Screen Versus Bezel: Which Phone Really Gives You The Biggest Display?

Phone technology has advanced to the stage where the electronics don't take up much of the internal space at all. Ignoring the battery, the limiting factor now — if you want to call it that — is deciding how large the screen should be.

Samsung went the ambitious route with its "phablet", the Galaxy Note and its Galaxy S series has always packed larger-than-average screens, while Apple's iPhone hasn't really ventured beyond the 3.5-inch mark. But have you considered how much real estate the screen on your phone takes in comparison to its body size?

A Reddit user by the name of "thare" took it upon his or herself to throw together a chart comparing screen to body area for a number of popular phones. The focus is on Android, though a few non-droid devices, including a Lumia 900 and iPhone 4S, are thrown in for comparative purposes. The chart's data was gathered from Phone Arena.

The Galaxy Note weighs in at number one (to no one's surprise), with 66.9 per cent of its total area made up of screen, while Motorola's DROID 4 and RAZR MAXX take the bottom positions, along with the iPhone 4S. That said, the total difference between the top and bottom is around 10 per cent, which isn't particularly jaw-dropping.

The Samsung Galaxy S III sits in second position at 66.1 per cent, with its predecessor the S II taking seventh at 64.4 per cent. The Lumia 900 finds itself in the lower half of the chart, on 60.3 per cent.

When it comes to buying a phone, screen size certainly isn't everything. But it's nice to know which ones do what they can to maximise their available display space. Makes you wonder if Apple's next phone will venture into four-inch-plus territory.

[Reddit, via Phandroid]

Image: thare / Reddit

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