Originally Posted by bluenix
I am not so convinced that "big screen phones started to take over the industry". For me this is mainly a niche for geeks (no offence intended!). People who are actually using a phone on the go want to make calls, text/email and look up directions or some things on the net. Even for casual games you don't need a big screen.
Mistaken, much mistaken, my friend. There exists a substantial number of people like you, who value the small screen and the portability. There are also a substantial number of people, like my 45 year old aunts, who look at an S2 (yes, that old) and think it's more powerful than the iPhone 5 due solely to the bigger screen. She play casual games, make phone calls, send text messages, browse the internet, etc. She's hardly geeky, and when my 60-something parents saw her S2, they think my iPhone 4S is older, slower, less capable. It's all in the impression.
When Apple releases the original iPhone back in 2007, it defines the "look" of a premium, top-end phone: all touch, large screen (I think 3.5" was largest at the time), lots of nice graphics, do a ton more than just making phone calls. Everyone copied that design, and now they are making it larger. Apple somehow still stubbornly refuses to do it. Every $400+ these days have larger screens than a $600 iPhone. It's hard to recommend friends and relatives to choose the iPhone when they see a competitor and say "but this one has a bigger screen".