Originally Posted by SolipsismX
Am I reading the results properly? The larger the hand the longer it took to complete?
Yes, they conclude at the end that it's not so much the hand size but the ability to use a touch screen. They'd probably have to use more people to see if it affected typing but I don't think that's the issue. The smaller hands had to hold the phone right at the tips of their fingers and reposition the phone to reach the top, which makes it more likely they'd drop it. It also shows that people with larger hands don't automatically benefit from it being bigger - they aren't any faster at typing.
Originally Posted by hentaiboy
Which shows how crap the IP5 form factor is
It shows that it would need to be redesigned like the Galaxy had to be redesigned to go from the S2 to the S3.
The S3 places the front-facing camera off-centre and has an asymmetric bezel. Apple would have to do the same to match the S3 dimensions and it wouldn't look as nice. I know people think function should exceed form but symmetry is very important.
Originally Posted by ApplePi
What's wrong with going back to the original 1.5:1 aspect ratio of the iPhone 4S?
Because they already decided that it's as wide as they want to make it. Making it 16:9 was the only thing they could do to increase the screen size without making it wider in portrait.
Originally Posted by blackbook
Now today you people are saying 4 inches is too small and 5 inches is just right when a year ago NO ONE WAS SAYING THAT. And now you think Apple is "behind the times" when no one was even asking them for a larger than 4 inch screen until now.
What's funny is some people here demand Apple to essentially copy Samsung with larger screens, then are the same people to accuse Apple of copying Samsung, when THAT'S WHAT YOU WANTED THEM TO DO.
Exactly. It'll always be the case though because everybody has their own preference. Samsung wants to have options for everyone and that's up to them but Apple has always tried to offer as few options as possible. Cut anti-glare laptops, cut 17" iMac, cut 17" MBP, cut optical drives, cut the Macbook. If they offered options to suit everyone, they'd end up with a huge catalog of products to support and they have to have manufacturing adjustments for every one of these options.
Originally Posted by blackbook
An iPhone with a 4.8 inch screen would essentially look exactly the same as the Galaxy S3 from the front. Square off the corners slightly and make the home button round and you pretty much have a 4.8 inch iPhone. Exact same height width and everything.
I'd say more like the S2 with the squared off corners but effectively like one of Samsung's designs at which point people will say they copied Samsung because they led the way in big screen phones as you pointed out.
Originally Posted by changeover
That's not really clear. If the bigger phone is more expensive, it would be less appealing. If it has a higher resolution, it would be slower with the same components and more work for developers. If it has the same resolution, it would have a lower pixel density and wouldn't allow you to do anything more on screen.
People should be aware they've probably tested all sorts of different sizes already, which could well explain supplier reports. They tested out the iPad and felt the same:
"Well, one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the difference. It is meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size. Apple's done extensive user-testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff. There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touch screen before users cannot reliably tap, flick or pinch them. This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps."
There are other things like weight and price though that factor into usability and I think the 8" iPad Mini was the right thing to do but I think 7" tablets are too small.
A 7" 16:9 tablet is 45% the area of a 9.7" 4:3 tablet. A 7.9" 4:3 tablet is 67%.
In terms of phones there is clearly a maximum feasible size and all people are debating is what that maximum should be. They either stay conservative to avoid alienating people with an excessively large single model or they have multiple phones and complicate their manufacturing and pricing. I think the 4" screen they have is a good size and I actually think it's at the limit of comfortable one-handed use for most people.