(Image source: Wired)



BY EVAN THOMAS

 

ANCHOR ALLIE SPILLYARDS


Size matters, at least when it comes to cell phones. A new study finds the overwhelming majority of consumers want larger screens on their smartphones.

Marketwatch cites the study by Strategy Analytics. It says nearly 90 percent of consumers would go for a larger screen, somewhere between 4 and 4.5 inches wide. They also want high resolutions and slim devices, and men are more likely to look for a larger screen than women.

GottaBeMobile points out the iPhone is already two for three on the list of desired phone attributes.

“The fact that the iPhone has two of the top three features users want accounts for its popularity. Users want a larger screen and identified that as their most desired feature because that’s the one feature they don’t have.”


Intomobile wonders if it’s time for the iPhone to play catch-up.

“It’s kind of ridiculous when you think about it, that for half a decade Apple has stuck to the 3.5 inch form factor. That’s more than an inch smaller than most of the superphones that are going to come out over the next few months.”

But Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet prefers that size. Any larger than that, he says, and things get unwieldy.

That’s exactly what The Verge found when it first tried out the Droid Razr, an Android phone with a screen right in the preferred range.

“The Razr’s 4.3-inch screen, and the huge bezel around it, makes it hard to use one-handed. Compared to the iPhone, it’s a giant monster.”

But there would appear to be some consumer demand for more screen real estate. 9to5 Mac polled nearly 60,000 respondents. Close to half said they wouldn’t mind a larger screen on the next iPhone, even if it meant a larger overall device.

All Things Digital points out the iPhone has never changed its screen size —  and if it ever does upgrade, there’s a practical limit.

“…the market has clearly embraced that screen size. But perhaps it is ready for something a bit larger — as long as you don’t look like you’re talking into a piece of toast when you use it.”

It’s still a little early for iPhone 5 rumors. But if you really want a screen fix — and don’t mind talking into a piece of toast — you could always try out the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note.
 

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Mar 16, 2012

Consumers Want Larger Smartphone Screens

(Image source: Wired)



BY EVAN THOMAS

 

ANCHOR ALLIE SPILLYARDS


Size matters, at least when it comes to cell phones. A new study finds the overwhelming majority of consumers want larger screens on their smartphones.

Marketwatch cites the study by Strategy Analytics. It says nearly 90 percent of consumers would go for a larger screen, somewhere between 4 and 4.5 inches wide. They also want high resolutions and slim devices, and men are more likely to look for a larger screen than women.

GottaBeMobile points out the iPhone is already two for three on the list of desired phone attributes.

“The fact that the iPhone has two of the top three features users want accounts for its popularity. Users want a larger screen and identified that as their most desired feature because that’s the one feature they don’t have.”


Intomobile wonders if it’s time for the iPhone to play catch-up.

“It’s kind of ridiculous when you think about it, that for half a decade Apple has stuck to the 3.5 inch form factor. That’s more than an inch smaller than most of the superphones that are going to come out over the next few months.”

But Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet prefers that size. Any larger than that, he says, and things get unwieldy.

That’s exactly what The Verge found when it first tried out the Droid Razr, an Android phone with a screen right in the preferred range.

“The Razr’s 4.3-inch screen, and the huge bezel around it, makes it hard to use one-handed. Compared to the iPhone, it’s a giant monster.”

But there would appear to be some consumer demand for more screen real estate. 9to5 Mac polled nearly 60,000 respondents. Close to half said they wouldn’t mind a larger screen on the next iPhone, even if it meant a larger overall device.

All Things Digital points out the iPhone has never changed its screen size —  and if it ever does upgrade, there’s a practical limit.

“…the market has clearly embraced that screen size. But perhaps it is ready for something a bit larger — as long as you don’t look like you’re talking into a piece of toast when you use it.”

It’s still a little early for iPhone 5 rumors. But if you really want a screen fix — and don’t mind talking into a piece of toast — you could always try out the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note.
 

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