Why I Want a 4-Inch iPhone

Earlier today, Capital Markets’ Brian White stated that the next iPhone will use a radically different, unibody design and that it would also sport a larger, 4-inch display. And then, like with any Apple rumor, especially one about the iPhone, quite a bit of chatter started to occur.

One of the loudest voices was a poster on The Verge forums by the name of modilwar who outlined a way that Apple could increase the size of the iPhone’s screen without increasing the size of the iPhone itself.

His theory actually makes quite a bit of sense and John Gruber of Daring Fireball noted that he doesn’t think that the guy whose comments led to modilwar’s theory, wasn’t just “guessing or idly speculating.”

Why I Want a 4-Inch iPhone

4-inch Incredible 2 on the left, 4.3-inch ThunderBolt on the right.

Insider knowledge?

Who knows.

But I for one am hoping that Apple does, in fact, make this change and bumps the screen size of the next iPhone up to 4-inches.

Awhile back, my colleagues and I shared our ideal screen size for a smartphone. I, of course, selected 4-inches. The reason is simple. I absolutely fell in love with both the Droid Incredible and Droid Incredible 2 and their 4-inch screens.

Here’s why.

One of the reasons I have not been able to replace my iPhone 3GS is because I am not a fan of the monstrosities that manufacturers are putting out. I purchased the Samsung Galaxy Nexus back in December, a top of the line Android device, and thought that I would fall in love with its massive 4.65-inch HD display.

In reality, the opposite has happened.

The real estate is way too big, even for hands as big as mine.

It feels awkward to hold, it sometimes is a chore to carry around, and I don’t watch enough media on my phone to justify the size. I am one of those people who still uses a phone like a phone.

You know, I call people, text, email, surf the web, and use applications like Facebook, Twitter, and ESPN.

I feel the same way about the 4.3-inch devices. There’s just too much phone.

Thing is, I also sometimes feel like my 3.5-inch screen on my iPhone 3GS is too small, especially when I try to watch a quick ESPN highlight or when I am reading an email.

Why I Want a 4-Inch iPhoneAll of this felt much more comfortable on the Droid Incredibles. The text on websites and books was large. Watching video highlights of sporting events was much nicer. And best of all, these 4-inch devices felt like actual phones.

Holding them with one hand was easy. They didn’t burden my pockets. I could easily use my thumbs to type. And at the same time, the screen was bigger than iPhones of the past.

For me, a 4-inch Retina Display. with the same thin design, would be the sweet spot. And from the sound of things, especially with Gruber’s comment, it sounds like a 4-inch iPhone isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

My gut tells me that Apple will be Apple and stick to the formula that has worked for so many years.

That 3.5-inch formula.

I just hope my gut is wrong.

What’s your ideal screen size?

Would you want Apple to boost the screen size of the iPhone?