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  1. HeyCori's Avatar
    Five inch is about my sweet spot. That's where I can comfortably use the phone horizontally. I recently downgraded from a 1520 to a 830. On my 1520, I could make landscape mode work with a bit of stretching, but it wasn't comfortable.

    I recommend trying out different screen sizes. Stop at a carrier store and play with other devices. Try typing in landscape mode and see how it feels. You might appreciate having more, or less, screen real estate.
    02-15-2016 12:08 PM
  2. Tom Snyder's Avatar
    I like my N1520 screen size and that is what I carry all the time in roomy britches with big pockets, but at work when I work in the field on equipment I still have my N920. I can carry my N1520 and work in the equipment shop but it would not last one day climbing around and inside of industrial equipment. The small screens probably are easier to use if you still have perfect eyesight and warm slender fingers, and I plan on riding the N1520 & N920 into the sunset, PS won't need the N920 once I retire ha ha.
    02-15-2016 01:22 PM
  3. Greg Wenzler's Avatar
    I went the phablet route early on, with a Note 2...followed by a 1320, then a 640XL. Needed cases because I frequently dropped them. Love the large screen.
    Then I was at my sisters place and used my bro-in-laws Moto G 1st Gen (4.5). Was really kinda nice one handing everything. Plus, I have headphones on about 8 hours a day, with phone in pocket...except when I need to bend down, clean stuff, squat...oh, I should have worn a shirt with a pocket. Did I leave the phone at the house or did it drop out of my jacket pocket?
    It really really hard to find a small screen size in a decent phone. Almost all decent manufacturers have gotten out of that space. About the only well built, decently specced small phone is a iPhone 5S. So when Cricket started blowing them out cheap. I nabbed one. It's kinda been nice being able to pocket it everywhere. I disagree that the bigger the screen size, the better the phone.
    It will be interesting seeing how Apple fares when they announce their 4" 5S replacement. I know I'm in the vast minority wanting a smaller screen, but are their still enough people for the new iPhone to be a viable product? Be interesting to tell.
    The one benefit that a smaller phone has is that I never wonder where I put it. It's ALWAYS in my pants pocket. I couldn't do that with the phablets I had.
    Foldable phones can't come fast enough for me.
    02-16-2016 02:30 AM
  4. chenryhen's Avatar
    I absolutely prefer a smaller screen. I would love to see a 4.5–4.7" WM phone with premium specs.
    02-16-2016 09:15 AM
  5. James McCulloch's Avatar
    I totally can't handle big phones (literally!)... I still pick up my old Lumia 800 every now and then, feels so good in the hand. The lack of any decent small screen phones these days really annoys me, what people consider 'small' now I generally think is too big, 4" is plenty for me but its more about the height of the phone, I use a L730 atm, 142mm tall... I hate it.

    Different strokes for different folks of course, but surely I'm not alone? Can't someone make a phone for me?
    02-16-2016 11:34 PM
  6. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Five inch is about my sweet spot. That's where I can comfortably use the phone horizontally. I recently downgraded from a 1520 to a 830. On my 1520, I could make landscape mode work with a bit of stretching, but it wasn't comfortable.

    I recommend trying out different screen sizes. Stop at a carrier store and play with other devices. Try typing in landscape mode and see how it feels. You might appreciate having more, or less, screen real estate.
    I haven't had a problem with a 5.7" screen, despite early concerns that I would. It only took me a couple days to adapt to the large size. However, I never used any device one-handed, even the little Nokia E62 and E71 that I had years ago.

    I also never type in landscape mode. I use landscape mode for watching movies or taking/editing/viewing pictures in landscape mode, but not for anything else. I'm always using portrait mode otherwise.
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    02-16-2016 11:42 PM
  7. PepperdotNet's Avatar
    Side by side, there's really not that much difference between a Lumia 950 (5.2 inch) and a 950XL (5.7). I really wish they had made the XL just a bit bigger, say 6 inches like the 1520.

    I do find that at normal viewing distance the screen appears bigger than my 55 inch TV which is on the wall. But I still don't watch movies on the phone.
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    02-17-2016 12:03 AM
  8. Bittah Pupil's Avatar
    4" worked for me (Acer M220) and 5" seems to be the sweet spot for me (535 and 640). My 4.5" Android work phone is suitable too. I played around with the 640XL and the 950 at a Microsoft store and while they were nice, the size was too big for my hands and more than what I needed.
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    02-17-2016 01:11 AM
  9. libra89's Avatar
    I totally can't handle big phones (literally!)... I still pick up my old Lumia 800 every now and then, feels so good in the hand. The lack of any decent small screen phones these days really annoys me, what people consider 'small' now I generally think is too big, 4" is plenty for me but its more about the height of the phone, I use a L730 atm, 142mm tall... I hate it.

    Different strokes for different folks of course, but surely I'm not alone? Can't someone make a phone for me?
    Only if Sony made compact Windows Phones...
    02-17-2016 08:52 AM
  10. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    I haven't had a problem with a 5.7" screen, despite early concerns that I would. It only took me a couple days to adapt to the large size. However, I never used any device one-handed, even the little Nokia E62 and E71 that I had years ago.

    I also never type in landscape mode. I use landscape mode for watching movies or taking/editing/viewing pictures in landscape mode, but not for anything else. I'm always using portrait mode otherwise.
    I had a Nokia E63. Loved it Was my first and only keyboard phone before finally going to touchscreens. The only downside with this device was that the camera wasn't Nokia's typical quality in that photos quite often had a lot of noise unless taken in good daylight. I also tend to use most devices with two hands. For me, actually using a larger device is not so much the problem, more the carrying it gets more impractical as they get bigger.
    02-17-2016 11:22 AM
  11. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    I haven't had a problem with a 5.7" screen, despite early concerns that I would. It only took me a couple days to adapt to the large size. However, I never used any device one-handed, even the little Nokia E62 and E71 that I had years ago.

