Best smartphones with nano-SIM card slots (2014 edition)

Ever since nano-SIM cards made their market debut alongside the Apple iPhone 5 (the first device to make use of such a module) in late 2012, more and more manufacturers have put their faith into this SIM standard. Being noticeably more compact than the way more common micro-SIM modules, nano-SIM cards are mostly used in devices that have absolutely no spare space in tow, allowing manufacturers to pack their hardware insides like sardines.

If you've been using the Apple iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus, then you surely have a nano-SIM card around. Yet, what happens if you decide to desert Apple's camp and embrace Google's Android? As the larger number of Android champs work in concert with micro-SIMs, you'd probably have to visit your carrier and opt for a SIM card change, but this might not be the case at all, provided that you opt for a nano-SIM device. Moreover, imagine that you're totally fed up  

We made a brief round-up of the more notable nano-SIM devices from 2014 that money can get you right now.



1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Is there a phone that has dual nano sim card slots?

3. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Yes, the Desire 816.

13. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Yeah it was there. I was not reading lol

28. ToAnalyse

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 23, 2014

what does dual nano sim, or dual sim in general, do to improve a phone?

29. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

If you went to another country, it is good to have your home sim card to still receiving SMS and call, and also a local sim card to make a call cheaply. For me, When I visit other country and receive a call, I will accept the call, and told them i will call them back to avoid roaming charge. Then I will call from the other sim card (the local sim card).

31. ToAnalyse

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 23, 2014

just interested, how does that work? Do dual sim phone hve an option to choose what SIM card you call with or does it just happen automatically? Also is this the only thing dual sim is useful for because if it is then it just seems like a pretty thing to have on paper.

32. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

It depend on manufacture. The basic caller apps have 2 GREEN call button LABELED sim1 & sim2. So, when you want to make a call, you can choose which sim card you want to use. Same in SMS. Some manufacture dual sim card can also do some automatic logic. such as call to some number through which sim. If you live in USA, this maybe not benefit from you, unless you were traveling, and put one home country sim and one other country sim. But in europe/asia/africa, where country were side by side, this could be a great device to save money without the need to buy more phone. Furthermore, in some country there were a ON-net price. So, i.e. if I use operator A, I could call my friend cheap that use operator A. around $1 for 5 hour. But if I called someone with operator B, the same $1 can only be use for 10 minute. This is the reason that in this region you can find lots of people use 2 or 3 or 4 number.

37. madan469

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

In India we use even if we were not traveling outside the country. This is to avoid roaming charges when one travels to multiple states often. some use the different carriers in the same city one for calls one for data or for long distance calls.

2. RajRicardo

Posts: 489; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Moto X Gen 2?

4. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013


20. faptastic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Lumia 735, 830, 1520, 930 (international/carrier free Icon) all use Nano sims too. To me the 735 fits best phone category. By far my favourite of the bunch. Then again, it's not my article ;)

5. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

where is Oneplus one?

6. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

That uses micro-sim, just recently they introduced a nano-sim adapter

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

all of the phones i have are on this list so swapping my SIM around is easy but just in case i do have a SIM adapter. unfortunately i needed it for my time with the S5 and the G3. more manufactures need to get on this band wagon.

8. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Huawei P7 & Mate 7. Announced in May 2014, P7 would be the first to use nano sim in 2014.

26. Simona unregistered

no u not right

33. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

it is micro sim... the p7

9. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

What SIM does the Xperia Z3 have? (curious)

10. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

the only thing I hate is when you open the nano sim slot on the m8 and put it back it doesn't go back to the way it looked like when I first bought it

14. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Mine looks the same as when i bought it, it is flush with the body.

11. ayub407

Posts: 8; Member since: May 16, 2013

What about Xperia Z3, Z3 Dual and Z3 compact? They also use nano-SIM.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Most readers of this site will have nano already. It dates back a good couple years now.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So the S4 has nano? good to know...or the S5? i dont think 'most' is what you think it means.

23. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Good point, I stand duly corrected.

16. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

For what it's worth the Amazon Fire phone has nano sim

17. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

> Best phones

18. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Note 4 I think has nano sim

27. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012


19. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I get that the sim cards are so simple that you might as well make them smaller, but I don't understand how that means they should have a category of their own in terms of 'best phones', I mean all sim cards I see now, come with easy/cut/break methods for fitting all sizes?

21. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Probably lack of other interesting things to wright about... :-)

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