Are screen sizes out of control?

Following the recent releases of large screened super phones from the likes of HTC and Samsung there has been a lot of discussion over whether the mainstream phone market is ready devices of this size.

So are we ready for larger screens?

Are screen sizes out of control?

Well with the pre-orders for the Galaxy S3 setting new benchmarks, and the unexpected success of the Galaxy Note, it would appear so. It would be fair to say that there has always been a school of thought that supports “bigger is better” but I think there is more to it than that.

If we look at some of the more general functions that consumers use their phones for, then I think a bigger screen makes a lot more sense for even the most basic smartphone user.

Text Messages.
Are screen sizes out of control?

Texts are one of the most important and heavily used features on any phone, but on a larger screen, texts can only be better. Larger text and larger keyboards go along way to improve the texting experience. This appeals to both young and old users, larger keyboards for quicker texting, and larger fonts for those ageing eyes.

Are screen sizes out of control?

Obviously not as generally used as much as texting, but again, a larger screen leads to a much more fluid Facebook experience. Again the larger text makes reading your feeds easier, but also when it comes to viewing those funny photos we all love to share, the bigger the screen the more we can enjoy.

Pictures and videos
Are screen sizes out of control?

Same rules apply here to, whether you have found an unusual picture or video online you want to show your friends, or if you have shot your own pictures or videos, sharing them on a large bright screen provides much more impact. As camera quality has increased so has the need to show your favourite moments on a larger higher resolution screen.

Are screen sizes out of control?

Taking these points into account goes someway to explain why more users are adopting the bigger devices out there, we demand much more from our devices, and using one device for most things makes much more sense and is far more convenient than using two or more devices for different things. That said, it is obvious also that the two device solution is gaining more ground, whether those devices are a phone and a tablet, or a phone and a laptop, given the choice most users will go to their phone for a quick update on what’s going on in their world.

Are screen sizes out of control?

When Apple launched the iPhone, the thought of such large screens was a new and unusual one, but slowly and surely average screen sizes have been creeping up. Only 12 months ago the “sweet spot” screen size was accepted at 4-4.3″ and 12 months before that probably 3.5-3.7″.

Are screen sizes out of control?

When Dell launched the 5″ screen Streak, the device was widely panned, and enjoyed modest sales at best, but the Samsung Galaxy Note at 5.3″ has had much more success then was anticipated at its launch and has combined the phone and tablet idea into a useable single device. The time difference between the launch of the Streak and the launch of the Note reinforce that fact that larger screens are much more acceptable at this point in time.

Are screen sizes out of control?

Large screen are here to stay, for a while at least, and convergence devices that do a lot of different things really well will continue to expand their share of the market, further reducing the appeal of lower spec devices.

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  • TVDN

    As always I believe it depends on the user profile. For me, a small/regular sized phone (3.5″ size) and 7″ tablet is the solution. I require the tablet size for taking notes and manage projects in the office and on the go (10″ is not best while in meetings). For when I wan’t to go out for dinner, park with the kids, etc. best to just take my phone. If it was a Samsung Note, it would be awkward and not ideal. But a 3.5″ screen sized phone, it is not a problem.

  • Snitch

    Yes, screen sizes have got out of control. What makes it worse is that all the top end phones are coming with these massive battery consuming screens. 3.7″ is the right balance. Its a phone after all not a tablet. I think the 2 device solution works tablet & sphone.

  • I alternate between a 4.7
    inch Samsung Galaxy Nexus and a 4.0 inch Samsung Nexus S. At first I thought
    the 4.7 inch screen would be unwieldy, however, it fits in my pocket and hand
    well and gives just the right amount of screen real estate to display Swiftkey
    and see a good amount of what I’m typing. The 4 inch screen is perfectly
    usable, but I do miss that extra screen size in everyday use.

    I’ve tried a Note, and it’s
    just that little bit too big. I think anything more than about 4.9 inches is
    too much for me.