Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry and the Evolution of Smartphone Screens
The First iPhone Changed the Game
The first iPhone, launched in 2007, boasted a 3.5-inch scratch-resistant, glossy glass-covered screen.
Motorola Droid Expands on the iPhone
The Droid, released in 2009, offered consumers an Android device with a 3.7-inch screen.
HTC HD2 Anticipates the Future
HTC seemed a bit ahead of its time when it launched the HD2 in 2009 with a then-massive 4.2-inch display—a screen that would be considered average in 2013.
LG GW990 Too Big for the 2010 Market
LG's first entry into the mega-display market was actually labeled a "mobile Internet device," and the GW990 never actually saw the light of day.
LG Tries Again With 5-Inch Optimus G Pro
At the end of 2012, 5-inch smartphones were becoming the norm, so LG felt comfortable releasing the Optimus G Pro, which boasts a full 5-inch screen.
Huawei Ascend Mate: King of Smartphone Screens
Although it's really sort of a phablet, Huawei is billing the Ascend Mate—equipped with a 6.1-inch 720p display—as the world's largest smartphone display.
iPhone 5 Still on the Small Side
As rival devices from Samsung, Sony and others began offering ever-larger screens, Apple finally enlarged the iPhone 5 to give it a 4-inch display.
BlackBerry Z10 Hopes to Give Company a Comeback
The struggling smartphone marker is offering consumers a slightly bigger display—at 4.2 inches—than the iPhone 5.
Sony Xperia Z Boasts Mobile Bravia Engine 2
Sony's flagship Android phone offers a 5-inch, full-HD 1080p Reality Display powered by the company's Mobile Bravia Engine 2.
Samsung Galaxy S 4 Brings a 5-inch Screen
A 5-inch 1080p HD display graces the latest Galaxy smartphone, which was announced earlier this month.