Great times when phones fitted in jeans. Sony had some of the best minis/petite phones out there. It's weird that in a short time 5.2" will get the petite badge.
With the new trend of minimal bezel large screens are no longer a problem people who prefer 5.2 inch can use 5.7 inch in the same body size similarly 5.7 inch phone are packed with 6.2 inches and there are alot of one handed features now like one handed keyboard small screen or if you phone has fingerprint you can use apps like fingerprint gestures to reach to the top with swipe on fingerprint or if you phone does not have fingerprint use app like all in one gestures big screen are not a big problem in this modern era
I also +1 the push for an XZ or X1 Compact. Really wanting to upgrade from my Z3 Compact...
As long as it uses the SD 660 or 835, and brings back waterproofing, I'm sold.
There is a Kickstarter campaign called jelly, which offers a $69 Android Nougat smartphone with a 2.5" display. That to me is tiny.
Mini is a great concept if done properly. Best size is 4.7" It may be pushed to 5" if screen is planted like new phones LG 66. After that it is not mini or a one hand phone. I am still waiting for a decent one to buy...
I had the Xperia X10 mini pro and was happy with it., but yes the screen was very small.
Bought the Xperia mini pro when it was released and I have never been as happy with a phone since then.
Ditto on the XZ Compact. Just wish there would be some tangible sign before the XZ Premium pre-order deal finishes... :P
The X10 mini pro was my first smartphone and it was gr... no it was actually horrible. It was so small that you could't use it well and the only game playable while not crashing or hanging as f*ck was tic tac toe. I bought it because it was cheap and had a physical keyboard because I thought I couldn't type letters on the small screen back in the day (even thought I would be fine now with an iPhone 4's 3.5in screen, and then my hand were smaller because I was younger). Today, the WLAN is broken. I managed to install a custom rom (don't ask how, it was a struggle going on for 3 days, now I'm not even able to root my Xperia M4 Aqua which is similarly sh*tty) which is cyanogenmod based on Android 4, but as the WLAN still doesn't work, it is not worth it. Today I'm a happy iPhone user, my second smartphone then was the iPhone 5 (after getting the iPad 4) and both of them just blew my mind. But that doesn't mean I'm a locked down fanboy, I'm still open for android and interested in it.