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iPhone's Tiny 4" Display

Wicked1

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Apr 13, 2009
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Go into an AT&T, VZ, or T-Mobile store and look around, all these phone MFG's have huge displays and dwarf's the iPhone's 4" display. After an hour of looking around at LG, Samsung, and some other MFG's it was hard to look at my iPhone 5 again, almost had to wear classes to see the screen. Funny thing, in the three stores I was in, did not see a Blackberry at all?

Looking forward to seeing what Apple will do with the iPhone 6 either 4.7" or 5.5"

Have to say LG,a nd Samsung have some nice clear bright larger displays. GF bought a Note III, large but clear and hard to use the IP5 after playing with that for a few
 

Tyler23

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Dec 2, 2010
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Go into an AT&T, VZ, or T-Mobile store and look around, all these phone MFG's have huge displays and dwarf's the iPhone's 4" display. After an hour of looking around at LG, Samsung, and some other MFG's it was hard to look at my iPhone 5 again, almost had to wear classes to see the screen. Funny thing, in the three stores I was in, did not see a Blackberry at all?

Looking forward to seeing what Apple will do with the iPhone 6 either 4.7" or 5.5"

Have to say LG,a nd Samsung have some nice clear bright larger displays. GF bought a Note III, large but clear and hard to use the IP5 after playing with that for a few

...okay?

Some people do prefer the smaller screen size. Hopefully Apple will offer both later this year so everyone can choose what best suits them.

Just stay far, far away from the size of the Note 3. Thing looks ridiculous.
 
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AppleUSA

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Feb 12, 2014
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I agree with Tyler... I think it'd be great to see larger iPhone displays, however they should keep the current display available due to hard cores like myself that enjoy it... I wouldn't trade it for anything, it fits my needs perfectly! :D

I've got computers if I need a bigger screen... That's just my personal pref.
 
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carjakester

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Oct 21, 2013
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The iphone 5 screen lacks the width that other phones are able to provide and thats why i think it looks so much smaller.
 
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Newtons Apple

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Go into an AT&T, VZ, or T-Mobile store and look around, all these phone MFG's have huge displays and dwarf's the iPhone's 4" display. After an hour of looking around at LG, Samsung, and some other MFG's it was hard to look at my iPhone 5 again, almost had to wear classes to see the screen. Funny thing, in the three stores I was in, did not see a Blackberry at all?

Looking forward to seeing what Apple will do with the iPhone 6 either 4.7" or 5.5"

Have to say LG,a nd Samsung have some nice clear bright larger displays. GF bought a Note III, large but clear and hard to use the IP5 after playing with that for a few

Blackberry lost it's love with AT&T long ago. They display what they sell the most of and most think Blackberry is out of business. They are struggling to sell their new Z3 in Indonesia . . . Blackberry is in big trouble. Stock was well over $130-140 range and is now in the $7 dollar range.
 
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TantalizedMind

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Feb 5, 2007
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OP, how about you use my 3.5" display on my iPhone 4? Hahah. I can't wait for a larger iPhone as long as it comfortable to hold. After 3 years I am very used to this 4.
 
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rockitdog

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I can't wait for a 4.7 inch iPhone. my 5.1 inch Galaxy S5 is just a tad too big for comfort, IMO.
 
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MacCruiskeen

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Nov 9, 2011
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This seems to be an area where continued function convergence leads to non-optimal solutions. I like my iphone 5; it fits easily in my hand and pocket. It is lightweight and thin. All the functions I need it for work perfectly fine at that size. I looked at other phones and they were uncomfortably big. At some point you have to decide--do I want a phone or a tablet? If what you really want is the tablet--get the damn tablet. The 'phablet' is a ridiculous compromise.
 
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Squid7085

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Many people claim that the iPhones small screen size is holding it back, I tend to think the opposite. While it might be holding them back in the market of people that want larger screens, I think it s perfectly clear that a very large part of the market also wants smaller screens, a market Apple dominates. I hope Apple remembers that moving forward, I know people that reluctantly upgraded to the iPhone 5 because it was "too big."
 
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Newtons Apple

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Was not too long ago, just before the iPhone 5 came out, that there were people swearing they would never buy another iPhone if they made the screen larger.

How quick things change!:p
 
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Ffosse

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Nov 5, 2012
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To me - and I speak as someone who has a great love of Apple products; they make some really good devices - the iPhone display is too small at 4".

It's really noticeable and annoying coming from an Android phone of 4.6 - Apple should address this in the Autumn.
 
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C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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Was not too long ago, just before the iPhone 5 came out, that there were people swearing they would never buy another iPhone if they made the screen larger.

How quick things change!:p
It wasn't that long ago that manufacturers and carriers were actually going for smaller and smaller phones as more people wanted smaller devices. Now it's the opposite. Sure, it's different with touchscreens and smartphones in the sense of having more area to view things on than older feature/basic phones, but, still, it's interesting how many wanted smaller and smaller devices in the past and now want bigger ones.
 
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Wicked1

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I can't wait for a 4.7 inch iPhone. my 5.1 inch Galaxy S5 is just a tad too big for comfort, IMO.

Tried the GS5 but they did something weird with the keyboard, compare the GS5 to the Note III and GS4 they are easier to use then the GS5, I even had trouble typing on it with my big hands.
 
