Originally Posted by Andysol
I disagree. The cell phone isn't all about miniaturization. How else would you explain the iPhone being one of the largest phones out there when it first came out (we were fresh from coming off the Motorola razor). And then how do you explain them going from 3.5 to 4"? That's not miniaturization, that's enlarging in both cases.
Much of technology is all about miniaturization. For example, as flat screen TVs have grown in size, the electronics within them have shrunk to the point where top of the line models are now under 2" thick. Meanwhile, the Razor is a terrible choice for comparison since it wasn't a smartphone by any stretch of the imagination. Compared to the smartphones of the time like the Palm Treos and Nokia N-series, the iPhone was about the same size or smaller. However, the Razor is an excellent example of the quest for miniaturization in non-smartphones.
The increase from 3.5" to 4" was the first sign of Apple responding to the Android OEMs' "bigger-is-better" spin, which I suspect they did only grudgingly after investing significant design efforts to chose the original display's optimal size and shape. Apple designs products to be optimal for a specific purpose. They clearly recognized the potential for a larger form factor and that's why we have the iPad and iPad Mini. These in-between jumbo Android phones are the wannabe Swiss Army Knives of smartphones - jack of all trades, master of none. They primarily appeal to the budget customer seeking a more cost effective all in one solution as an alternative to the more costly option of buying separate devices for separate purposes.
I also disagree that those wanting smaller phones are the majority. The statistics we've seen clearly show the preference is larger- unless you have some data you'd like to link?
We're talking about potential buyers of a flagship iPhone, not the Android market in general.
Quoting from my own comment on another thread:
A recent RBC Capital Markets survey of 705 would-be iPhone buyers showed 64% interested in buying the next iPhone model even if it's bigger - with 38% interested in a 4.7" model and 26% interested in one with a 5.5" display.
The way the survey was conducted places a great deal of bias on pricing, and makes it impossible to say how many of those interested in the 4.7" model might have preferred a 4" form factor flagship model.
Edited by freediverx - 7/7/14 at 8:49am