Here follow some of the smallest and most compact phones ever made


Unlike our hands, the smartphones we carry are getting bigger and bigger, some of 2014's flagships have already comfortably settled into phablet territory. Gone are the times when phones were predominantly smaller than your palm. Not that we are complaining, but do you remember the times when handsets were much smaller and compact? Then again, back in the time there was virtually no demand for large screens, thus manufacturers regarded the overall compactness of the phones more highly. Our curiosity made us go straight ahead and search for the world's smallest, most lightweight, and most compact phones ever!

Willcom WX06A


Launched back in March 2013, the Willcom WX06A is one of the most ridiculously-small phones we've ever laid eyes upon. Measuring 32 × 70 × 10.7 mm and tipping the scales at 32 grams, as much as half a dozen nickles. Unsurprisingly, the handset is a feature phone - it flaunts a 1" OLED display, a set of extremely tiny keys, no camera, and a battery that lasts up to 300 hours in standby. We guess it had to be sold with a "Please keep out of children" warning sign.


Pantech PG-C3b


This 2.71 x 1.69 x 0.79-inch (69 x 43 x 20.3-mm) flip phone from the distant 2007 is a rather boxy representative of the flip-phone era. This feature phone came with an inside 1.5-inch display with a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels and a 1" outside one, which sported a resolution of 96 x 64 pixels. Oh, and it had a 0.3MP camera in tow.



HTC Wildfire S


With the extremely compact dimensions of 3.99 x 2.34 x 0.49 inches (101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4 mm), the HTC Wildfire S is among the more compact Android devices from the not so distant past. It's extremely pocket-friendly silhouette was among its biggest highlights, but its hardware insides were rather adequate (for its time) as well - a single-core Snapdragon S1, 512MB of RAM, and a 3.2", 320 x 480-pixel display.



Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini


Another pretty compact Android device, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini has dimensions of 3.27 x 1.97 x 0.63 inches (83 x 50 x 16 mm). Running Android 1.6, the device was actually a mini-sized version of the Sony Xperia X10. It also came with one of the more common chipsets at the time, a single-core 600MHz Snapdragon S1 MSM7227 and a tiny, 2.5" display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Compact and humble, right?


HP Veer 4G


You can say a lot of things for 2011's HP Veer 4G, and "compact" will surely among the first ones. With overall dimensions of 3.31 x 2.15 x 0.59 inches (84 x 54.5 x 15 mm) and weight of 3.63 oz (103 g), the Veer is quite similar to the Palm Pre and looks like a down-sized version of the latter. It's running WebOS, came with a small 2.6" touchscreen, and hid a tiny retractable keyboard, the keys of which were quite hard to use. 


Alcatel OneTouch POP FIT


Despite its retro looks, the Alcatel OneTouch POP FIT got launched earlier in 2014. It's an Android 4.2 device with a 2.8", 240 x 320-pixel display, dual-core SoC of unknown build, and 512MB RAM on board. Its dimensions of 3.82 x 2.21 x 0.47 inches (97 x 56.2 x 11.95 mm) are by far its strongest point.



NEC N930


One of the older devices in this pick, the stylus-enabled NEC N930 sports extremely compact dimensions - 3.37 x 2.13 x 0.47 inches (85.5 x 54 x 11.9 mm), to be exact, and provides you with the most basic level of functionalities. Then again, what else can one expect from a 2004 feature phone?


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18 Comments

1. sebaa

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 30, 2009

I still have de SE X10 mini..end it is working !!!

9. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Did you install roms or u still use the stock android 2.1?

11. sebaa

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 30, 2009

I have install roms in it, but most of them suck much battery

2. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

SE X10 mini is just a wonderful phone. My friend still have it

3. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

RIP webOS

20. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sigh.... what a waste. Miss me some cards in my OS.

4. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

where the Panasonic g51? the smallest i ever seen

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Smaller than the Wilcom?!

21. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

no idea,never seen the wilcom in real life

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Wow that Wilcox is tiny. Looks like those toys you get out of a loonie bubble machine.

7. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Finally my 'ol Wildfire S gets a shout out!

8. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/147988-image/Willcom-WX06A.jpg that picture made me laugh btw i've owned the X10 mini, it had a really nice camera.

13. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

cant beat the ericsson T66.

14. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

If you're going back to 2004, you've got to include the Lipstick Phone, Nokia's 7280. It was 4.53 x 1.26 x 0.75. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Nokia-7280_id941

15. Metamorphosis

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

My main phone is a Samsung Galaxy Y (S5360) with a 3.0 inch display but i'm ok with it. small and handy.

17. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

What is this "mine smaller than yours"?

18. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Some people just want a teenie weenie phone. Its not about the size you know, it's about the performance.

19. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Samsung Juke, 3.82 x 1.18 x .83. One skinny little music phone.

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