I’m sure you have noticed that screen sizes of smartphones are getting bigger. There is obviously a trend for phones with larger screens. The best examples of these growing-screen-wise-phones are the iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones.
The screens of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come in at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, respectively, while the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 5.1-inch screen. The original iPhone released in 2007 had a display of 3.5 inches. Apple apparently gave in to the increasingly-popular larger screen sizes preferred by consumers when it released the latest iPhones. With the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple phones gained two inches of additional real estate from the original model.
A nagging question keeps popping out of my mind since these large-screened smartphones first started appearing a few years back: what is the ideal size for smartphones? This question is important to me because I wanted to buy the ‘perfect’ smartphone when the time comes to finally replace the one I’ve been using for years.
In an attempt to put this recurring psychological cloud of doubt to rest, I went around asking friends and relatives their preferred smartphone screen size. I was hoping that I’d arrive at a well-thought decision and eventually buy the perfect smartphone after my very informal survey.
Each of those that I asked gave different answers and reasons for preferring a particular screen size. While I purposely limited the choices I gave to them (either ‘small’ or ‘large’ screens), some of them had specific screen sizes in mind for their smartphones. I never knew smartphone users could be so exacting and fussy with their tastes.
Anyway, I gained insightful answers from a few of them. In particular, a friend said the primary reason she preferred a (relatively) small screen is because she does a lot of texting on the go. The nature of her work necessitates that she texts while standing up or even walking. To do this, she needs a phone that she could hold with one hand. She had a point—it is unwieldy and certainly inefficient to hold the phone with both hands while walking and texting.
Another friend said that he mostly uses his phone to access his emails and remotely communicate with his employer. A large screen is definitely a big advantage for him. In fact, he wouldn’t be able to effectively accomplish his work if he were using a small-screen smartphone.
I realized from the feedback that I received from my survey that the ‘ideal’ screen size for smartphones does not exist. The right size depends on the persons using the phone and the primary uses of the phone to them. To each his/her own, as they say.