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What’s your favorite Windows Phone screen size?

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It is a question many of us ponder and the topic of a Windows Phone Central forums discussion. What’s your favorite screen size?

Is it the smaller, 4" screen of the Nokia Lumia 520? Maybe the 4.3” screen of the HTC 8X tickles your fancy best. Then you have the 4.5” screens of the Nokia Lumia 92x series/Lumia 1020 and the whopper of a screen on the Lumia 1520 that measures 6” in size. How about an 8” screen or would that be too big?

Some find the smaller screened devices more comfortable in the hand and easier to pocket, while others prefer the larger screens for viewing videos or playing games on.  For me, I would like to see a 5” screen become available. I like the real estate available on the Lumia 1520 but the overall size is not very practical for my needs. I think a five inch screen would be nice middle ground and small enough to keep the overall size of the Windows Phone manageable.

What about you though? Join in on this Windows Phone Central Forums discussion and let us know what your favorite Windows Phone screen size is.



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b23h says:

absolutely agree, I think 5 inch is the golden mean at this point

x I'm tc says:

I still think 4-4.5.  Anything bigger is too big.  If want bigger that's what my computer or tablet is for.

b23h says:

That's fine.  Some people are going to prefer a screen smaller than 5" and some larger.   However I think a poll would show that 5" would get the most support, which is why I am calling 5" the golden mean.


Slater_GS says:

And I think a poll would show that "blue" is everyones favorite color, so it is the best color.

See? I can pull crap out of my rear too, doesn't make it true.

Jokes aside, looking at the first page from the thread in the post, I would say more of them were in the sub 5" category. 4-4.5" would be ideal for me.

b23h says:

You're sloppy.  Your equvocation between "favorite" and "best" is at the worst irrelevant and at the best a matter of semantics.   If you don't know what the definition of "golden mean" is then perhaps you should look it up.   Overall 5 inches will set in the middle of the groups of people calling for 4-4.5 and those calling for a 6 inch display.   I expect 5 will end up being often mentioned, with quite a few people stating that it is an "ideal" display size depending upon bezel size.  I also think that quite a few people have stated that 5" is the upper limit to what they are thinking of at this point.

hwangeruk says:

I don't believe in the golden mean, as 98% of all statistics are made up.

Nabkawe5 says:

This comment deserves tons of likes, 99% of people who didn't like it depend on statistics to prove all their half assed points.

Slater_GS says:

Lol okay.

I know the definition of golden mean, not sure how what I said would indicate otherwise?

I guess you enjoy speaking for everyone based on your own preference and presenting it as some sort of truth/fact.

b23h says:

Like I said, you are sloppy.  

The fact that you do not intuit that 5" is in the center of those calling for phones between 4.3 to 6 inches indicates you don't really understand the concept of the golden mean.

It is absurd to state that I am just presenting my personal preference.   Any reading of my statements will show that I repeatedly say "a poll will likely show" or "quite a few people state that..."  

Slater_GS says:

Of course 5" is in the middle of 4" and 6". That is not what the golden mean is about. It is about a desireable middle between two extreems (philosophical, not mathematical).

If 70% of people prefer 4" screen size and 30% prefer 6", then sorry, but no matter how many times you tell me 5" is between 4" and 6", it does not magically become the golden mean.

The fact is, we DON'T KNOW who prefers what size and anybody claiming ANY size as the "golden mean" is speaking out of their rear.

Sloppy, lmao


b23h says:

A.  Learn how to spell or use the spell check feature.

    1.  extreems

    2.  desireable

B.  In this case I expect that 5 is both the mathematical center of 4-6 and is also the current golden mean of what people are interested in.

C.  If you are going to suggest 70% preferring 4 inch screen size and 30% 6 inch screen size, don't then say "the fact is, we don't know who prefers what size" in the next paragraph.

The entire purpose of the article is to allow people to sound off about their favorite windows phone display size is and for us to get an overall idea of what the responses are in the comments.

Pirate Arr says:

Nazi grammar over here nevertheless your point is subjective.

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b23h says:

Ok idiot, it's spelling not grammar.

My "point" is simply that I expect a large amount of people will say 5 inches.   I've not yet expressed a subjective opinion on the matter yet fool.  

I think what they're saying is that 5" is not empirically the best.

b23h says:

I never said best.   I always said that I think people prefer the size, and that some people are saying that it is ideal.   Slater_GS talked about "best" attributing the idea to me, but like I said, he's sloppy.

