Whether we like it or not, mobile touch screens are getting bigger. This then begs the question of physical practicality with the human thumb remaining in size while the breadth of dexterity needed increases. While the trend for smaller phones were prompted by need for convenience, will larger screens affect usability despite its upgrade in the visual department? From looking at the statistics of demand for larger screens, mobile browsing among smartphones with 4” screens or smaller is down by 11%. Apple‘s iPhone 6 with its 4.7” screen sold almost half the amount of what was sold during last year’s entire opening weekend for the 4” iPhone 5s and 5c. If the inevitable means larger screens, there are other factors to take into account such as re-learning building apps, responsive sites and mobile-optimized web views, and it’s not just down to reach of thumb. With a larger phone comes a change in grip which effects the way your thumbs interact with the interface. Change is coming however, and what this ultimately means is a prompting of user experience such as prototyping, as well as the fact that screens in general are becoming more similar. Whether or not we will end up scaling back down to smaller phones is left to be discussed, so share what you think of this new trend in larger screens and read more about this from the source below.
Do you prefer phones with larger screens?