Samsung’s Galaxy 4S is a 5-inch smartphone, more aptly described as a phablet; part phone, part tablet.
While in the U.S. the iPhone outsells Android smartphones on major carriers, larger screen smartphones are becoming more popular. This is a problem for Apple.
Competitors must differentiate their products from other brands, and one easy way to do that is with a larger screen. It’s not necessarily a better screen, but larger is perceived as better. Many of the larger smartphones use AMOLED screens which are bright and vibrant and feature over saturated and inaccurate colors.
That’s not something you’ll see on an iPhone, but it’s attractive to customers who don’t know any better. From a usage standpoint, a 5-inch smartphone is bulkier and more difficult to handle and navigate using one hand. Unfortunately, customers don’t find that out until after they’ve locked themselves into a two year contract for a device that just doesn’t work as well as an iPhone.
My unofficial Mincey Survey results indicate that more women buy larger screen smartphones than men. It’s unscientific, of course, but you and I both know the observation is accurate. Why?
Men prefer to park their smartphone in a pocket, while women have the luxury of a purse or handbag, so I’m willing to bet that smartphones with larger screens skew in favor of women.
Will Apple develop a 5-inch smartphone?
Why? The trend is unmistakable. Size matters. Larger is better– at least in the eyes of an average smartphone customer. Regardless of how good the iPhone feels in the hand, or how high quality materials are, those big colorful, over saturated phablet screens are attractive to the eye of the unwary or unsuspecting, which, as we all know, make up the majority of Android-based smartphones.
Watch people who use a 5-inch phablet. It takes two hands to navigate. On my 4-inch iPhone 5 I struggle just a bit to grasp the phone and tap an app icon in the upper left corner of the screen. How much more difficult is it to handle an even larger display.
That said, I can see Apple spreading the iPhone lineup. 3.5-inch display iPhone as the entry model. 4-inch iPhone as the flagship model, and a 5-inch iPhone with a screen that dazzles. The only real issue of concern, and I haven’t seen the math yet, will be the 5-inch iPhone’s screen resolution.