDA Forums!

    • JPfingsten

      Wrong.

      Moto X.

    • Ian

      Sounds like you’re trying to turn an opinion into fact, good luck with that.

      • HarvesterX

        People will tend to say their device is the “best” out to justify their purchases. With that said, I still think the G2 is the best device, and I own one…lol.

    • joejoe5709

      Agreed. Nexus 5 is a close second. Unless you’re on Verizon. Then the Droid Maxx is second.

    • bprichard

      The G2 is a very nice phone. Obviously its battery life and camera are excellent, but it’s skin is divisive to put it mildly and a phone that large is not for everyone. Some might also object to its industrial design. I certainly do. Fine for those people who like cases since the front is an exercise in restraint, but some of us prefer to go naked.

  • poop

    75.7% 🙂

  • Cael

    I love how the Lumia 1520 is the only phone with a percentage that has a period instead of a comma.

  • TylerChappell

    For anyone that cares, the Droid DNA is 69.1%

    • M3D1T8R

      Thanks!

      • TylerChappell

        You’re welcome, lol =]

  • Daniel

    Shame the Razr M or Droid Mini do not make this chart, would be curious what their ratio is as well as the S4 Mini and HTC One Mini….

    • WAldenIV

      See my comment above for the Razr M.

  • Mannequins

    The note 3 is The only one at the top that doesnt have on screen navigation (even more usable display) which is extremely impressive

    • Dan Churco

      Also the Galaxy S4

  • Jason Kahn

    I am Insane for wanting over 90%, the footprint of Nexus 5 would be so much smaller.

  • Dr Funk

    The Note3 / LG GPro / GS4 percentages are even more impressive considering that the buttons aren’t on-screen, so there’s more usable screen real estate than the other Android phones in that top row. Not arguing that on-screen buttons are bad, but they are essentially bezel.

    • litobirdy

      Yea thats why I’d want to see another chart with on screen button space taken up

    • Nathan Borup

      The only thing I would say to oppose that is immersive mode gets rid of on screen buttons

      • TylerCameron

        And if developers cared about Android, we would’ve gotten Holo apps on the Play Store a day before Android 4.0 was pushed out and immersive mode apps would actually exist. :/

  • Disqus_n00b

    This would be interesting to view for tablets, where smaller bezels are not always better.

  • Mark

    This analysis is deceiving for a phone with on-screen keys. For example, the G2 has a screen size of 5.2″, however on-screen keys take up .2″ inches of the screen size, rendering 5″ usable for the majority of functions. Meanwhile the GS4 which has physical keys that has a fully usuable 5″ throughout all functions. The G2’s size is 5.45″, while the Galaxy S4 is 5.38″. So sure the Galaxy S4 has a bigger bezel, but only 96% of the screen for the G2 is usable for most functions, while the GS4 is 100% usable for all functions. Take the G2 screen percentage of 75.7% x 96% = 72.67% which is slightly above the GS4 at 72.1%

    • Disqus_n00b

      If you count the notification bars though, the S4 is reduced to 71.9834%.

    • Nathan Borup

      Well when you start thinking about immersive mode, on screen buttons don’t mean anything

    • Ian

      Nice math, but attempting to fault a phone for having on screen buttons won’t fly (with me at least). On screen buttons abstract the user experience so that it can be consistent across devices. Plus they can be displayed when you need them and hidden when you don’t, gives devs/apps better control.

  • RoadsterHD1

    My Droid MAXX is at least 90% cause I have NOVA and make my Icons “small”

    • John Davids

      I don’t think you understand what this info-graphic says.

    • flosserelli

      *smack*

  • AUSTEEEZZZ

    I find it a little bull-ish that the droid line doesn’t count as a proper consideration for these things

    • beng8686

      Agree.

  • litobirdy

    hmm, I think we’d need another chart with screen but then stock on screen buttons. non rooted. that’ll make another difference especially on my LG G2. luckily i have g2 exposed installed.

    • BobbyG

      except they go away when you need the screen to watch videos etc.

      • Tim242

        What about for browsing?

  • Spider210

    Just me or does the HTC DNA feel like it’s almost perfect in screen size to bezel ratio?

  • LG G2 takes the crown! The ultimate nexus 🙂

  • teevirus

    I just got the LG G2 a week ago I love the screen. The speaker however is a little too quiet. Still a great phone though.

