12-18-2015 10:02 AM
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  1. Inders99's Avatar
    I picked up a LG G4 6 months ago which I like but knew it was beyond my size preference. I kept an open mind for a long time because bigger phones are trending and also because there isn't many (any) in the 4.7-5" range, at least not flagship quality or available on Verizon (like the Z5 Compact).

    I convinced myself that the new size was fine but after 6 months I'm tired of it, it doesn't pocket as well, one handed use is clumsy at best, and generally gets in the way.

    Right now the only "small" flagship phones out there are the Z5 Compact which I can't get or Apple products like the iPhone 5s. I really don't want to jump to iPhone, the interest isn't there, but I love the size.

    I see so many iPhone 5s's out there it's incredible, you can't tell me there isn't a market for on handed phones anymore...is there any hope of Android manufacturers making a quality small phone again or am I doomed with Android?
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    11-21-2015 07:31 AM
  2. bnice's Avatar
    I picked up a LG G4 6 months ago which I like but knew it was beyond my size preference. I kept an open mind for a long time because bigger phones are trending and also because there isn't many (any) in the 4.7-5" range, at least not flagship quality or available on Verizon (like the Z5 Compact).

    I convinced myself that the new size was fine but after 6 months I'm tired of it, it doesn't pocket as well, one handed use is clumsy at best, and generally gets in the way.

    Right now the only "small" flagship phones out there are the Z5 Compact which I can't get or Apple products like the iPhone 5s. I really don't want to jump to iPhone, the interest isn't there, but I love the size.

    I see so many iPhone 5s's out there it's incredible, you can't tell me there isn't a market for on handed phones anymore...is there any hope of Android manufacturers making a quality small phone again or am I doomed with Android?
    I really don't understand the point of this post. This is not to be rude but what was the point of mentioning apple when they have large devices as well not to mention the iPhone 5s you mentioned is like 2 to 3 years old? If you desire a smaller phone, just go get it. In case you have notice apple last two device are bigger because Android was giving the consumers what they wanted and so they follow suit. With Android you have plenty of choices for a smaller device so I fine it hard to believe you could not find a smaller phone.

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    11-21-2015 10:08 AM
  3. belodion's Avatar
    My iPhones 4s and 5s are wonderful to hold and use, and it would be good to be able to buy an Android equivalent of comparable updated spec and quality. As things are, the choice is very small, as you say. My Androids are medium to large....wonderful devices, but there are times when you want to use small for a while. Ahem Google, how about a Nexus Mini with a 4" display?
    11-21-2015 06:43 PM
  4. Inders99's Avatar
    With Android you have plenty of choices for a smaller device so I fine it hard to believe you could not find a smaller phone.

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    There's 1 flagship phone that's "small"...the Z5 Compact. Not available on Verizon.
    11-21-2015 09:24 PM
  5. Sizzers's Avatar
    I really don't understand the point of this post. This is not to be rude but what was the point of mentioning apple when they have large devices as well not to mention the iPhone 5s you mentioned is like 2 to 3 years old? If you desire a smaller phone, just go get it. In case you have notice apple last two device are bigger because Android was giving the consumers what they wanted and so they follow suit. With Android you have plenty of choices for a smaller device so I fine it hard to believe you could not find a smaller phone.

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    I believe he was referring to the lack of choice in the flagship market.
    11-22-2015 04:12 AM
  6. bnice's Avatar
    I believe he was referring to the lack of choice in the flagship market.
    Flagship is nothing more than a catch phrase. Plenty of phones are available that perform good that don't cost $600-700 dollars.

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    11-22-2015 03:30 PM
  7. anon(5719825)'s Avatar
    I still use my 5S and Nexus 4 simply because I can use them with one hand while I am ay my job. Sure they are a few years old now but they are still just as fast and capable as todays phones.

    As for my bigger phones, iPhone 6+/Note4/Note Edge, I still use them everyday but mostly at home. I hope there will always be a 4" phone available in the future.

    It's rumored that Apple will be releasing a small screened phone early in 2016.
    11-23-2015 08:42 PM
  8. ffejjj's Avatar
    I remember when Samsung came out with their 5" iPod type music player. I knew a huge phone would follow.

    The og Note was just ridiculous to me when launched.

    As I sit here reflecting and typing on my 5.7" Pure I laugh to myself...

