Wasteful or efficient? Check out our ranking of the world's most and least compact phablets relative to their screen size
0. phoneArena 10 Sep 2014, 08:04 posted on
Last week we finally got around to ranking manufacturers' flagships by how compact they are relative to their screen size. Japanese Sharp's little-known Aqos Xx 302Sh 5.2-inch flagship finished at the very top, with the impressive 80.66% of its body being occupied by nothing but the display. In comparison, Apple's fancy iPhone 5s finished last, with just 60.82% of its physical form made up of its 4-inch screen...
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1. antonioli (Posts: 185; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
But G Pro 2 wasn't 77.2" or something around it?
24. Ashoaib (Posts: 2379; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Vivo xplay 3s is a very cool looking phone
4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1504; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
iPad Air should be relatively compact, and also Mini. Nexus 7 has huge bottom bezels, and almost every 10" tablet other than Air have yet quite thick bezels. I'd say that thickest bezels are in cheap 7 inch tablets.
21. Finalflash (Posts: 1876; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
But tablets are different, because you can't comfortably hold them in one hand as easily as smartphones. Bezels become necessary and actually a good thing as long as they aren't adding too much weight to the device.
14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Don't forget about the Huawei MediaPad X1. :)
15. ScottSchneider (Posts: 322; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
Nowadays When I see a Phonearena profile pic in the comment section... I know it is Chris.P... Nice...
17. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
No Coolpad 9976A? Did you guys really look at ALL phablets? A bunch more came out in the last two months...
19. buccob (Posts: 1542; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
But tablet shouldn't focus on smaller bezels because they are actually a necesity to offer a comfy grip.
Tablet designs should be focused on thinner and lighter devices... and battery life
6. Chris.P (Posts: 299; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
13. tech2 (Posts: 2353; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Can I know how do you guys find out area of the device i.e. is it just length*breath or you deduct the curved edges on the corners from the equation?
18. ScottSchneider (Posts: 322; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
By the way... How about the Galaxy Round... It is a 5+ inch phone too...
8. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 544; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
'Check out our ranking of the world's most and least compact PHABLETS relative to their screen size' can you read the title?
12. SleepingOz (unregistered)
The Note 3 rules them all!
But that Vivo 3S though..
16. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Was kind of curious how the Coolpad 9976A ranked....
20. ojdidit84 (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
There is NOTHING compact about the G Flex... lol
One of my god parents switch to that from the 5S. That thing is HUGE. Makes my Note 3 look like a toy.
22. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Of course, the larger the screen size, the more they could cram behind the display and that translates to higher display ratios. A 4-inch phone (what? the iphone 5 has a 4-4inch screen?!!) would never do well here unless it is brick thick (or super long like the iphone)
23. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
If you want to see a gorgeously screen-filled design I want to point to the XPERIA ZL and (Japanese au only) UL. Now those are wonders in the bezel department. I was wondering why they weren't mentioned then I realized these were for phablets.
In a way it's kind of ironic because Sony is recognized lately for having oversized bezels on their, um, flagship flagships.
As for Sharp, it's a real pity they keep to themselves in Japan. They actually make some incredible devices.
27. GBPN15 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)
How i truly hate bezels discution. It just donesn't matter that much... -.-
25. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
I didnt expect there are phablets that are less compact than Oppo N1...haha
26. najib1312 (Posts: 102; Member since: 08 May 2013)
That awkward moment when you realize Note 2 has more bezels than Xperia Z Ultra.
I currently own the Lenovo S930. Pretty huge device, but the front-facing dual dolby stereo speakers is worth the trade-off.
28. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)
I think there is some incorrect information here....
I am sure Phone Arena said in a previous post that the LG G PRO 2 had "an industry leading screen to phone size ratio" of more than 77%
31. mr.techdude (Posts: 555; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
HTC one max did very well, imagine if there was no front facing speakers ......lol
33. isprobi (Posts: 220; Member since: 30 May 2011)
These measurements totally miss the true point of buying a plablet.....so you can use it as a phone and a tablet. That means you need some bezel to hold onto in landscape mode. If you try that on any of the winners in this contest you will end up hitting a button on the right side and covering up a speaker on the left side.
36. aymnga (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)
Huawei ascend mate 7 is 83%
get your facts right