People High Five the dimensions of the screen on phones like the Samsung Galaxy S or the XPERIA X10
How big is big enough for you? That's the question we put forth to our readers; with respect to the screen size of touchscreen phones. After massive voting, the most preferred screen size turns out to be 4-inches. To give you a reference, 4-inch screens are what you see on the Samsung Galaxy S or a Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. From my use of both the phones, I didn't find the phones to be bulky at all, thanks to their slim profile. Plus, 4-inches is good real estate to read content or surf non-mobile optimized websites.
The second most preferred screen size goes to 3.5-inches. All models of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch sport this screen size, so a good 24 percent people rooting for it seems justified now, doesn't it? The upcoming Nokia N8 will also have the same screen size. The third place really took me by surprise; 21 percent of the people prefer phones with a screen size of ABOVE 4-inches! So, people are actually looking forward to placing brick-like objects like the HTC Desire HD or the Moto Droid X in their pockets. Then there's the Dell Streak with a 5-inch screen and apparently an identity crisis (Phone? Tablet? "Phablet", I'd say). Honestly, I believe anything above 4-inches is overkill.
The fourth place goes to 3.2-inches, a typical sizing of many of the Android phones launched last year and also the initial Nokia touch-screen phones. I believe a 3.2-inch screen is the bare minimum that any phone that's completely touch-operational should have. It is a good enough size to occupy an on-screen QWERTY keyboard (take the example of HTC's Wildfire) and the relatively small screen size also helps in making the phone fairly compact to pocket.
The second last place goes to 3.7-inches, an in-betweener among the 3.5-inches and 4-inches. But many phones are seen to adopt this size; the Motorola Milestone and HTC Desire/Google Nexus One being prime examples. These phones have more or less the same width of an iPhone's display, but a little more height. They are, probably, a little better for watching wide-screen videos.
Lastly, a very minor 3 percent of the audience actually prefers those 2.8-inch displays seen on Samsung Corbys. "To each his own", I guess. Techtree reader Prithvi from Pune says, "4-inches is a sweet spot according to me for a real smartphone. It won't look too big when put against the ears and yet enable better usage of features." Now that you've voted, let us know your reasons as to why you like a particular size?