If the iPhone 5's bigger 4-inch screen size still isn't enough to appease movie watchers, how big will phones have to go before people start watching? A lot bigger than even the biggest of smartphones now. Though The New York Times's David Pogue insists that this 4-inch phone 5 has a "perfect fit for HDTV shows and a better fit for movies" in his case for watching watching movies on phones, that argument doesn't contend with the fact that most mobile video viewing doesn't include watching two-hour feature length films. Neilsen stats from March (shown in this chart) found that the majority of mobile video viewing happens on YouTube, home of the short viral video. And those numbers include the many phones with the biggest screens, like Samsung's many gargantuan offerings. Contrary to what Pogue hopes, we already know 4 doesn't do it for us. So, then, what size does work?
40-60 inches: Okay, but that's huge. The biggest film snobs would say that the littlest possible screen suitable for the art of a movie is an HD TV writes The Telegraph's Andrew Lowry. He argues that size, since filmmakers shot certain angles, picked certain lighting, and fashioned certain outfits "under the assumption that you’ll see their work on a screen the size of a bus, or at the very least one of today’s hefty TVs." We took that to mean the two biggest size categories at Best Buy, pictured right. That sentiment is matched by director James Cameron, who told people not to see his movie Avatar on an iPhone or laptop because the characters would show up too small. Filmmaker David Lynch also felt that way, as the clip below shows. Though, a 50 inch phone sounds a bit unwieldy.