Apple has maintained a consistent screen size on their phones for a long time now. Only with the iPhone 5 have they budged from the standard 3.5″ inch screen to a 4″ screen on the new phones. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that Apple is being stubborn on the one-size-fits-all approach and wishes the iPhone came in multiple sizes.
Part of me wishes that Apple had not been so kind of arrogant and feeling we’re the only one with the right clue. I wish they had made a small and a large version of the iPhone; that would have been great for me. Keep the aspect ratio the same, horizontal and vertical the same, but just grow it in the other way.
I think Apple tricked itself and said ‘oh you could reach everything with one thumb’ and I don’t see anybody having any trouble using the larger screens. Apple said that as a defensive move because when the other phones came out they all had larger screens. Apple is now trying to run with that defense saying ‘we are right’ and really there’s a mix of people. Not all people want the same thing and a lot of people really like the big screens.
Apple seems to be getting that, because they did release an iPhone 5 commercial addressing it. Though Apple did insist that 3.5″ was the perfect size for everyone, so either people’s thumbs have grown or everyone has different sized thumbs and Apple is recognizing that fact.
Here’s where it bothers me. I walk into my phone stores: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and I see all these modern smartphones. Big, big, big, big, and there’s the iPhone. If you compare the screen size right there in front of you, whether it means much or not, it may be fewer pixels, less information on the screen, but you get a feeling you’re getting more with a larger screen.
And on the size of the iPad:
And that talk doesn’t apply to the iPad though. The iPad always had a great price for the size of the screen. Why would you want to buy the smaller screen devices? They looked a lot more like copies than any of the phones did.
Have to disagree here. When traveling, a smaller size tablet is much more preferable, but to each his own.