Whether you like Android, iOS, Windows Phone or any other platform, there is one main question you must ask yourself. Do you go big or small? I have always said one should go big or go home, so I tend to prefer the larger screens for my smartphone.
Of course, this is a very subjective matter. You must make some sacrifices when you get a large device. It will be bulkier in your pocket, you likely have to use two hands for more actions and they do seem to be much more noticeable in public. A larger phone and display also brings many improvements that make the added hassle very much worth it, though. Those are the points we will highlight in this article.
We also know different people consider different sizes large. For the sake of the argument, let’s say a “large screen” is something along the reigns of 5.2 and 6.0 inches. Without further ado, let’s see why I would choose a large phone any day.
Large smartphones tend to be more powerful
While this is something I hate, you will find that most flagship, powerful smartphones are large. It seems liek size has become synonymous with power, something that simply shouldn’t be the case. This is why I love devices like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. This phone proves you don’t need to make a huge phone to make it powerful.
Either way, the fact that the industry is leaning towards larger phones is the main reason why I usually do choose the large phones. It’s a bit sad, but it’s a reality.
Large smartphones fit more battery
One thing that we can attribute to size is battery capacity. Having a larger screen means you have a larger phone, which in turn also means manufacturers have a lot of space to play around. This extra space is usually occupied by a larger battery.
Think about the phones that are known for offering the best battery in class and you will find that the vast majority of them are within the size range I specified above. This includes the Samsung Galaxy Notes, the LG G3, the LG G2, the Motorola Droid Turbo and the list goes on.
Typing becomes a breeze!
Unless you have fairly small fingers, typing is definitely a pain. Yes, you get used to smaller sizes. Yes, you can be damn good at typing in your tiny 4-inch screen. The fact here, though, is that you will always be even better at typing with a large display.
The added space makes it easier to see what you want to type, of course. It also makes the keys bigger, making it hard to miss it. This translates to less mistakes, faster typing and improved overall performance.
Here’s a picture from the guys at Ubergizmo, just so you can see the difference.
After all, phones are for communicating. You need to be able to write efficiently. Go to your nearest store and try typing on a Galaxy Note snartphone and then switch over to a small phone. You will automatically see the difference, which is gargantuan. I still remember the first time I tried an LG Vu. That thing was horrible, but boy was I a fast typer as soon as I picked it up the first time!
Can’t forget about the improved viewing experience
Watching a movie or enjoying some videos? There is no way you can argue against the fact that bigger does mean better in these terms. This is why we prefer to do this on actual TVs, but what about those days when you are away from home? You will be much better off with that large display.
And this doesn’t only apply for media consumption. We know some of you may have bad eyes or spend a lot of time reading stuff online (hopefully at MobileGeeks.com!). The larger screens offer an easier viewing experience without forcing you to strain your eyes on a small piece of screen. Pull out a Nexus 6 and most people can read this very article at arm’s length.
Improved screen real estate and multi-tasking
We have already established that bigger is many times better, but let’s talk about true screen real estate here. Imagine seeing this article in a small phone. The experience is OK, but you will have to scroll more to see the text below, and you can see much less, over all. Apple is even able to add an extra row on their bigger home screens, thanks to the larger display.
Now open the same app on, say, an iPhone 6+. You will realize that you can now see some extra lines of text, and maybe those images are no longer covering 2/3 of your screen. This is what we mean when we say a larger device offers better screen real estate. It’s not just the same content in a larger form factor. More content actually fits in a larger display.
In addition, most of these over-sized smartphones come with great multi-tasking features. Samsung and LG are well known for this. Because there is more screen to play around with, some phones can allow you to open multiple apps simultaneously, or looka t them as if they were windows in your PC.
What do you prefer?
Are these reasons good enough to lure you into opting for a large screen smartphones? It certainly is for me, but let us know what you think in the comments below.
I will be writing another article on why smaller phones could be better. That’s not really my opinion, but I know many of you prefer the more compact devices. Let us know why, if you sit on that side of the field.