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Have you ever wondered how much of your phone is actually screen? That is, how much of your phone is usable screen real estate in relation to the overall size the device? The chart above from @somospostpc shows you exactly that for some of the most popular devices from LG, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Motorola and Apple. The LG G2 comes out on top at 75.7% display compared to 60% and below for the current lineup of iPhones.

Apple is at a disadvantage because of the home button/Touch ID  rather than the on screen buttons of Android. Also, the iPhone is symmetric meaning the same big bezel on the bottom is needed at the top so that the screen sits in the exact middle of the phone.

If the rumors are true, we could start to see manufacturers try to increase screen real estate by eliminating even more of the bezel. In Apple’s case, that would likely require eliminating the home button and moving the TouchID sensor under the glass.

 

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18 Responses to “Chart shows how much of your iPhone is actually display”

  1. acslater017 says:

    My iPhone 5 is a beautiful device, but I do feel like there’s room for aesthetic improvement. A lot of my iPhone’s face is indeed white plastic (glass?). The left and right bezels are especially prominent when I’m viewing something.The placement of the earpiece, proximity sensor, and iSight camera could be better aligned or hidden. Then again most of my complaints would be solved by choosing a space gray one :P

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  2. tomtubbs says:

    For a fixed bezel thickness, the percentage would be smaller for larger screens. (Eg compare an iPad Air to an iphone). Don’t you need to compare like sized screens ?

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  3. nwama says:

    Does this numbers are divided by the phone size?

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  4. jlword says:

    Loving my Lumia 1520! 6″Display and ranks high on chart at 71.2. Great job Nokia.
    love my 1020 as coming in at 4.5″ and a much lower ranking in the chart at 59.8%. Its still the camera phone to beat though.
    JLTechWord.wordpress com

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  5. Vida András says:

    Fraud post. Calculated my iPhone 5 and its 67%. Some Samsung scum made this chart

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  6. greenbelt2csp says:

    This calculation is how much of the phone’s front is glass, not screen. Won’t change the iPhones much, but would change the androids. Also, I’m pretty sure this calculation assumes a square front profile, so they are underestimating the % of all phones with rounded corners…

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    • greenbelt, can you please clarify? The article is clearly comparing the amount of Screen to the “entire device” (although they probably just mean the front). It doesn’t mention glass comparison anywhere, and some of those devices don’t even have glass on the front. Im pretty sure that >95% of my iPhone 5s’ front is glass, while would argue that obviously more than 60% is screen real estate (agreeing with Vida). It seems like a skewed chart.

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  7. They could entire screen clickable, like a trackpad.

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  8. PMZanetti says:

    “Apple is at a disadvantage because of the home button/Touch ID rather than the on screen buttons of Android”

    LMAO. uh…no.

    “If the rumors are true…eliminating the home button and moving the TouchID sensor under the glass.”

    Is this 9to5mac or Digitimes?

    Worst article in a long time. Just awful.

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    • thejuanald says:

      How is that “LMAO. uh…no”? In the context of this article, Apple is at a disadvantage. You’re right up there with tallestskil as the worst poster on this, or any other site.

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  9. I love visiting this site on a regular basis to ‘keep up’, however, I simply cannot believe that I clicked ‘read more’

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  10. This is a stupid chart causing people to make meaningless comparisons.

    If you notice the larger the screen the higher the percentage. And that’s because the larger the screen the more guts/internals you can hide behind it allowing you to shrink the surrounding bezel. It’s an inherent advantage to larger screens.

    In general, to accommodate the internals, it’s much easier to increase the bezel than it is to try to shrink the internals.

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