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From the Chihuahua to the Great Dane – size does matter
Authored by: Monica  

Reading about the amazing invention/innovation of the foldable screen from LG got me thinking about the screens of the few devices that surround me – television, desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet. And if one were to limit the scope to computing/communications devices then apart from the processing powers, these devices are also differentiated across their screen sizes. And that is where the dog breeds come in. This hugely interesting infographic likens the Great Dane to a large desktop and from there on the bark size gets smaller!

 

 

Add to this mix, devices such as smart watches and you know there are interesting times ahead. So what does this amazing variety mean? Ecommerce websites will have to invest in responsive web designs that are lightning fast and intuitive. Retina displays are going to change the paradigm by bringing in pixel density. Future technologies may well bring foldable screens (gives mobile screens a new meaning altogether!) for every device or screens that can be drawn on any surface with gesture control mechanisms. Developers will have to work with a larger number of devices too. The representation of device fragmentation in the Android market alone is delightful, to say the least!

 

The mobile device is perhaps seeing the most action when it comes to screen sizes. There is wearable tech with Google Glass and HUD. There are smartwatches which can give you concise information on your wrist and then there are tablets and notebooks of various sizes. Primarily because of their portability, mobile devices are making things like online shopping and banking easier. The visual interface will, surely, determine the popularity of a device.

 

For instance, even to check various social chats or media, I, for one, would prefer to do it on my tab. It’s less taxing on the eye! According to one study though, it was the 1280 x 800 pixel or screen resolution that holds sway. 19.5% of the global population prefers this resolution. 1366×768 has recently become the most popular screen size (13.5% of global market) and this belongs to notebooks. Smartphones with 320×480 resolutions come in 3rd with 11.4% of the global share.

 

Image – http://www.mobify.com/blog/global-screen-size-diversity/

 

 

Statistics and numbers aside, human beings are visual creatures and they are more likely to adopt a screen that is easy on the eye. You and I are always going to be interested in information and how it shows up on our screens. We will have to leave the warp and woof of screen sizes to those on the technical end of the spectrum.

 

 

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