Kangal, 05 Apr 2019You didn't comprehend my point: Everyone wants a larger display, but smaller phone.
Some p... moreIf you're talking about having the smallest bezels possible, I agree there.
I will disagree though about your only options for people to choose phones. Some people simple have to choose based on a compromise. I want a premium phone and a small phone; due to where I live (Canada), the Sony Xperia Compacts have been unavailable to me, and I generally prefer Android to iOS. For the past, I'd say 4-5 years, I've had to compromise by getting the smallest phone possible, but it's still too large for what I want. Most recently I've decided to compromise with iOS instead of Android, simply because I can no longer support Android smartphones continually getting wider and wider. My personal preference would be a phone 66mm wider or less.
mrleft, 05 Apr 2019The thing is that what you're saying as universal truths. A bigger screen isn't better simply ... moreYou didn't comprehend my point: Everyone wants a larger display, but smaller phone.
Some people use the metric of their back pockets, some for cargo pants, others for jacket pockets, and some for handbags. Not to mention the variance in hand sizes.
For that reason, we should have Small, Medium, Large Phones. We have many Large, mostly Medium, and very few Small Phones. So having another iPhone SE or SONY Z5c is welcome in my books.
But there's a reason why people buy what they buy: it's either what they want, or what they can afford, or sometimes both!
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Kangal, 05 Apr 2019Yes, sorry about that. However, when the iPhone 6 came out it came with a decent price increa... moreThe thing is that what you're saying as universal truths. A bigger screen isn't better simply because it's bigger, or even if it's more popular. People who prefer smaller screens are just as right to prefer that as people who prefer big screens. If I'm not using apps or doing things that require a big screen, and I want a phone I can use one-handed, the reality is that a small screened phone is superior in that context. No big phone will ever be better for me than a smaller phone, just as no smaller phone will ever be better than a bigger one for you. It's subjective taste and preference. That's why it's good that Apple's doing a smaller phone (as well as larger ones) next generation, and I hope more Android OEMs do the same. More variety in form factors is a never a bad thing.
mrleft, 04 Apr 2019That may be the best upgrade path for people who like big phones, but it's apparently not the ... moreYes, sorry about that.
However, when the iPhone 6 came out it came with a decent price increase. Most people didn't mind it because Android phones were doing bad that year (Snapdragon 810), and also because this was the first opportunity to get a larger iPhone.
The larger/Plus models have always been better, and in most cases, where the better value as well. However, the Plus models since the 6 Plus commended a new high price which many were not happy with. This is the reason why the 6 outsold the 6 Plus. And in case you didn't know, there was another price bump with the 7-series. And a year later, the 8 and 8 Plus maintained this price, but the iPhone X broke above it. And then, another year later the XS is maintaining the X price, where Xr is commending slightly higher price than the iPhone 8 price, and the iPhone Xmas has broken above the previous ceiling.
So there is no question that price has played a big factor. That doesn't change the gist of what I wrote. Some iPhones make leaps and bounds of improvement over the previous models, others are barely an upgrade. And I try to look at the technical capabilities of the devices (when making the comparison), and not get suckered in to "oh look, new form-factor, wow shiny!" mentality that many people do.
PS: I love the feeling of an iPhone SE in your hand, in your front-pocket, or jean pocket. However, as bad as it feels to hold and pocket an iPhone 8 Plus, the usability it affords me with that display more than compensates for the downsides. So the industry truth is that the bigger the screen the better, but only upto the point where you can no longer pocket the device. That's why the Nexus 6 sucks in my opinion, and why the slightly smaller Note 4, is much better because it fits into a standard jean pocket (and yes, these are made to a standardised factory size).
Kangal, 04 Apr 2019iPhone Base upgraders: iPhone 3G -> iPhone 4 -> iPhone 5 -> iPhone 6 -> iPhone 7 ... moreThat may be the best upgrade path for people who like big phones, but it's apparently not the best upgrade path for the majority, since by your own notes, the larger iPhones always sell fewer than the smaller versions, though you try and rationalize that by changing factors every time. The one constant, though, is that smaller is more popular than bigger, at least for iPhones, which is why many of us are happy to see a return to small iPhones, and wish Android OEMs would open their eyes and see that data.
iPhone Base upgraders:
iPhone 3G -> iPhone 4 -> iPhone 5 -> iPhone 6 -> iPhone 7 -> iPhone XS
iPhone S-variant upgraders:
iPhone 3GS -> iPhone 4S -> iPhone 5S -> iPhone 6S -> iPhone X -> Late 2019
Best upgrade path:
iPhone 3G -> iPhone 3GS -> iPhone 4 -> iPhone 5 -> iPhone 6 Plus -> iPhone 7 Plus*
(just make sure to buy the upgrade asap, and sell the old model asap)
Here's a quick summary of the various models over the years:
iPhone 2G: Can't connect to internet over SIM card, can't download Apps, software was much much more restrictive, it was a good media player but not a good smartphone.
iPhone 3G: Something much more revolutionary than Blackberry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile at the time. Apps were a hit.
iPhone 3GS: Improved the quality of the screen, camera, processor speed, and battery life. The native compiled software is no match for early Android competition from the likes of the Motorola Milestone, HTC Nexus One, etc etc.
iPhone 4: Finally adds a front-camera, many software catch-ups, camera is finally flagship quality, still uncontested for build quality, screen, performance and battery life (but no removable battery).
iPhone 4S: Siri, dual core, and many improvements overall. Though nothing to scoff at from the iPhone 4 owners.
iPhone 5: Improvements to user interface, build quality, camera, processor, screen etc etc. This was competing successfully against the Galaxy S3 of its day.