    • flosserelli

      LG G2 + front facing speakers + AOSP = The perfect phone(?)

      • teevirus

        @flosserelli:disqus Perhaps you can share what ROM you are using. I’m going to stick with the stock experience for now but I am curious about my other options.

        • flosserelli

          Actually I have a Note 2. But the G2 is an impressive device all around, and it has an active dev community. If I needed a new phone today, I would probably get a G2.

  • Craig P

    Droid maxx?

    • JMac726

      Everyone always forgets about the Maxx…

      • traumadog

        I’m thinking since the original is in Spanish, the Verizon-only Droids were not included.

      • cns2007

        It is unfortunate, but until this phone is available on more than one carrier in the entire world, it and its siblings will likely always be left out of independent studies such as this. But I do agree, that it sucks.

      • mcdonsco

        I actually sold mine for a g2…sometimes feel like it was a bad call (despite everyone’s praise, the g2’s battery life isn’t even close to the maxx), but overall pretty happy with it.

        First phone I’ve ever played with Roms on too.

        Once the s5 hits though I’m quite confident I’ll at least try it out, for some reason I have a bad addiction to mobile tech.

      • Rob Schoenfeld

        No it’s not that anyone forgets. It’s that no one cares.

  • Tyler Davis

    The use of commas where there should be decimal points in this graphic is really bugging me.

    • World numbers lesson time! This is a common practice in most countries outside of the US.

      • Adrynalyne

        If you believe Wikipedia (yeah, yeah, grain of salt), only 24% of countries in the world use a comma.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_mark

      • Tyler Davis

        Good to know, thanks!

      • Yeah, Eric. You don’t like this country then you can geeeeet out 😛 ‘Murica!

    • Jason Kahn

      Only the good Old USofA uses the decimal point most of the rest of the world uses commas, Canada also uses both depending on where you are in the country.

      • Adrynalyne

        Only? Not uh.

        Countries using Arabic numerals with decimal point
        Countries where a dot “.” is used to mark the radix point comprise roughly 60% of the world’s population. They include:
        Australia, Botswana, British West Indies, Brunei, Canada (when using English), Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea (bothNorth and South), Lebanon, Luxembourg (uses both marks officially), Macau (in Chinese and English text), Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria,Pakistan, Panama, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland,Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States (including insular areas),Zimbabwe.

      • Tyler Davis

        Next you’re going to tell me the rest of the world prefers the Metric System! LOL

        • Adrynalyne

          I’m American and prefer the metric system 😉

          • Tyler Davis

            So do I, so do I..

    • Nikko Clavaguera

      So you didn’t notice the 71.2%? that’s more annoying. A different character than the rest.

      • Tyler Davis

        No, I missed that, you’re right… that’s even worse!

    • Phillip Burns

      Different cultures use commas instead of periods for decimal points. Its just different, get over it.

  • “How far do you think Android and Google can push this percentage?”
    Apparently a lot further than Apple can.

  • crazed_z06

    Note 3 > your favorite mobile device

    • T4rd

      My favorite mobile device is a Note 3. So Note 3 > Note 3? =p

    • Rodeojones000

      No device with TouchWiz is greater than my or anyone’s favorite device.

  • Not sure if I believe some of these numbers. Moto X seems to be at least 80%, and I could see the G2 being upwards of 90%

    • Grayson

      Phones with larger screens have an advantage when measuring bezels by percentage. The Lumia 1520 actually has fairly large bezels, but the screen is so big that the large bezels are still a small percentage of the face. I think the LG G2 has the smallest bezels, followed closely by the Moto X, despite what this graphic portrays.

      • I see what your saying. Perhaps a better measurement would simply be the total bezel area. In truth, there are a lot of factors that determine how well a phone utilizes screen real estate.

      • Patrick Smithopolis

        I agree. They could just measure the bezel.

  • The Narrator

    G2!

    Can’t wait to see the bezeless G3.

  • WAldenIV

    This is useless without the updated Razr line with the “edge-to-edge” displays.

  • Guy Pierce

    Oh yea baby G2!

    • Jeff718

      I don’t think the baby G2 is out yet.

      • Guy Pierce

        I see what you did there!!!

      • Guy Pierce

        What you’re referring to is actually called a mini and just went through the FCC!

    • EC8CH

      Makes Verizon’s achievement of squeezing that logo in that top corner all the more impressive.