    I love the size

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    11-23-2015 09:05 PM
  9. sting7k's Avatar
    I picked up a LG G4 6 months ago which I like but knew it was beyond my size preference. I kept an open mind for a long time because bigger phones are trending and also because there isn't many (any) in the 4.7-5" range, at least not flagship quality or available on Verizon (like the Z5 Compact).

    I convinced myself that the new size was fine but after 6 months I'm tired of it, it doesn't pocket as well, one handed use is clumsy at best, and generally gets in the way.

    Right now the only "small" flagship phones out there are the Z5 Compact which I can't get or Apple products like the iPhone 5s. I really don't want to jump to iPhone, the interest isn't there, but I love the size.

    I see so many iPhone 5s's out there it's incredible, you can't tell me there isn't a market for on handed phones anymore...is there any hope of Android manufacturers making a quality small phone again or am I doomed with Android?
    Samsung Galaxy S6 is smaller than what you have right now. So is the newest HTC One.
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    11-23-2015 10:09 PM
  10. Super Cookie Games's Avatar
    I agree, I think the Nexus 5 is pretty much the top size that works
    11-24-2015 10:57 AM
  11. wlmsn's Avatar
    Honestly it's what is keeping me from jumping from iOS to Android. I'm definitely intrigued with Android but I don't want a monster phone. The S6 is a great size but the battery would annoy me and everything else with a good camera is at least 5.5"+
    11-24-2015 09:43 PM
  12. mohit9206's Avatar
    I can't handle big phones either. My definition of too big is any phone more than 125mm in height.
    Even the so called compact phones like Z3,Z5 Compacts are above 125mm.
    I can just barely handle my current phone Moto E which is 124.8mm.
    My previous phone Lumia 520 was perfect size of 120mm.
    Its impossible to find any phone with decent specs that's less than 125mm.
    Not the Xperia compacts, not the Moto G, nothing is available today in small size. Even the entry level phones of today have big *** 4.7-5 inch screen sizes and above 130mm. There are zero options for 4-4.3 inch sizes. It really sucks how the market trend have moved to big phones with poor battery life and super thin bodies.I want a small phone with good battery life and thick body(yes i like thick rather than slim phones. Provides better grip). I'm the complete opposite of what the market wants. Am i the only one?
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    11-25-2015 01:41 AM
  13. Inders99's Avatar
    I want a small phone...Am i the only one?
    Absolutely not!
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    11-25-2015 07:41 AM
  14. Vizi's Avatar
    I was just saying the same thing as the op. I had the HTC One M7 and I still think that is the perfect size phone. But then I went on to buy the Moto X 2014. I got used to the size of that phone, but, never fell in love with it. To be blunt, the camera sucked. Then the update to the Moto X grew even larger! Now, all of the phones with the specs that I want are massive. Nexus 6p, Note 5, Moto X, all yuge(Trump). So I said, "If you can't beat em, go big", or something like that. I picked up the LG V10. Been using it for 2 weeks now and I've gotten used to it. I still think the HTC One is the sweet spot. All that to say, I So agree with the OP. If the Nexus 6p was the size of the Nexus 5x I would have picked it up in a heartbeat. So, instead I just bought the beautiful tank that is the LG V10. Btw.....it's a fantastic phone.
    11-25-2015 09:30 PM
  15. mj0's Avatar
    Am i the only one?
    Absolutely not. I'm in the same boat and hate the fact that phones seem to be getting bigger and bigger each year. However, after having fought this for the last two years I gave up and got myself an iPhone 6 Plus recently (for various reasons that are irrelevant here I prefer iOS to Android). My wife also prefers smaller phones and kept using her iPhone 5 for as long as possible but recently also upgraded to a 6s on launch day. She got used to the size after a few days and doesn't want to go back. I use her 6s occasionally and still find it a tad too large, which is obviously also true for my 6 Plus (although the "a tad" part of that statement may have to be replaced with "significantly"). Even after more than two months I find the overall experience frustrating.

