Disaat kebanyakan smartphone lain sudah didukung dengan layar berukuran besar iPhone 4 adalah smartphone yang masih memakai layar ukuran 3.5″. Untuk smartphone, ukuran seperti itu terbilang kecil, sebut saja HTC HD2, HTC Evo 4G dan Motorola Droid X adalah smartphone yang layarnya berukuran super-sized 4.3″. Lalu mengapa Apple tidak ikut-ikutan membuat smartphone dengan layar 4″ untuk menandingi yang lain?

When you first see a phone with a 4-inch or larger screen, it seems like a much better experience. I thought it was a technical decision, and it could be, but since switching to an Android phone — a Samsung Galaxy S II, the “best Android phone you can buy, anywhere” — 15 days ago, I have realized another huge downside of larger screens: when holding the phone with one hand, I can’t reach the other side of the screen with my thumb.

I pulled out my iPhone 4 to do a quick test, and it turns out that when you hold the iPhone in your left hand and articulate your thumb, you can reach almost exactly to the other side of the screen. This means it’s easy to touch any area of the screen while holding the phone in one hand, with your thumb. It is almost impossible to do this on the Galaxy S II.

iPhone 4 - Galaxy S II

Kesimpulannya:

This is an example of one of those design decisions that you don’t usually notice until you see someone doing it wrong. It’s one of the things that makes Apple products Apple products.

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