Smartphone screen sizes and resolution

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jellybean, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. jellybean macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2006
    Just been helping a friend try to decide which phone she's going to go for between an iPhone 4 and HTC Desire HD. An immediate difference between the two is their physical size. The Desire HD's 4.3" screen dwarfs the iPhone's 3.5" screen, but I noticed the iPhone has a much higher screen resolution. Am I right then in thinking that means you're able to fit more onto the iPhone's screen than the Desire HD's, despite it having a smaller physical screen?
    If that's the case, what advantages are there to having a big ass 4.3 screen if the resolution's a little lacklustre?
  2. Fliesen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2010
    whats the advantage of having a 50" fullHD if you can get 1920*1080 resolution on a 22" screen.

    when apple doubled the resolution on the iPhone 4, they didnt shrink everything down by 50% but made it look alot more crisp while keeping the original sizes.

    it all comes down to whether you're comfortable to use/carry a 4.3" device, really
  3. LouieSamman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I believe Apple with increase the size of the iPhone to a 4" but in keeping the Retina Display.

    Only way to compete with competition who all seems to be either having a 3.7" screen or 4".
  4. g35 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2007
    Other way around. 4.3 will show more/bigger content, but 3.5 will be more clear.
  5. dontworry macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2010
    I love the retina display but the bigger, oled screen on the fascinate/captivate phones are pretty nice. I think a 4" iPhone would be a killer update if they can fit it in to the same form factor. They need to push the boundaries again and set a new standard for handsets.
  6. rikbrown macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    Go to a shop and try them side by side - eg open the same web page on both. See which one they prefer :)
  7. Goldinboy17 macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2010
    San Francisco, Ca
    I can't imagine Apple ever doing that to their precious phone. It seems like an extremely radical change to me. Honestly, I'm completely content with the current screen size. A small .2" increase would be ok I guess, but I just don't see Steve Jobs going with it.
  8. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    There's certaintly enough room to make a bigger screen without increasing size of device.

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