The Apple iPhone is small. As handsets now routinely sport displays measuring five inches and up, the iPhone stubbornly sits with a four-inch screen. In fact, up until 2012, it had a positively tiny 3.5-inch display.
As large smartphones like the Galaxy S4, HTC One, and their successors steal market share away from Apple, many iPhone critics and fans alike agree that it’s time for a larger iPhone.
That’s why when rumors emerged that Apple is working on an iPhone 6 with a 5.5 inch, high-resolution display, and/or a 4.7-inch model, the Brighthand readers had a few thoughts to share.
Forum heavyweight Mitlov was the first to pounce, referencing Apple’s reputation (at least among critics) for claiming and celebrating existing designs and ideas as its own:
4.7″ and 5.5″ are the exact sizes of Samsung’s early-2013 lineup, the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II. It’ll be interesting to hear Sir Jony Ive describe these sizes as “perfect” and “exquisite” or whatever after Apple enthusiasts have been calling the exact same size phones “dinner plates” for a year now.
After a bit of back and forth over Apple’s previous comments and stance on large-screen devices, Brighthand reviewer Adama D. Brown helped put the sentiment in proper context:
They’ve never outright used Samsung’s name as far as I know, but Jobs and Cook both had a long history of referring to the 3.5 inch iPhone as being the “perfect size,” then the 4 inch iPhone was “perfect,” and deriding any thoughts of products using larger screens.
Former Brighthand and current TabletPCReview editor Ed Hardy also chimed in, taking a longer view of Apple stance, and referencing an obscure smartphone from 2010 in the process:
This is a situation where what people want in a phone has changed. If people had always preferred 5-inch phones, then the Dell Streak 5would have been a tremendous success in 2010, instead of being generally rejected as freakishly large. The change happened because people aren’t using these devices like they used to — apps and Web have become more important than voice calls, and so larger screens have become more important than portability.
Still, Adama couldn’t let it go:
A lot of Apple’s branding, and consequently the price premium that they charge for their devices, is based around the premise that their devices are simply “better.”
To which jigwashere asked, perhaps rhetorically:
You’re not calling them “snobs,” are you?
So what do you think of the rumored large-screen iPhone? Would it be a success? Would it be a case of Apple eating crow, as Super Moderator headcronie suggested? Or, as Ed Hardy claimed, would “iPhone users who said that 5-inch Android phones are too large are going to complain loudly and frequently that Apple has abandoned them if it releases 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models”?
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