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Pros and Cons of Large Phone Displays

June 29, 2012
by Lim Pei Hao


29 June 2012 – In today’s trend, people keep seeking for a bigger and better smartphone. Apple’s popular iPhone has retained its standard 3.5-inch display since 2007, while Android smartphones have surpassed the 5-inch mark with the Samsung Galaxy Note’s 5.3-inch display. Other phone manufacturers, such as HTC and LG are offering phones with displays bigger than 4.5-inch.

Apple iPhone 4S (3.5-inch) vs Samsung Galaxy Note (5.3-inch)


In this feature, we shall look into the advantages and disadvantages of large phone displays.


Pros:


Less scrolling

HTC One X with its 4.7-inch Super IPS display, click here to find out more


Large display equals to bigger viewing area that allows you to see more things on the screen. This is very helpful when browsing the Internet. Less scrolling left and right is involved when viewing websites that are not optimized for mobile browsing. More content can be viewed before scrolling down for more. 


Enhance gaming experience

LG Optimus Vu with its 5-inch HD-IPS display


Large phone displays also give a better gaming experience. Since mobile games are moving towards touch-based controls, a bigger display allows game developers to allocate proper touch controls on the edge of the display without blocking the centre of the display.


Travel companion


A phone with large display is an excellent travel companion as you can enjoy watching movies without the need of carrying a tablet or laptop around. Furthermore, it is convenient for you to navigate around in a foreign land by using the big display as a digital map.


Cons:


Power consuming


On the other hand, the power draining issue is one of the most common problems found in large phone displays. This is because more power is drained to support a larger backlight for the screen. Plus, more energy is supplied to the increased number of electrodes to support the big display. Of course, phone manufacturers reduce the impact of this issue by implementing energy efficient displays such as AMOLED screens and equipping the phone with a bigger battery capacity.


 

Samsung Galaxy Nexus with its 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display


 


Defeats the purpose of portability

Samsung Galaxy Note has a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display, go here and read more about it


Phones with large display can be tedious to carry around. It might not be able to fit in your skinny jeans pocket. Placing it in the shirt pocket is not very secure too, as it might slips out easily due to the size of the phone. The situation only gets worst if the phone is placed in a casing or a pouch which increases the size of the phone.


Too big for comfort


A phone with large display could be too big for comfort especially holding the phone for prolonged periods. Plus, it is challenging for a person to type with a single hand. People with small fingers might find it difficult to type on the display even when using both hands.


Verdict

A 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display can be found on the latest Samsung Galaxy S III, go here for the review


To be a smart consumer, it is recommended for you pick a phone which has a display that falls in between 4.5-inch and 5.3-inch. You should consider investing in a tablet instead if you wish to buy any device where the screen falls bigger than 6-inch.



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