If Apple release a 4.8~5-inch iPhone 5S will you Android users return to iOS?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by raptorstv, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. raptorstv macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    I had the SGS3 before the iphone 5 was announced. The sole reason why i used the SGS3 was coz I couldnt stand the 3.5" iPhone screens. I much prefer iOS, but I still miss SGS3's screen sometimes... For those who own Android, will u guys buy an iPhone with 4.8~5" screen?
  2. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    my answer would be hell no and my brother who part of the reason he left Apple was the screen size would be no as well.

    Reason being is we both really like how we can replace the stock apps with what we want. We both hate the iOS keyboard and so on.
  3. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    I'm quite sure there's more factors than screen size alone. For both parties.
  4. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    I didn't switch to Android because of the screen size back in the day (I went from the iPhone 3g to the HTC Hero) so I doubt any larger screen size would sway me to switch to iOS primarily.

    Like Rodimus above, I wanted more freedom to change what I didn't like about the software on my phone instead of being forced to use what I was provided with. SwiftKey is one such example of an application that I use over the stock keyboard on Android. I'm stuck with the keyboard Apple provide on iOS with no easy way to replace it.

    If Apple do offer a variety of screen sizes, it will be a good thing for iPhone users either way. :)
  5. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    Exactly. iOS I find is clunky to get a lot of tasks done. Things like the lack of a dedicated back button, no file system access, and no ability to replace stock apps make it inferior for my use.
  6. daveathall macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2010
    North Yorkshire
    After using Android for the last 3 or 4 months I would find it very difficult to go back to iOS.
  7. stevenlangley1 macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2009
    IF they made a 5" screen and IF they revamped iOS...I might consider it.
  8. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    Not anymore, I've gotten too used to the simple freedoms on Android that iOS simply doesn't have. Being able to change default apps, installing apps from outside the App Store and access to the file system have become routine things I do on my Nexus 4.
  9. raptorstv thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    I think iOS7 will do exactly that
  10. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    It's not only the screen size for me. Also need the same battery life my Note II gives me, rounded edges for it to rest confortably in my hands and the option to change default apps. Then I'll consider going back to iPhone.
  11. kage207 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    No. I wouldn't want a 5" screen nor would Apple ever make one. Why? Cause it doesn't fit in your hand comfortably.
  12. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    Very subjective. I have small ahnds and my Note fits quite comfortably. If you meant one-handed operation then it's quite different.
  13. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    iOS would need a revamp. If Apple put out a 5" iphone and I picked it up to see the same wall of icons I've been looking at forever now I'd probably barf....
  14. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    There are so many ways to make the homescreen better, but to be honest, I don't expect any changes for iOS7...
  15. siiip5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2012
    I doubt it. Anticipate the exact same design as the 5 with only a minor update to iOS6 (bug fixes mostly.) Apple will add one feature that can't be run on any other previous iPhone, forcing people to upgrade if they want it. This is Apple's MO since day 1
  16. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    iOS 8 maybe, but I don't expect a huge jump in software with iOS 7.

    Mostly because of the amount of time between now and release, which is about 8 months. Overhauling an entire OS is not something that can be done quickly.
  17. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    If Apple made a 5" phone I'd be VERY happy. As it stands I'm planning on "switching" to a larger non-Apple phone.
  18. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    There are far more differences between the two than screen size to consider. I highly doubt Apple would win back all the iPhone customers who switched to Android by merely bumping up the screen size.
  19. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    At this point in time, no. Android just does more, and more things better, too. The few advantages that iOS has is ultimately negligible.

    If iOS 7 finally brings the flexibility users deserve, maybe. I don't foresee iOS 7 bringing what we want, though.

    Either way, for dedicated iOS users, an option for a larger screen would be a big deal, and I'd be happy Apple is, at last, finally getting wise to the market.
  20. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012
    I probably wouldn't switch back unless there was a major overhaul to iOS. In its current state, it's just lacking way too many features that I need/want on a mobile device. I don't see anything big happening anytime soon, though; I mean, things are more or less the same as they were in 2007.
  21. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    Well coming from someone who has two Samsung Galaxy Note 2, sure why not. I was supposed to use the money on the iPad mini LTE but iOS 6 was disappointing and Retina is around the corner and no way I'm paying $300 for an iPod.

    It's not because of the Size but as I've been saying as a Mac/iTunes user I want my library on the go but if I had to pick just one, no I love Jelly Bean too much.
  22. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
    Screen size made me switch. OS flexibility makes me stay.

    Apple would need a larger screen size and a more open OS. But neither will happen.


    Well he did say "hand" and not "hands."

    I have fairly large hands. And one handed use with my Nexus 4 isn't comfortable. With 2 hands it is fine. But in my mind, even the un-comfortability of the 4.7" screen with one hand isn't a huge deal. And if the GS4 has a 5" 1080P screen, I will still get it.

    But make no mistake, "flagship" Android devices, which are all about 4.5"+ now, are not nearly as comfortable to use with one hand as an iPhone. And considering Apple is all about a great user experience and maximum usability (for the most part), I don't see them leaving 4" anytime soon.
  23. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    While I've never left iOS for my own reasons, many of my former iPhone loving friends did. Most are using either Galaxy S3's or Note 2's.

    After reading this rumor today I asked the eight men that work with me. All said they're very happy with the way Android works with their Macs & none have an interest in iOS.

    That says a lot, coming from die hard Apple loving Mac users.
  24. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I'm getting a little sick of the one-handed use argument.

    Yes, an iPhone can be used one handed by most people. But a lot of people would be more than happy to trade off one handed use for a larger screen. And many already have. It's not like if we can't use it one handed we won't be able to use it at all. My eyes hurt more when using my iPhone than my hands do when using a larger phone. I'm generally a landscape user anyway, and Apple's idea of a 4 inch screen does nothing to enhance the landscape experience.

    I say keep the 4 inch screen an option, but release some larger screens alongside it. I'm done letting apple decide what I want, they should let people decide on their own options. Both would sell.

    With some little additions to iOS and a larger screen, I'd never even look at other devices.
  25. onthecouchagain, Jan 2, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013

    onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    Yup. We're talking about mere millimeters more to reach with the thumb usually. Millimeters. It's not impossible to adjust. And, as you and others have mentioned, the benefits gained with a larger screen are easily worth it.

    I've said this numerous times now: the things dedicated iPhone users cling onto are becoming either negligible, petty, or very specific. The fear of anything non-Apple also tends to cloud judgment. We've witnessed it so many times before.

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