One of the trends in the smartphone market over the last couple of years has been the growing size of the screen. At first we saw the jump from about 3.5″ to 4″ and everyone thought “Yes! this is great!” Then we saw the introduction of the 4.3″-4.5″ range, and thought “okay, getting a little big, but Great!”. Now we’re seeing “phones” up to 6.1″ [See here]. The question is what’s the Perfect Smartphone Screen Size??
It’s all about the battery
To answer the question as to why we’ve seen the influx of HUGE smartphones, the answer is that as smartphones get faster and more capable, the batter needs to get bigger. Unfortunately, battery technology hasn’t really changed all that much in the last decade. They haven’t been able to shrink the size of the battery components as fast as everything else has gotten smaller. So in order to keep up with innovations in speed and screen resolution, the smartphone manufacturers have had to improvise and make bigger chassis to support the necessary battery.
Luckily for the manufacturers, consumers seem to want bigger phones. Even Apple, the only manufacturer to find a way to stay with the smaller form factor without sacrificing battery life, has chosen to make their phones bigger due to customer demand. At a certain point, I think, customers will get sick of the bigger and bigger phones. There comes a line that shouldn’t be crossed, right?
So what’s the perfect smartphone screen size?
The problem with trying to help find the perfect screen size for other people is that it’s a subjective choice, and it’s one that will be different for everyone. To answer the question, you’ll need to take a serious look at your hands. If you have small baby hands, you’ll want a smaller device. If you have beast hands, like I do, you’ll be able to choose from the gamut of sizes. That being said, even those with big hands have a limit to their reach. I’ve found that 4.5″ is the best size for me, but I can do 4.8″ (like the Galaxy S III) with a little discomfort. Anything bigger than that and it’s a bonafide two hand device.
The perfect screen size will allow you to type with one hand, and reach all four corners of the screen without moving you hand too much. If the device is too small, like the 3.5″ iPhone, it is too hard to type. If the device is too tall however, like the Galaxy Note 2, then it will be nearly impossible to reach the entire screen with your thumb.
So to figure out what the size means perfection for you, you need to decide which is more important to you, being able to type on an expansive awesome keyboard, or being able to get to all of the screen with your thumb.
For me I love the ability to actually type on my device. When I left the iPhone and went to a device with a bigger screen, the heavens opened and the sun shown down, and angels sang. The typing was glorious. So glorious that I’ll never have a phone below 4.3″ again. never. That’s why I was so disappointed that Apple made the iPhone 5 a taller phone instead of a device with a wider screen for easier typing. That was a sad day. I’ll get over it eventually.
So what about you? What’s the perfect smartphone screen size for you? Take our poll and leave a comment below!