The Size of a Screen

[sc:hardware-category ]Screen size has been on my mind lately, both mobile and stationary.

On the desktop side, by new 4K monitor is 28″ and seems small.  I know that sounds strange even when I say it, but the 16×9 display format makes it feel wide, but not large.  My previous monitor was a 24″ 16×10 display and it looks bigger than the Dell.

That’s a problem with perspective of course, the Dell is larger and all those extra pixels make a huge difference.

But this had started me thinking about my phone again.  My Nokia 925 has a 4.5″ display on it, but is 16×10, which for the longest time has felt just right.  But after using the Blu WinHD, which is 5″ at 16×9, the Nokia feels small.

Even a year ago, I would have said that a 5″ phone was too big, but once again my perspective has changed.  Yes, the 5″ phone still has all the same issue I thought it did a year ago (too large to put in a pocket, hard to carry, etc.) but now those issues don’t seem insurmountable any more.

I think this “change of perception after living with it” probably explains the ongoing trend towards larger and larger phones we’ve seen over the last few years.  It looks like that trend has finally slowed down and found its sweet spot but could it pick up again?

Could we see 7″ phones become popular in another year or two after enough people get used to 6″ phones?  Or is that a step too far?

In the end, what it comes down to is that familiar little voice in the back of my head is whispering again… a new phone wouldn’t be a bag thing right?  And come on, just a little bit bigger this time… 🙂

Fortunately I think I can hold out until we see some Windows 10 phones, I still very much like my 925, even if it is looking a little smaller than it once did.

Greg

Greg

Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.

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Greg

Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.

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