Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2012 11:39 UTC
Apple "Production is set to begin next month for the screens, which measure at least 4 inches diagonally compared with 3.5 inches on the iPhone 4S, the latest phone from Apple, the people said." Cue the usual suspects twisting and turning to change the very fabric of space-time so that instead of 3.5" being the optimal size, 4.0" will be the optimal size. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
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I don't know about the rest of you, but I like a phone that can fit in my pocket. I have relatively deep pockets, but even so, it seems as though this move to larger screens is going to present a few issues in that department. It will, of course, depend on exactly how big said screens are (at least four inches is not exactly a precise measurement) but I think we're losing sight of the fact that phones should fit easily in pockets. Maybe the women are okay with carrying big purses, but I'm an old-fashioned fellow who prefers his pockets and to have my phone in easy reach. If the screen's too big, I'll be going for a 4S and I suspect there will be a lot of people doing the same. Note that I can't say how big "too big" will be until I can actually get my greedy fingers on it.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Well, since the SII is considerably lighter (116g vs 140g) than the 4S, I find it far more pocketable. Size isn't the only factor there.

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MOS6510 Member since:

They may be able to stretch the screen while keeping the form factor of the device the same. My new iMac is smaller than my wife's, yet I have a bigger screen for example.

Looking at my iPhone there is plenty of space in the vertical and some in the horizontal. There is even more room if they got rid of the home button.

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zima Member since:

Most of us aren't losing sight of anything, there's not so much "this move to larger screens" but an option of choosing a handset with larger screen. Or not.
(that's what "too many choices" with, say, Android are also about)

Well, perhaps unless you limit yourself to Apple - then you might at some point have no other choice than "the proper way", I imagine.

Edited 2012-05-16 14:12 UTC

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bob_bipbip Member since:

hp palm veer
'nuff said

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

There are other phones that exist other than the iphone who's screen size is greater than 4 inches. You should be able to walk down to your local phone store to see how big they really are. Or, you can just get a visual clue for yourself at

Edited 2012-05-16 15:08 UTC

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shmerl Member since:

Yeah, anything wider than N9 for instance is already not comfortable for pockets. N9 is 61.2 mm wide, compare it to Samsung Galaxy S II - 66.1 mm wide, and S III (even worse) - 70.6 mm wide. That's a significant difference in width for pocket carrying, so a no go if you care about it.

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