Poll: What do you prefer, an ultra-thin handset or a slightly thicker phone with a bigger battery?

In 2014, thin was certainly in. The slimmest smartphone at the moment, the 4.85mm Vivo X5 Max, certainly looks stylish with its sleek razor-thin silhouette, but certain sacrifices had to be done for that. The most important one is the sub-par battery capacity of the device, which has merely a 2,000mAh juicer at the back (it's still surprising that Vivo could fit such a powerbank!).

The Vivo X5 Max is not the sole anorexic catwalk star that we saw in 2014 - Samsung, Apple, Oppo, and many other popular manufacturers decided to slim down the dimensions of some of their products to the bare minimum. In the meantime, the Motorola Droid Turbo arrived like an enthusiast's wet dream, donning a hefty 3,900mAh battery at its back. The Droid Turbo is more than twice as thick as the Vivo X5 Max. 

This race will likely continue in 2015 as well. This made us wonder what do you, our readers, prefer - a device that is thin as cardboard or a phone that packs a battery with a respectable battery. Cast your votes below!

What do you prefer, a smartphone with a ultra-thin body or a smartphone with a bigger battery?

Thin smartphone with a small battery
11.16%
Thick smartphone with a big battery
88.84%

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80 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Please don't tell me anyone would rather have a thin phone...

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's easy... If a thin phone is going to make you keep charging then NO. Thicker all the way, it makes it a more durable device & lasts longer without charging it. Now if you can make a thin phone that lasts longer than thick phones & is durable also, then I am all for that...

35. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yup, my Z2 is pretty thin and i only charge it every other day. I'm pretty happy with it. I once dropped it from eye level onto the bathtub screen first, nothing happened. That's pretty durable if you ask me.

47. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

No brainer here. Practically you would like your phone last a day or two without worrying to carry extra battery or power banks.

49. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Why not slim? And one that adds more capacity to the battery...it's happening.

60. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Because thin is uncomfortable to hold...

65. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

How thin do you want a phone to be? Credit card thin? I'm perfectly fine with a 10 mm thin phone.

74. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

...and ya think 10 is not slim????

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Of course iUsers would...

28. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Apple set up their anorexic, weak battery trend. They didn't have to make the 5 as thin as it is, and it (anecdotally) has the worst battery life of all. They could have addressed this with the 6, but they went even thinner. Now they'll feel they must keep it up or they'll look like they're just caving to demand. Unlike when they made 4.7-5.5" phones because it was a good idea that they came up with.

24. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Few people would, the results are in and they've been in for some time now, thin phones just aren't something that consumers are looking for.

34. av911 unregistered

Why not? If that thin phone has a replaceable battery, I can keep it thin or make it fat whenever I want.

37. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

You got a good point. But I think the argument of the poll is thin with less battery or thick with more battery. Beside, I like the idea of replacement battery but I really don't want one more thing that I need to keep track of. Key, wallet, phone, the three things I take with me wherever I go.

62. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

i havent gotten used to the appeal of changing out my battery. My last phone that did was the HD7. I havent had a issue. My phone lasts 18hrs with decent use. And an hour charge or even a 20min charge is enough to keep it going for a lot longer. For me to thin feels awkward. I rather have more things under the hood than worry about thinness. Right now i am digging the 930s thickness, fits so well in my hand and i dont feel like im gonna break the darn thing.

72. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Yup, I've never held that phone 930, but it sure looks ergonomically comfortable to myself too. Nuff said.

66. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

So you'd rather have a 4mm thin phone with a couple of 3mm thin batteries? I'd rather have a 10mm thick phone instead.

45. Marienx

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Noooo.... The trick is not in having thick batteries, but to have thin batteries that can charge from 0 to 100 % in 10, 20 minutes

56. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Yes, isn't it great to have batteries that only last a year or so.

64. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

The faster a battery gets charged or discharged, the hotter it gets. If an empty battery with ~2300 mAh capacity gets filled in less than 20 minutes, there's a good chance that something will melt or explode.

73. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Battery companies rewrote the descriptor years back when lithium made the stage. Went from 'Exploding' to 'Vents with flames'. So it's all good, amirite?

75. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

That is utterly useless of you are out in the country or just somewhere without access to a power supply. Imagine how great you would feel about quick charging when your technological marvel dies on you while using the GPS to navigate on foot in the hills; or when you're ahead at golf and just need to know how far that final flag is, to drop your ball on the green next to it. In a city, how about if it dies while you're on the bus or the tube or on a taxi ? Way to go fast charging.

46. Marienx

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Noooo.... The trick is not in having thick batteries, but to have thin batteries that can charge from 0 to 100 % in 10, 20 minutes tops

63. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

All the thin phone makers out there must find this poll very intriguing. Lol If a phone has a 5000 mAh battery not like it'll be a cube. It'll still be thin. Wish my N5 has a 5000 mAh battery.

68. anserum

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 24, 2014

But i dont want to have a thick phone

2. piggerz_b_piggin

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I'd rather have a medium phone with a medium battery like the moto x

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Only one type of fan would vote for the former.

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

c) thin smartphone with a decent battery Example: iphone 6+

6. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Example 2: xiaomi mi note

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

Example: samsung alpha any of them

13. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Xperia Z series

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