Small wonders: the 5 best compact Android phones under 5 inches

In the world of 5"-6" smartphone displays, one has to wonder what happened with those compact, powerful munchkins that you could easily operate with one hand, and went unnoticed in your pocket or purse. Fret not, as there are still a few of those being built, and some of them dwarf their larger brethren, if not in size, then in specs, looks and manageability...
This is a discussion for a news article. To read the whole news, click here


27. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Same would go for the ardent Samsung defenders and fans. There are plenty of instances of this happening on PhoneArena.

39. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Z3C has glass back and only sides are plastics. Alpha's only sides are metal. Back side is still plastic How come it makes it Alpha a premium phone? Side metal rim and back plastic makes it premium and side plastic, back glass make Z3C is not?

10. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

ha ha ha :D :D :D

7. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

HTC One M7 is not compact at all, you can get 5 inch screen in that body size.

17. assassinsaad

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

I agree with is not suitable for one handed use

13. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

HTC M7 .....137,4 mm SONY Z3C 127,3 mm

18. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

GS4 136.6 mm XZL 131.6 mm

28. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Despite the price I would go for the Xperia Z3 Compact for the massive battery life.

22. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Moto X (2013) is still a great option if you can get your hands on one...

24. KinqElessaR

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

Just because HTC One has screen below 5" doesn't make it compact. If it's compact, than S4 and S5 are also compact.

30. tyger11

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Nexus 5 is 4.95 inches. :)

31. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

I still love my m7. Only drawback is battery back which is around 4hrs of sot

34. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Nobody wants anything under 5". /penis joke

40. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I'm between getting the Alpha or the Z3 compact, but since Z4 is on the way I'm getting an Alpha, if not tomorrow I'll get it on monday as my GS5 is pretty banged up now it has taken hundreds of falls, it works like new but the body on the outside is in a bad shape, I would imagine if I had an iphone, lol it would've been RIP from the first 5 ft fall my GS5 hads 5 months ago.

42. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Cat got your tongue when you saw prices for the above compacts hovering in the $500 range off-contract? NO phonearena NO , chines phone is chines

44. gosselin

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Z3 Compact is the best of 2014.

47. ashcro11

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

I've heard a lot about major cracking issues on the Sony Xperia Z3 compact, does this not factor in at all? I was really keen to get this phone, now seriously reconsidering...

48. RoyPen

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

If you're looking for a true compact smartphone, follow us up on:
This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.