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

Would you buy a powerful 4-inch Android phone (an iPhone SE rival)?
Most high-end Android smartphones now feature screens of at least 5 inches, and users are generally happy with that. 

However, there are still plenty of people out there who would rather have a smaller, but still powerful handset. That's one of the reasons why Apple introduced the iPhone SE - a 4-inch device powered by the Apple A9 processor (the same that's found inside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus). The iPhone SE already attracted the interest of millions of customers, and it looks like a significant part of those buying the SE is represented by ex-Android users.

In the Android world, the closest thing to the iPhone SE is the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, which features a 4.6-inch 720p display and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor. Obviously, the Xperia Z5 Compact is larger than the iPhone SE, though maybe not as large as the 4.0-inch vs. 4.6-inch screens would suggest. Anyhow, we want to know how many of our readers would buy an Android handset that's comparable to the iPhone SE - meaning a 4-inch smartphone with a speedy processor (let's say a Snapdragon 820) and a starting price of around $400. Cast your votes in the poll below, and sound off in the comments section if you have more to say on this.


Would you buy a powerful 4-inch Android phone?

Yes, a 4-inch screen is enough
39.9%
No, I need a bigger screen
60.1%

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88 Comments

1. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

No. I prefer 5.2 inch. i currently use note 5 and it is big and nexus 5 was a bit small.

6. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

I on the other hand am in the minority: Waited for a very compact high end phone from Android for so long only to go back to ios since the OG iphone just for the size. I think I'll like the ios almost just as much as an Android for my every day use. Really looking forward to it. kinda like Alan F story really! BTW Alan, I felt a little sad to see how much you got knocked around on the comments section for going back to ios. At the end of the day, preferences are just that right - preferences!! Hope you keep that going.. More power to you!

46. sgodsell

Posts: 7443; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

4" is the size of some of the toys that you would find in some cereal boxes. 4" is a toy.

50. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Couldn't agree more. 4" is a no-go for me.

75. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3150; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

4" is a toy. I take it you've heard that a few times.

82. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Ironically, small children use large screens (tablets). And small things is a choking hazard to toddlers. So if 4" is a toy, it's definitely not for babies.

80. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Now that Apple as released a new high-end 4in phone, I believe that some android OEMs are going to release some smaller high end phone as well 4-4.3in. Samsung is said to be working on a high end 4.3in S7 mini.

87. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

4" Hi-end with 1MP Camera??!! That's a Hi-Faggot-Ass-End for sure

88. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

SMH at you.

89. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Though it was hash, Anonn was quite on point.

23. Emzie

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Yes 5 - 5.3 inchers all the way... Gone are the days when small phones were trendy - i think most pple who buy smarphones are thinking outside the call box. Content and multimedia looks more appealing and enjoyable on 5+ inches

42. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Right! Gone are those days. Now, it's 5" to say the least.

2. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I would. I just would also have regular phone. I like to switch between Blackberry and Windows sometimes just to get a different feel from my Android. However it doesn't last long as I am reminded how much of a better OS Android is than Windows or BB.

3. Silkrays

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

Powerful processor ....4.5 inch to 4.7 inch with sexy edges like s7 edge will be perfect for many people arround the world ☺

27. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

that does sound nice!

44. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

That doesn't mean it's necessary.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Maybe. If there was Galaxy Alpha 2 with IP68 and SD slot I would not even think about iPhone. And btw Z5C sucks, Z3C was and still is much better IMO

11. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I liked the z3 too, but what's worse with the z5? Just curious as I haven't even seen one in person yet.

37. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Battery, camera isn't any better, design IMO is ugly but it's a matter of taste. And as a not-so-much of power user SD801 provides more than enough power for my usage, I don't care about 64-bit on phones really. And screen looked a bit colder to me but maybe it was the light in store or something But the biggest grip is the battery - Z3C had incredible battery life, I charged mine once in 3 days, Z5C is apparently huge step down So considering the price Z3C is waaaay better

51. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

"camera isn't any better" Who are you kidding? Are you implying that there's not upgrade at all in the Z5C's camera versus Z3C?

62. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well looking at comparisions Z5 really does nothing special. There were some improvements in numbers but the quality isn't as good as it should be. I don't believe this Dxo site, their ratings are strange It's just my opinion and eyes, yours could be better and I might be wrong

84. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

From the samples I see online, the photos taken by Z3 are actually sharper than Z5.

91. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

How can you tell if the Z3C's photos were sharper than Z5C, when you have not even seen the live subject picture reference? I mean, the scene where those online photos were taken!

52. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yah, I can see the battery being a huge step down. The z3 knocked the competition out of the park 2 years ago in that regard. Anyway, thanks for your response!

74. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No offense to him, but he doesn't actually have the phone and is only going by reviews I assume. I have the Z5c and now the MM update on it which makes it far better than the Z3c now. Battery life is amazing, there just isn't any arguing with that. Camera is amazing in day light but night time it is okay. Camera app is very slow in opening and shooting, but the video is smooth as hell. The original release software was buggy and terrible. Think iOS 9 bad if you know what I mean. So thanks to that, all the reviews and what not paint a terrible picture. Looks wise it is subjective, but I have the black version which looks awesome, white one is terrible.

5. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Only time I carry a small phone is weekend hikes where I just need an emergency phone.

7. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

used an Xcover 2 and it was great, but slow. xperia compact series is great, but i don't like glass and the camera of the z series. the galaxy mini series was not bad at all with the S5 mini. if there was an LG V10 mini with 4.7 inch, i would fall in love...

63. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Totally agreed, if it wasn't for the V10 size it would be perfect phone

92. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I instead dig the V10's size. That's the signature of Phablet at it's best!

8. nej_simon

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

I would love to have such a phone. I'd prefer it to not have the awkward screen dimensions of the iphone 5/SE though.

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