Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Mar 2012 10:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over the years, one thing has been very hard to grasp for some people: the fact that people want smartphones with 4.0"+ screens. These 'some people' seem to believe that because Apple chose a 3.5" display, any display size that isn't 3.5" is wrong. Keep that in mind when you read Samsung's latest little communiqué: the Korean giant has sold (not shipped, sold) more than 5 million Galaxy Notes. Which has a 5.3" screen.
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No, people want smaller screens
by unoengborg on Fri 30th Mar 2012 06:55 UTC
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I'm not sure the right conclusion from the note sales figures is that people want larger screen.

We can draw that conclusion only if we assume that the people who bought the Note would have bought some other smaller phone if the Note hadn't existed and not a tablet. If they had bought a tablet Note proves that people want smaller screens. A 10" tablet is just too big, or worse too heavy.

I'm interested in note because it is a small tablet that also can make phone calls. I have always wondered why so many 3G equipped tablets have no phone functionality. Adding that would be a very good way to beat the iPad. It will be very interesting to see how the 10.1" version of the Note will be received.

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WereCatf Member since:

I'm not sure the right conclusion from the note sales figures is that people want larger screen.

Many people do. I'm not claiming the majority does, only that many people do. I can only offer anecdotal evidence, so feel free to dismiss me if you really wish, but I frequent XDA-forums and a bunch of other sites and I also know a whole bunch of people IRL, and well, most of all these people bought the Note exactly because of the large screen. The S-Pen is more of an added incentive to it which makes the phone ever so slightly more appealing than other phones with similarly large display.

Why people want a larger display, on the other hand, is a lot more personal thing. Mostly it seems to be on consuming content, but the type of content mainly consumed varies a lot by person to person. A somewhat lesser amount of people want the larger display to product content, but they too exist, and are likely the second biggest group of people wanting a Note. Only then seems to come the people who want it for other reasons, like e.g. poor vision.

Again, I can only offer anecdotal evidence. This is however the trend as I have seen.

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unoengborg Member since:

Yes, but what I'm saying is people want a smaller tablet that can make calls, not a larger phone. From a consumer perspective that may not be all that different but if you are a tablet maker it is a very important message.

I spent three hours on a train the other day, reading some documentation on an iPad, and it was a really awkward experience because it was far too heavy. I would easily have traded it for a tablet with a little smaller screen in return for less weight. In my experience 7"-8" tablets give the right trade off between weight, screen size and battery life.

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