What do you expect the standard phone size to be in the next few years?

andrewtm

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Just speaking in general, do you expect people to use phones the size of the 6? Or do you think everyone's going to have 6 Plus (and maybe even bigger)? Where do you guys see the phone market heading?
 

matthew2926

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I personal like the 6+ even though it is massive. Having said that, it is MASSIVE and I think that any think that anything bigger would have to fall under the iPad category. Perhaps called the iPad Nano?
 

myscrnnm

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Until we see another paradigm shift in terms of smartphone technology, I think we've reached the apex for screen sizes at around 5". In 2007, Apple set the standard with the 3.5" display. But by 2011, flagship Android phones were 4.3" and getting larger. Today, it seems most high-end phones are anywhere from 4.7" to 5.0".

Phablets are here to stay (6 Plus user myself), but based on the people I know, and all the threads on MR about returning the 6 Plus, they are still a niche product. Crucially, people want phones that they can still operate to a certain degree with a single hand, and can put in a pants pocket. Perhaps making bezels thinner and having curved displays will help, but for now 5.5" seems to be the absolute peak size when it comes to the average consumer.
 

Ramio

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I think the plus is the limit. Love my plus and can handle it one handed for most tasks just fine but don't see how that is possible with a wider phone. I see them making the plus maybe shorter in the future.
 

dontwalkhand

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I hope that the 6 and 6+ sizes will stick around for quite some time to come. Please don't go any bigger than this.

As for smaller, no. Hell no.
 

Ramio

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I hope that the 6 and 6+ sizes will stick around for quite some time to come. Please don't go any bigger than this.

As for smaller, no. Hell no.
Same here. No way I'll go smaller than the plus but I do think Apple needs to make a 4 inch for the people with baby hands :)
 

McPc

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I can see a 6 in. screen if the bezels can be reduced and the screen can display right to the edges but otherwise the size of the 6+ is as big as I personally am willing to carry around as a phone.
 

McGiord

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Once people shift some of their phone needs to the Watch the screen could be made bigger up to 6" or 7".
When some projection technology becomes nice enough to eliminate the need for a display then the size of the device would be reduced again.
And cycle goes on and on...
 

iolinux333

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Personal guess is everything will settle down for a while with high res 4.7 and 5" screens with zero bezels being the norm, with most younger people and women choosing larger. The 5.5 and 6" phones will be for "old people" with increasing farsightedness. Actually the farsightedness thing is what's really going on with big phones now, but for some reason (age stigma) not a lot of people are talking about it.

I also predict very small 3" screens with super high res will be all the rage one day for kids and teens with great eyesight.
 

betabeta

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I would hope the do these for the next 3 years
4
4.7
5.5

After 3 years who knows, soon we will have thin folding screens, (not bending) so the screen size will probably increase again in some way.

In the current form I prefer the 6, but a got the plus because I have to have the top of the line screen/camera:D
 

lke

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In the future iphones are going to be about the same size because the idea is to carry them easily.

Maybe they will have folding screens or use the back as a screen.

Also they are going to make the screen bigger by removing the home button and using all the available screen size.









 
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