Originally Posted by Mazda 3s
I don't understand this. We have the iPhone 5 as the current generation, and Apple sells the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 if you want cheaper alternatives. It seems to work well.
Why reinvent the wheel?
I'd expect them to re-pack 4s screen and hardware into 5 case (of course, shorter version of it). You know, aluminium, no rear-side glass, thinner than 4s. But outside of that, bigger screen - lower price makes no sense. Of course they could go for lower quality screen - they have been using some on iPod Touch (compared to same generation iPhones), but somehow I don't see that happening.
Re the question who would want 5" screen. I've seen iP5 adds (thumb-reachable screen) and it is smartly done, as usual. However, of all the people I know having SG3 and Note (and big HTCs as well) - and there are more than a few these days, all sizes and shapes - I'm yet to see one who feels his/her phone is too big. Smart marketing is smart marketing, but it is not necessarily reflection of reality.
Since I'm still on 3Gs (unspoiled with new gear), I don't really know what would be the right size for me. Since I had really long fingers, I'm pretty confident I would not suffer from 4.8"+ screen, but I cannot say it would bring any benefit over iP5 screen size, and portability would have to suffer a bit (but then again I cannot say if "suffering" would be significant at all).
At the end, when I finally replace my 3Gs, it will be based on desired features rather than on size - so size will just tag along, sort of.