Smartphones: Why we all want a big one!

Smartphones: Why we all want a big one!So, picture the scene. It's New Years Eve and this author is sitting in a restaurant with a clan of iPhone-toting friends when he whips out his Samsung Galaxy S2 and starts snapping away.

The immediate cries of "how big is that thing?", "is that a tablet?" etc drown out the justifications of how great it is. Quite frankly, readers... they just didn't want to know!

But apparently, they are in the minority with us all looking for a good few extra inches nowadays (so many lines in that!) according to Strategy Analytics.

The long and short of it is that those devices with a 4-inch to 4.5-inch display are apparently what the majority of US and UK smartphone users want in the year 2012 - as long as the device is also thin!

“Almost 90 percent of existing smartphone owners surveyed chose a prototype smartphone with a display larger than their current device,” said Paul Brown, a director in the Strategy Analytics User Experience Practice. “This trend is driven by increased mobile web browsing capability, as well as engaging video and gaming experiences.”

Now, what's interesting is that the study claimed Android users are likely to seek larger devices than iPhone users. Interesting because it's hardly a surprise since Apple displays only come in two flavours - iPhone and iPad.

It also claims that the ladies prefer the smaller devices than the blokes which, again, isn't a huge surprise if we're going down Stereotype Avenue. Then again, we know at least six girls in their 20's and 30's who are currently using a Samsung Galaxy S2 which puts paid to that theory - at least in our decidedly unofficial survey.

“In order for smartphone owners to adopt larger devices, it is important for handset manufacturers to ensure that mobile devices are not too heavy and that the devices remain thin enough for purses and pockets,” Nolan added.

'Nuff said!

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 15, 2012 at 18:11

I find 4in quite sufficient. But I'm all against the Twiggy-trend... Add a few mm for better batteries, and make the things sturdy. Also: My sister calls those 4.3in+ devices porn-phones. There... :p

Treab  Mar. 15, 2012 at 18:12

porn-phones... has she seen rip her clothes then....

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 15, 2012 at 18:39

My sister calls those 4.3in+ devices porn-phones.
For watching, or because they're bigger than average ;)?

Treab  Mar. 15, 2012 at 18:43

My sister calls those 4.3in+ devices porn-phones.
For watching, or because they're bigger than average ;)?


they might be bigger than your average ;)

Pondlife  Mar. 15, 2012 at 19:16

So they worked out the reason was internet, video and games. Wow well done.

louiselouise  Mar. 16, 2012 at 00:07

Funny, when the Desire HD came out, a lot of reviewers were pooh-poohing the size of the screen (4.3"). How times change, in only a year or so!

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 16, 2012 at 08:49

Funny, when the Desire HD came out, a lot of reviewers were pooh-poohing the size of the screen (4.3"). How times change, in only a year or so!

Agree. I remember buying the HTC HD2... People thought I was nuts.
But remember how many people were saying they'd never buy a touchscreen-only phone when the
first iPhone came out? ;)

Stelph  Mar. 16, 2012 at 10:17

I am with your friends Lewis, 4"+ is just too big for a phone that I want to carry around with me and fit in my pocket, 3.5" or 3.7" with a very slim bezel (like the Defy) is my limit. Every time I have tried a 4" phone ive just found them too large (coming from a 6ft 2" bloke) and it is irritating that all the next generation Android phones coming out are all mahussive

Also agree with JanSt - 9mm thin is plenty thin, don't make it any thinner as I would much prefer you kept it thicker and gave me a bigger battery

Pondlife  Mar. 16, 2012 at 12:44

Agree. I remember buying the HTC HD2... People thought I was nuts.


Must be missing the point here ;)

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 16, 2012 at 12:47

Agree. I remember buying the HTC HD2... People thought I was nuts.


Must be missing the point here ;)
:p

Treab  Mar. 16, 2012 at 16:45

I am with your friends Lewis, 4"+ is just too big for a phone that I want to carry around with me and fit in my pocket, 3.5" or 3.7" with a very slim bezel (like the Defy) is my limit. Every time I have tried a 4" phone ive just found them too large (coming from a 6ft 2" bloke) and it is irritating that all the next generation Android phones coming out are all mahussive

Also agree with JanSt - 9mm thin is plenty thin, don't make it any thinner as I would much prefer you kept it thicker and gave me a bigger battery


your a 6"2 bloke... jeez i had you down as a girl...

but seriously i do think 4.3" is the max for a phone honestly... i saw the titan when phone shopping and laughed thinking thats huge (misguidely thinking thats the note then before realising the phone was a htc) then i got to see a note... i nearly died from laughing beautiful piece of kit but mahoussive.

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