IMO it IS small but its not the end of the world, I have always said that 4" is perfect as its not too big and not too small, regardless I think the 4S is very powerful and has a lot of nice features and whats with all the complaining about the body? I thought the 4 was fantastic the way it was made.
I've currently using a Droid X and slowly wandering my way over to Apple and iOS and iPhone and I have to say I like the feel of something a little more compact in my hand - and my pocket (as I've used an iPod Touch for quite some time). The larger Droid X is almost too big for me now.
Screen is perfect for me...i was actually a bit wary about the idea that the iPhone was going to be bigger (and thankful when it released in the same size). I've never had any issues visually with anything on the screen, i have an iPad for watching movies on the go (but have watched several on my iPhone itself)...and in the end, it is still a phone, and i simply hate using my Evo work phone, it feels like putting a laptop up to my ear sometimes in comparison.
I am glad they didn't change the screen or phone size. This is at my threshold size for a candybar style phone. I picked this in part because it wasn't almost tablet sized like most of the HTC and other Droid phones are. If I wanted a tablet, I'd buy one.
I haven't tried any of the larger phones, so I can't really speak much as to comparisons, but I have always been happy with the iPhone's size. Things that are too small, I can just enlarge onscreen. I don't think it would be particularly better with a larger phone. I mean, we're talking about half an inch here. In some cases 2/3 of an inch. It's not that big a difference in viewing ability, is it? So I guess I'm on the fence. Would I be offended if it was larger? Maybe not. I guess it'd depend on how it felt and fit in my pockets. Am I offended at the size it is now? Nope. I'm very pleased with it.
I wish it had that extra .5". I don't think that makes it seem like a mini tablet, because it's not that big of a difference, but makes viewing the internet, videos, email, etc that much easier, IMO. It's just a preference for me, but not necessarily a deal-breaker either. If I got an early upgrade, I'd consider it, but that's not looking to be the case for me at this time. Sigh.
I had the Droid X and I didn't find it too big, I also didn't feel like I was sacrificing anything moving to the smaller iPhone screen. It is not THAT big a difference. I think people are more disappointed with the lack of "show off factor" because it doesn't have a new look, which I don't the current design could ever look outdated.
I have read it perfectly from a number of sources, if they put the same innards into a different design, it would had satisfied a lot of the naysayers.
I wonder at this point when April iPad event rolls around, will they possibly offer a different back as a mid term refresh?
I don't mind the screen size, I don't do heavy TV or movie watching on it so it's fine. Now if Apple had increased the size to let's say 3.7 or 3.8 I would not have complained but at the moment I'm happy with it as it is.
Coming from a 4.3" screen on my EVO... there will probably be an adjustment curve. I was originally so worried about fat-fingering text messages, but, I grabbed one of my co-workers' iP4, and sent a test text without any issues. I made a similar amount of mistakes as I already do on my EVO. So, no worries there. As for less real-estate... the retina display totally makes up for the smaller screen. Overall, I think I'll be just fine
I have an EVO 4G now (until I switch to the 4s!) and must say the larger screen doesn't do anything for me, I would much rather have the super high quality 3.5" any day...plus as others have mentioned, I have an ipad for the larger screen needs.
Back in March I went from the iPhone 3G to an HTC Thunderbolt. I have to say, at the time, I loved the larger screen size and the new (to me) google software. After several months though, I did get tired and fustrated with the instabilty of the google OS.Though the Google OS has a lot of nice features, it is just not as refined as the iOS. Also, I like to keep my phone in my pocket and those greater than 4 inch screens might be a bit too big. I think the 3.5 inch screen is plenty big enough and I can't wait to go back to the iPhone with the 4S.
IMO for the many uses I use my phone for 3.5 is small. I would be happy with at least 4 inch. I do a lot of reading news, web articles,etc. I had an android affair with the HTC inspire and I loved the size of that screen. It was perfect for reading a lot when I didn't have my iPad with me. A bigger screen would make me so happy.
I think it's pretty much the perfect size. Seems like a lot of phones today are going back to the old "brick" style because of the screen size primarily. The iPhone still feels compact and the screen is more than acceptable.
I have owned Android phones with 4" screens and although they were SLIGHTLY easier to view, they made the phones large. I like the ppi on the Retina better and the smaller size makes the phone easier to pack around. I haven't really noticed it being any harder to type on my iPhone 4 than it was on the previous 4" Android displays I owned.
Beamed over the interwebz from my iPhone 4 on iOS 5 GM