The world's most and least compact phablets relative to their screen size
posted by Chris P. / May 28, 2015, 2:26 AM
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.
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.
This story is part of:The world's most and least compact smartphones, phablets, and tablets, relative to their screen size (3 updates)
28 May The world's most and least compact phablets relative to their screen sizeLast 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 Xx 302Sh 5.2-inch flagship finished at the very top, with the impressive 80.66% 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...
26 May The world's most and least compact flagships relative to their screen sizeFor this pick, we set out to measure the screen-to-body ratio of pretty much every flagship we could think of, from mainstream brands, down to ones that are still fighting for recognition on the world stage. What's more, we ranked them by just how much 'bang for your inch' you get. A totally new category, we know. So, without any further ado, let us show you the world's most compact flagships relative to their screen size!...
7 April The world's most and least compact tablets relative to their screen sizeFor the past two weeks now, we've working diligently in order to provide you with a more sublime aspect of your mobile device's relative compactness: screen to size ratio. In an age of ever-growing smartphone displays, it makes perfect sense that consumers spend more and more attention to the level of efficiency of the design between devices with equal or very similar screen sizes. So, then, for example, we had Japanese Sharp's Aquos Xx 302Sh phone climb on top with the amazing 80.66% of its body consisting of nothing more than the display, while Apple's iPhone 5s last, with its display making up just 60.82% of its entire body. We then did the same for phablets...
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But G Pro 2 wasn't 77.2" or something around it?
posted on Apr 02, 2014, 7:31 AM 5
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Vivo xplay 3s is a very cool looking phone
posted on Apr 02, 2014, 1:01 PM 0
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What about Tablets?
posted on Apr 02, 2014, 7:37 AM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 02, 2014, 7:45 AM 2
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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.
posted on Apr 02, 2014, 10:11 AM 1
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Next week. :)
posted on Apr 02, 2014, 7:53 AM 9
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where is moto x???
posted on Apr 02, 2014, 7:51 AM 0
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This one is phablets-only.
posted on Apr 02, 2014, 7:53 AM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 02, 2014, 9:10 AM 1
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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)
posted on Apr 02, 2014, 11:15 AM 1
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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)
posted on May 28, 2015, 3:43 PM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 02, 2014, 11:26 AM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 1:27 AM 0
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