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Will the screen size of the next iPhone impact your purchasing decision

  • Yes, I will change my decision if the screen size differs from my preference.

    Votes: 56 49.1%
  • No, I'll stick with my original decision regardless the screen size.

    Votes: 58 50.9%

  • Total voters
    114

k3roro

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Aug 28, 2010
369
7
While I agree that everyone has their preference to the screen size of the next generation of iPhone, I'm just wondering what percentage of the general population would have the same thought process as me.

I for one, do not think the screen size would impact my purchasing decision of the next generation of iPhone, if it's :
3.7'', sure
4.0'', excellent
4.3'', a bit too big for my liking, but sure
4.6'', way too big, but i'll still buy it.

Now, call me what you want to call me, iSheep or whatever term it is that they use for blind followers, but for me I don't really value screen real estate, i think 3.5'' is enough already. There are a lot of other things I like about the iPhone and the screen size is not really my concern, but seems to be a lot of article talking about it, so I'm just wondering if I'm the only one that feels this way.

TLDR:

Given that the screen size of the next generation of iPhone is different then what you prefer/expected, and you were previously planning on purchasing the next generation of iPhone, will you now look at other alternative phones as a result of this.

Thanks,
 

kevink2

macrumors 68000
Nov 2, 2008
1,700
247
Still planning to buy the next generation phone. Skipped both the 3GS and 4S, but my current 4 acts flakey ever since I got some OJ on it. Speakerphone won't come on, and when it last rained, it got damp. It thinks until it dries out that the headphones are plugged in, making it difficult to use.
 
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sviato

macrumors 68020
Oct 27, 2010
2,299
74
HR 9038 A
I do want to buy the next iPhone as I'm sure it'll have some appealing features that the 4S doesn't have. However, if the screen size remains the same I may try out some WP7 or Android devices with larger screens before deciding to buy the next iphone.
 
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eclipse01

macrumors 68030
May 16, 2011
2,645
334
Eau Claire, WI
I don't want to see anything more then 4"

with that said I will buy one either way, I trust Apple knows what they are doing!
 
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Certinfy

macrumors 6502a
Jan 29, 2011
933
0
London
Yes.

It's more down to the device size overall though. If it's too big for my liking I'll get a Windows Phone or a Samsung Galaxy S3. The only reason I chose to get a 4S over any other phone is mainly because of it's form factor.
 
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andross77

macrumors 6502
Oct 11, 2011
252
2
Even though i would LOVE to have a bigger screen the number one best way to decide on what phone fits you best is which OS you like most. For me, i like iOS better than android/blackberry/WP7/Symbian/Palm (R.I.P.), etc.

So why would I switch to an INFERIOR operating system (IMHO) just because of screen size? That makes NOOOOO sense. Obviously if someone sees 2 OS's as completely equal, then screen size could sway them. But the operating systems are so different I don't see how someone could think that.

To each his own though i guess....:)
 
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TallGuy1970

macrumors 6502
Jun 16, 2010
323
0
What I want in the iPhone 5...

#1 Camera - My phone is fast becoming my point-and-shoot camera. I have a DSLR, but I don't want to carry it with me everywhere. So, a better camera would be my biggest factor (I have the 4. The 4s camera is better. i am hoping for even better in the 5.).

#2 LTE - The lack of LTE in the 4s is why I don't have it right now. My 4 is still working flawlessly, and I hope it will until the 5, which I believe will have LTE.

#3 - Silence notifications during phone calls - I realize this is a software issue, not hardware, but it is so annoying to me that I NEED it fixed.

#4 - Screen size - I would like a larger screen (especially as I use the phone as a camera), but it is not a deal killer for me.
 
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irDigital0l

Guest
Dec 7, 2010
2,901
0
my 32GB iPhone 4 is still a great phone (i have the verizon one btw)

But being a long time loyal customer to Verizon they said I could get a 2-3 early upgrade with 2 year contract. I bought my iPhone 4 from them in Feb 2011 but I can get an early upgrade in Oct 2012 (or else I have to wait till Feb 2013).

