Originally Posted by gwmac
One thing Samsung got right on the Note 3 and the GS4 is increasing the display size while keeping the actual phone about the same size. The forehead and the chin areas of the iPhone takes up a lot of space. The iconic home button will likely remain circular instead of oblong so not much they can do to reduce the footprint of the chin area but surely they could reduce the forehead area. Right now I am debating whether to get the Note 3 or iPhone 5S. I really want the larger display that will be easier on my eyes but also prefer iOS and would have problems not being able to transfer certain apps over. I will decide once both have been released and I can compare in person. I am just so tired of this tiny screen even though I love everything else.
Here is a 4.5" rendering of an iPhone that would be not much larger than the current iPhone 5. Just a tad wider.
I'm trying to decipher your comment. You're complaining that the small phone is too big but you are thinking of buying a much bigger phone?
I like your pics but there is so much more in the equation.
The forehead and chin exist for several reasons. The forehead contains a camera, speaker and ambient light sensor. The chin contains speakers?, microphone, and the home button (one of the most used parts of the iPhone so we can't change that as you agree.
Proportionally, the forehead and chin "look" bigger on the iPhone than on the big phones. Are they really bigger, IDK, I never measured.
Lets look at the science.
Reducing the size of the speakers or microphone reduces the audio quality given the current technology. They work on the same science/physics/math.
There's a lot of tech stuffed into every smartphone. Which dimension should be compromised? It seems most smartphone manufacturers prioritize width and thickness rather than length. With that, and the need for cameras, ear speakers, and ambient light sensors, the forehead and chin are the areas of compromise.
Your pics demonstrated an aesthetic without revealing the true (not relative) dimensions which is misleading.
Now lets talk aesthetics....symmetry.....
Getting rid of the forehead, beside all of the tech compromises would be aesthetically and symmetrically unpleasing.
The Samsung phones in your post are symmetric. Every feature phone and smartphone I have ever owned and all the best sellers of all companies have been symmetric. The keypad size equalled or roughly equalled the size of the screen. I saw this on many Nokias, Moto's, etc, both on flip and non flip. The most popular Blackberry's were the "chubby" ones were the keyboard size roughly equalled the screen size.
EDIT before posting...
Maybe I misinterpreted your POV?
I'm still posting bc I still back my declarations.