Here are the most compact phones for their screen size (infographic)

Here are the most compact phones for their screen size (infographic)
The screen-to-phone-size metric is perhaps the most viable measure how compact your phone or tablet really is, relative to its display diagonal, or in other words which one offers the largest screen for your now inevitable thumb-stretching. 

You can have a device with large, 5.5" panel, like the Note 3 Neo, and yet it it would be hardly larger overall than the Xperia Z1 5-incher, precisely because there is a lot of top and bottom bezel on Sony's flagship. Needless to say we want the largest possible display stuffed in the most compact chassis possible, so check out the infographic below, and marvel at who does it best (hint: the plastic ones). 

For some reason the infographic skips on the Xperia ZL, which, according to Sony, had the best screen-to-phone-size ratio of 75.84% as of January 2013. This number, as you can see, is larger than the 75.7% of the LG G2, so it should have been the winner, considering that we have other older handsets included. We would also add the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 6-incher into the mix, as that one is way more compact than the 6" Lumia 1520, for instance, at number 7 here, but the source obviously aimed to calculate more popular handsets in this particular infographic.

source: SomosPostPC (Twitter)



1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

I think 1520's 5'' version would be awesome

29. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Already Exists. (Nokia Lumia Icon)

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Not surprised to see the LG G2 has the best screen-to-phone ratio, it's a beautiful phone with thin bezels. Oh, why the Xperia ZL isn't included in here? Btw, iPhone = The king of big momma bezels.

9. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

how would you define "best screen-to-phone ratio"? because what is best for you might not be for others.

24. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

So you're saying that 50.8% > 75.7%? It's not about the best percentage for a person. Best = greater, more than, above all in comparison Screen-to-phone = screen:phone = the comparison of the screen compared to the phone ratio = percentage Translation = Greatest percentage of the screen size to the actual phone size. Oh wait, they did say it, "Needless to say we want the largest possible display stuffed in the most compact chassis possible" You are trying to turn a objective test into a subjective test.

11. yudi.nemesis unregistered

What are you talking about?? ZL has better screen ratio than G2 ZL 75.84% vs G2 75.7%

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well, I don't know about that, according to their ratios you mentioned, they look close. But still, why the ZL isn't included on this comparison? Because they don't want Sony to be on top?

21. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Maybe he added only the major phones that did some sales, ZL didnt sell much, it was a failure in terms of sales. So most of people wouldnt care if it was or not on the list.

27. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

agree. the zl started all of these bezel reduction so it should be at least be mentioned in the article.

18. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Apple selling Bezels for that price????

3. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

And where is ZL? I thought it would be in the first place...

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yeah, the ZL has thin bezels but it still can't beat the G2.

7. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

According to Sony, the Xperia ZL had the best screen to phone size ratio of 75.84%. The LG G2 has STP size ratio of 75.7% so the SXZL wins. But that's according to Sony and these people should have tested the SXZL too, to give credibility to Sony's claims.

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

How come the Sony Xperia ZL isn't here?

26. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

"For some reason the infographic skips on the Xperia ZL". If you have a burning need to know more in detail, you may want to contact who published the article. Let us know what they told you.

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Talk about controlled journalism, the Huawei Ascend Mate, the Vivo XPlay 3S and a bunch of other high screen : size ratio devices are simply left out.

8. vddeguzman

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

yeah, Xperia ZL should be #1. I bought this phone because of the small bezel which is an aesthetic requirement for me.

10. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

My one gripe with Apple phones has always been what feels like a huge amount of wasted space. Hopefully they fix that with their next phone.

13. Rocksteady unregistered

Yeah, maybe the ipohne 18ss-gt-s

12. yudi.nemesis unregistered

So there is no phones from lg, samsung or motorola that good enough to beat Xperia ZL screen ratio.

22. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Technically true, but in real life nobody is going to notice a possible 0.14% advantage over the G2. LG, Samsung, Mototola, Nexus, they're all doing fine, and are right up there with the ZL. So I'm not sure you need to call them out as not "good enough".

25. yudi.nemesis unregistered

If G2 has 0.01% advantage over ZL even when nobody will notice it, thats mean G2 is "good enough" to "beat" ZL

15. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Just did some quick math and the ZL is 75.62% screen to phone face.

16. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Sony Xperia ZL is 75.84%. They always handicapped sony phones.

17. umerkhan

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Okay okay they forget to include ZL in that list,and what i feel is the upcoming Sony Sirius is Xperia ZL successor not Z2..Bcoz Z1 is in market not more then 4 months and sony would go for Snapdragon 805 for its next flagship(Z2) which is due in Q2 of the current year..So we can expect Xperia ZL and Xperia SP successor in near future..

19. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Whoa, my G2 sits on the top.

20. donutwindy

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Lg vu3 74.1%, giving LG 3 of the top 4.

23. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I'd like to see a more historic version of this. Perhaps all the way back to the OG Droid. They already go back to the iPhone 3GS. I'd just like to see the evolution of this over the last six or seven years.

28. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

I wonder how this chart would look only counting side bezels. As that effects one handed-use, it's the only kind that bothers me.

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