Five things a big screen does better

Sometimes bigger is better

The debate over screen size will never end. Some folks love a big-screen Android like the Nexus 6 or the Galaxy Note 4, others want something smaller like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Some of us are torn, and want both somehow.

But there are some things that are just better on a bigger screen. Here are five of those things.

Watching Movies

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When you can't be at home in front of your TV, you want the biggest, brightest screen you can get to watch a video or two. Seeing all the action can be difficult on any phone-sized display, so bigger is always better here.

Video chatting

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Video conferencing and virtually hanging out is a cool way to be there without actually being there. The bigger the screen, the closer you feel. Seriously. Whether it's the sexy sort of video chatting or just talking with grandma, a big screen does it better.


big screen gaming

"Oh man! I can't believe I tapped the wrong place!" Those words are something you never want to be saying while playing a game on your phone. You'll be less apt to say them while using a phone with a big screen.



Reading a book on your phone is a great way to pass the time. Reading said book on a bigger screen means you can have bigger text or fit more on a page. The most important factor is having a good, clear screen, but size is important here, too.

Taking pictures

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While a bigger screen won't improve the quality of your smartphone's camera, it will help you take better pictures. Composing a shot to get just the right look is important, and when you have a bigger view of the same scene, you'll find it is easier to do.

That's just five things a big screen can do better. There are more, and I'm sure you guys can share them all in the comments.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.