So again, I never said that I thought it was best or ideal, only that I think the majority would find the size appealing.   Phone sizes are increasing over time and people are acclimatizing and coming to expect larger phones, but I do think there is an upper limit for many people.

heat 33330 says:

Completely agree.

People have different sized hands too. I'm sure there would be some people buying 7"-8" phones if they were available. They can easily fit in a coat pocket or purse.

GodlikeNay says:

I like the idea of a 5" screen, but I will likely never buy a phone with a larger width than the 1020 has because my hands are small and I don't want to "have to" use 2 hands. So, that probably puts my preferred screen size between 4-4.5"

b23h says:

On Nokia's site the width of the 1020 is listed as 71.4mm and here on WP Central the 929 is listed as 71.4 (hand measured).

I'm a little surprised, but the older Lumia certainly do have a fairly large bezel.   But overall there appears to be no width difference, that's good news....

I am proud of my 6 in, but 4.5 in is the perfect size for phone

ravi.tandon says:

I see what you tried to do there.

k0de says:

4.3 for me. Fits like a glove in my hand.


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Luc4 says:

Is there a 5" phone? I like 4.5" now but just slightly larger would be great.

I agree. Right now I own a 4.5" Lumia 920 and even though it is ok for me, I think 5 would be even better.

b23h says:

I love my red 920, but yea I'd like a 5" display.   I would like to minimize the bezel as much as possible to maximize the display size vs phone size....

Yea, the size of the 920 body is ok but it could fit a larger screen. The lg g2 is nice in that aspect.

Pirate Arr says:

When people say this I ask that we also have to hold the phone. I don't want my fingers touching the display. Personally I love the nexus 7 and its big top bottom bezels which are perfect for holding it landscape mode and seeing a movie

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Gmotagi says:

Slooooowww Neeewwwwwssssss Daaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!

SwimSwim says:

That'd be the perfect size. In essence, I want exactly what the Lumia 929/ICON is rumored to be (5" screen, Snapdragon 800, etc.), but with a Lumia 1020's camera. That'd be the absolute perfect phone for me. :)

ReneGO0 says:

I think you are right. I would add a better design and bigger battery and if it is not much to ask for a snapdragon 805.

The Lumia 1520 is a joy to hold.

brayvefart says:

Abso-fucking-lutely 5inch!

duk3togo says:

I say 5 as well unless they have a 6 inch with a very thin bezel that makes it feels like a 5inch.

I held a friend's Galaxy Note 3 recently and it was a lot lighter than my 920...Also, it fit well into my front pants pocket...It's close to the same size as the 1520 but I wish the 1520 had stylus support!...My friend uses his stylus on his Note 3 a lot and loves it...Here's to hoping that the 1520 successor has a stylus!!!

jsnod25 says:

Agree. I like my 4.5" but 6" is too big. 5" seems just right.

John20212 says:

Only if the bezel around it is not massive, Nokia is kind of guilty of puting tiny screens on massive phones with some of their models.

The better question would be to ask what size phone you prefer.


4.3" is the appropriate to fit in...

gandhirushi says:

Personally I think a 4 inch screen and no more than 60mm width is perfect for single handed use. Also its perfect for gripping. Just my opinion.

Oubeid says:

I agree, I think that a 5" device would be great, and even if I love the beauty of my HTC 8X 4.3" screen, I'll definitely change it for a 5"!!

stui83 says:

Nah 4"-4-3" for me, with thin bezel

toyotast165 says:

Same here. 4-4.3

Sarang68 says:

The one i have now. A ginormous Nokia 1520 six inch!

jeffro02 says:

I have a 920 with a 4.5 inch screen right now, it's too small. I am looking forward to being able to get my hands on a 6 inch screen!

ahardin says:

I just went from a 920 to a 1520 on Sunday, and I'm loving it. I read so much on my phone, it's been perfect. Especially when navigating websites.

Abdul9 says:

+1520. I've sort of gotten used the the 1520's screen and find it small at times. If they could make the 1520's screen a little bigger while keeping its overall dimention, then I wouldn't mind getting it.

slyjr2 says:

Ditto. Give us a 6.3inch with the same dimensions

rodneyej says:


Jace Nelson says:

6.3 are you insane?  How the hell would you carry that thing around?  Just carry around a freakin' Dell Venue.


slyjr2 says:

Lol. I feel 6 inch is too small now. I don't realize how big it is until I see someone else phone

Agree. Wouldn't like the phone to be any bigger than my 1520 but if they could fit a bigger screen in that space, then I'm in!

rodneyej says:

Right! After using the 1520 for a few days I found that 6" is perfectly comfortable, and practical.. Anything less than 6" would be a drag now.

