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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RE[3]: You are so fast...
by MOS6510 on Wed 16th May 2012 15:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: You are so fast..."
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Of course nothing is just coincidental when creating a technical device. Apple nor any other company works like that.

The choices Apple made were, in their view, the rights ones at that time. A larger screen sucks more battery. If batteries become better bigger screens become an option.

But they probably took also in to account the size of the device vs the eyes and hands of the users. I can't be too small or too big.

So they choose a certain size, but one that also could hold all the components. Price is a factor too, making the coolest phone ever that nobody can't afford doesn't work.

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RE[4]: You are so fast...
by kwan_e on Wed 16th May 2012 15:46 in reply to "RE[3]: You are so fast..."
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2007-02-18

Of course nothing is just coincidental when creating a technical device.


I didn't say coincidental. I said incidental, and I meant incidental. Of course choices were made, but they weren't decrees, as they were treated. People were writing as though Apple discovered the touchscreen phone size equivalent of the Golden Ratio.

The choices Apple made were, in their view, the rights ones at that time. A larger screen sucks more battery. If batteries become better bigger screens become an option.

But they probably took also in to account the size of the device vs the eyes and hands of the users. I can't be too small or too big.

So they choose a certain size, but one that also could hold all the components. Price is a factor too, making the coolest phone ever that nobody can't afford doesn't work.


So everything you wrote here - I agree with. As a result of all these considerations, they settled on the screen size they came up with. But some people were treating it as though it were some kind of universal constant, and that other companies only had larger screens because their designers were incompetent and not like Jonathan Ives.

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RE[5]: You are so fast...
by MOS6510 on Wed 16th May 2012 18:39 in reply to "RE[4]: You are so fast..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Other companies probably had bigger screens as a selling point or the device had to be so big because of the internals that they might as well fill the space with a screen. And some people prefer bigger screens. Certainly if you have fat fingers and bad eyes a few inches extra can help a lot.

Our janitor has a Galaxy Note and he likes it for those reasons, although I haven't actually ever seen him use it for anything else but making calls.

I haven't actually read any bloggers glorifying the 3.5" screens, but I'm sure they are about. On occasion I do read articles where people predict the past, the present and the future regarding Apple (they seem to be a favorite company for these kind of articles), but most of the times when they are regarding the future I don't finish them, because well, it's just guessing.

Personally I have no problem with the 3.5" screen and only when browsing I sometimes wish the screen would be a little bit bigger. But the zoom function works fine, no so on my Lumia phone.

I don't recall any phone user, be it iPhone, Android or any other kind, really complain about the size of the screen. Only when the janitor and his Note showed up people started making remarks about it. So I guess it's mostly those bloggers, but they have to write something because that's what bloggers do.

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