Originally Posted by acslater017
Why not have a 4.5-inch iPhone alongside the 4-inch iPhone? Heck they could keep the same resolution and make it just a hair less sharp. It would be nice for some segment of the market. Just like there's no one perfect Mac or iPod or iPad size.
I still find it amusing that people judge the premium-ness of a smartphone by size. It's a lot like the attitude Detroit had about cars in the 70s and 80s. For something like a phone, or any portable electronic device, the premium should be on portability, battery stamina, and features. Once you move away from (or compromise on) portability, you are chasing a tablet experience. If thin and light and pocketable didn't matter, phones would still be the size of that Motorola brick phone from the late 80s.
The obvious problem with the 'just give me a 4.5" iPhone' conceit is that it's a slippery slope. If the 4" iPhone 5 looks small because there are bigger phones now, then 4.5" won't cure your size envy. A 4.5" iPhone will look small compared to the 5" phones, so you demand a 5" phone, and if Apple delivers that, you'll complain that the competition has moved on to 6" phones. Once again, you'll ask Apple to just release a 5.5" phone to keep you happy, just another lowering of resolution from the 5" model.
Where does it end?
If Apple plays the game according to market rules, they'd have squeezed out their profit margin long ago, because their competitors have done that in the PC manufacturing business in pursuit of cheaper laptops.