RyanAMG says:

The 1520 but Verizon doesn't have it so I'm stuck with the 928 :/

JPDVM2014 says:

Yep. After getting used to it, the 1520 doesn't even seem big. My wife's 1020 feels so tiny when I use it.

Sarang68 says:

Ha. I changed my moms 520 to a quantum jump to 1320. She's delirious with joy!

HotJava says:

Bought my mother to a 520, up from feature phone. Screen was too tiny so now she has a 1020. She loves my 1520 so I plan on getting here a 1320 in time.

I am convinced that if anyone uses the 1520 consistently for more than 2 weeks that there is no way they could go back to using a smaller phone. It is the perfect size and I believe in time that it will be standard. It is inevitable. Bandwidth is getting cheaper. We will seek to consume more and more content. 5" will be popular here in the comments but 6" will be the standard in time. I believe that 7 isn't practical for most. Much harder to carry but I find that 6" just seems to fit in my clothing just right. Two hand typing is a breeze.

2tomtom says:

Interesting comment for me as I originally had the 800 and would not get the 920 as it seemed too large. I did in time get the 920 and now it seems a natural size for me.

I have not seen the 1520 as not in any local UK mobile shops at the moment. Sure I will consider it too large but wonder if I will end up with one lol

dbgman says:

+1 after using the 1520 my old 920 seems tiny to me

Agreed I can't even go back to my 920, its just not the same anymore.

rain620 says:

+620 though i want the still-non-existent 5in

+620! Im happy with it! :D

I do like my Lumia 620.

JustRay76 says:

+620, man! :D

stui83 says:

+620 although i do mess up my typing a little more than I would like

rianext says:

Yup...4.3 to 4.5 would be right..

Mohd Saif says:

Yes 4.5 is perfect

SocalTouch says:

Between 4.0 and 4.5 inches.

CCAZPastor says:

Yes! 4.25 with LIMITED bezel would be the perfect phone!!!

Agreed! The 920's 4.5 inches are perfect for my hand. No more, no less.

LordBlumby says:

Couldn't agree more! Anything larger than 4.5" and it becomes hard to carry around and use. My 920's 4.5" screen is perfectly comfortable.

I really think that's about the perfect size for me too. As long as it has good resolution.

schlubadub says:

I'd say 4.3-4.8" but not much difference there

Yup. I agree. These sizes are perfect for me as well.

fauzanade says:

4.3 - 4.5 is the sweet spot for me.
pocket-able, fit in my hand, and wide enough for gaming or video.

ladydias says:

4.5. My hands are too small for a bigger size.

bubbagti says:

I was going to say the same thing! 

nokiauser911 says:

Yep 4.3 is perfect for me!

Dadstar0410 says:

I often mistype stuff on my 8X's screen, which measures 4.3". Maybe if it was a little bigger, no more than 5-5.2", that would be perfect for me.

mrdoubleb says:


I currently have a 3.7 inch Lumia 800 and I could do with a bigger screen, but 4.5 is the upper limit of what`s still comfortable to hold. (Though 4.3 is more comfortable).

Having a 5"+ phone next to your ear is like walking around with a ghetto blaster :)

I am waiting for the 1020 successor as my upgarde, but my fear is they will go crazy and make it 5"+ just because that`s what flagships are supposed to be these days.

ilgulamc says:

Why did you say "ghetto"!?

mrdoubleb says:

hmmm I see you are not a child of the 80's :) Wikipedia is your friend:

evilrobot says:

I have a 925 and this size seems perfect for me, I already have a bit of difficulty reaching the top left corner with my thumb and i think anything bigger would be too big for a phone.

Also, coming from iPhone 5s, this phone seems huge already.

sqlchicken says:

Waiting for 5" Nokia on AT&T. Especially with the changes in value plan they're offering now to stem people from leaving for T-Mo

out0fplace says:

4.5 to 5 inches

tribexx says:

Yep, 4.5->5.0

Ken1ceo says:

I own a 520 (too small), a 1520 (too big) and a 1020 (almost right, but a little small). I think a 5" screen would be perfect.

sequoia464 says:

Same here except 920 instead of the 1020. Returned the 1520 - too big for my situation.

Looking for a 5" also.