    I still have an old iPhone 4s as well and find myself taking it out more frequently now. It's amazing - I can't feel it in my pocket, I can comfortably sit down without taking it out of my pocket and the size is just perfect. However, given that it's a four year old device (!) it's gotten a bit slow now (although I must say that iOS 9.1 certainly improved performance drastically over 9.0 and 8.4) and most apps nowadays are optimized for the iPhone 6(s)/6(s)+ 4.7" and 5.5" screens. That doesn't mean they won't work on a 3.5" iPhone 4s or a 4" iPhone 5s but developers simply don't pay attention to these small screens anymore which may result in hidden or shifted UI elements or information not displaying properly.
    11-26-2015 03:43 AM
  16. Inders99's Avatar
    I had the HTC One M7 and I still think that is the perfect size phone.
    I think that remains the "comfortable" benchmark. I remain hopeful that someday one of these manufacturers will tap into the smaller phone market and think they'll be surprised at the popularity of it.
    11-26-2015 07:10 AM
  17. tony bag o donuts's Avatar
    I went from a note 2 which was great for navigation to a Droid turbo v1. I actually don't mind the smaller screen. Friends w iPhones always took shots at me for the note 2 size and now they own the 6+....

    Flagship IMHO is tossed around too much around here. What exactly makes a phone a flagship? High end specs? Just a few bells and whistles? Android always has an identity problem because while I love choice, sometimes there is too much choice.

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    11-28-2015 10:07 AM
  18. AustinIllini's Avatar
    I went from a note 2 which was great for navigation to a Droid turbo v1. I actually don't mind the smaller screen. Friends w iPhones always took shots at me for the note 2 size and now they own the 6+....

    Flagship IMHO is tossed around too much around here. What exactly makes a phone a flagship? High end specs? Just a few bells and whistles? Android always has an identity problem because while I love choice, sometimes there is too much choice.

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    The term "flagship" to me implies both performance and longevity. You're right though, the credentials for "flagship" are not exactly tangible. Yet with any manufacturer, you can usually figure out the flagship.

    Samsung - the Galaxy S# series (Honorable Mention: Note Series)
    LG - the G# series
    HTC - The One M# series
    Motorola - Moto X
    Google - Nexus 6P
    Apple - iPhone 6S (Honorable Mention: 6S+)

    Upon further review, my thought is that longevity is more important than anything. The flagship is the long running marquee device for each brand.
    11-28-2015 11:03 AM
  19. A895's Avatar
    This thread personally speaks to me , I am still using am LG Lancet on Verizon because I just can't stand bigger phones. It perplexed me how we don't even have a choice really. It is either go big for good or go small and terrible.

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    11-28-2015 01:41 PM
  20. 20degrees's Avatar
    The G4 is a one handed phone. If you use the drop down navigation button, it's easy to use one handed.
    11-28-2015 09:54 PM
  21. mohit9206's Avatar
    I find it quite funny that phones such as HTC desire hd and hd2 were considered massive even though their size is actually small than Sony's compact phones like z3c and z5c.
    Gsmarena even put 'its too big' in the cons section of its review. So did people's hands get massive in the last 5 years? Funny.
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    11-29-2015 11:09 PM
  22. mimran's Avatar
    TLDR: Thought Android phones were to big. Switched to One S in emergency when iPhone died. Stayed with it for 6 months instead of going back to iOS. Bought One instead of HTC First which would have been ideal Android Phone before got the One S. Realized having a big phone is way better than small one.
    11-30-2015 04:57 AM
  23. A895's Avatar
    I find it quite funny that phones such as HTC desire hd and hd2 were considered massive even though their size is actually small than Sony's compact phones like z3c and z5c.
    Gsmarena even put 'its too big' in the cons section of its review. So did people's hands get massive in the last 5 years? Funny.
    People's perception of what is big has changed

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    11-30-2015 08:39 AM
  24. mohit9206's Avatar
    People's perception of what is big has changed

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    And yet big phones with massive 4.3 inch screens were considered hard to use with a single hand while today's 5 inch phones phones have suddenly become easy to use single handed.
    Either people's hand evolved as they continued to struggle with big phones or people were lying either then or today.
    11-30-2015 10:12 AM
  25. Inders99's Avatar
    People's perception of what is big has changed

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    Mine hasn't, if it's clunky to use with one hand it's too big and the G4 is. Yes it can be done but that's not the point, it's cumbersome to do unless you have spider hands, period.

    I think there's an acceptance within Android since there's little choice of flagship small phones so people just go with what's available. The prevalence of iPhone 4 & 5's tell me there's still a huge market for one handed devices.
    11-30-2015 01:10 PM
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