Poll results: Would you buy a powerful 4-inch Android phone (an iPhone SE rival)?

Poll results: Would you buy a powerful 4-inch Android phone (an iPhone SE rival)?
The Apple iPhone SE is a pretty unusual smartphone per 2016 standards, being powerful (thanks to Apple's A9 chipset), and yet way smaller than most handsets currently on the market, as it sports a 4-inch display with 640 x 1136 pixels. In the Android world, there's no iPhone SE equivalent, the closest thing to it being Sony's Snapdragon 810-based Xperia Z5 Compact - which is larger anyway, offering a 4.6-inch 720p display.

But what if a reputable company made an iPhone SE rival that ran Android? A 4-inch handset with a high-end processor, top build quality, and other appealing features - all starting at around $400. Would you be interested in buying such an Android smartphone? We were curious to know the answer to this question, so last week we published this poll. We now have the results, and it turns out that, for the majority of those who voted, a 4-inch display is just too small: 1259 voters (60.1%) said that they would not buy an Android-based iPhone SE equivalent.

Of course, there are also users who find a 4-inch screen perfectly adequate for 2016: 836 voters said that they (39.9%) would purchase a powerful 4-inch Android handset. 

If you didn't vote in our poll while it was still active, feel free to answer to the question in the comments section, or share any thoughts that you may have regarding a hypothetical powerful 4-inch Android phone.

Would you buy a powerful 4-inch Android phone?

Yes, a 4-inch screen is enough
No, I need a bigger screen



47. kelvala

Posts: 1; Member since: May 10, 2016

I would buy it. Even a 4.3 inch screen. Some people NEED a bigger screen other people do NOT need a bigger screen. its all about needs, has nothing to do with Apple or Android, at least not for me. People are too busy posting "their" cons and don't realize that its their opinions. Who cares who wants/needs what. I think Samsung or HTC should push out a 4 or 4.3inch version and let the market decide. The only reason I moved from Android to Apple was due to wanting a smaller phone size. Running errands on a bike, going to the beach and just everyday outings really makes a difference between a 4 and 4.7 inch phone.

46. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

5 inch with high screen-to-body ratio is great.


Posts: 171; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

4inch is too small,at least 5inch would be enough.

37. obedchuni

Posts: 341; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

TechieXP did u upgrade ur iPhone 4s with 1GB Ram, I hope iOS 9 runs smoothly on ur iPhone 4s with 1GB Ram, he is probably the worst lier and apple hater, I am an apple fan but man u are too much, but some of ur comment are true, the pricing is ridiculously high, iPhoneSE was launched here at 500$ but lately they have increased the price to 650$

35. afzalzainal

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

The xperia ray from Sony ericsson should doing a come back with better ram and processor but for now most of android oem starting to offer 4.7inch or 5inch in compact body equally same size what ip5 se had.

29. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I would have always bought (and been happy with) a smaller phone... The thing is, for some reason the manufacturers always drop the specs on every hardware feature (camera, memory, processor, pixel density) that's what I can't live with.

25. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

If tip top of the line specs and waterproof? make it 4.5" screen. I would buy one for all of my friends too!!!!

27. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Hi! I am your friend from today!

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah the Z5 compact is so much bigger ( sarcasm ) 4.3 to 4.5 inch screen + flagship level hardware with great screen to body ratio and i would buy if its run android.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When the iPhone first came out, the smaller screen wasnt that big of a deal, because the smartphones that were available with few exceptions also had small screens. Then when the iPhone 4 appeared with the IPS display, where they manage to get a high resolution into a smaller space, the larger display with the high resolution and tiny text was so bad on my and my wife's eyes; that when bigger phones cam out we considered them a godsend. NOW WE CAN SEE! I think a 4.7 @ 720-800p should be the smallest, 5.1-53 @ 1080 for the middle and 5.5-5.9 @ 1440 for the largest would make perfect since for any phone. Small phones have to many cons: 1. text to small 2. Terrible battery-life vs larger phone with larger batts 3. No room for extra features

19. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

A big display is wonderful for web browsing, browsing on tiny display feels strange nowadays. I remember when my HTC HD2, a very compact 4.3" phone, was considered as a XXXL Phone and everybody was worrying if it would fit in the pocket.

