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Popular Screen Resolutions for May 2014

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I've written a lot in the past few months about responsive website design and responsive website content, but it's been a while since I went through a simple list of the most popular screen sizes that people are using right now.

I realized my lack of reporting after this past Friday's website review where I explained that N. Fox Jewelers probably never tested their website design on a smaller desktop monitor.

I've dug into my large pool of raw data to pull out this list of the top 20 screen resolutions and compared them between May 2014 and May 2013.

These are listed in order of the most popular resolutions of 2014. I've added some commentary where I could:

  1. 320x568 - The iPhone 5 series
    May 2014: 11.56% of all users
    May 2013: 4.49% of all users
    Change: 162.90%

  2. 1366x768 - Many modern laptops
    May 2014: 10.74% of all users
    May 2013: 11.34% of all users
    Change: -3.40%
    Once the most popular laptop screen size, this is now on the decline as others listed below replace them as users buy new laptops.

  3. 768x1024 - Mostly iPads
    May 2014: 10.12% of all users
    May 2013: 9.88% of all users
    Change: 4.42%

  4. 320x480 - iPhone 3 and 4
    May 2014: 6.80% of all users
    May 2013: 10.94% of all users
    Change: -36.68%
    There is an obvious decrease in iPhone users in this category as they upgrade to the iPhone 5 series.

  5. 1280x1024 - Desktop monitors
    May 2014: 6.41% of all users
    May 2013: 6.58% of all users
    Change: -0.53%
    I have one of these on my desk. Although they are slowly declining, this is still a very popular freestanding desktop screen size for tower computers.

  6. 1920x1080 - Laptop computers
    May 2014: 6.19% of all users
    May 2013: 5.09% of all users
    Change: 23.95%
    This is the same size for my own laptop screen. This is a 17.3" widescreen display.

  7. 1024x768 - Mostly desktop computers
    May 2014: 5.65% of all users
    May 2013: 8.20% of all users
    Change: -29.75%

  8. 1280x800 - Laptop computers
    May 2014: 5.53% of all users
    May 2013: 7.80% of all users
    Change: -27.77%

  9. 1600x900 - Mostly a Windows laptop
    May 2014: 5.34% of all users
    May 2013: 4.80% of all users
    Change: 13.48%
    This laptop size is on the rise.

  10. 1440x900 - Widescreen monitor used on desktops
    May 2014: 4.44% of all users
    May 2013: 5.23% of all users
    Change: -13.42%

  11. 360x640 - Android smartphone
    May 2014: 3.70% of all users
    May 2013: 0.15% of all users
    Change: 2447%
    The percentage change on this one is huge, but that's only because this Android size wasn't widely used last year.

  12. 1680x1050 - Widescreen monitor used on desktops
    May 2014: 2.60% of all users
    May 2013: 2.93% of all users
    Change: -9.32%

  13. 720x1280 - Android tablet
    May 2014: 1.87% of all users
    May 2013: 2.01% of all users
    Change: -5.24%
    Popularity of this Android tablet size is decreasing.

  14. 1280x720 - Widescreen Windows display
    May 2014: 1.27% of all users
    May 2013: 1.42% of all users
    Change: -9.07%
    This is also the standard HD resolution for video editing, and it's the format you find most YouTube videos in.

  15. 360x592 - Android smartphone
    May 2014: 0.95% of all users
    May 2013: 0.12% of all users
    Change: 730%
    Although this one shows a huge percentage increase, it's an obscure Android size that isn't often used.

  16. 1536x864 - Windows Asus laptops
    May 2014: 0.88% of all users
    May 2013: 0.49% of all users
    Change: 83.20%
    This is an erroneous resolution reported by windows when using certain Asus laptops. The true resolution is the same as number 6 above... 1920x1080.

  17. 1920x1200 - Desktop monitor usually used for gaming
    May 2014: 0.83% of all users
    May 2013: 0.92% of all users
    Change: -8.02%

  18. 480x800 - Android and Windows phone
    May 2014: 0.82% of all users
    May 2013: 0.91% of all users
    Change: -7.73%

  19. 1360x768 - External flat screens
    May 2014: 0.63% of all users
    May 2013: 0.55% of all users
    Change: 17.02%
    Notice this size is only a 6 pixel difference than the number 2 size above. These are mostly found on Windows desktops.

  20. 1093x614 - External flat screen
    May 2014: 0.59% of all users
    May 2013: 0.44% of all users
    Change: 36.28%


So there you have it. These screen resolutions do change all the time, but you should pay attention to what's listed in the top 11. As you can see, you have small and large sizes popular within that set of 11, which means you need to make sure your website satisfies all shapes and sizes of uses, not just the top 11.

Does your website support all shapes and sizes, or is it time for a redesign?


AT: 06/23/2014 11:02:28 AM   LINK TO THIS GOLD NUGGET
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