the iPhone 5 doesn't feel like it has a 4-inch screen anymore

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Mr. RPG, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Mr. RPG macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2012
    Looks as small as its original screen size.

    Anyone else feel the same way?

    I still love it, I am just saying. :p
  2. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Go back now and use a feels tiny.
  3. Geffen macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2007
    The screen sure looks bigger next to my old iphone 4
  4. martymcfly618 macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010
    Saint louis
    I don't feel that way. I'm enjoying this device to death.
  5. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    This. Going back to a 4/4S will make you realize how good it is to have that little bit of extra screen real estate.
  6. chrisvee macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2010
    Winnipeg, Canada
    Yeah. I occasionally go back to help my girlfriend with her 4S, and it feels so weird. Screen size is definitely a factor, but I find the weight difference to be even more surprising.

    Also, when watching videos on my iPhone 5, I love how it fills the entire screen.
  7. iAi macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2012
  8. joshwithachance macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2009
    Open up an app that hasn't been updated to support the iPhone 5. You will immediately appreciate, and notice, the extra screen real estate.
  9. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Go back to using a 4S or lower...
  10. Bahroo, Oct 14, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012

    Bahroo macrumors 68000

    Jul 21, 2012
    If you want to feel the difference, open up a text message thread you have had with someone and drop the keyboard, can see so much more of the texts...also i love having full screen youtube videos instead of black boxes on the side now

    I mean i sort of get what you mean but coming from a Galaxy S3, i thought the transition would be muh worse in terms of screen size and how much viewing space i would lose but i love the 4 inch screen, its perfect and my expectations did not meet what i was expecting lol so its a plus. Retina display is so nice
  11. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I noticed that the youtube app hasn't been updated it crops the videos on the sides and top...if you delete it they will play right tho.
  12. mKTank macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2010
    Every time I use an iPhone 4/4S now it comes across as a "my first phone kit" package. It's so tiny and toy-like. Kinda cute. But definitely cripples usability after being used to a 4". It's really odd that I didn't feel this way when I was transitioning between a Nexus S (4" as well) and an iPhone 4. I suppose the increase only being applied vertically in the iPhone 5's case makes it look even bigger.
  13. haruhiko, Oct 14, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012

    haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Haha, now when I look back on a 4 / 4S... they look fat and short. 4" is about just right. If Apple increased the screen size last year - the S3 wouldn't have been as successful as now.

    3.5" --> 4" may be a small increase, but the change of aspect ratio from 3:2 to 16:9 is huge. Video looks a LOT bigger.
  14. andyblila macrumors 65816


    Jul 8, 2008
    On My iPhone, or my iPad?

    You give people what they want and they still complain. I don't get it.
  15. Myiphone7 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
  16. Bahroo macrumors 68000

    Jul 21, 2012
    I dont used the youtube app, i use the mobile site, i made it into a web app on my home screen
  17. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    The OP's screen has shrunk. Apple will probably exchange it under warranty. Just inspect the new one for shrinkage.

  18. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Your eyes get used to the bigger screen. When i first started using the iphone 5 i thought the screen size was massive. Now it seems like any other iphone. But when i see a 4s, i notice the smaller screen. The same thing happened to me when i had an android phone. I had bought a samsung galaxy, to try it for a while. The screen was super huge. About a month later i didnt really notice the bigger size. Till i went back to an iphone 4s, and i noticed the difference than :D
  19. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    Day 1 & 2 with new iPhone thought this screen is weird ... Day 4 pick up wife's hand me down 4S and thought her screen was weird!

    Loving the 5!
  20. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    To all those saying they can't go back to the old iPhone screen, imagine the day when Apple releases a larger than 4" screen. Might y'all say the same?

    I've always said that the desire for a larger screen isn't an Android vs. iOS argument, even though it inevitably turns into one. I've always said iOS would be glorious on a larger screen as well.

    It can go bigger.
  21. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
  22. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    It's the iPad.

    Anyway I always welcomed an increase of iPhone's screen size to 4" to 4.3". I was so disappointed when they didn't increase the screen to ~4" last year with the 4S.
  23. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    You think the 4S looks tiny going from a 5 to a 4S... Go from a GS3 to a 4S haha. (I had a GS3 and am now using an iPhone 5)
  24. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    LOL it's actually a 20% increase in screen area.
  25. hNicolas macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2008
    Ottawa, ON
    Yes, at first it felt weird, but it didn't take long to get used to it. Now the bigger screen benefits although subtle, and the one hand usability make this iPhone the best phone on the market. Now, if it was 4.3 or 4.5 would it be better? Maybe, maybe not, you can't tell for sure unless you handle it and use it everyday.

    But, for a reality check, just use an iPhone 4S or prior models once in a while.

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