Since the results so far of the survey seem pretty conclusive and probably are unlikely to shift I decided to post the survey results now instead of waiting until Monday. My apologies to those of you who did not get a chance to be included.
The survey results are as follows. 101 people responded. A summary is below the results.
Would you prefer a 4.7" or 6" screen?
4.7" - 9
6" - 92
How important is having your preferred screen size to you?
Not important. 3
Moderately important. 13
Very important. 15
Potentially a deal-breaker for me. 44
Will request a refund if not my preferred size. 26
What is the most important design feature to you?
Solar charging. 7
Radio link. 10
Built-in maps and GPS. 41
Weatherproof and ruggedized case. 25
Android compatibility. 7
Screen size. 11
What is your second most important design feature?
Solar charging. 12
Radio Link. 10
Built-in maps and GPS. 27
Weatherproof and ruggedized case. 27
Android compatibility. 11
Screen size. 14
What is your third most important design feature?
Solar charging. 23
Radio link. 12
Built-in maps and GPS. 12
Weatherproof and ruggedized case. 18
Android compatibility. 15
Screen size. 21
If your most preferred option was not a part of the design how much more would you pay to have it included?
More than $50. 0
Nothing, the feature should be included. 71
A great majority want a 6" screen. However, screen size does not make the top 3 of the most desired features which are in order:
GPS and maps, weatherproof case, and solar charging. A majority of backers also indicated they should not have to pay more for the inclusion of these top three features.
These results are probably not too surprising to anyone. If I was on the marketing team at Earl Inc. the take-away for me would be that 80% of the responding backers consider having a 4.7" screen as potentially a deal breaker or would request a refund. It also appears that if anything needs to be sacrificed or made modular to justify the increased cost of a larger Eink screen, it would be the radio link which did not make the top four out of the six preferred feature choices. The results may be skewed somewhat because the most unsatisfied people are more likely to respond but if this sample is representative it appears that 50% or more of backers could want their money back if they don't get a 6" screen. Hopefully, people were honest enough not to try to put their thumb on the scales by responding multiple times.
I tried editing this so the results were in columns but the website format was uncooperative.