Bob101910 says:

The 1020 feels just right size for me

UncleGrandpa says:

Its hard to argue with a 5" screen.(Ok Verizon...its time to show your hand)...

kidjenius says:

4.5 is good right now, but I think I'd like 5" more

TunaTank says:

So a 9.5" screen! :P

doeboiO says:

Lol, nice one

Ankmeyester says:

4.3 inch. 720 is perfect

Abdal says:

Nokia Lumia 720 screen size type ;) :P

grininja says:

Lumia 720... The lost son. Never remembered.

Edwardlb20 says:

4.5-5.0, but possibly 5.2 for 1820!

tfc ninja says:

4.7 ..i want wp version htc design n body ..but i love my 920 also

Being a guy with big hands I had problems with anything under 4.3 but 6 may be a little too big maybe 5.3 or 5.5 would be perfect for me

r3dl1n3 says:

Have to agree.. 5.3 to 5.5 would be perfect..

plasmid_uk says:

I've got a 4.3" which I find small but the 4.7" I had previously was too small. My next phone will hopefully be 4.5".

joanzen says:

I still have my Titan, which is 4.7". I've been holding out for 5".

farsidius says:

I like the 4.7 of my Titan, but I dont know if I would go any bigger than that. Probably 4.5-4.7 for me. Enough with all the ridiculously big phones. Let's get a new flagship that's still business sized.

hopmedic says:

I like the 4.5" of my 928, and can't really see myself using anything bigger than maybe 5". Even that, I'd have to try first to be sure.

Nimdock says:

I have the L920 but I would like the size of the L1520.

sephiroth111 says:

5.9" is better for me.

Abdul9 says:

Come on lets add 0.1 to it and you have the 1520 ;)

teoami says:

I love my 1520 and I have no issues with the 6" screen. I would be happy with anything from 5" to 6".

My wife on the other hand needs something 4.3" to 4.5". So I hope they don't neglect those sizes with top end hardware.

Xellsama says:

4.5 ~5.2, bigger than that it'll be too big to fit nicely/comfortably in most of the pockets, and might look a bit silly to hold. 

razorguy says:

I used to think it was 4.5" until I got my 1520 and now I love the bigger screen. I can't go back!

ThePKReddy says:

1520 and I loved my 925 except storage issue

court6714 says:

4.5-4.8 is perfect

HBKnight says:

Right now I have a 4.5" screen and I like it a lot. However I would like to give a 5" screen a whirl for a bit to see how it feels.

caliborn says:

My Ativ S Neo has a 4.8 in screen and that's perfect for me..

sasukeluffy says:

My Ativ S has a 4.8 in screen and that's perfect for me! Though my next phone might have 5", but that's not too shabby either. Just 0,2"..

I like my HTC 8X screen size, something a tad bigger would be good though. I'm considering a 1520.

rogerhew says:

Movies time _ 6"

PBV7 says:

4.3 to 4.5 inch.....not too big..not too small..

uselessrobot says:

The 4.5" of the Lumia 920 is about perfect. If they could squeeze a bigger screen into the same overall dimensions it would be ideal. Of course, you could always argue that bigger is better, but the 1520 and similarly sized devices are just ridiculous. They're simply too big to be practical as a portable device.

I don't want to have to make arrangements for carrying such an absurdly oversized phone. If I need the screen I'll just bring a proper tablet or laptop with me. Phablets are really nothing more than a stopgap until a better solution comes along. But I've interacted with enough of those devices that I don't see the value in the extra real estate given the pain in the ass they are to carry.

AlwaysHedged says:

Speak for yourself.  The 1520 is perfect for my line of work.  No special "arrangements" need to be made as it still comfortably fits in my suit jacket pocket.  No need for me to carry a laptop around at least half the time I used to.  All bets would be off for anything bigger than that, though.

el-ojo says:

Ah, I see you like 'em real big ones..

I3unny says:

4.5 would be perfect.

Donny James says:

The day someone drops a 8inch smartphone is the day all hell breaks loose. I'd go as far as 6-6.4". Anything bigger will not fit in someone's hands or pockets comfortably. Man purse anyone?

ladydias says:

Are there any guys who actually use a man purse? The few guys I know who bought one never used them.

ladydias says:

Cool. I sometimes wish my husband would consider one because he always wants to put stuff in my purse because they don't fit in his pockets.

