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Poll results: Would you mind if Android flagships were thicker, but housed larger camera sensors?

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Poll results: Would you mind if Android flagships were thicker, but housed larger camera sensors?

Many users argue that handsets are getting thinner for the sake of it, to the point of being uncomfortable to pick up and handle. They certainly have a point, given that the thinnest Android handset is now pegged at 5.5mm. At 10.4 mm, for instance, Nokia's Lumia 1020 is thicker than any Android flagship, but it sports one big advantage, and it's the huge 1/1.5"camera sensor, which, theoretically, can soak in more light, and produce better images.

Lumia 1020 camera sensor size vs the average phone sensor size

Lumia 1020 camera sensor size vs the average phone sensor size

Compare it to the average smallish 1/3.2" piece in most Android smartphones, and you catch our drift. Sony bucked the trend with a 1/2.3" sensor for the 20 MP camera on the Z1 and Z2, and Samsung now follows with the 1/2.6" 16 MP unit in the Galaxy S5. These are still a far cry from the huge sensors that Nokia places in its best cameraphones, but there's only so much you can fit in 8mm thin bodies.

That's why we asked you last week, whether you'd accept Android flagships that are a fraction of an inch thicker, or have protruding lens on the back, but fit larger camera sensors.. Alternatively, there was a choice for users who think that the latest 16 MP, and even 20 MP cameras, on Android flagships, are already good enough, while the phones can still strut their stuff together with the most anorexic fashion models out there. 

Such users turned out to be in the minority of our 2556 respondents, though. As you can see in the poll results below, more than two thirds of those who answered, don't mind a bit extra girth, if it would lead to better results in the camera department. Just 32.63% of the respondents think that a fraction of an inch more, would make phones unappealing, given that the camera performance on Android flagships is already good enough. The poll goes to show that manufacturers can bravely buck the anorexic handset trend, if they add more value to the handsets, for the sake of a few millimeters extra - users will likely understand, and be on board with the tradeoff.

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Would you mind if Android flagships were thicker, but housed larger camera sensors?
32.63%
834 votes
(834 votes) The cameras on Android flagships are already good, I'd rather keep the phones slim and elegant
67.37%
1722 votes
(1722 votes) The "world's thinnest" fight is getting out of hand! I don't mind a bit thicker flagships with huge camera sensors

2556 votes

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posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:25 3

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8242; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The only phone to match or succeed the 1020 is the behemoth 808.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:39 11

9. sgodsell (Posts: 1210; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


They should have added to the poll and asked if anyone would mind a thicker phone for a bigger battery. I think there would be more people that would not mind a thicker phone if it had incredible battery life.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:03

16. reckless562 (Posts: 737; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


im thinkin thicker phone because it houses massive sensor, and instead of lense hump, fill space w/ bigger battery!!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:07 2

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8242; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Me. 1020 camera + 4000mAh battery would have me running.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:29

23. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


The phone is called a Motorola International 7500. Thick phone with big battery

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:55

32. jcdz89 (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


More than 0.8mm too much for me although it's a dslr performer...

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 11:11

33. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


dslr thickness is like beyond 5 inches sometimes -__-- 1020 FTW

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:27 2

2. papss (unregistered)


Loved he 1020 while I had it. My wife will soon have one though

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:35 2

6. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I don't mind to buy any kind of phones as longest Nokia name on it.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:09 4

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8242; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And you talk about Samsung/Sony/HTC fans... Wow.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:46 3

25. androiphone20 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Oh look, he's out for you too.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:23 1

29. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


What do u mean?

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:30 5

3. Reality_Check (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I wouldn't mind thicker Android flagships if they had sensors like the L1020. But I love the Sony XZ2 too, thin and elegant :)

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:33 4

4. mr.techdude (Posts: 543; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I don't mind a thicker phone but god dam put a big battery. 10.5mm is acceptable

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:34 5

5. wando77 (Posts: 282; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


I'd like something a bit thicker and so would my wife ;)

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:35 2

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Galaxy s5 and xperia z1/z2 are the examples to prove that thin phones can house above average large sensors.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:51 2

12. mrfwy (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


YES. BUT PUREVIEW IS MEGA SUPER ABOVE AVERAGE!! :)