iPhone 5S: Many improvements, TouchID, and a jump to 64bit processor. The longest supported model. Definitely great, but was now competing against better alternatives like the Nexus 4, LG G2, Samsung Note 3. iPhone 5S is now considered "not good" due to lacking a large display.
iPhone 6: Basically a 5S with a larger display, it sold really well.
iPhone 6 Plus: A much better refinement over the 5S/6 in terms of camera, sustained performance, battery life, and screen resolution. Much better equiped to challenge the Nexus 6, Samsung Note 4-Exynos.
iPhone 6S: A proper upgrade over the 5S/6. Due to being cheaper, it outsold the Plus variant.
iPhone 6S Plus: Again a refinement over the base 6S for the same camera, performance, battery life, and screen reasons.
iPhone 7: Apple finally caught up to the competition, but not a big upgrade over the 6S Plus. Loss of headphone jack is bad, but AirPods released, but the phone now supports IP67 waterproofing and has a big vibrator.
iPhone 7 Plus: Much of the above. New processor/performance finally defeated by the QSD 845. Has one of the largest batteries, and boasts one of the best battery life of Apple's lineup. Apt to compete against the rivals Samsung S7 Plus, ZTE Axon7, and LG V20.
iPhone 8: Again, simple improvements over the base 7. Glass back now fragile phone.
iPhone 8 Plus: Last/Best iPhone to keep TouchID. Not a great alternative to the Samsung S8 Plus, Note8, LG V30, and Pixel 2XL.
iPhone X: Basically the 8 Plus but in a new form-factor and screen. A downgrade from TouchID to FaceID. A better alternative to the competitors above, but too expensive, so it loses again.
iPhone Xr: A somewhat of a side-grade from the 7 Plus model, but a definite downgrade from the 8 Plus and iPhone X model. Price too expensive overseas.
iPhone XS: A much better base model. Finally keeping up with competitors, but priced too high.
iPhone XS Max: Currently the most expensive/best model they offer. After buying accessories for the phone: fast charger, cable, AirPods... it offers a compelling experience compared to the competitors. Unfortunately its several fold higher, and not recommendable except for those able to spend such money. The new form-factor still has its challenges, and Apple tweaks the battery size to ensure this new model is not significantly improved over the previous models like the iPhone 7 Plus.
*even the XS Max doesn't offer a significantly better experience at this point.
optional, 03 Apr 20195.42 is just too small !Then buy one of the other several dozen devices with larger screens. Some of use would prefer more than 1 option for a relatively modern 'one-handed' device around 65mm.
Anonymous, 03 Apr 2019it will be 5.42 x 2 foldable phone, can't you tell by the image on the phone, it has a hinge on it.There is no pic of this rumored phone the images are of XR, XS, and XS Max and hinge is not part of the phone
Believe me, I used to hate iphone a couple of years back. I even hate them now for the price. But the size of iphone X is perfect for me as I'm a lazy person and type with one hand while lying it bed which makes iphone perfect for me. Plus having 5k+ songs on my phone, syncing process is so easy.
Weirdo, 03 Apr 2019To all the people saying that the size of 5.42" is the most compact and one-hand user friendly... moreNo one's saying that 5.4 is the perfect size for everyone. They're saying it's the perfect size for them. There's a need of phones of a variety of sizes, and a serious lack of phones in the compact size, especially when a 5.4 counts as "compact."
Apple's sales have been dropping ever since they started making larger and larger phones, with the larger phones selling less than their smaller flagships used to. I think they've finally clued into that and have realized they need to still have some smaller phones available, and I hope this is something other OEMs copy. The only companies producing small flagships these days are Apple, Sony, Samsung, and Google, and even those are in the territory where "small" is still larger than what a large phone was a few years ago, but we'll take what we can get, I guess.
Anonymous, 03 Apr 2019If the 5.4" iPhone is the same size as the iPhone 8, then yes it will be compact. And while I ... moreLet it focus on larger phones. there was news Xiaomi Mi 9 shipped 1 million unit and 1,5 million if include Mi 9 SE. So lets tell, smaller phone market is half from the larger phone market... its still huge market to be left with no choices... i think there is plenty of people using their years old compact phone like me who are not upgrading their phones just because there is no choice.
Whackcar, 03 Apr 2019Here are a few things I'd like to point out: 1) 5.42" is NOT small, no matter the A:R 2) T... moreIf the 5.4" iPhone is the same size as the iPhone 8, then yes it will be compact. And while I think there should be more small size options, I don't think there is a strong market like you are suggesting. If there was, phones like the SE and Xperia Compact would have outsold the bigger versions which they did not. If more people are buying an S9+ over an S9 or XS Max over the XS, then the market will focus on larger phones than smaller ones
optional, 03 Apr 20195.42 is just too small !you got plenty of choices to have bigger ones. who want small phones, there is no choice.
Weirdo, 03 Apr 2019To all the people saying that the size of 5.42" is the most compact and one-hand user friendly... moreSo, I got smaller hands, you say that I have not right to have phone what I can use with one hand? Okei, even if not many adults have small hands then still... maybe half of humans are kids who do not have big hands. So what is your issue to be against normal size phones? I have seen plenty of big guys walking around and I visually can see BIG phone shape on their pants pocket, looking really weird. Yeah, you can carry suitcase where you can put your big phone, but most people do not like to have bag for carrying TV set with them.
Want compact phone!, 03 Apr 2019Yes! I have not been apple fan and I have never had any iPhone, but this news is SO GREAT, spe... morewith one big BUT, hopefully 5,42" iPhone will have a decent battery too, I really dont care if it is a bit thicker, but will last full-day screen on net-surfing on train + after that few hour gps-map service for finding way to your hotel.