What is the largest screen you would want on a phone? POLL!

What is the largest screen size that you want on a phone

  • 3.5 in - iPhone is the ideal size

    Votes: 82 29.3%
  • 4.0 in - I think a little bigger would be good :)

    Votes: 136 48.6%
  • 4.3-4.5 in - Like the large wave of phones coming out. looks nice

    Votes: 46 16.4%
  • 5.0 in - Dell streak has a wonderfully large screen. and still portable!

    Votes: 9 3.2%
  • >5.0 in - The bigger the better! Heck I'd use my iPad as a phone if I could!

    Votes: 7 2.5%

  • Total voters
    280

Mad Mac Maniac

macrumors 601
Original poster
As cell phones begin getting bigger and bigger again, it begs the question what is too big. I know people have discussed this (tirelessly), but lets get a straw poll going to see what the general consensus is. So what is the largest desirable screen size for YOU (not necessarily the largest you would ever buy). What I mean by that is if 3.5 in (current iphone) is the largest desirable size for me, and the next iPhone became only available in 4.0 in, I would still get it because the other benefits would outweigh the size disadvantage.

But what is the largest you would possibly want your screen size to be on a phone, before it starts becoming too big/cumbersome to not have added benefits.
 

TruckdriverSean

macrumors 6502a
Feb 28, 2009
662
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Texas, US
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4.0"-4.3"

MUST HAVE IPHONE-4 PIXEL DENSITY. (I ain't going back!!)
 

Fliesen

macrumors 6502a
Mar 30, 2010
758
2
Austria
i don't have the biggest hands. holding the phone in a normal fashion, i can reach the top of the screen with my thumb on my iPhone 4 but can barely do so on a Samsung Galaxy S (where i'd actually rather need to do that because of Android's notification bar)
for people with bigger hands, i'd say 4" (with proper dpi) would be optimal

anything bigger than 4" would be a tablet :/
 

extraextra

macrumors 68000
Jun 29, 2006
1,758
0
California
I think the current screen size is good and would not like to buy a bigger phone. I think the phone barely fits in my pockets as it is. However, I'd buy a 4" if it came out.

So based on the largest desirable size I voted 3.5".
 

mlts22

macrumors 6502a
Oct 28, 2008
538
32
I'm happy with the 3.5" screen and the high res display. Anything bigger won't fit in a pocket and will be unwieldy.

Maybe a compromise would be HDMI out similar to the Droid X. However, and this is pure opinion, I buy a phone for a phone. If I wanted a bigger screen to tote around, I'd buy an iPad.

Time will tell though. I've been seeing people use the Dell Streak as a phone, so we will see if bigger is better. IMHO, it isn't.
 

BlondeBuddhist

macrumors 6502a
Jun 7, 2010
560
0
I recently stated that the 3.5 inch screen was ideal. I stand pat with this.

Now maybe it's because the displays of the bigger phones aren't as nice as the iphone, however they ALL seem to look gaudy and cheap.


If it ain't broken, don't fix it.


Blonde Buddhist
 

splashnader

macrumors 6502a
Jul 1, 2008
839
0
Via Satellite
I would not mind an iPhone screen with 4.0" size. It would make it more enjoyable as an ereader, while still mainting use as good portable.
 

Russiaone

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Jun 7, 2010
422
144
I've love a 3.7", as well. I think it's time for a slight size upgrade. Would give game devs more room to work with. 'Course, if the next iPhone sees no size upgrade that wont hinder my buying it.:D
 

wreckshop

macrumors 6502
Jul 20, 2008
489
0
Need to get rid of the 3:2 screen ratio first. 4.0" with 3:2 ratio would make the phone wider than an evo or droid x
 

Fernandez21

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Jun 16, 2010
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2,964
What's most important to me is the size of the phone, and I think the size of the iPhone 4 is perfect, so whatever is the biggest size screen that can fit on there. Maybe 3.6-3.7, and maybe widescreen.
 

intervenient

macrumors 6502a
Jul 9, 2010
541
46
Anyone saying 4 inches is too big is a tool. It's half of an inch, it will fit in your pocket.


I voted 4.3 inches. Love those big new phones coming out.
 

Irish Rose

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May 29, 2010
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I wouldn't want anything bigger than a 4" screen. Anything larger than that would increase the overall size of the rest of the iPhone as well.
 

Zepaw

macrumors 65816
Apr 18, 2010
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MN
My gut vote was 4, but now that I think about it I love it just the way it is.
 

calb

macrumors 6502
Mar 12, 2009
372
1
UK
I like it just the way it is, because I can operate it one-handed with my thumb if I need to. I don't have especially large hands, so any significant increases in size would make it too cumbersome for me to use flexibly.
 

maflynn

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Staff member
May 3, 2009
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I have the droid x and found that its not that much bigger (width wise) then an iPhone, yet I have a gorgeous large screen. That makes a huge difference in watching videos, surfing and of course typing.
 

kasakka

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Oct 25, 2008
2,082
768
Ideally they'd keep the size, but figure how to cram the speaker, home button and front camera into a smaller space so the display could be vertically larger. Putting the home button on the side might not be such a bad idea.
 
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