When the first smartphones were introduced in 2007, people’s jaws dropped because of their humongous 3.5 inch screens which could comfortably fit in people’s palms. Ten years later and the bigger is better craze took over the smartphone world, giving rise to gigantic gadgets known as tablets and phablets; a merge between tablets and smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note, iPhone 7 plus and Nexus 6. The size triumphs everything logic has led reluctant companies such as Apple to join the bandwagon in order to maintain sales volume. While bigger smartphones are popular, bigger sizes do not always translate to better quality so it is important to weigh the pro and cons before joining the crowd.
People who are more concerned about the visual and display aspect in their smartphones such as gaming and watching movies can legitimately claim that size triumphs all. This also applies to people who use their phones to accomplish a wide range of tasks such as busy workaholics because they can multitask and get a lot done.
Portability is a factor when determining screen size. Bigger screens mean bigger and sometimes heavier gadgets (except those with reduced bezels). Unless the phone spends a considerable time in a handbag, satchel or jacket pocket, then a moderate screen of 4 to 5 inches is more convenient.
Palm size is another way of determining whether a phone is too big. If it becomes too cumbersome to efficiently operate with both your palms then there is no harm in going lower on the inches.
Large screen sizes have bigger battery capacities because their screen sizes consume more power. However, this does not translate to a longer battery because screen size is directly proportional to battery capacity.
Screen sizes might have reached their peak and are not expected to have drastic marginal increases in the future, however innovation is highly welcomed such as the rumored Samsung foldable screen project.