The world's most and least compact phablets relative to their screen size

The world's most and least compact phablets relative to their screen size
Last week we finally got around to ranking manufacturers' flagships by how compact they are relative to their screen size. Japanese Sharp's little-known Aqos Crystal X flagship finished at the very top, with the impressive 82.18% of its body being occupied by nothing but the display. In comparison, Apple's fancy iPhone 5s finished last, with just 60.82% of its physical form made up of its 4-inch screen.

Of course, these ratios are nothing more than a part of the many considerations we all go through when purchasing a smartphone, but seeing as how Android flagships are on path to make 5- to 5.2-inches the norm, it's becoming more and more apparent why these ratios are important. They're perhaps doubly important when you're in the market for a phablet, for those are now edging on true tablet category, with the biggest ones clocking in at 7-inches. Those type of devices are unlikely to make a pocket-friendly solution, but some of them sure are more rapacious with the amount of bezel they require.

So, without any further ado, let's see which phablet makes the best use of its dimensions relative to their individual screen diagonal.

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Note: Results are approximations, given how an advertised 5-inch screen can sometimes actually measure in at 4.95 or 5.04 inches, for example.

UPDATED: 5/28/2015

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1. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

But G Pro 2 wasn't 77.2" or something around it?

24. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Vivo xplay 3s is a very cool looking phone

42. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

this is what I commented last year and I have Xplay 3S this year :)

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What about Tablets?

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

iPad Air should be relatively compact, and also Mini. Nexus 7 has huge bottom bezels, and almost every 10" tablet other than Air have yet quite thick bezels. I'd say that thickest bezels are in cheap 7 inch tablets.

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But tablets are different, because you can't comfortably hold them in one hand as easily as smartphones. Bezels become necessary and actually a good thing as long as they aren't adding too much weight to the device.

7. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Next week. :)

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Good. :)

10. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

And what about Smartwatches?

11. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

And also touchscreen feature phones?

14. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Don't forget about the Huawei MediaPad X1. :)

15. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Nowadays When I see a Phonearena profile pic in the comment section... I know it is Chris.P... Nice...

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No Coolpad 9976A? Did you guys really look at ALL phablets? A bunch more came out in the last two months...

19. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

But tablet shouldn't focus on smaller bezels because they are actually a necesity to offer a comfy grip. Tablet designs should be focused on thinner and lighter devices... and battery life

3. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The G3 will get into the top 5.

5. greesh.vj

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 16, 2014

where is moto x???

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Chris, Can I know how do you guys find out area of the device i.e. is it just length*breath or you deduct the curved edges on the corners from the equation?

18. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

By the way... How about the Galaxy Round... It is a 5+ inch phone too...

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

'Check out our ranking of the world's most and least compact PHABLETS relative to their screen size' can you read the title?

12. SleepingOz unregistered

The Note 3 rules them all! But that Vivo 3S though..

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Was kind of curious how the Coolpad 9976A ranked....

20. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

There is NOTHING compact about the G Flex... lol One of my god parents switch to that from the 5S. That thing is HUGE. Makes my Note 3 look like a toy.

37. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

"compact phablets..... relative to their screen size" Did you even bother to read the title?

22. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Of course, the larger the screen size, the more they could cram behind the display and that translates to higher display ratios. A 4-inch phone (what? the iphone 5 has a 4-4inch screen?!!) would never do well here unless it is brick thick (or super long like the iphone)

43. aleunge

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yes I think we all understand that but that's not the point. It's relative to other phablets, which ones do the larger screen more effectively. For example, some of the phablets lower on the list (or not on the list) could totally have had larger screens on them. iPhone 6 plus with the large round button? Or you see things like the Xperia z ultra with the large bezel on the bottom which could have been used for hardware buttons to put better use to the bezel... Like the redmi right below it. It has more screen to work with in most apps. Or if you compare it with the post from last week on non phablets, you see some of the phablets aren't even much better off than smaller screen phones (and 1% of bezel is more physical space than 1% on a smaller screen)

23. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

If you want to see a gorgeously screen-filled design I want to point to the XPERIA ZL and (Japanese au only) UL. Now those are wonders in the bezel department. I was wondering why they weren't mentioned then I realized these were for phablets. In a way it's kind of ironic because Sony is recognized lately for having oversized bezels on their, um, flagship flagships. As for Sharp, it's a real pity they keep to themselves in Japan. They actually make some incredible devices.

27. GBPN15

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

How i truly hate bezels discution. It just donesn't matter that much... -.-

25. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I didnt expect there are phablets that are less compact than Oppo N1...haha

26. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

That awkward moment when you realize Note 2 has more bezels than Xperia Z Ultra. I currently own the Lenovo S930. Pretty huge device, but the front-facing dual dolby stereo speakers is worth the trade-off.

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