When I show a new smartphone, a first of all interested in what his screen. All I want it was more, then more, and then quite big, but no limit to perfection. As if the hand of the modern user stretches a little bit from the past great phone and now he is on the scene and proud to say that the novelty was another 0.1 inch more. Indeed, producers chasing extra inch, as if the user purchases such a device and this will affect the size of something else. Lately too much has changed in our world to continue to follow old patterns. Need to relax and take a step back, and here’s why.
When they started to make phones with big screen
Once upon a time, at the dawn of the advent of smartphones in the modern sense of the word, many weren’t arguing about what should be normal screen size. In General, people were not tempted and switched to smartphones with push-button for calling a screen a fraction.
iPhone at that time promoted the idea of a compact smartphone. Steve jobs said that the screen must be such that any part of it could easily reach with one finger. Parallel to this, in his little world was developed paliform Samsung Galaxy Note. Even was a joke in the spirit of “I Bought a Samsung. Now the wind is not blowing”. He really was huge for its time. And indeed Android devices were larger iPhone. But he was for four years he bent the line, almost without changing anything. Only with the release of the iPhone 5 screen size increased by 0.5 inch.
At the same time, Android smartphones, on the contrary, gradually ceased to suffer from megalomania. Then the market calmed down a bit until I got the iPhone 6. It was another 0.7 inches more of the five, and Plus version and is 1.5 inches. And then began the terrible – all over again to chase the shovel. One Xiaomi Mi Max was worth.
Next was a jump in the value of the diagonal of a smartphone, but it was associated with the transition to bermocoll and increase the diagonal into 1-1,5 inches occurred almost without changing the size of the case.
The optimal size of the smartphone screen
When we had small screens, the only problem was the browsers. Page then was not as well optimized as it is now, and had them constantly podlizivat and adjust the scale.
Now this issue has been resolved almost completely. Smartphones have become in this respect much more convenient and sometimes catch myself thinking that some of the content looks better on the smartphone screen with a diagonal of 6 inches, than the tablet screen with a diagonal of 10-11 inches. This is not surprising because most of the world’s traffic have long been consumed with mobile devices. So designers are all “licked” and led to the almost perfect option.
I think the optimum screen size is one that fits neatly into the case modern frameless the 5.7-6 inch devices. Once there could fit more than 5 inches, now 6. But it doesn’t matter. Importantly, in hand, this handy device is fine. And it doesn’t weight down your pocket and use with one hand no problem. Well, about the content I have already said. Everything on it fits.
We can say that on the big screen is more convenient to use two apps, but is it worth it, when the diagonal grows by 1 inch, and the weight and size of the phone is much greater.
Yes, play some games or watch videos on a big screen is convenient, but why such need in real life, I was not very clear. And then the question arises why the manufacturers don’t want to give choice to their customers?
You can choose the screen size
At the time Sony released its Xperia XZ 2 Compact (we had a review). When I saw this smartphone, then quietly to myself I was glad. “Do manufacturers understand that not everyone needs a shovel” – I thought. But not for long I rejoiced.
Continuing the model was not followed, and she once went, although technically not inferior to the flagship, just had a smaller screen size. Most likely, didn’t get it due to the fact that the cost is only slightly cheaper than the Sony Xperia XZ2. Well, we should not forget that this is Sony, to smartphones which people have in principle a rather skeptical attitude.
Of course, I’m not a marketer, though often giving the correct predictions, and I do not have much research data as big companies, but I don’t understand why normal manufacturers will not try again. Just make a phone that will offer not only a different memory, and compact size. To many this will be enough for a small smartphone for 20,000 rubles will buy much more readily than for 50 000 rubles.
You say that there is a smartphone version of the XL, Pro, Max, and so on, but the problem is that we offer a large and more, and not large and small devices.
Let’s see what will happen next, but the fact remains – any screen used but excellent optimization applications and websites allows you to stop paying attention to the smaller diagonal after a couple of hours. Just yesterday I ran into more proof of this, when two months in isolation working on the PC with two monitors at 27 inches, and then spent a day with a MacBook Pro 13 and absolutely nothing has changed from the point of view of productivity and comfort. Mount only hard, but that’s a separate issue.