Originally Posted by anonymouse
But, that's why these Android phones are big. They need a large battery to get through the day with LTE, that requires a larger case, and the screen is big to distract from the fact that they had to put a giant battery in a giant case to make the battery last longer than 3 hours.
Again, this is the only reason Android phones all started getting supersized when they started adding LTE to them.
If I follow your point correctly, you are suggesting that the only reason many phones have bigger screens today is because a bigger screen was required to accomodate a bigger battery needed for LTE?
As a consequence, this would mean that consumer demand for a bigger screen doesn't actually exist.
I switched to the Galaxy S3 because of the bigger screen, not because of the LTE. LTE actually makes very little difference to tell you the truth, reception is finicky for the time being, and often switches back to HSPA anyways. You might say that that's just me, and that I am not representative of the average consumer, but your average consumer has no idea what LTE, HSPA, GPRS or any of the rest of the telecommunications alphabet soup means. What people can appreciate with no computer background is a bigger screen.
I can even flat out prove you wrong, the original galaxy note had no LTE, and was enormous for the time. Hell, the Galaxy S2 didn't originally have LTE, it was added as a feature in later variants of it. The argument that screen sizes went up as a consequence of needing a bigger battery for LTE is completely unfounded. Not to mention, the gigantic screen on these phones suck up more battery than an LTE connection.... so expanding the screen size to provide extra battery for another function is akin to losing weight by eating faster.