17. monoke

Posts: 1209; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Lol. If u reduce the bezels of the z5c slightly further, you'll already have a device with similar size to the se. so, 4.6 seems to be sweet spot for people wanting true one handed operation.

15. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

To slightly offset some of the "can't go back to anything smaller" comments. I have a 4" Zenfone 4 and I can't go with anything bigger. 4.3" but with on-screen buttons is perfect. I might be able to tolerate 4.5". I MIGHT be. I've handled Note 3 many times, and while I appreciate the big screen for some tasks, I don't miss it at all when I switch back to my 4" screen. If I want big screen, I go to my desktop or TV. I like my mobile phone to remain comfortably pocketable and 'handy'. Also, it's not about the body size, it's also about the screen size. No, I don't want a 5" screen even if it fits in the same body a 4" phone. I want to be able to reach all corners of the screen with my thumb. This was explained nicely by Apple's ad titled 'Thumb' (which they betrayed shortly after).

10. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

Android fans are not isheep. Please don't insult us. :)

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"Android fans are not isheep"?? well.. okay..

30. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

They're just halfbrains

9. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Ha - I just came across my old Nexus One a few days ago. Next to the 6P I now carry - that phone is puny. I can't imagine going back to anything that size again. If I did go smaller I'd say something around 5 inches would be the sweet spot.

7. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Using 4.7 now. Couldn't go back to smaller. I will upgrade to 5.2-5.5 when my current phone breaks

6. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

body to surface area ratio is also very important, if the Apple could at least fit a 4.3 screen in than body, it would have been perfect actually. the iPhone 6s could be fitted with a 4.9-5.0 inch screen while the plus would be perfect for 5.7inch (just like note series).

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it could fit 4.5inch... and z5c only slightly bigger but can fit 4.7inch

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

4 inch is just so not a thing nowadays.. 4.5 inch is the soft spot to be a 'mini' or compact variant

11. tyrionTheWise unregistered

without on-screen keys I might add. A 4.5" phone with on-screen keys is basically a 4-4.2" screen.

12. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

You are right. The onscreen navigation bars take 0.3 inches of the display. The 4.6 screen of the sony becomes 4.3 inch. I don't think it is a good idea to make an onscreen navigation bar highend 4 inch phone. 4.3+ could be fine.but the best place is 4.6 inch. Anyone who has used a Z3/Z5 compact knows this.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7662; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

But, the on-screen navigation bars also hide away automatically as well for some apps. So on-screen navigation is fine, plus it saves OEMs money.

22. tyrionTheWise unregistered

But in those some apps in which they hide away, you need a swipe and then a tap to use them. It's inconvenience. Plus it only happens in some apps. It's inconsistent experience and I don't like that. It barely saves 2$ per phone since the digitizer is same for screen and capacitive keys.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Also, wouldn't screen resolution play a role in the size the keys would be? They don't have to be all that big.

36. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Not sure about that. companies can set dpi values to adjust that and they will be same size.

3. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Pretty confident edge-to-edge screens can be fit into a small form factor to get the best of both worlds.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I use the Z5c now and even coming from the 5 inch padfone infinity and nexus 5,sometimes this phone feels too small. But it's fine for most everything mostly. Any smaller would be a handicap.

8. SonyXperiaZ3

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Me too i have a Z5c aswell coming from a z2 i would probably go bigger now though but for example i think Sony should take inspiration from one of their older devices the ZL (http://m.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_zl-5203.php ) it has a 5 inch screen and only a 131mm body and Apple has a 4.7 inch screen in a 138mm body. I think manufacturers are forgeting about the bezels and they don't look nich especially in White and I think every Phone should have at least 70%

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