The Ever Expanding Screen 2

Iphone compared to the Galaxy Note 

Not so long ago form factors in cell phones seemed to be decreasing in size. Small was in, with flip phones predominating due to their thinness and their ability to fold in half, reducing the size of what a consumer has to put in their pockets. Enter the Iphone. What one could arguably call the rebirth of the candy bar phone, beefed up with accelerometers, processors, and RAM galore.

The Iphone 3G, 4 and 4S screens are just 3.5 inches, the HTC Thunderbolt sported a 4.3 inch screen, while the recently released Galaxy Nexus has expanded to 4.65 inches. Everyone originally thought the new Iphone, the 4S would also increase in size, that expansion however, has presumably been delayed to the entrance of the theoretical Iphone 5.

Just recently however, the concept of “big is in” is now truer than ever before, with the establishment of the new 5.3 inch Amoled display of the Galaxy Note. The new trend in bleeding edge mobile technology seems to be display, clarity of it, and screen real estate.

The LG Optimus has recently been announced and it will contain a 5 inch screen, and both megaphones will sport dual core 1.5 gigahertz processors, with 1 gig of RAM. Both the Optimus and the Note will be stylus friendly, with the Note coming with one built in to the device. Whether this trend in size will continue or not time will tell. We will have to wait to see whether or not consumers will want to break the 5 inch barrier in display size.



  1. I haven’t personally used one so I could be wrong, but I feel like the 5″ screens would be awkward as it’s too big to fit in at least some pockets and too small to be called a tablet. I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s a trend that won’t last, because I think the motivation for phone makers to go that large is to find some way to “one up” the iphone as it lets them quote a larger number in the phone specs. After all, bigger is suppose to be better, right?

    • I tend to agree with you, 4.65 inches may very well be a cap in terms of marketable screen size. Steve Jobs often criticized the nature of many companies to want to have a “best of both worlds” product, because usually, the best of both worlds means crappy in both worlds. But I could be wrong. In addition, I think the stylus died a death for a reason, and that reason being, people can not comfortably write on a five inch screen with a flimsy stylus usefully or comfortably.

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