My priorties for the next iPhone

1. 4G LTE
2. 4 inch screen
3. FaceTime 3G/4G & FaceTime HD
4. NFC
5. Better camera, faster chip
 
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SR45

macrumors 65832
Aug 17, 2011
1,501
0
Florida
3.7'', Yes :D

4.0'', Maybe if the form factor is the same :)

4.3'', Never

4.6'', Never
 
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Zxxv

macrumors 68040
Nov 13, 2011
3,558
1,103
UK
Wirelessly posted

Till I see it and play with it I can't say what I'll do. But I do like the current size. Just needs to be lighter.
 
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batotman

macrumors 6502
Mar 14, 2012
393
5
My biggest complaint is screen size. Friends pull out their giant screened phones and I'm envious. Apple won't go to 4.5" but I hope at least 4". Heck if it was 4.3" and no other changes, I'd buy it.
 
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Knoxcore

macrumors newbie
Oct 1, 2011
11
0
I read a lot on my iPhone, not books, but articles from various news apps. I need a bigger screen simply for readability. Imput is another big factor and a larger screen will help in that department.
 
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ixodes

macrumors 601
Jan 11, 2012
4,429
2
Pacific Coast, USA
The iPhone is a smartphone, the kind that is designed for web browsing and other tasks where a larger display is very useful. For those who don't need a smartphone, or like a tiny display, the old 3.5" size is fine.

For those of us who use a smartphone as it's intended to be used, especially if one has used one with a modern display size of 4.3" or larger, then you understand. I surely hope Apple goes to 4.3" or larger. It would do a lot for their image as a cutting edge company.

If not, they will still sell millions upon millions, there are a lot of young boys and girls, as well as women and some men that like a small phone.

It's the exaggeration that really makes me laugh. To hear some people describe a phone with a 4" display as too big for this or for that, is quite hilarious. :D
 
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adztaylor

macrumors 68000
Aug 20, 2009
1,723
2
Preston, UK
Would like to see a 4" but if it stays the same I'm sure it'll have something good on it to convince me to buy. Wouldn't want anything bigger though.
 
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lordofthereef

macrumors G5
Nov 29, 2011
12,942
3,496
Boston, MA
If the screen size is bumped, I will stick with it no doubt. If not, I will likely get something else, unless there is some other feature that blows me away (and LTE is not enough for me).
 
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WhoAmI2

macrumors member
Mar 7, 2012
88
0
I would like a larger screen and think it's time for a 4" screen on the iPhone. I don't want 4.6" but wouldn't cry with a 4.3" screen. I was against a larger screen on the iPhone but I now believe it's time.

I will buy it no matter what size screen it has as iPhone is the best phone for me.
 
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cynics

macrumors G4
Jan 8, 2012
11,630
1,910
If the screen size is bumped, I will stick with it no doubt. If not, I will likely get something else, unless there is some other feature that blows me away (and LTE is not enough for me).

Exactly my thoughts.

If it doesn't increase I'll keep the 4S and then eventually get something else. Depends on what I feel is best at the time for me.
 
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magamo

macrumors 6502
Apr 6, 2009
420
14
If your "regardless" allows a little caveat "unless Apple makes a ridiculous decision such as going with a smaller screen size or doubling the footprint," I wouldn't change my mind regardless of the screen size. It's definitely not the most important thing to me.
 
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3bs

macrumors 603
May 20, 2011
5,432
23
Dublin, Ireland
I tried a Galaxy Nexus for 2 weeks but didn't like how big it was and it had a 4.65" screen. It was really hard swiping from the top of the screen. I ended up going back to my 4S. I'd be willing to buy the next iPhone as long as it's not any bigger than 4.3". Before trying the GNex I would have said 4" was the biggest I'd go for but now I think 4.3" wouldn't be so bad.
 
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Macman45

macrumors G5
Jul 29, 2011
13,198
133
Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
Yes, I think Apple can only push loyalty so far...If the next iPhone does not have improved screen size, I would have to consider something else. I hope it doesn't come to that though...Have no idea what I'd buy instead.
 
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