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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RE: where does it stop
by radix on Mon 16th Apr 2012 18:20 UTC 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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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[3]: where does it stop
by Moredhas on Mon 16th Apr 2012 20:31 in reply to "RE[2]: where does it stop"
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I don't think so. I used to have a Dell Streak, a 5 inch touchscreen, and on occasion I'd have need to read PDFs on it. No zooming or horizontal panning required, in landscape.

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RE[3]: where does it stop
by radix on Tue 17th Apr 2012 06:21 in reply to "RE[2]: where does it stop"
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2012-02-07

No. When you crop the empty margins on the sides (ezPdf can do it) it is perfectly comfortable to read PDFs in landscape.

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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[3]: where does it stop
by leos on Tue 17th Apr 2012 02:05 in reply to "RE[2]: where does it stop"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Also I have a third option that I want to see for the iPhone 5.

Increase the screen size marginally (to 4" or 4.3") and double the resolution. That would give a nice even 1920x1280... ;)

One can dream...

I'd say the most likely is for them to just bump the screen to 4" and keep the same resolution. It would be a bit of egg on the face since they're reducing the DPI, but I think it would be least pain in terms of apps and the resolution would still be very high compared to other phones of that size.

Edited 2012-04-17 02:06 UTC

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RE[3]: where does it stop
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 06:10 in reply to "RE[2]: where does it stop"
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2005-06-29

Battery life is awesome now with ICS CM9. After a day of calling and browsing, my SII still sits at 80-90% - I could probably make it last 4 days. Pretty impressive.

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RE[3]: where does it stop
by radix on Tue 17th Apr 2012 06:26 in reply to "RE[2]: where does it stop"
radix Member since:
2012-02-07


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


Well, some compromise in mobility since it's quite a bit larger.
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No, without a slightest compromise in mobility (at least for me). It is as mobile as any my previous phones - wherever I go, I have with me in my pocket, as with my previous phones. So I don't see any compromise.


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


Yes, and old black and white cellphones can last over twice as long as iPhone. But functionality is not the same.

Important is that Note lasts as long or longer than similar phones (like SII). Besides, I recharge every night so I don't really mind.

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