Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry and the Evolution of Smartphone Screens

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-03-22
 
 
 

The First iPhone Changed the Game

The first iPhone, launched in 2007, boasted a 3.5-inch scratch-resistant, glossy glass-covered screen.

The First iPhone Changed the Game

Motorola Droid Expands on the iPhone

The Droid, released in 2009, offered consumers an Android device with a 3.7-inch screen.

Motorola Droid Expands on the iPhone

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.

HTC HD2 Anticipates the Future

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 GW990 Too Big for the 2010 Market

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.

LG Tries Again With 5-Inch Optimus G Pro

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.

Huawei Ascend Mate: King of Smartphone Screens

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.

iPhone 5 Still on the Small Side

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.

BlackBerry Z10 Hopes to Give Company a Comeback

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.

Sony Xperia Z Boasts 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.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Brings a 5-inch Screen

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