To go with Yordan I would also like some anthropological data to be created about the size of hands of people around the world which is the sole factor that decides what size of a phone a person would use. I guess the people with small to medium sized hands would out number the ones with large hands. This only is a simple pointer as to the question of debate that compact phones are more than an option for larger numbee of people of the world, they are an absolute necessity. However, within the smaller frames, everyone likes to have as bigger displays as possible.
I went for compact flagships, because we have the right of not having to get our pockets enlarged. I've typed on 3,5" screens and THAT was a pain. I'm using a 5" now, and it's fine. I believe that this is the perfect size, maybe a little bigger (5.2" would be peachy).
I think a high-end chipset in a small phone is just fine. You'll get the battery efficiency, and it'll be speedy through to the end of its life. I own a Xperia XZ1 Compact. I'm not glued to my phone all the time, and the battery life get's me through a whole day with plenty of juice to get me through the night, into the morning, and back from class.
I'm planning on keeping this Sony small-ship in my pocket for a couple years at least. Sony seems to be the one for Android small-ship phones. I cannot wait to see what comes out next.
Bigger isn't always best.
Human do come in all different shapes and sizes and for some a large screen isn't doable at all.
So why not have variety..... all phones these days resemble each other. They have the same screen ratio, ram, storage, etc but the only difference is the brand name.
I would personally like a compact flag ship and I think apple for keepi g the SE line is a smart tactic.
I'm no apple fanboi as I use a note 8 and love it.
4.7" screen from Samsung galxy alpha is better than any phone till now. Yes in future I am looking for 4.7"screen with FullHd display with big powerful chipset. Anything bigger I have tablets laptops televisions excetra. One more thing bezel less is mandatory.
There will always be a niche market for small phones, just as there are niche markets for tiny [anything else]. It's just not a relevant market as the display is what a smartphone is all about. The bigger the better. Obviously within reason. :)
Compact phones can be used with one hand. I own a Xperia X Compact, I can play anything perfectly on it, some games, like MMORPGs, doesnt even need your hand to be on the screen all the time, since everyone of then have "auto" modes... Photos appears crisp on the screen, I dont need an 4K 5,5' screen to watch a 360p video from facebook or whatsapp, since those medias make the format smaller to consume less data... If I want to watch a full HD or higher resolution videos or netflix, I have my TV. How the hell are you supose to see the difference of a 4K in comparisson to a 1080p resolution screen in a phone? This is ridiculous unless you use your phone with a microscope in order to perceive the pixel density difference. Today people are getting more frivolous of what they want in a smartphone, 90% os people that buy a Galaxy S8 will not use the full potential of the phone, they just want a "beautiful" phone that make great photos, nothing more...
of course yes, that's why I have two phones, 1. For my main daily driver, iPhone 6. I love its size even tho its really slow now.
2. Xperia XZ Premium for multimedia only such as play games or watching videos.
Anonymous, 26 Mar 2018Technology may evolve rapidly, but our physical hands don't. One of the reasons why iPhone SE ... moreI've used an iPhone SE last year; it was definitely harder for me try type than my own phone's 5.9" screen. I don't even have really big hands, but based on that test alone - small phones aren't made for me, so I won't buy one. But my sister's boyfriend (the SE's owner) couldn't use my 5.9" to type text without issues. It was way too big for him to handle.
Levy, 26 Mar 2018Agreed; that statement is far from being universal. I moved from an S4 mini to a much larger S... moreExactly.
The large devices are a fine thing for people that got more severe vision issues than can be helped with a pair of glasses.
For the vast majority of people, what matters when it comes to vision is the RATIO of the width of the pixels and the viewing distance. When in a reasonable working distance where we can focus. For MOST people this ratio limit is about 1/12000. It does NOT mean that we NEED this ratio but that finer details would not not visible. I made a simple eye-test, and wrote more on it here years ago:
There is a place for both compact and big. Love my Mi Max 2, but my parents don't want devices this large, they prefer
Technology may evolve rapidly, but our physical hands don't. One of the reasons why iPhone SE was so popular when it launched. Compact flagships are only dominated by Apple and Sony, a whole market demographic to capitalise on that other OEMs don't seem to realise...
The problem is not big or small, but that companies do not listen to customers. There should be more choice in terms of size (from 4 inches to 6.5 inches), removable battery (or IP68, depending on the preferences), esthetics (the notch is the emblem of thr lack of ideas of last 5 years). Devices look more and more just the same. Inevitably chinese manufacturers will sell more and more for unbeatable prices and many big companies from more developed welfares (with a few exceptions) will be forced to get out of this market because it won't be profitable for them anymore.
Whoever says that 5.0" is a COMPACT size should be burnt with a flamethrower.
If you like using your shovel-phones - it's your right, but get your hands off out of compact small phones, ffs!
I am looking at the new Nokia Sirocco compact. 5.3 screen packed into a 140mm body.
So people who don't want a phablet only need mid-range specs because you can't get anything done? Chip, if you are going to make arguments like that, back them up. That's just an assertion about what you find (probably with big hands and fat fingers). Can't appreciate a photo on a regular screen (so presumably are OK with a poor camera)? Get your eyes tested.
As for the video "argument" (in quotes because I know people who prefer smaller phones and watch videos on them), video doesn't require any significant specs, so why not argue that a large midranger is fine for people who want a phone to watch videos? That's as least as valid an argument as anything Chip wrote.
I loved my little Moto X. It is the nicest phone I have ever held in my hand.
Now and again, when one of my family's main phones dies, it comes out and setup again.
But it's too small. I couldn't live with it now.
I recently played with a 5" Pixel 2. Again, a lovely phone. And again, it's comfy in my hand, but still to small. I can't be reading websites on it.
I would have to go back to the old world of also owning a Tablet, which really is too much hassle. Bigger isn't more beautiful. It makes for sore hands. But it's what I need.