4.5" is my favorite. Or 5" in the future when the borders of the screen can become razor thin.

cae758 says:

My rule on screen size is, if my middle finger and thumb can't touch when wrapped around the phone, then it's too big. I have pretty large hands (I'm 6'3"), but I will not be buying a 1520, as nice as it is. Also, pocket-ability factors: Unless you always carry your phone in your hands or have a purse, portability seems like a no-brainer in the decision making.

makarand14 says:

so... a very few like 6" or bigger. that's kinda weird? right? :-P

schlubadub says:

They look stupid in jeans pockets, and laughable when held up against the head when talking. It's even funnier when you see a person with tiny hands trying to use them effectively.

harshraj says:

4.3/4.5 much easy to handle and is optimum for case of tablet 6" or perfect..

Chemilinski says:

I feel 4.5" is ideal for me, with the 4.8" of the Ativ S being the maximum size I'd be comfortable with.
I've used a 5" screen phone for calling someone and I left very silly holding something so big against my face and uncomfortable holding it.

xrs22 says:

Well when the Icon comes out I want to check it out to see how it is in my hand, if I wanna go that route.

5" for me too, i miss my titan size but i too think 5" would be ideal size

Rishicash says:

So it appears that size really does matter!

schlubadub says:

Depends where you stick it....

In your jeans or a jacket pocket :P

If I were to get another Windows Phone, it would have to be the 6 inch 1520.  Five inch would also be fine.  You need something big for all those tiles.

Gary Tenney says:

To me the most important factor is how much wasted space is taken up by the bezel. I like the overall size of my 920 but I think you could fit a 5" screen in a relatively similar sized device if the bezel were smaller.

RafRol says:

Or make a smaller phone with the same sized screen ...

nomoore says:

The 3.8" on the HTC Radar 4g was perfect. It was very easy to use one handed. The 4" on my Lumia 520 is at the upper limit of one handed usability and is a bit of a stretch for my thumb.

baronlmw says:

6inch would be perfect..

schlubadub says:

Said no girl ever :P

xratola says:

4.5" to 5" no more :)

Kyorin says:

The HTC 8x I had allowed an extra ROW of tiles to be shown due to the aspect ratio of the screen. Currently rocking a Lumia 925 which I love, but I do miss the extra row I had with the 8x.

dda_k says:

I really wish Nokia would have made high-end Lumia with 4in but I'm currenty using Lumia 900(4.3in).

eddp77 says:

My htc 8x is a good size, could do with it being a little bigger. Maybe 5inches would be a better size. Held one of the 6inch phones and that was just too big. Lol an 8inch phone...! My dell V8p is 8inches and that would be a laughable size for a phone!

I like my 4.5 on my 1020 but got my mum the 625 and think its more perfect size but not spec wise

Madhu T C says:

4.5 to 5 inch very beat size. That is the only reason that stopped me from buying Lumia 1520

AuraTigital says:

Between 4.5 to 5 inches

jfivieght says:

Whatever size I have...currently 720's 4.3"

PureView says:

Funny how so many people are saying 5.5 to 6 inch. People used to make fun of Galaxy Note type Android phones on this website not too long ago.

Erm... They may not be the same people?

schlubadub says:

Maybe that was me :P I find them hysterical. Like comedy-sized gigantic phones ;)

S Vaibhav says:

For me, Lumia 800 was the perfect phone size.

el-ojo says:

5.5" is the magic number for me. Not too big or small.

I love the six inchers 1520 and the 1320...

slyjr2 says:

6+ inches! Keep em coming

phaboman says:

4 inches. Why can't I have a high end phone that's 4 inches?

I agree with 4".
I really like the way the 8x feels, in the hand, but I can't touch the top-left corner of the screen.
I think 4.3" would be perfect, if we didn't have so much bezel (including top and bottom).
As it is, I would like a 4" 720p (480p/768p is just a bit wide, for my taste).

ruddevil says:

4.8" is the right one for me.

4.5", I'd also like 6"

DarrenSproat says:

4.5" of the Lumia 1020 is perfect for me.

Niavlys77 says:

Wouldn't a poll have been better for this?


In any case, I'd say 4.5-5" would be best.

Lumia 720 is the perfect size, but I don't mind a 1020 :)

ScubaDog says:

The 4.5" screen is pretty much perfect for me.  If I HAD to, I could deal with the 5" screen, but that would be the absolute max.

Winnabe says:

4.8 inches - orgasmic!

madmass says:

Mine is 30 inch

schlubadub says:

Your neck circumference?

jodahav says:

I thought 6in would be too big. Then I held a 1520 in person. Beautiful and doesn't seem too big

PCUser271 says:

4.3inches of my HTC 8X is perfect for me. But I would say 4.3 - 5.0 inches smartphones are nice enough. Dont like phablet.

broughshane says:

5" all screen with soft keys would b good.