At this point, every tech enthusiast should have already wrapped their head around with regards to this little known gadget called the iPhone 5. Last September 12th, Wednesday, Apple shook the world of tech as the company finally announced the official follow-up to the iPhone 4S. When the iPhone 4S was launched last year, a great deal of people have aired their disappointment with respect to the fact that the 4S didn’t have the screen upgrade which they have been clamoring for. Well as it turned out, Apple was paying attention to such feedbacks because the fruit company has upped the screen size of the iPhone 5 from 3.5 to 4-inches.
Upgrading the screen size is obviously a move by Apple to ensure that the iPhone 5 will continue to be a force to reckon with when it comes to the smartphone market. Android smartphones have displays that are relatively huge for quite some time now. Take for example the Samsung Galaxy S III’s 4.8-inch screen or even the Galaxy Note’s massive 5.5-inch display. It is quite obvious before that Apple need to put out a phone that can compete. With the iPhone 5, one can say that Apple is pretty much on track with regards to being competitive. So how does the iPhone 5′s screen stack up against other big-screened phones in the Android line?
A user in Reddit called pic10F206 has created an image that compares the screen size of iPhone 5 with the iPhone 4S and Android smartphones, namely the: Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Experia Arc S, and the Galaxy Nexus. The image depicts just how large the other Android smartphones’ screens are as compared to the latest iPhone. The red shaded part is the area that which is not reached by the iPhone 5′s display. Check out the image below:
So what can we derive from this? It is worth noting that the creator of the image didn’t use Android phone models which are more recent such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note which have far more larger screens. Or else, the red part would become more substantial. One can argue that when it comes to screen displays, the larger, the better. This is especially true when playing games or watching videos on the device. However, usability and comfort must be taken into account as well. The bigger the screen, the more it will become tricky to use the device with just one hand. Your thumb will have to constantly stretch and your grip must be adjusted as well in order to reach the far end corners of the screen. This problem obviously becomes more apparent if you have small hands.
Obviously, such factors will vary from person to person. Other folks will be comfortable with larger sized screens while there are those that would rather go with the not-so-massive ones. That’s why it is always best if you shop for your smartphone in person, so you can feel it in your hands and see how you like it. With the 4-inch screen of the iPhone 5, it seems that Apple has struck a healthy balance of screen real estate and functionality.