World's smallest, most compact smartphones

World's smallest, most compact smartphones
Remember how back in the days phone manufacturing was all about miniaturization? That's not surprising, considering that the very first portable phones were the size of a brick. But then smartphones came into fashion, and small no longer cut it. So much so, in fact, that in the years since, display sizes – the main determinant of device's physical footprint – have literally skyrocketed. 

Have we had the opportunity to adapt? Poll results certainly suggest so – back in 2011, some 35% of respondents said that screen sizes under 3.99" are ideal, but that quickly dropped to a shockingly small, 1.19% of the total in 2014. One could argue that this is simply a consequence of some sort of confirmation bias, as the vast majority of us nowadays lug around a smartphone with a much larger display, yet that's an argument for another day. 

So what about those poor souls that simply aren't comfortable with as gigantic screens and simply want something that was designed from the ground up to be usable with a single hand? Are they completely forgotten by manufacturers?

The reality is that they have been. Indeed, nowadays smartphones with displays under 3.5" are a rarity, and the few that are available are as basic as possible. Who are they? We rounded them up for you in case you've been looking for a compact-sized phone for your parents/grandparents, or are simply looking for a burner that you don't have to worry about.



1. floppyedonkey

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Yum!! Small

9. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Yeaa very small..

14. Tuxedo_SNjr

Posts: 16; Member since: May 01, 2014

Just like your... WAAAIT?!

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Where's the side by side comparison photos of these phones with modern day phablets? That would be really funny, informative to see.


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

You can use Size Compare feature on this website. As an example, my Samsung Galaxy Young could fit three times in my friend's LG G3.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

hmm... I was unaware of this. Thank you good sir.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3150; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The HP Veer is still the bantamweight champ.

6. 3abr86

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

it would have been nice if there was specifications of each device written beside pics..!

7. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

You missed the Samsung galaxy pop. Thats really a nice phone

8. VicktorP

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

What about the HTC Aria from at&t? Anyone remember that little fella?

12. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I really couldnt make my day with such a small smartphone >.< no less than 4 inch

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I think I'd rather have the BlackBerry Classic or even an iPhone 4S over any of those, and I'm a diehard Android fan.

16. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

You forgot Samsung Galaxy Star.. 3 inch display

17. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

I remember when I had my Cliq XT with CM7, that years... that was my first android smartphone...

18. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

1. Mini Android Phone (open and try keyword Mini Android Phone) , you will get a 2.45" smartphone with android system, the seller claim the smallest phone in the world 2. Samsung Galaxy Pocket series , 2.8" 3. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini, 2.55" 4. NIU NiutekQ N108 , 2.3"

19. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

It is interesting that LG is responsible for fully a third of the selections listed. If I come back to the world of smartphones, I hope that I could come back to it with one of these smaller LG Android devices. I may not get to choose at that point, but one can hope, I suppose.

20. ohhello

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I'm 16, and I just want a phone that actually fits in a girl's pocket. I'm a little offended at the idea that compact phones are only for "parents/grandparents" or are pretty much garbage.

21. RoyPen

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

We're here to change that - Back us up to create Mu, the worlds most powerful truely COMPACT smartphone!

Latest Stories

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.