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TantalizedMind

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It wasn't that long ago that manufacturers and carriers were actually going for smaller and smaller phones as more people wanted smaller devices. Now it's the opposite. Sure, it's different with touchscreens and smartphones in the sense of having more area to view things on than older feature/basic phones, but, still, it's interesting how many wanted smaller and smaller devices in the past and now want bigger ones.

And how 15-20 years ago people were ecstatic to receive an email. Now you get so many it's annoying and love it when someone actually writes you a letter.
 
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Jimmy James

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Many people claim that the iPhones small screen size is holding it back, I tend to think the opposite. While it might be holding them back in the market of people that want larger screens, I think it s perfectly clear that a very large part of the market also wants smaller screens, a market Apple dominates. I hope Apple remembers that moving forward, I know people that reluctantly upgraded to the iPhone 5 because it was "too big."

This exactly. Vocal Macrumors forum users do not represent the overall demographics.

On the other hand the number if people who want larger a larger screen is growing.
 
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jrswizzle

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Aug 23, 2012
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Personally, I have no problem with the 4" display. That being said, I don't mind in the slightest a size increase to 4.7" or even 5.5" so long as they continue to offer good options.

I'm sure the 5S will still be offered this year (your 4" option) as well as the 5C (another 4" option). Even at a year old, the 5S runs circles around any app you try to put on it. Will be plenty powerful for some time.

I just don't want to get into the Android situation in the future where you have to get a 5" display to get top specs. Though I still contend that's because Android OEMs can't get the type of specs/performance Apple can out of a 4" display smartphone.
 
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$M.H$

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Mar 20, 2014
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Go into an AT&T, VZ, or T-Mobile store and look around, all these phone MFG's have huge displays and dwarf's the iPhone's 4" display. After an hour of looking around at LG, Samsung, and some other MFG's it was hard to look at my iPhone 5 again, almost had to wear classes to see the screen. Funny thing, in the three stores I was in, did not see a Blackberry at all?

Looking forward to seeing what Apple will do with the iPhone 6 either 4.7" or 5.5"

Have to say LG,a nd Samsung have some nice clear bright larger displays. GF bought a Note III, large but clear and hard to use the IP5 after playing with that for a few

The 3.5" screen was the BEST :"-)
I like small screens (3.5~4.5)
:)
 
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phpmaven

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Jun 12, 2009
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Many people claim that the iPhones small screen size is holding it back, I tend to think the opposite. While it might be holding them back in the market of people that want larger screens, I think it s perfectly clear that a very large part of the market also wants smaller screens, a market Apple dominates. I hope Apple remembers that moving forward, I know people that reluctantly upgraded to the iPhone 5 because it was "too big."

Not too hard to dominate a market that only has 1 player in it.
 
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parajba

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Apr 19, 2008
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iPhone's Tiny 4" Display

I agree with the OP.

Times change, things move on. This time a competitor showed us what we want - a larger screen. Not for everybody - clearly. No matter what you do there will ALWAYS a minority of people who will go against it, different markets for different products. Normal fact of life I say.

But the vast majority IS happy about an iPhone with a larger screen.

PS: we can't really compare the trend we saw in the previous 20 years with the miniaturisation of mobile phones. The key features at that time were: making phone calls, SMS, address book and battery. You DON'T need a larger phone for this, let alone a large screen, so it's normal that the advantage is the size.

But with smartphones I'm afraid the key features are surfing the web (and all sorts) so the primary success factor becomes the screen.
 
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Shuri

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Nov 23, 2011
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But with smartphones I'm afraid the key features are surfing the web (and all sorts) so the primary success factor becomes the screen.

1. I agree that Apple should go for the larger screen, but just like there are 11" to 15" Macbook Pros, they should offer a High End 4" Solution. It's ok, if there are shortcomings due to the smaller size (for example a lower Clock CPU, to handle the smaller battery), but a last year model wouldn't make the cut for me. (I don't see many reasons to switch from the iPhone 5 to 5S).

2. Actually I don't see any advantages of a larger screen for browsing the web: Go on Macrumors: What do you see? A Web-App always fitting your screen size, thus making a bigger screen useless.
The advantages lay in viewing Movies and playing games imo.
 
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shorec

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May 15, 2014
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I just switched from a Note 3 and the screen size doesnt bother me at all. Now when I pick up the Note, I'm like dang what a big phone. I have big hands also but I still dont like having to stretch across the screen, and with a case like the Otterbox....forget it. I love my 5s and not looking forward to the larger screen size.
 
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Oohara

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Jun 28, 2012
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Go into an AT&T, VZ, or T-Mobile store and look around, all these phone MFG's have huge displays and dwarf's the iPhone's 4" display. After an hour of looking around at LG, Samsung, and some other MFG's it was hard to look at my iPhone 5 again, almost had to wear classes to see the screen. Funny thing, in the three stores I was in, did not see a Blackberry at all?

Looking forward to seeing what Apple will do with the iPhone 6 either 4.7" or 5.5"

Have to say LG,a nd Samsung have some nice clear bright larger displays. GF bought a Note III, large but clear and hard to use the IP5 after playing with that for a few

You noticed this only now? What are you, the Encino Man or something? :D
 
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