Came across an interesting post on r/Android last weekend, wherein a redditor compared the screen real estate on his 2014 Moto X to his girlfriend’s iPhone 6. The results were surprising: not only does Android L’s onscreen keyboard take up more space than its iOS counterpart, but iOS itself generally seems to display more information per screen.
I’m embedding the screen grabs for you here, and immediately afterwards will give root users a secret weapon to reclaim their Android displays.
Here are the comparisons via Imgur. Once again, iPhone 6 on the left, 2014 Moto X on the right…
Now, if you wanted to do something about this there’s a free utility available on the Play Store that you can use to change your DPI—or more accurately, PPI. It’s called Textdroider DPI.
Here’s the basic interface. It’s pretty simple, really: just enter a new DPI (PPI) value, apply, then reboot. Nexus 5 owners have used this tool to great success—lowering their PPI from an almost cartoonish 480 to a more usable 445.
The bad news is that this utility requires root access on your device. But the good news is that it seems to work fine on Android L, despite not having been updated since 2012. Your mileage may vary, so proceed with caution.