      • mcdonsco

        On my white one its not too bad…but every time I do notice it, it bugs…yup…

        Not sure why Verizon insists on having the absolute worst logo placements of any carrier…with the note 2, seemed like it was almost an inside joke dare or something to see if it could make it to retail shelves with such an absurd logo placement.

  • Thomas O’Brien

    How awesome would KK look on the VZW LG G2?

    • staticx57

      Root and ROM it. It looks great.

      • Thomas O’Brien

        ROMs are still buggy…

        • slider112

          Hardly. Plenty of daily drivers out there. PA for example, has been on my G2 since mid November with nary a glitch.

        • Anthony

          Xposed mods. Done

    • Comk4ver

      Check out the new video posted by LG!

  • BTLS

    My screen takes up 100%… T. Stark

  • Tyler James Edward Hills

    iPhone users don’t care that they’re at the bottom. Their display “just works”

    • Jeremy Gentry

      also why the battery life is better, less screen realistate = less power consumption

      • tyguy829

        uhh the iphone’s battery is pretty awful. especially the 5s

        • ClarkDV

          though i am an Android fanboy. I tried the 5s for a month and that things battery far surpassed my Nexus 4 or 5. Moto X has very good battery life for Android though.

          • Chris Liberti

            Still crap compared to my Droid MAXX. When I had the 5s I could barely get through the day. Now I can get through the entire weekend.

          • master94

            Try the LG G2. Blows every phone out of the water in battery life

      • Tyler James Edward Hills

        All the top phones on this list have better battery life than the iPhone. The iPhone battery life is very average

        • Jeremy Gentry

          not really, my galaxy s4 battery life blows, i can’t wait to get rid of this thing and buy a motorola phone

          • Steve Yobs

            my moto x outlast all my friends iphones

          • Lucky Armpit

            It also depends greatly on programs running in the background, CPU awake time, etc. Try removing some of that TouchWiz bloat and turn off GPS

          • TylerCameron

            Don’t recommend that people turn off GPS -.-
            GPS is not “always on”, it only turns on when an app tells it to.

          • Thardorin

            That’s probably more due to the crappy battery, than screen size. I get great battery life on my LG G2.

          • itznfb

            You mean your iPhone 4s battery life blows.

      • SJ

        I’m pretty sure this is not true. I think the AMOLED in the MOTO X Was praised for having the most efficient battery consumption or all screens.
        I might be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that was on here (Droid-Life) at one point or another.

        • Tyler James Edward Hills

          The fact that it’s a 720p panel helps it’s case over something like the S4

        • The Moto X battery life is amazing because of the processor. It is essentially a dual core phone pushing a very efficient 720p AMOLED screen.

      • My G2 battery life is far better than the iphoens

        • Jeremy Gentry

          they can also cram a larger battery into a larger bezel, you missed my point

          • its only twice as big but i get 4x the life to my friends 5s

          • Jeremy Gentry

            *******ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

          • TylerCameron

            That’s actually normal.
            As battery capacity increases, battery life exponentially goes up. 2x the battery capacity; it’s normal to see 3.5-4x the life.

          • no. A 1000mAh battery can provide 1 hour of life at 1000ma (or 1amp) draw. a 2000mAh can sustain 2 hours of life at 2000ma draw. Its not exponential at all.

          • Blue Sun

            The car analogy only works if the gas you fill in the tank has zero mass.

          • I almost noted at that but didn’t want to get to far away from the point (which it still proves since you don’t in fact get better mileage. It would be no difference is the there was no mass or the mass was the same in both cases).

        • Kevin

          That’s because your G2 is a phablet. Name a phone of the G2s size that doesn’t have great battery life.

          • You missed my point. May battery life is 4 times as long with only twice the capacity. Doesn’t matter if its a smartphone, phablet, or tablet. If i had a 15000mah battery and got more than 10x the life it would be the same story.
            I dont consider it a phablet though. I would consider anything larger to be one though

          • Travis H

            Every phone that size besides the g2…

      • Allen Yates

        Less screen also means less phone. Which in turn equal less battery capacity.

        • Ian

          Unless you have more bezel to go with your smaller screen….

      • WK

        i guess you’ve never heard of the LG G2 then. largest screen and insane battery life. i’m glad to say i’m a part of this “1%”.

