Over the last few years, there’s consistently been one feature about the iPhone I’d hoped Apple would change. Its display size. Say what you want about portability, but a 3.5″ screen is far from ideal for any kind of extended web browsing.

Needless to say, the Cupertino company hasn’t touched the iPhone’s screen size, and I’ve always kind of wondered why. Recently I came across an article by Dustin Curtis, a designer, that offers some interesting thoughts on Apple’s reasoning…

In the post, Curtis talks about an epiphany he had while using his recently purchased Samsung Galaxy S II:

“When you first see a phone with a 4-inch or larger screen, it seems like a much better experience. I thought it was a technical decision, and it could be, but since switching to an Android phone — a Samsung Galaxy S II — 15 days ago, I have realized another huge downside of larger screens: when holding the phone with one hand, I can’t reach the other side of the screen with my thumb.”

He goes on to explain that trying to touch the upper right hand of his Galaxy S II’s 4.2″ display with one hand is frustrating, and nearly impossible. With his iPhone 4, however, he found that he could reach the other side of the screen without straining.

Several tech writers have picked up on the article, and it has moved them to publish their own opinions. Here’s Marco Arment on the matter:

“As a four-year iPhone user, I’ve never thought, “You know what I don’t like about this phone? The screen’s too small. I’d like to reduce my battery life, and I’d like my phone to protrude from my pocket in a larger and more conspicuous rectangle to achieve a larger screen that I cannot comfortably use one-handed. That would be completely worth it.”

I agree with Arment in the fact that I don’t think I would want my iPhone much bigger than it already is. But I do enjoy the extra screen real estate on my girlfriend’s Droid Bionic when browsing around eBay and other websites.

If you ask me, an iPhone with a 3.7-4.0-inch display would be perfect. Users would enjoy the larger viewing area, and could still comfortably operate the handset with one hand. What’s your idea of the perfect smartphone screen size?

  • Ahmed

    when everyone thought iPhone 5 was on the horizon and pictures upon pictures leaked of a bigger screen it was the perfect ‘improvement’ but now that all we got is an iPhone 4S with the old screen suddenly bigger displays are booed? hehe amazing. are we in denial or something?

  • SoCoMagNuM

    android based handsets:
    -lets brag about sitting hunched over watching a movie on a 4″ screen….yeaaaah thats AWESOME.
    -Yeah my phone has flash! NOW I CAN SEE ADS BETTER TO NOT CLICK ON THEM…woot!!
    -If my phone crashes i can just take out the battery to “supposedly” fix the problem LMAO TAKE THAT iPhones.
    -I got virus protection…what u got?
    -My screen is HUGE and you can Touch it
    -We have thousands of apps to choose from…not all of which are supported by my phone. BooYah!
    -Couple of my handsets does depth 3D dimensions that look like crap…OOWW!!!

    iOS Handsets:
    -Our phones just work….
    -Who needs virus portection on a phone? LMAO. malware isnt welcomed here.
    -I can fit comfortable in ones pocket
    -We have thousands of apps supported by all idevices
    -who needs 3D on a phone? never ceases to amaze me
    -Flash? oh im sorry…dont cha think you have enuff ads thrown in ur face?
    -idevice OS is intuitive and simple to use. no learning curve. it just makes sense and works.

    each is his own…thats my view on things…my preference is iOS and iDevices. nothing you can say to change that. both devices broadens the consumers choices. in that aspect we are all winners (provider/consumer). get your device of your choice. enjoy it. be happy. just remember….its a materialistic device. anyone can buy it. doesnt make anyone a better person than the other.

    that is all. Happy Phoning.

    • Solidus

      Hey SoCoMagNuM, your post was my laugh for the morning lol.

      “-My screen is HUGE and you can Touch it”

      • SoCoMagNuM

        Glad I could “touch” someone with my post lol. JK. But yeah phone wars will never end. Just like PC, games, cars, homes, etc…it’s all materialistic items and everyone has their own taste. Just buy the devoce

      • SoCoMagNuM

        *device you like and be happy. That’s all that needs to be said.

  • With the clarity of the retina display I am perfectly happy with the 3.5″ display. I look at the larger screens on some andriod phones and think if that’s what you want get a tablet. I love the current size of the iPhone and I wouldn’t be willing to sacrifice that for a larger screen.