    I also never type in landscape mode. I use landscape mode for watching movies or taking/editing/viewing pictures in landscape mode, but not for anything else. I'm always using portrait mode otherwise.
    I am guessing 6 inches must be approaching the limit, if not the limit, as I cannot imagine holding a 7 inch device to my head since I do have a couple of tablets that size. But then again, I guess the same was said when the Samsung Note came out!

    On the other hand people use original size iPads to take photos so who knows what whackiness still lies ahead...
    Laura Knotek and Guytronic like this.
    02-17-2016 02:40 PM
  12. Ten Four's Avatar
    For me a mobile device must fit comfortably into any normal pocket in any clothes I would wear normally. I am amazed how people walk around in their skinny jeans with $700 phones hanging half out of their back pockets. Even if you don't have it stolen odds are very high it will fall out (often in the toilet) or you will sit on it and crack the screen. Visit any college and note that most of the expensive iPhones hanging half out of back pockets have cracked screens. I traveled recently with a friend who had a big phablet that was too big for most pockets so it was usually in his hand, if he hadn't left it on the table in the restaurant, in his briefcase, on the desk, on the floor of the bathroom, at the ticket counter, etc. etc. Not a "Mobile" device.
    02-18-2016 08:23 AM
  13. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Wot's a skinny jean?

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    02-18-2016 11:42 AM
  14. v535's Avatar
    I prefer smaller ones under 5" since they fit well in my pocket and easier for one handed use. 5.5" and upwards are best for watching movies and typing in landscape mode.
    02-18-2016 12:30 PM
  15. phlamethrowre's Avatar
    SIM swapped from my 1520 to the 950. Biggest benefit of the 950 vs the 1520, the weight, or lack thereof. This 950 is a feather compared to the 1520.
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    02-19-2016 07:35 AM
  16. Arunabha Goswami's Avatar
    Does anyone remember this? The Dell Streak, with a 5" display, criticized for being "too big".
    When phones are too big for pockets - CNN.com
    Actually go read the story, it's so hilarious now, in today's context. Like all the skepticism about a device without a physical keyboard at the time of the launch of the original iPhone.
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    02-20-2016 01:11 PM
  17. WalrusTangerine's Avatar
    My 640 is about as big as I'd like to go. I prefer sub-5" screens as I have small hands but it's hard to find a decent midrange device with anything smaller than 5".
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    02-20-2016 01:40 PM
  18. slimchap's Avatar
    I would once argue that 4inch was the best size of a phone screen, but, after upgrading to a L640XL I see what I've always been missing in terms of screen real estate.
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    02-20-2016 01:57 PM
  19. Guytronic's Avatar
    Even 5.5 is getting a little tough to see at certain times.
    My eyes are getting bad.
    02-20-2016 02:11 PM
  20. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    Does anyone remember this? The Dell Streak, with a 5" display, criticized for being "too big".
    When phones are too big for pockets - CNN.com
    Actually go read the story, it's so hilarious now, in today's context. Like all the skepticism about a device without a physical keyboard at the time of the launch of the original iPhone.
    Yep, considering my Lumia 640 is that size (and the largest phone I've had so far) it doesn't feel that unusual now, although to be fair this size is already beginning to feel like I'm holding a small tablet to my head than a phone. I can only imagine what the XL version would feel like lol

    However, when your phone begins to look like your carrying one of these next to your head, I'm sure we'll all agree that this is the point when they've probably gone a little overboard

    ghetto-blaster.jpeg
    02-20-2016 07:10 PM
  21. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    Even 5.5 is getting a little tough to see at certain times.
    My eyes are getting bad.
    This is one reason I keep telling myself that I really shouldn't be using my phone for general surfing, that I should leave that to my PC!
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    02-20-2016 07:14 PM
  22. Christopher Kendalls's Avatar
    No. I actually prefer 4 inches
    02-22-2016 11:06 AM
  23. skydiverian's Avatar
    Currently running the Blu Win Jr LTE and the Lumia 830 to hand. The Win Jr is a bit too small for my liking but the 830 is a bit too big. Guess 4.7" is the sweet spot for me. Pity no one makes a good windows phone at that size.
    libra89 and Saijin_Naib like this.
    02-23-2016 04:48 AM
  24. aximtreo's Avatar
    I agree that under 5" is difficult for me to use. I've had the 1520 and the 950xl and loved the size. Sadly, had to go back to Verizon for family plan savings. I'm presently using the htc m8 and really like it; but, it's 5" and barely large enough. Hoping the HP comes to Verizon so I can go back to 5.5" or larger.
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    02-23-2016 06:27 AM
  25. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Oh my god. The 1520 ruined me. I was fine in 2013 with my Lumia 920,928, and 1020. Get the 1520, and I'm ruined.
    I can't use phones lower than 5 inches. I wanted to buy a Lumia 1020 but then I remembered "it's 4.5 inches" and I was like nah I'm good bro.

    Having to use my mom's 4.7 inch HTC phone annoys me which is hilarious considering the fact you would think 0.3 inches wouldn't make a difference.

    But even my Lumia icon and Lumia 640, were usable but I found them small too.

    I think the sweet pot where I would be fine is 5.5-5.7 inches. My 640xl is 5.7 and my OneTouch fierce xl windows is 5.5 and I am happy with them.)

    But I secretly long for a Lumia with 6 inches. Lol
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    02-23-2016 06:39 AM
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