iPhone 5 gets a 5in screen
Credibility, pockets to be strained
The iPhone 5 will sport a five-inch - 4.6in to be precise - screen.
Well, that's if you believe the claims of an unnamed industry source - almost certainly a bod from either Samsing or LG - quoted by a South Korean newspaper, Maeil Business.
Big screens are in, apparently. When questioned, punters say they favour screen sizes of four inches and up, and with the current iPhone dawdling behind with a mere 3.5in panel, Apple clearly feels the need to keep up.
Or maybe not.
Bigger screens are no bad thing, of course, provided they don't inflate a phone to even more pocket-straining proportions. Reg Hardware quite likes the Samsung Galaxy Note, for instance, for its 5.3in display, but it's a bonkers size for a telephone.
Even 4.6-inchers a pushing the physical envelope too far, we think. What about you?
Meanwhile, the iPhone 5, which is said by some to be set for a June introduction - though a September debut, a year on from the 4S, seems more likely - will undoubtedly be better than the last one. ®
We're going to end up looking like those Yuppie fools from the 80s with a giant brick phone attached to our ear.
i really hope not
i think 4 inches is the max for a phone. if you want a bigger screen, get a frikken tablet
i quite like the 3.5 screen on the iphone - the phone looks neat and compact these days compared to the oversized ugly Androids. I remember when the first iPhone came out and it looked huge against the skinny candybar feature phones everyone had back then.
Bear in mind, the whole reason the iPad 3 is the resolution it is, was to make application compatibility possible without significant re-write.
A new screen would mean a new resolution, so for this reason I vote this "rumour" as:
Re: A little bigger is bettter
I got my 4.3" HD2 almost two years ago (upgrade time soon, woo hoo!), and could never go back to anything smaller. Yes, it's massive, but as long as the bezel stays thin and the buttons small, it makes for a great phone all round. The screen is crystal clear and browses as well as a tablet (I got rid of the native Win Mo 6.5 and now have Andoroid), and it fits all my pockets perfectly.
I used an iPhone the other day and the smaller screen felt quite inadequate after being used to mine. Definitely will stick with HTC or Samsung next time round.
Re: i really hope not
Not sure why you're getting the downvotes. A phone has to pass the pocket-test (IMHO) or it's really a tablet pretending to be a phone.