Bigger screen doesn't always mean bigger smartphone: 7 perfect examples to prove that

Bigger screen doesn't always mean bigger smartphone: 7 perfect examples to prove that
There's no perfect smartphone screen size, but one thing's clear: in the last years, displays have gotten bigger and bigger. Of course, this means that the overall size of smartphones has also increased, though a larger display doesn't necessarily mean a bigger device.

When we hear that a handset has, say, a 5.5-inch screen, while another packs a 6-inch one, most of us likely instantly imagine that the latter device is considerably larger. Obviously, that's not always true.

Some manufacturers are striving (and succeeding) to design their smartphones in such a way that they remain quite compact, despite the fact that they feature big displays. At the same time, other companies don't seem to be interested in screen-to-body ratios. Let's take a look at some smartphones that have about the same dimensions, and yet offer screens of (often significantly) different sizes. From the smallest to the largest:

Sharp Aquos Crystal vs. Samsung Galaxy A3

Although it sports a 5-inch display, the Sharp Aquos Crystal is only 131 mm tall and 67 mm wide, being comparable to Samsung's 4.5-inch Galaxy A3 (130.1 mm tall, and 65.5 mm wide). The key to the compact dimensions of the Aquos Crystal is its almost bezel-less screen, which gives the handset a distinct look. Available in the US since last year (at Sprint and Boost Mobile), the Sharp Aquos Crystal is not a smartphone that we normally get to see in North America. However, this type of design is not that unusual in Japan, Sharp's home country.

Apple iPhone 6 vs. Google Nexus 5
Apple's iPhones were always among the high-end handsets with the lowest screen-to-body ratio, and things aren't different when it comes to the iPhone 6. With its 4.7-inch display, the iPhone 6 is 138.1 mm tall and 67 mm wide: dimensions that are normal for 5-inch Android smartphones, like the LG-made Google Nexus 5 (137.84 x 69.17 mm).

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs. HTC Desire 610

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have the same screen size of last year's Galaxy S5 (5.1 inches), and yet they're a bit narrower. The S6 edge (142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm) is even shorter and narrower than the regular S6, while also being a tad smaller than the Desire 610 (143.1 x 70.5 x 9.6 mm), despite the fact that HTC's smartphone only offers a 4.7-inch screen.

HTC One M9 vs. Motorola Droid Turbo

Like the Desire 610, the HTC One M9 is another handset that's too big for the size of the screen it's packing, and that's mainly because its BoomSound speakers are taking a lot of space above and below the display. The One M9 is a 5-inch device, and yet it's taller than the 5.2-inch Motorola Droid Turbo (144.6 x 69.7 mm vs. 143.5 x 73.3 mm).

LG G3 vs. Sony Xperia Z3

LG is well-known for making smartphones with thin bezels for quite some time. Thus, it's no wonder that its G3 is one of the most compact 5.5-inch handsets on the market, measuring only 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm. These dimensions make the LG G3 comparable to Sony's Xperia Z3 (146 x 72 x 7.3 mm), which, as you may know, offers a 5.2-inch screen.

HTC Desire 826 vs. Huawei Ascend Mate7

And here's yet another HTC handset that's larger than most of the devices in its class: the Desire 826. This has a 5.5-inch display, but it's taller than the Huawei Ascend Mate7, which sports a 6-inch screen. Of course, Huawei's smartphone is wider, though not by much.

iPhone 6 Plus vs. Google Nexus 6

The iPhone 6 Plus is not just Apple's largest smartphone to date, but also one of the largest high-end smartphones ever made by a top manufacturer. While its screen only measures 5.5 inches, the iPhone 6 Plus is 158.1 mm tall and 77.8 mm wide, thus being only a tad smaller than the Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 (159.26 x 82.98 mm), which comes with a 6-inch display.



1. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I want a nexus 6 -.-

13. ONmyLvL_

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Me too until i saw the screen brightness specs...lack luster! FYI... first post on PA for this long time fan.

28. prabhatrai

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

brightness specs on PA is not right. some other reviewers are saying its around 400 nits.

32. jerzyiroc

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Brightness is perfectly fine. You need to turn off the adaptive brightness though.

41. Andrew5190

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

I've used it in the sun a lot, no problems here. Like others have said, you'll just need adaptive brightness turned off.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Nexus 6 is very nice, but my next phone will be 64 bit.

37. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I want it for 200€.

2. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Well you can't have a 5-inch screen on a phone with a 4-inch body ;)

14. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

You're right! but why not to have as close possible to even 5=5! Unless futures stub reality!

40. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

@ThePython @2faraway Not really! you can have 5" in a smaller size phone. Phone screen ratio 16:9 screen 5" (127mm) tall=4.36" (110.7mm) wide=2.45" (62.3mm) Sharp 5" tall 131mm wide 67mm not bad at all.

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Do any of these comparisons take thickness into account?

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Thickness has nothing to do with screen size. but if it matters to you then you can check for yourself since pa included the dimensions of each phone under every pic. Thickness has more to do with battery size.

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Do you honestly believe that?

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

arch_angel, sum it up well. I rather have slightly thicker phone with a larger battery. As long as its still fits perfectly into a pocket. Weight also has an upper limits but most modern phone stay well below that.

27. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

well every phone in this article that is thinker than the phone its bein compared to has the bigger battery eccept for the g3 and z3. so yeah for the most part its true

8. MarquiX unregistered

Actually the thinner a phone is the taller its bound to be. I mean you can't just get rid of all the materials in a phone. Don't wanna stack 'em on top? Stack 'em under each other. Samsung Galaxy S5 vs S6 is a perfect example.

9. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Thickness actually had something to do with screen to body ratio. As you can see the smaller the bezel the thicker the phone.

25. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Thickness and some of these phones have an ugly rounded back. It's not taken into consideration much because we only see the face of the phone in ads.

45. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just like that.. i dont mind for 8mm thickness as long as it have more than 3500+mAh battery inside it :D nobody will care for additional 1-2mm, if they can get 50% more battery life

4. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I really like the design of lg's flagship pones but Thats the only thing I like so I've never bought lg, maybe that will change, next year's smartphones are going to be epic.

7. MarquiX unregistered

I read the title and thought LG G3 right off back. Although all of these are good comparisons, HTC should be excluded, they only have bigger ones because of that big black stupid, useless, rectangular bar that makes the phone grow like a inch.

11. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

That Iphone bezels are off this planet they are so unnecessarily big. In my opinion it makes the Iphone 6 look ugly.

12. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

I have to agree. Only the delusional Applesexuals think the iPhone 6 doesn't look buttugly.

20. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Maybe we can conclude that once you give a product that's trouble free in it's day to day operations, people don't mind the bezel thickness and the price?

15. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Let us also not forget how much having physical buttons has to do with screen to body ratios.

16. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Especially when it's a great big circle. Apple should have changed that at least two design iterations ago.

18. celvanus

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

must try to comparison 5" screen display Aquos Crystal vs Xperia ZL !!!

19. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

That Aquos is an amazing phone. No earpiece. Smart tech. Off the topic off course. Just want to display my appreciation of the tech.

29. aymnga

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

Huawei ascend mate 7 put iPhone 6 plus in ashame regarding size... again it's ashame for a phone considered the best in the world according to some people...

30. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

One m9 and Motorola Droid turbo is a wrong comparison Motorola's phone is bigger than m9.

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