why is the iphone screen so small

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by utl768, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. utl768 macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2009
    i never really noticed this but when i went to look at some new phones yesterday it dawned on em that the iphones screen is tiny compared to most of the competition
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Some Androids have 5 inch screens :eek:. It's a phone, not a tablet. I think 4" would be my limit.
  3. zmulleni macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2010
    Traditionally the larger the screen the more inefficient your battery becomes. Ask some android users with big screens how well there battery holds a charge.
  4. musika macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2010
    New York
    Absolutely agree.
  5. lilcosco08 macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2010
  6. aztooh macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Can you please direct me towards a current Android device with a 5" screen? Let alone "some"...
  7. Duckit macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2011
    NJ, USA
    I dont think that the iPhone's screen is "Small" its just smaller compared to some of the 4-5 inch displays. I honestly think that 4 inches is perfect.
  8. aztooh macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    I think I feel the same. And if the case "leaks" are true to the new iPhone, looks like it might be close to that size.
  9. Pooshka macrumors 65816

    Jun 28, 2008
    God, I hope SJ and TC had the same question in mind when looking at some of the Android phones.
  10. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    This! but man I really dig the 5.3" Galaxy Note ;)
  11. vikingjunior macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2011
    When ICS comes out your going to start seeing Android devices with no bottom buttons which will make a 5 inch a reality.

    Also Android is getting much better with the battery life the Sg2 has great battery life.
  12. musika macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2010
    New York
  13. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    It's weird. Just 4 years ago, the idea of a 3.5" screen on a phone was unheard of and revolutionary. Now it's "small". How much real estate does one need on a phone?
  14. Tilpots macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    Try putting "the competition" in your pocket. ;)
  15. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
    It's because the IP4 is almost 1.5 years old technology!
  16. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Yep, few phones had such a large screen at the time, although PDAs had had them for years.

    (The 2005 HTC Universal smartphone did have a 3.6" VGA screen. During 2007-8, the number of Windows Mobile smartphones with VGA+ screens kept growing.)

    You're right, very little display is needed on a phone, but the other Internet and App parts often can use all the space they can get :)
  17. aztooh macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
  18. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    The iPhone has begun to feel small to me having switched around between iPhones, a Droid X, and the 4.5" Samsung Infuse. The Android system had the typical issues but god did I love that gorgeous 4.5" screen.

    Never once even with the 4.5" infuse did I have an issue of it not fitting in my pockets.

    It is only a product announcement, doesn't even have a release date.
  19. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    even though my iPhone 4's screen is much smaller than my galaxy s 2, browsing websites and reading are much better done in iPhone 4, because of the higher ppi. my galaxy s 2 has bigger screen, but its resolution is lower and i have to do a lot of zooming in when reading websites. that's useless.
  20. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    All a matter of getting used to it. Like switching from a Honda Civic to a SUV. I thought 4.3 inches would be too big, but holding the Droid X isn't that bad. First time I saw an Evo in public, I saw a high school girl use one. It isn't that rare. More screen size also means bigger virtual keyboard in portrait mode for less errors. I used a 2.63 inch Palm Pixi and that was puny. The 9900 is also very small at 2.8. Your eyes will adjust to the screen size eventually. I can see why people don't want phones with a big screen size and have the phone be that bulky. But I can also see why some can never go back to a sub-4 inch screen and want to eliminate buying a tablet to lug around and going for one of those phoneblet hybrids. Don't knock it until you try it.
  21. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    4 years in technology is very long time.. People weren't browsing the internet and watching tv, sports, and movies the way they do now. Apple is always innovating, "thinner, faster, lighter". How about a bigger screen?
  22. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    When I first bought the S2, I thought it was massive (and it is). During the first day I had trouble reaching the top of the screen because it was too tall (and I still had problems using it one handed). After a few days I got used to using the S2 with two hands and used to seeing a giant screen. When I sold the S2 and used an iPod touch I thought the screen was ridiculously small, but then after a few days of using the iPod I got used to it again. Because it was a tall phone I had a little bit of problem keeping it in my pocket (no I don't rock out skinny jeans) because I would feel unsafe about the phone falling off it felt like it was on the edge of my pocket. I didn't feel comfortable either keeping it sitting horizontally in my pocket too.
  23. maliu macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
  24. Eddie Bombay macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2011
    Probably because the iPhone 4 if going on almost two years. Back then a phone with a 3.5"screen was petty amazing. Don't worry Apple is playing catch up with that 4" i5 that's coming out soon.

    Loving my infuse 4g with it's 4.5" Super AMOLED screen.
  25. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Even when it came out it was smaller than most smartphone displays.

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