Does Screensize matter?

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - September 4th, 2014
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Whenever it comes time to buy a new smartphone, we're often faced with a wide range of choices - everything from manufacturer, to layout, and perhaps most importantly, screen size. This can make finding the right phone for your needs a difficult but necessary process, as phones are a pretty expensive investment to make.

To help you out, we've put together this guide on the various screen size considerations you should make before buying a new handset.

Does size matter?

In most cases, the size of a screen dictates the size and bulk of a phone. If you want a phone that easily fits into pockets, a larger screen may not be the best option. Devices with screen sizes upwards of 5.5 inches can become unwieldily to handle, with some even needing a bag to be carried around comfortably.

For many smartphone buyers, a device like the Sony Xperia Z2 will be on the upper-end of one handed usability, especially given the massive 5.2 inch screen. Any device larger than 5.0 inches is often best suited to being used with two hands.

The 'mini' lines from Samsung and HTC are suitable for those who want similar performance in a smaller profile.

What will the phone be used for?

Exactly how the device will be used is one of the more important considerations for a smartphone buyer, and will likely influence the purchasing decision substantially.

Those who simply want to access email, messaging and internet on the go will find smaller screens suitable, with devices like the iPhone 5S and smaller Lumia line featuring smaller screens with strong performance.

On the other hand, if you want to play graphics-heavy games and watch video content, a bigger screen will often provide a better experience.

A substantial amount of thought should go into a phone purchase, especially as the device will likely travel with you everywhere you go. Before jumping on the big-screen bandwagon or rushing out to buy a tiny phone, consider exactly what the device is going to be used for and what you want to be carrying around.

The screen size of a phone is an important consideration for most buyers, and it's necessary to think about how the device will be used.


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