How important was it for Apple to increase the screen size of the iPhone? The new iPhone 6 is out today and lines are longer than they have been for years. There are plenty of other great features, but I think the larger screen sizes, which put the iPhone more closely on par with Android phones, is a big part of it.
It’s interesting the sizes Apple chose for the iPhone 6 screens. 4.7″ is about the smallest now found on any Android phone and 5.5″ is about the largest. It’s also interesting how once you start using a phone with a larger screen, after some time, it doesn’t seem as large as it did when you first got it. I use a Moto X phone with a 4.7″ screen and it’s great but doesn’t necessarily feel “big”. In some ways, that’s an advantage in itself, but I wouldn’t mind something a bit larger.
I do think these are the best iPhone’s Apple has released in awhile and they will tempt many an Android user to switch. In my case, I have to choose an iPhone 6 at 4.7″ which is the same size screen I have now or jump up to the iPhone 6 Plus at 5.5″ which is much larger than what I have now. An Android phone with a lot of interest and buzz is the One Plus phone at 5.5″ which people love but reviews also says, “it’s really big” physically. Guess what, the iPhone 6 Plus is a bit larger than the One Plus. I have traditionally never loved the so-called “phablets”, so what’s the right screen size?
I have come to the conclusion that the perfect screen size for a phone is actually 5.2″. This is larger than 4.7″ enough to make a difference and yet not so big that it feels like too much. For me, and Goldilocks, it’s just right. There are two phones at these specs to consider, the Moto X from Motorola and the Samsung Galaxy S5. They are both great phones with nearly identical specs. The choice comes down to differences in style, with the Moto X’s unique curved back and software wherein the Moto X has a cleaner experience with less additional software that adds dubious value.
Right now, I think the Moto X is the perfect phone. Right screen size, clean Android experience, and among the best build quality of any Android phone. If are are in love with iOS, however, you have to choose between small-ish and quite large. Good luck with that.