When a person takes a look at the biggest releases in 2012, there seems to be a growing trend as far as what smartphone users want. After years of the same screen size for every iPhone, the iPhone 5 turned heads by making it a half-inch taller than before. The Samsung Galaxy S3 (4.8 inches) and Samsung Galaxy Note II (5.55 inches) continue to be hot as well, and they both act very much like a tablet.


With all of the changes and customer feedback, it looks as though smartphone manufactures believe bigger truly is better. People are looking to do more and more on their mobile devices, so a bigger screen makes a lot of sense, even if it does not really for a phone’s main purpose: to make calls.


Ironically, the laptop and tablet market seems to be going the opposite direction, almost merging with some of the biggest cell phones. The rise in popularity for netbooks and tablets seem to indicate that people still prefer a small, handheld device, but they just don’t want something they have to squint to see.


Last year, the original Galaxy Note got its fair share of criticism from people who thought the screen was too big. People still purchased the device though, and Samsung responded to some of those who spoke out with an even bigger screen in 2012. Obviously, they are not making these decisions to frustrate users, but instead provide what they believe consumers want.


The biggest sign that bigger is better has to be the screen change for Apple. Here is a company that is reluctant to stray too far away from something that just works. The company would not have changed the screen size that has sold them millions of smart phones since 2012 unless they were extremely confident it was a good move. Bigger screens are here to stay, but the next question companies are trying to find out is if there is that one sweet spot.