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[2]: where does it stop
by leos on Tue 17th Apr 2012 01:54 UTC in reply to "RE: where does it stop"
leos
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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"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
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[4]: where does it stop
by pandronic on Tue 17th Apr 2012 06:53 in reply to "RE[3]: where does it stop"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

You were lucky. I have a Galaxy S with CM7.1 stable and while before, with the official ROM, I got at least 2-3 days, now I barely get 1 day. Not to mention a crapload of bugs and hangs and random reboots.

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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"
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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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RE[4]: where does it stop
by leos on Tue 17th Apr 2012 17:07 in reply to "RE[3]: where does it stop"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

So I don't see any compromise.


I guess I have smaller pockets then.

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


Functionality is actually the same. I don't lose any functionality with a smaller screen.

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.


Yeah but coming from an iPhone that's still a massive drop. Not something I'm willing to give up. I use my phone very heavily for work and personal use. Sometimes so heavily that it's dead at the end of the day. With half the battery life it would be dead at 1PM. That doesn't cut it.

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