where samsung is heading is where it should be. bezel less. but 5.3 - 5.6 is more than enough. Saves battery too.
hoping manufacturers will see this article and act accordingly.
Anonymous, 26 Mar 2018The real world and the gsmarena world seem to be different.
Here, we want compact phones. In ... moreI am from gsmarena too.
Never understood the consensus about 3.5 mm and notch dislike. Both solve a real world issue that is getting increasingly problematic and is connectcted to compact devices.
See, apps need more and more screen real estate. But you are not going to get it unless you are willing to make your phone big *or* cut less essential things.
To me the cut of bezels and 3.5mm lead to a smaller device with a big screen. The best of both worlds, right? So what are you moaning about?
The notch is anecessary evil until the sensors will get underscreen, but until then it's a much better alternative of a top bezel. You get (instead) a place to tuck the notifications, allowing for a bigger working area without having to make the phone bigger... same with 3.5mm. It kills the need of a DAC as well as a fairly deep sound canal. Making the phone more compact in principle...
The real world and the gsmarena world seem to be different.
Here, we want compact phones. In the real world, phone companies launch their flagships in ever increasing dimensions.
Here, we want our 3.5mm headphone jack. In the real world, it is being removed.
Here, we don't want a notched screen. In the real world, phone companies are rushing to implement notches.
Here, we want removable batteries. In the real world, you would be hard pressed to find a smartphone with a removable battery.
Imperator Neubaticus, 25 Mar 2018I agree with the second guy. If you need a small phone, get a midranger. You obviously don't n... moreUnfortunately, the phone companies are reluctant to sell these even though they exist. I was forced to get the J7 Pro because the more compact J5 Pro was not available in my country. The next compact option was the J3 Pro, which simply is too much of a step down in terms of specifications from its larger cousins. I can't wait to move back to a smaller screen in two years' time when it's time to renew my contract.
We need sony compact models but need to change the back design.
who is to say either way?!
it is personal preferences and nothing else.
Only women thinks that bigger is better lol
I NEED A PHONE THAT ACTUALY FITS INTO FRONT POCTET AND NOT A BACKPACK LOL
Again, personal preference :)
personally, i find 5.2" 16:9 is fine for me, i currently use Sony XZs, as i commute every day with a ps vita, 3 earphones (but i mostly use my XBA-40 quad balanced armature) and my high resolution digital audio player, i don't want a bigger phone as it's heavier and i carry enough weight already
All of us use our phones differently, I prefer a small phone. Bigger phones are more likely to slip out of hands. I think Samsung went for bigger phones, so they can charge more for their screens. They can justify charging a higher price to customers.
I would like to see a compact version of the Samsung Note, with stylus. Also the ability to run multiple apps on the same screen. They don't need to put a the latest Snapdragon 845, which will make phones expensive. A good camera. Removable battery (great for re-sale value), health sensors etc...
If I wanted a bigger screen (for instance if travelling or long journeys), then I use my tablet, which makes more sense.
I remember the first android phablet was the Dell Streak. And it had a 5 inch screen.
Yes we do definitely need small phones coz 6 inch is quite a big screen to be called a phone....apart from bwing troublesome while handling
I dunno how many more times I'm gonna have to say it -- I can't take any reviewer seriously when he says small screens are too hard to type on. Swipe-style keyboards make small screens ---soo easy-- to type with, in fact usually the smaller the better because your finger doesn't need to move as far to each new letter. This is such a stupid criticism to keep making and really it shows a complete lack of awareness of the current options.
Eske Rahn, 26 Mar 2018This sentence really annoys me. It may me right for the author, but it CERTAINLY does not go f... moreAgreed; that statement is far from being universal. I moved from an S4 mini to a much larger S7, which I loved in everything but size (and it was only 5.1", mind you!) and I now have an iPhone SE! I couldn't be happier with the SE size, though I'd pick a 4.3" version if one was offered (SE 2, maybe?). Unless you have vision issues, a 4"-4.6" screen should be perfectly ok for the vast majority of cellphone use cases.
BIG YES! the only advantage of big screen is for watch video and playing games rpg. We need a smart cellphone that pocketable, easy to grip, and our thumbs can touch every corner of display!
Z.AL, 25 Mar 2018YES! I need a compact phone for my tiny hands! I'm overwhelmed with big screen even I only usi... moreThe only reason i bought a bigger screen is because there is no compact phone that have good specification including battery capacity. Feel better using 4.7" or 5" (max) though.
In my opinion, the perfect-sized phablet is the Iphone X. The Galaxies like the S8 is compact, yet still too tall for most people. Handling the Galaxy A8 on the other hand, feels a lot better than the S8 for reasons I dont know. I mostly used 4.8-5" screen displays and still, they are perfectly usable for multimedia. Although one time, the Iphone 8 felt so small too play games at that it made me switch to the plus model. That's when I realize that bigger displays are really just for multimedia purposes and if you are that type of person or just that huge of a person, you need a huge phone, otherwise, not really. Texting, chatting and etc. is perfect for small phones really. The XZ2 Compact is just another amazing compact phone from Sony. It's got great and solid specs for a small, chunky phone. The 4.6" HD screens they got in the previous compacts were not so good for me but hey, they got it right this time. I a gree with the first guy, flagship specs are not to be limited only to phablets.
Why don't they make affordable compact phones? Even Samsung A3 had only 2GB of RAM it was launched at almost $400, the only cheaper compact phones are sub $100 of unknown brands with just 1GB
This sentence really annoys me. It may me right for the author, but it CERTAINLY does not go for all:
"Yet, once you've moved up in size and realize the possibilities that brought you, you never want to go back."
I would go back as soon as possible...
I was forced to move up to an oversized 77.2mm wide monster to get a keyboard slider. and the next option is the MotoZ series with a keyboard mod, that is close to equally oversized.
I'm yet to see someone (that is not a gorilla), that can FULLY operate the ENTIRE display of a huge phablet while keeping a secure one-hand grip. Sure most of us can operate most of the display, but let us be honest here: In contrast to Phones, phablets are NOT designed for one hand usage...
Sure phablets COULD technically be used both ways IF the OS/UI-guidelines were designed with a mode with the active controls moved away from the edges and the 'opposite' corner, and used the rest for display 'only'. But neither Android nor Ios offers that - unfortunately.
And until we get a OS with such a 'phablet mode', I for one prefer a phone over a phablet any time.
As a girl I would like compact phones since I have small hands, 4.6" bellow flagships.
YES, we do! but more on the lines of Sony's Z3 Compact and XZ1 Compact these phones were a work of art and set a style statement unlike their latest ugly looking devices and remember to keep the screen size below 5 inches.