ElCondor · Sep 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

Bigger Screens Means More Viewed Content. Or Not?

Since the release of the HTC Touch HD back in 2008, a new trend started to take shape: the screens were getting bigger, and the resolutions higher. Most of you will agree with us when we say that this progression is great, and that it provides a much better multimedia experience. Yet there is something that HTC – and other manufacturers – fail to see, at least they seem to. It’s about the scale of various elements in the user interface. This scale stays the same for every resolution and every screen size: whether you have a WVGA 4,3″, or a QVGA 3,2″ screen, the scale will not differ. Let me explain it to you with this graphic:


On the left, you see the HTC Aria. It offers a 3.2″ screen with HVGA resolution. To the right, we have an unofficial render of the rumored HTC Desire HD, sporting a 4.3″ WVGA screen. Both phones display a screenshot of the Android Market. As you can see, there is no extra information or content to be viewed on the Desire HD: everything is just scaled up to fit the huge screen. However, that screen could allow for a lot more information to be viewed. Instead of scaling the different elements and texts up, it would be better to use the size of the screen to view more content.

XDA member jonathaflores has made a step in the right direction. He has made a mod that improves the layout drastically by scaling everything down, while keeping the content readable. The following screenshots of the Android market shows the difference very clearly:

As you can see, there is now place for six applications to be displayed instead of 4. Also, some names that were too big to fit the screen, are now completely visible (compare the ‘Keeper Password’ application text between the two screenshots). Moreover, the notification bar can contain many more icons now. These are just few of the many enhancement throughout the whole user interface that will make the whole smartphone experience better. This mod is available for the HTC EVO, and we definitely hope that HTC, Google, and other manufacturers will try to add this function to future devices and updates. If you have an HTC EVO and want to try it out, visit the modification thread for the download link.


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