Tesmond, 16 Apr 2013This seems pointless. I doubt manufacturers are not checking the ROI on mid sized phones. I s... moreI've NEVER met anyone who can truly operate a Galaxy Note (even the S3) one-handed. If you have to wobble the about your hand to reach the top corners (like YOU most certainly do) that phone is not fit to be lebelled a "one-handed usable phone". To an extent, I can use the iPad (and not the mini) one handed too
My Perfect Mobile
Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
768 x 1280 pixels, 4.0 inches (~374 ppi pixel density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Touchwiz UX 2
Card Slot: 64GB
Internal: 32GB, 2GB RAM
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP,LE
Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go
Primary: 8MP, 3264*2448 pixels, autofocus, LED Flash
Features: Same as S4
Video: Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary: Yes, 1.2MP, 720P@30fps
OS: Android OS, v5.0(Key Lime Pie)
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
CPU: Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
GPU: Adreno 330
Browser: HTML5, Adobe Flash
Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery
The 5 inch display of Sony Xperia Z is just perfect. I don't know why don't you like big screens and wow, 3.5 inch? That's really small... iPhone 4 has a 3.5 inch display which is a fail for me... 4.3 is perfect...
This seems pointless. I doubt manufacturers are not checking the ROI on mid sized phones. I suspect they believe the profits will be poor plus direct competition with an iPhone but being forced to have a lower cost will make things difficult.
I have a galaxy Note which I operate one handed and can fit in every pocket... Not sure what is wrong with the 4.5-5 displays, they allow for larger batteries which really help the suspended battery life over smaller displays.
When I got my first touch screen phone I was worried that at 3.8 it would be too big, but I quickly moved from that to 4 and then 5.3 realising that it is not a problem and the benefits are often great, more space for batteries, lensest, sensors etc
When I try to select text on an iPhone 5 it reminds me how annoying a small display is.
I would prefer a petition to not release any new phones until you make proper break throughs... Eg folding displays, colour e-ink, a camera which is actually noticeably superior to those released a couple of years ago.
a 5.3 inch 1280 x 1960 will be a good resolution and a 350+ppi with dual core 2ghz 1.5gb of ram. a camera of 8mp. good quality as htc. that would be the best
Actually, Sony DID have one:
I dont understand the issues with larger screens, my S3 fits in my pockets no problem. The reason for bigger screens is mainly due to the internet, you can surf better on a larger screen, also gaming, larger screen are so much better to play games etc.. there are many more positives to have bigger screens, and samsung is doing it right, the S4 is moreless the same size phone as the S3 with a larger screen, now you can go wrong there ay. Just hope the build quality is better, bring on the drop tests.
i am very much thankful to samsung for going out of the way and introducing galaxy note, when i had an s2 i always used to joke to my friends (who thought that i had a big phone ) with a statement - " i would have bought a bigger one if it was available' . and guess what! i really did that and got my self a note. i will never go back to a smaller screen. little bigger would be fine though
Well you are definitely on the right track, but 4.2" is ALSO over-sized.
I want a top-notch phone that can be held and used with ONE hand, this is not really possible above 3.8" to reach the far corner for me, and I do not have particularly small or immobile hands...
Young people with good eyes can see details down to 1/6000 of the viewing distance so a 1920x1080 display in 3.8" would be good beyond a 10" viewing distance for them.
Old guys with poor eye sight like my self (and perhaps the author?) would not really benefit from beyond 1280x720 on a 3.8".
Personally I prefer QWERTY phones, and the least bad option currently is the old "Sony Ericsson Pro"
NOTHING useful has been made available in Europe since...
sony xperia p is the only premium device at a medium size. it has a very beutiful alluminium body!
I hope that sony would make an updated version of it, with newer hardware (but with a similar body).
and I hope that sony would a least bring android 5 to the xperia p - and by that, sony would extend its shelf life considerably!
GadgetMyPassion, 16 Apr 2013I would like to point out here that its not just the screen size but the overall phone size as... moreThat space is necessary to protect your phones screen from accidental drops. One small mistake and you loose your screen, on top of that you loose the warranty as well. See the recent drop test, none with the thin bottom and top bezels survived.
Dont put this as a part of the news column. It'll disappear in a few weeks into the news archives and no one will be able to approach it.. Pin it on the main oage somewhere for atleast a month
GadgetMyPassion, 16 Apr 2013I would like to point out here that its not just the screen size but the overall phone size as... moreYou have hit the nail on the head! That is why the Sony Xperia SX is so appealing. It is 115 x 54 x 9.4 mm, 95g yet contains a 3.7 inch Qhd (960x540) screen. That, to me, is the ideal size for a *compact* phone. Anything more than that and you are heading towards Mid-size.
control freak, 16 Apr 2013nobody thought abt the ZL... its not as compact as a iphone.. but its slightly smaller than th... moreXperia ZL is L size - 132x69 mm.
M size is 126x65 maximum.
Xiaomi MI-2S has hardware better than Xperia ZL and managed to fit it into 4,3'' 126x62 mm body.
I would like to point out here that its not just the screen size but the overall phone size as well. Manufacturers should try to fit in more screen size in a given body dimension so that space on top and bottom part of the phone is not wasted. I really feel the iPhones waste a lot of space this way. Look at s4 from this point of view. They managed to fit in more pixels and screen area in the same size body as s3 has. Even Lumia phones waste way too much space at the bottom.