Apple is widely expected to launch the iPhone SE2 in March, but unlike the iPhone SE four years ago, this generation will likely adopt a design similar to the iPhone 8, with a screen size increasing from 4 inches to 4.7 inches. This is obviously not good news for some of the groups that yearn for small-screen phones, because as the phones get bigger and bigger, manufacturers’ willingness to launch small-screen phones is getting lower and lower.
IDC has published a report predicting the development of smartphone screens, which shows that while smartphones with screens below 5 inches will gradually be eaten away by large-screen phones, they will remain about 10% shipped until 2021. Technical experts at Forrester Research, another research firm, also support this figure, and their research shows that about 15 percent of users want a “small screen phone” that is no larger than 5 inches in size.
For this group, the size advantage is the small screen phone to give them the biggest attraction, because as the screen increases, the phone such as batteries, motherboard and other parts inevitably change, eventually resulting in the phone’s size and weight become unacceptable.
After two years of using a 5.8-inch iPhone, after meeting friends in a coffee shop and holding his iPhone 8 for a few minutes during the Spring Festival, I found myself falling in love with the “one-handed” feel of a small-screen phone, even once creating the time to buy an iPhone SE2. idea of being a backup machine.
But this “nostalgia” was quickly brought back to reality, as, after using the “big screen iPhone” and putting aside factors such as screen quality, I found that the big screen has a greater advantage in interaction and vision. A friend’s iPhone 8 scrolls twice to read the long article, and a large-screen iPhone may only need to scroll once, not to mention the field of view gap between the two when playing the game, and in competitive Mobile game, where the ability to react is extremely tested, a larger screen means you can receive more information at the same time. This provides the basis for quick operation.
In fact, in addition to providing better visuals, large-screen phones also offer an advantage in helping us better understand what’s on screen.
A 2018 study explores the impact of screen size on mobile learning, showing a direct correlation between screen size and student performance in tests. The researchers, who prepared 3.5-inch, 7-inch, and 10-inch smartphones for students who were tested, used different devices for an hour of study, and found that students who used large screen devices tended to perform better on the test. A 2012 study also found that students who used medium-sized screen devices for foreign language vocabulary tests performed better than those who used small-screen iPods.
With the development of mobile applications, mobile phones in all kinds of applications under the increase of more and more like a “Swiss army knife”, in addition to the completion of the most basic contact functions, entertainment, recording, access to information and other functions have become a demand.
Large-screen phones have innate advantages in helping users with different tasks, and the split-screen feature of Android is a good example, and the people who like it are obsessed with it, because the multitasking they used to do on a non-portable PC can now be done on a large screen phone. Users of small-screen phones, in contrast, may use this feature a few times, even if the device supports it. Because the group like small-screen mobile phone often only need to use a few basic functions of the phone, when the large-screen mobile phone for them is just the existence of a burden.
It is precisely because more and more users are caught in the “quagmire” of large-screen mobile phones (I am an example), which to some extent also affects the mobile phone manufacturers continue to produce small-screen mobile phones, because in the mainstream environment of large-screen mobile phones, when mobile phone parts are not universal, want manufacturers to re-open production lines for 15% of the group, And ensure that the software, after-sales sustained and stable support is too difficult, but also does not have economic benefits.
Apple’s launch of the 4.8-inch iPhone 8 in 2017 may have been one of the few small-screen phones with a flagship configuration, but the following year the series stalled, with the iPhone XS becoming the smallest phone, yet the latter’s 5.8-inch screen size is clearly hard to relate to the small screen.
In the Android camp, Sony’s Xperia Compact is one of the few small-screen flagship phones, but the series has stalled since the 2018 Xperia XZ2 Compact. Sony Mobile executives even hinted in an interview last year that the series had been cut.
With Apple’s iPhone SE2 due in March, small-screen phone fans who are still using the iPhone SE, which was released four years ago, may be expecting a switch, but they may have to wait a while for the next change.