Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2012 16:11 UTC
Apple Interesting set of options Apple has to move the iPhone to a 4" display, as detailed by Dan Provost. I don't care how Apple does it, as long as they do it. The iPhone's tiny screen is nearly unusable once I got used to the 4.3" of my HD7 and SII. This is quite a personal choice, of course, and there's no right or wrong, but it's clear there is a demand for larger displays.
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where does it stop
by REM2000 on Mon 16th Apr 2012 17:33 UTC
REM2000
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2006-07-25

Apple releases a 4" phone, everyone then complains that it should have been 4.3" personally for me 3.5 is fine, keeps the phone small enough without sacrifices text/image quality. I don't think I've ever looked at my iPhone and wished the screen bigger. I don't know if this is because i also own an iPad and switch between them when i need to look at large amounts of content.

I consider the iPhone a mobile device, something thats small and easily carried the trade off for this is screen size. Ive tried 4" and 4.3" and a lot of them are simply too big. Adding a larger screen is really only going to affect the spec sheet, i don't think it will add that much to a mobile device.

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RE: where does it stop
by radix on Mon 16th Apr 2012 18:20 in reply to "where does it stop"
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2012-02-07

I consider the iPhone a mobile device, something thats small and easily carried the trade off for this is screen size. Ive tried 4" and 4.3" and a lot of them are simply too big. Adding a larger screen is really only going to affect the spec sheet, i don't think it will add that much to a mobile device.


I have a 5.3" mobile phone and I have never really seen a point in having a smaller phone. Movies are simply awesome (I actually prefer it compared to my shitty laptop screen), internet experience very good (no need to zoom in landscape mode), PDF reading perfect (again, no need to zoom in landscape), gaming very good, and all that without a slightest compromise in mobility or comfort.

Of course, YMMV, that's why it's always good to have a choice.

Edited 2012-04-16 18:22 UTC

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RE[2]: where does it stop
by piotr.dobrogost on Mon 16th Apr 2012 20:20 in reply to "RE: where does it stop"
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2011-10-04

PDF reading perfect (again, no need to zoom in landscape)


Perfect PDF reading on 5.3" display... Was it supposed to be funny?

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RE[2]: where does it stop
by leos on Tue 17th Apr 2012 01:54 in reply to "RE: where does it stop"
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2005-09-21

I have a 5.3" mobile phone and I have never really seen a point in having a smaller phone.


Goes to show the preferences out there. I've tried the Note and it's waaay too big. Even the Galaxy Nexus is too big for me. I think 4" is about the max I would want to carry around in a pocket.

My favourite Android phone is the Nexus S for that reason. Screen is just the right size (although the resolution isn't great).

Movies are simply awesome (I actually prefer it compared to my shitty laptop screen)


I don't understand this. The screen is still absolutely tiny compared to anything good. A phone is crappy for movies, no matter what. Yes I've watched movies on my phone and it's fine in a pinch, but I don't see how an extra inch would make any difference whatsoever. When I want to watch a movie, I watch it on the projector, which is about 150 times as big.

and all that without a slightest compromise in mobility or comfort.


Well, some compromise in mobility since it's quite a bit larger.

More importantly for me, massive compromise in battery life. Browsing battery life in both the big screen phones is absolutely atrocious. The iPhone lasts over twice as long.

http://st.gsmarena.com/pics/11/12/nexus-battery/gsmarena_002.gif

Edited 2012-04-17 01:58 UTC

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RE: where does it stop
by tanishaj on Tue 17th Apr 2012 01:34 in reply to "where does it stop"
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2010-12-22

personally for me 3.5 is fine, keeps the phone small enough without sacrifices text/image quality...I consider the iPhone a mobile device, something thats small and easily carried


Personally, my big problem with the iPhone is that it does not use as much of the device size as it can. Even with the same physical dimensions the screen could be bigger and a bigger screen would be very welcome. I think that the "retina" resolution is even high enough to support the larger size without a noticeable loss of quality.

Of course, they have kind of painted themselves into a corner with the way they handle resolution. As it stands now, they need to expand the number of pixels by some even multiplier in order to support increasing the screen size without distortion.

Edited 2012-04-17 01:35 UTC

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