        • Thardorin

          I’m glad as well, love my LG G2! Only phone I’ve ever used where at the end of the day it still has 75% or higher battery life. My S3 before it would go down to 25% with similar use.

          • Ritwij

            Try Nokia 1100

    • The Narrator

      I like how they added the 4S and 5S. We all know they’re the same phone.

      • PoisonApple31

        Sure, same phone with different screen sizes!

      • El Stuff

        4 and 5 are very different sized…

        • epps720

          I think he meant the 4 and 4S are the same and 5 and 5S are the same. That’s where the redundancy lies

          • Chewy789

            Long story short, they’re at the bottom.

        • TheDave1022

          Pretty sure meaning the 4 and 4S and the 5 and 5S. They could have just listed it as 4 and 5 or 4/4S and 5/5S vs each model

          • a) youth.in.asia

            And when the iSheep see it? They will be so confused! They’re under the impression that it’s a totally different phone

          • Kevin

            But he didn’t say 4 and 4S. He said 4 and 5.

      • Maxim∑

        that would be like me making the ignorant statement

        “I like how they added GS3 and GS4 we all know they’re the same phone”

        • asten77

          umm.. No, it wouldn’t. Look at the numbers. The 4/4S are identical. The 5/5S are identical. They didn’t change the screen or bezel in any noticeable way.

          The GS4 actually has more screen and less bezel than the GS3, thus it’s percentage is higher.

          • Adam Truelove

            But the 4S and 5S are different. The 5S has a bigger screen.

          • Kevin

            We know 4 and 4S are identical and 5 and 5S are identical. The Narrator said 4 and 5 were identical, which they’re not.

        • Nihilism

          Except… they’re not.

      • Adam Truelove

        No, they added an extra row of icons.

        • The Narrator

          I’m talking the change between 4 to 4S and 5 to 5S.

      • Manny

        Just like the S3 and S4 are, right ?

        • Ritwij

          Get a life, Samsung hater.

    • H.R. Pierson

      Went to buy a phone May 2013. Sure I had an Android, but when the sales guy showed me the Apple the Samsung the LG the HTC One the Apple was automatically deleted from the list. I mean, really, look at how diminutive the screen is in comparison with real phones. Long story short, the HTC & LG G PRO trumped the Samsung. And of the two ( HTC & LG ) the LG G PRO has a screen that any football coach would love. Bright. Fast. Big, but not too. Gets the job done!!!! I’m editing this now sun to my back, shining occasionally on the display. So what!! I can see clearly.
      Job done. The Apples were like toys. With LESS “retina display” than Any Droid. Ironic?

    • Cletus

      Yes, I am looking forward to the iphone 6 with the 5.5″ screen. Time to dump Google snooping for Apple snooping.

    • Manny

      Just as happy android users “this bug will get fixed in the next update”

  • Alex Boro

    I’m pretty sure the Moto X has less bezel than the Nexus 5.

    • moelsen8

      also a smaller screen..

      • Screen size actually has zero to do with percentages. It’s the screen’s size relative to the phone itself.

        • moelsen8

          are you serious? it has everything to do with the percentage of screen size to phone size itself. screen size = phone size minus bezel.

          • screen % = (display area * 100) / (phone size). RELATIVE. You could have a phone with a 7″ display with a smaller screen percentage than a phone with a 4″ display because the 7″ display phone has large bezels. The point that Alex Boro was trying to make was that the Moto X seems to have less bezel as well as forehead and chin than the Nexus 5. That would mean that it should have a higher percentage. Hence why I pointed out that the Moto X having a smaller screen than the Nexus 5 meant nothing to his original point. I would crunch the numbers myself to see how it actually works out, but that would involve some geometry shenanigans to determine the area of the displays for each device.

          • Mike Credelle

            yeah I just did a quick calculation. The Moto X’s full measurements are 5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41-inches. so if the phone was a box it would be 13.08in2 of front real estate, a 4.7″ screen is 9.44in2 so that would be 72.2% but the moto x isn’t a square it has rounded corners so it is actually more than 72.2%

          • moelsen8

            yes, this is exactly what i was pointing out. it’s all relative. but you can’t say screen size has nothing to do with it. if moto x had the same size display as the nexus 5, it would have a much greater percentage.

    • Disqus_n00b

      I think the top of the Moto X is bigger than the N5…not that it matters.