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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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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MOS6510 Member since:

It depends on how you hold it I guess. With no support I have no doubt it will get heavy.

Then again, I think a tablet needs to have a big screen. The smaller a tablet screen to less advantage it has over a mobile phone.

I mostly use my iPad art home and sometimes at work. Apart from holidays I never take it anywhere else, because it's to cumbersome to carry it around without having a specific reason to do so. When I'm waiting somewhere my iPhone is fine to kill time.

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