Reconsidering big screen for next phone

It’s no secret that a key feature for my next phone is a large screen. But James Kendrick’s iPhone 4S small display: Tablets eliminate the need for screen explains why he, another lover of large screen phones, nevertheless has ordered the iPhone 4S with its seemingly miniscule 3.5” screen. He always has with him a tablet whose screen is larger than that on any phone.

I respect JK’s opinions, so I am giving this some thought. But I do have concerns.

I am not getting any younger. Consequently, my old eyes have some difficulties reading a small screen, even one as crisp as the iPhone’s.

As a practical matter, when doing a quick web search, it’s just more convenient for me to use my phone. My phone is already on. It’s also always on me. By contrast, I don’t always take my tablet with me.

Finally, my phone is always connected to the Internet. With a WiFi tablet, if there is no available WiFi, I need to tether, use a MiFi, etc.

Thoughts?

4 Responses to “Reconsidering big screen for next phone”


  • I’ve been using Android for two-years, and was planning to get the Prime based on screen size and hardware specs, though I ended up pre-ordering the 4S. At the end of the day I realized the iPhone ecosystem is just great and when I need a larger screen I can use my tablet.

  • I’ve been using the 4S for about 24-hrs now and the only thing I miss from my Incredible is the turn-by-turn nav. I’m not sure if it was Android or Sense, though it was just buggy. Although I might experience some techno-lust when the Prime is revealed next week with its massive screen and screaming fast processor, at the end of the day, the 4S fits in my pocket, has an incredible screen, it’s very easy to use, and I’ve been sending highly accurate emails through Siri while driving all day today.

    • Mike, large vs small screen is simply a matter of user preference. Ditto with iOS vs. Android. Siri, on the other hand, could be a game changer. Siri is still a beta (even per Apple) but it has a lot of promise. It will be very interesting to see how it turns out.

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