As a relatively short guy (5ft6) I feel limited to phones with 5.5" screens or smaller. Now imagine what it's like for a smaller girl. They're basically always compromising on comfort.
I suppose smaller phones have their place in today's market but personally, I would never go back to one. I would not even consider anything with less than a 6" screen. I am honestly surprised to see so many in favor of the smaller phones. To each his/her own I suppose but I am unable to think of single positive/advantage of having a smaller phone. About the only argument with merit that I have encountered would be whether or not the device would still fit in one's pocket. With the majority of manufacturers opting for a slimmer bezel size, most of today's phones with a 6" screen have the same body size as a phone with a 5.5" screen of two years ago. Regardless, I will have to go against the small phone loyalists. Suspect that is the same group of people that are still loving their 24" TVs also.
Size isnt everything, its what you do with it that counts. Dont worry im talking about mobile phones. If you can do what you want to do on a compact phone why would you want or need to carry around a slim brick? i also think the perfect size screen is 5.2" (16:9) which ok isnt compact but to me its as big as you would ever need.
Even if there was never a compact flagship i do think its time we had some decent high mid range compacts out there around 4.7"
Wonder if samsung will get it right with the folding phone they have been working on for a while. A compact that opens out into a phablet, the best of both worlds if they manage to keep the weight down.
Z.AL, 25 Mar 2018YES! I need a compact phone for my tiny hands! I'm overwhelmed with big screen even I only usi... moreAnd I'm thinking how my 5.9" Mate 9 feels a bit tiny, so that I will upgrade to a bigger one when it's time to buy a new phone. :D
Given this chance to users is really good idea: changeable screen size (4.0" ~ 6.0") accordion screen perhaps
Bezels can be reduced in two ways:
1. either keeping the screen size same and reducing phone's body size OR
2. keeping the body size same and reducing the phone's screen size(which is what every company seems to be doing )
I think Sony has done the best job with the XZ2 Compact, when it comes to small bezels.
It is neither big(>=5.5") nor small(
From what I heard, regardless what these online think, there won't be another compact flagship coming from Sony, as it barely sells. The next one will be featuring a midrange processor. In the UK most of retailers and operators are dropping XZ2 Compact this time.
One of the two main reasons I bought the LG G6 was its great screen to body ratio and its overall attention to its dimensions.
Hell yes! I refuse to buy/support larger phones. The current phablet market sickens me.
Also, any compact flagship must have a premium design. Otherwise it can't be called "compact flagship". Example - Xperia XZ2 Compact. In spite of being equipped with SD 845, this phone has a cheap look and feel. In fact it doesn't look much different than $100 Lumia 525. So phones like that can't be called "compact flagship". Especially because all this phone inherited from flagship is SD845 but everything else including memory, camera, design, materials used are not on par with real flagships from other manufacturers. So compact flagship must be a flagship in all aspects.
the compact phone for me is 5 inch or 5.1 inch with big battery and 1080p screen thats a compact phone
" users want big, tall and notched screens with weird ratios like 18:9, 18.5:9, 19:9, 19.5:9 etc."
Sorry, but who told you that? Users never asked big, tall and notched screens with weird ratios. Nowhere in forum, discussions or comments any user ever asked about that. This is what companies represented as "innovations" and users have no choice but to accept it.
First of all we need to decide what "compact flagship" is. For example, iPhone 7/8 perfectly fall under compact flagship definition. And in fact a lot of people around the world are using small version of iPhone rather than big one. Even Galaxy S8 being around 68 mm in width can be called compact. So, what is precise definition of compact flagship? I assume that since 68 mm and narrower phones are convenient for 1 hand use, any phone not exceeding 68 mm in width can be called compact.
AnonD-580901, 25 Mar 2018Proud owner of Xperia Z, X compact and Xz1 compact. Anything above 5 inches is uncomfortable... moreOf which only the xperia z could be called a flagship. And even then, 5 inches isn't compact. The point is not about having compact phones, which probably is universally accepted as a need. The point is having compact flagships.
YES! I need a compact phone for my tiny hands! I'm overwhelmed with big screen even I only using 5.2 inches screen phone (still 16:9 tho). Five inches in 18:9 is a perfect size for me (yes, I'm craving for Xperia XZ2 Compact).
I agree with the second guy. If you need a small phone, get a midranger. You obviously don't need the large screen for the purposes it serves anyway. And manufacturers can cater to people like you but not at the expense of what ought to be real flagships, which need to offer the most of what can possibly be offered.
Like what use are the iphone 5 and 5s for nowadays? Some meager game? Camera? Web browsing? There are plenty of high quality mid rangers that can handle that excellently.
Definitely compact phones are more convenient for everyday use and larger ones are for multi tasking. But when it is the question of flagship level specs, all the system hungry tasks - gaming, photo/video editing, watching movie demands larger screens. So, then what's the logic of packing stronger processors and higher rams in compact phones.
There should have compact phones with good build quality and shiny screens. But high end spec flagship models definitely should have larger screens.