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:04 1

17. reckless562 (Posts: 737; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


not big enough if u ask me, kuz pixel size is still kinda shltty

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 04:03

39. sbw44 (Posts: 389; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Not big enough but it kills every other smartphone there is!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:38

8. mrfwy (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Only if the function justifies the design. Why would I like a crossbow while I could have a gun?
If an excellent camera that overcomes the rest, the Answer is NO !!!! I WOULD NOT MIND

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:05 1

18. reckless562 (Posts: 737; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


stealth.....well.......looks like ur dead

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:42 1

10. Cellphonator12 (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


10mm ok, fat battery a priority, with a better camera. Displays are already great on any upper scale phone, enough!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:50

11. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


All of the smartphone flagships and cameraphone still can't match my Nikon D5200 in terms of image quality.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:53 5

13. mrfwy (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


DON'T YOU FEEL SILLY TALKING TO YOUR CAMERA?

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:57

14. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


NO... I'm not talking. I'm typing.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:58 1

15. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Your account have been two years in PA, but you only have 17 posts? That's kinda weird.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:06

19. reckless562 (Posts: 737; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


dont mind the idiots felix

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:57 4

26. mrfwy (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


RECKLESS562 Well, let's look at the devices you currently have and had.
Something tells me you are either not the brightest mobile consumer or just want someone to give you a decent phone. SONY experia might not fit that bil. OF COURSE UNLESS YOU ARE A NEWBIE SONY TROLL!!

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 04:49

44. reckless562 (Posts: 737; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


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posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:25 1

22. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1139; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


but can you pants pocket a DSLR

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:41

24. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I don't care, there's no any cellphone can replace my Nikon D5200 as my main photographic device.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:44 1

30. sniper1087 (Posts: 366; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


yes but the best camera is the one that you have with you at all times, don't tell me you carry your Nikon D5200 all the time

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:51

31. Jobayer (Posts: 96; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


I bet your Nikon D5200 can make phone calls

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 11:49

34. MrTzr (Posts: 105; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


No sh*t. (Wait, can't I type shi t? How is that offensive?)

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 06:46

42. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1139; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


thank you for telling me the obvious comparisons

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:22 1

28. elitewolverine (Posts: 1556; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I would hope not, your 700$ + camera does one thing, take pics, seriously you dont even have wifi on that thing.

So i would hope so.

But i also have a DSLR (abit more umph than yours), and I am not going to take that everywhere i go. Trips, yes, but at the same time the 1020 give the users that much more options than to simply state "i need my dslr". Not to mention the 1020 is technically a dslr in small form.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:11

27. Dejavu_LT (Posts: 19; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Lumia 1020 won my "the worst design i have ever seen in my life" award..so no, i don't want thicker phone with huge camera sensor.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 12:58

35. tenzin (Posts: 85; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


My friend's lumia 41mp does not shoot as nice pictures as I red about it

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 04:10

41. sbw44 (Posts: 389; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Your colleague also had a 520 which he returned also right? Tomorrow your other friend had a 1520 and he sold it hey!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 13:52

36. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Lol hyped lumia 1020 it isnt even close to my point and shoot RX 100 II or any decent sub $200 camera.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 04:07

40. sbw44 (Posts: 389; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Can your RX send texts, browse the web, make calls or even play games?

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:34

37. JMartin22 (limited) (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Once again, I don't need a camera that tries to take photos that a SLR will take much better anyway. I need a camera that's sufficient enough for my every-day needs. Most Android flagships meet this requirement and take good or great photos for the average person.

They need to focus on battery tech. Everytime they manage to fit more mAh into a smaller battery unit, it's wasted by shaving off unnecessary mass from the phone.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 20:34

38. eharris560 (Posts: 59; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


How surprising are these results not a year ago every website posted an article about the 920 being too thick, and 1020 camera hump being too big. From these results tech review should learn to stop interjecting their personal feelings into a review, but that will ever happen. I guess these results will have to serve as vindication for Nokia

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 06:26

43. Geek_William (unregistered)


PureView 808 image sensor + Samsung ISOCELL Cmos Tech + Snapdragon 805 ISP + 20MP is enough...

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