Best small and compact phones to buy
But what should we consider to pass as a "compact" phone? In 2019 it's even harder to create a lineup of small phones which is why some of our picks are really stretching the definition.
Yet, don't think that such phones are going the way of the dodo – albeit scarce, they exist, and we've actually rounded up the best ones you can buy in 2019. We'll take a quick look at each of our picks, but if you're interested only in their size, you can jump straight to the size comparison at the end of the article.
Without further ado, let us unleash our compact phones recommendations to you:
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
If the iPhone 11 Pro is within your budget, you won't regret getting this phone. This year Apple significantly improved its battery life, added an ultra-wide camera and Night Mode for low-light photography. Sure, it might be a second refinement of the iPhone X but at least this year the new additions are significantly better than last year's. Build quality is, of course, best of class with a stainless steel frame and now capable to withstand elements even better thanks to the improved water resistance.
Google Pixel 4
The Pixel 4 is probably the best compact Android phone you can get right now. Besides the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855, this time Goolge added a few extra hardware features to the Pixel line: 3D face unlock, a smooth 90Hz display and a radar! The last one is the least practical, but still, it's there if you want it. Google is always making sure its devices get a special treatment when it comes to software, making it the preferred choice by Android enthusiasts. You can expect many improvements over the lifetime of your device, which will keep receiving the latest and greatest Android has to offer in the next 3-4 years.
Another new features of the Pixel 4 is the second rear camera. This time Google has added a 2X telephoto camera and in combination with its hybrid zoom tech the results are some amazing zooming capabilities. If you don’t mind the slightly thicker bezels and the price, this device will serve you well.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
This year Samsung was gracious enough to release a smartphone specially made for those that want something compact. The Galaxy S10e has the pedigree of its larger siblings with few compromises. You're missing out on the telephoto camera and the in-display fingerprint sensor but that's hardly a deal-breaker. Another big change is the flat display which many prefer over the curved-edge ones the S series has been known for years now. The S10e is the only truly compact flagship phone on the Android side of the market so if size is the main factor for you, the choice is pretty clear.
Sony Xperia 5
We're really stretching the boundaries of "compact" here but the Xperia 5 fits the bill in one dimension — it's really narrow. On the downside, it's really tall. This year Sony completely changed the direction of its design and the Xperia 5 is part of the new lineup. It has the standard flagship specs for 2019: Snapdragon 855 and three rear cameras. The main difference from the Xperia 1 is the size. So, if you're looking for an all-around well performing and modestly sized smartphone that's not coming from Samsung, Google or Apple then this might be your best choice.
We know, we know... The LG G8 is perhaps a bit too big for this list but we're adding it anyway for the sake of variety. It just comes to show how sparse the choice is in that segment if you're only sticking to current year devices. Still, the G8 is only about a third of an inch taller than the iPhone 11 Pro and is not exactly a plus-sized phone either. It has flagship specs but can often be found for hundreds of dollars less than some of the other devices on the list. Of course, there are some compromises to be made with the LG G8 but they're not many.