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Poll: What is the ideal screen size for a smartphone?

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For several years now, smartphone displays have been growing steadily and bezels have been shrinking. Now that smartphones are coming in larger sizes, with few compact options left in the market, we want to know: What screen size do you prefer for your smartphone?

Given the sheer number of smartphone users, manufacturers have had to adapt their devices to the whims of the majority. Recently, it's been all about bezel-less displays, making it difficult to find smartphones with a screen size smaller than 5 inches in 2019. In the future, foldable smartphones could make compact devices popular again, while still offering a big screen.

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In this week's poll, we want your opinion on the matter. So, what do you think is the ideal display size? Does the screen have to be huge in order to get the most out of the multimedia content, or is a smaller size and easy transportability best? Or, maybe the size of the screen doesn't matter because other factors are more important (brand, performance, etc). Let us know your thoughts in the comments and vote in the poll below!

The choice is yours!

What is your ideal smartphone display size?
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  • 1
    patrick kelly May 26, 2021 Link to comment

    All Flag ship phones are over 6.5 inches now.. So mid range phones only ever copy flag ships or follow a trend.. Hence there now in the same bracket and are to reach 6.5 +... 2 phone s that are bigger than 7 inches are the Huawei mate 20 x 5g (7.2) inch& black shark 3 pro(7.1) don't seem to have started an even bigger trend as Samsung note 20 ultra and IPhone 12 max both stayed just under the 7 inch( 6.9 ish mark)


  • 1
    No Name Mar 30, 2020 Link to comment

    5.5 - 6.0 is good in a 18:9 aspect - any taller (or wider) than that is unnecessary.
    18:9 will be fine once more of the entertainment industry adopts the Univisium format.
    To me a phone's physical dimensions, screen-to-body ratio & weight matter too, not solely the resolution or display size


  • 2
    David Valverde Ortiz Feb 21, 2020 Link to comment

    5.5 - 5.7 with a max of 6.0 with and aspect ratio of 2:1 for me, like LG G6. Not small, not too big, enough. 720p or 1080p should be fine for the first two, 1080p for 6.0.


  • CJ Brown 29
    CJ Brown Jul 24, 2019 Link to comment

    Minimum 6.0" with 18:9 ratio (I'm fine with 720+, prefer 1080)
    Maximum "6.2 - 6.3" with 19:9 ratio (720+ is fine, 1080 preferred, I don't need higher than that)

    Being able to use with one hand
    Big enough screen to do the job
    (that's all I need)

    There reaches a point where that phablet really just needs to be a tablet (in my opinion) 👍

    Deactivated AccountDean Liensdorf


    • Dean Liensdorf 34
      Dean Liensdorf Jul 24, 2019 Link to comment

      I to like to be able to use my phone one handed which is why I have a pixel 2 with it's 5 inch screen. It's almost the perfect size for me.


  • Keith A Grech 4
    Keith A Grech Jul 20, 2019 Link to comment

    Keith G 031..... I really enjoy using a phone about 6. 3 to 6.5 inches but I really do not like the aspect ratio of the phones lately. I would much rather have the phones wider than long and skinny. I would much rather use a phone that is about 6.2" with the older 16:9 aspect ratio.....That's just me tho

    Brett HermanceCJ BrownDeactivated Account


  • 4
    RonaldTan Jul 16, 2019 Link to comment

    Actually i like the Note8 screen size! Was hoping that the Note 10 or Note 10 Pro has bigger screen than the S10 Plus


  • Rusty Harris 33
    Rusty Harris Jul 16, 2019 Link to comment

    My FIRST smartphone, in 2010, was a Dell Streak 5, a FIVE inch screen, back when smartphone screens were 3.5" (iphone). People would constantly put their phones, over my phone and say my screen was bigger than their phone! Why do you need such a large screen? Ummm, because that is what I want? Now, a 5" screen is considered "small".

    Dean Liensdorf


  • 8
    Vijay Jul 16, 2019 Link to comment

    For me the ideal size would be closer to 6" rather than 6.5". I am happy if I can reach most of the scream using my thumb.

    PS: The SPAM messages getting posted is really irritating.


  • eSparkBiz 14
    eSparkBiz Jul 16, 2019 Link to comment

    I have a Samsung a50, which is 6.4 inch but I love phones with max 6 inches because they are pocket-friendly. :)

    Vijay


  • 46
    Deactivated Account Jul 16, 2019 Link to comment

    5.7 of my Note 4 is perfect for me. I do not like the new long skinny phones of today

    Dean LiensdorfKeith A Grech


  • 7
    Abrar Jul 15, 2019 Link to comment

    In 16:9 aspect ratio 5.7 was ideal but in 18:9 6.7 to 7.2 is best for me. I have xiaomi max 3 and Huawei mate 20X and i really enjoy these big screens for reading, browsing and watching media.


  • 11
    Chris Laarman Jul 14, 2019 Link to comment

    i tend to have a "larger" and a "smaller" smartphone (and then both Android and iOS).
    So I couldn't vote. :-(


  • 25
    Deactivated Account Jul 14, 2019 Link to comment

    With my big hands, and with some gesture based customizations allowing one handed use when required or relaxing, I find my bazel less 6.41 inches Oneplus 7 to be perfect, and hereby I would further emphasize that a smartphone shouldn't go beyond that size, because size above 6.4 inches and weight above 190 grams makes smartphone usage uncomfortable.
    Further, for a general audience who emphasize more on comfort of portability and manageability, 5.7 inches at max is sufficient and there is really a market for compact smartphones which needs to be acknowledged and addressed by smartphone manufacturers.

    Dean Liensdorf


  • 20
    Reg Joo Jul 14, 2019 Link to comment

    5.6~5.7


  • Dean Liensdorf 34
    Dean Liensdorf Jul 14, 2019 Link to comment

    I went from a 4 inch display to a 5.5 and have now settled on a 5 inch display. My work provided me with an iPhone 6s which has a 4.7 inch display, but I still prefer the 5 inch display of my pixel 2.

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