Have You Wondered Why Android Phones Are Bigger Than iPhones?

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    Have You Wondered Why Android Phones Are Bigger Than iPhones?


    Most people that own a big screen Android device think the reason it's bigger is because companies want to one up apple. While that might be true, there is another reason behind it. Before reading this blog post think about this. How come all the new devices, either released or rumored, that will have an HD screen are around 4.3 inch or bigger. Why are these phones so big? Well here is why.

    Android OEMs and Google responded to the 3.5-inch 960×640 Retina display by improving the pixel format to 1280×720. But because Android renders text and graphics like desktop OSes (e.g. Windows, OS X) increasing resolution above 320 ppi means smaller UI elements. The display had to grow in size to compensate for shrinking UI elements. iOS renders the Retina display not by shrinking UI elements by one fourth but by doubling clarity and sharpness. Unless Google adds an additional “DPI level” beyond XHDPI, Android smartphones that match or beat the iPhone 4/4S in resolution will always be bigger, much bigger.
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    Interesting. Personally I want nothing smaller than 4.5". A 5" screen would be ideal for me.

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    I had wondered. Thanks for the interesting post!

    Large screens are great, but only if you have hands to match... I'm thankful there's a range of android phones.

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    The bigger the better, that's what I think.

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