Don't like thin smartphones? These 6 handsets are pretty thick, but still great

Don't like thin smartphones? These 6 handsets are pretty thick, but still great
In September 2012, when the 7.6mm-thin Apple iPhone 5 was released, no other major smartphone maker had handsets that were thinner than 8 mm. It seems that this was the moment when most smartphone manufacturers started designing and launching super-thin devices.

While we now have smartphones that are thinner than 5 mm, these are rare, and yet it's still clear that the trend is to slim down handsets as much as possible. Many of today's high-end smartphones are under 7mm thin: iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z3+, Huawei P8, Xiaomi Mi Note, etc.

But some users don't really like phones that are too thin, often invoking the fact that they just don't feel good in hand. Well, if for whatever reason you want handsets that are a bit on the thick side (over 10 mm), check out the 6 smartphones that we're presenting below. From the thinnest to the thickest.


Launched last year as a larger, beefier version of Motorola's Moto X, the Google Nexus 6 is the largest Nexus smartphone ever, and one of the thickest, measuring 159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm. The Nexus 6 is also the most advanced Google-branded smartphone to date, this making it a great choice for those who don't mind carrying a 6-inch device in their pockets. The highlight features of the Nexus 6 include a 6-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a 3220 mAh battery.



We rarely get to see smartphones with hardware QWERTY keyboards these days, so the
BlackBerry Classic can be great for all those who still want a hardware keyboard, and don't necessarily need Android, or iOS, or Windows Phone. The Classic is 10.2 mm thick, runs BlackBerry OS 10, and, besides the signature QWERTY keypad, it offers a 3.5-inch touchscreen display with 720 x 720 pixels, an 8 MP rear camera, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2515 mAh battery.



Asus is not known for making thin smartphones, so it's not surprising that its latest flagship, the ZenFone 2, is a 10.6mm-thick device. Introduced earlier this year as the world's first handset with 4 GB of RAM, the ZenFone 2 (the ZE551ML model) runs Android Lollipop, further featuring a quad-core 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, a 13 MP rear camera, 64 GB of storage space, and a 3000 mAh battery. The ZenFone 2 is a great option for those who can't spend more than $300 on an unlocked smartphone, but still want high-end features.
 


Available in the US since late 2014 (exclusively via Verizon), Motorola's Droid Turbo is 11.2mm-thick with a good reason: it includes a 3900 mAh battery, which is obviously larger than the batteries of most flagships out there. But the Turbo isn't all about the massive battery, as it's also got plenty of other nice features to lure customers with: a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, a 20.7 MP rear camera, a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, and 3 GB of RAM. All in all, the Droid Turbo can be great for Verizon customers who need a powerful handset with long-lasting battery.



Here we have another Motorola smartphone that's pretty thick: the second-generation Moto E. Released in March this year, the new Moto E is 12.2 mm thick, and has a 4.5-inch display with 540 x 960 pixels (these attributes make it similar to flagship smartphones from several years ago). The Moto E is great for customers looking for a cheap LTE-capable handset with Android Lollipop, currently costing around $100, unlocked.



Finally, the bulkiest smartphone on our list comes from Samsung. It's the 16.6mm-thick Galaxy K Zoom, which is actually a camera-smartphone hybrid device. While its mid-range features may not convince anyone to buy it, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is just the right choice if you need your phone to have a camera with 10x optical zoom (obviously, this is what makes the handset so thick). The camera of the Galaxy K Zoom also has a Xenon flash, Optical Image Stabilization, and plenty of manual controls.


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15 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I hate all these super slim smartphones. They compromise the battery, and the phone feels like I can bend it with my hands (IPhone 6). I don't like it being a brick, but they just need to find the medium between brick and paper.

3. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Actually, battery life isn't always compromised. Look at the Sony Xperia Z3 - 7.3mm-thin, and 2-day battery life:http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Sony-Xperia-Z3-Review_id3795

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Forgot the Z3. That thing is a beast. Really want one.

7. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Its not like you should expect sub 5mm for thin phone.. Only chinese manufactur make that. Big manufacture of course care about balance thats why they dont go beyond 6-7mm. But fact is now 9mm is considered as thick.

2. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

They forgot to mention most Nokia Lumia phones

14. illbeonthebeach

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

That would be my #2 after iphone

4. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

How do you not include the Moto X (2014) or LG G4?

5. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

The Moto X and LG G4 are both under 10 mm thin. We wanted to make this the differentiating factor (article updated to reflect this).

11. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

What about Nokia 3310? Atleast give an honourable mention eventhough it isn't a smartphone.

8. Dewed

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Droid Turbo doesn't feel thick though.

9. DerPakt

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You are drunk.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't mind thick phone. I like my old Motorola Milestone phone.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Apple invented thin.

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1821; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

You should change ths title of the article to "Phones that you can hold onto"

15. illbeonthebeach

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Who is still buying Blackberry. My company (which is reeally slow with technology) finally switched to iPhone.

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