5 Small Screen Android Phones Worth Buying Today

Smartphones keep getting bigger and bigger, and that’s becoming more apparent than ever here in 2015 now that every major Android manufacturer has released a phone over 5-inches. Even the new Moto X is 5.7-inches in size, something no one would consider easy to hold. If you’re one of the many looking for a great Android phone with a small screen, one that isn’t junk, check out the list below.

Samsung started it all with the Galaxy Note, the first true “phablet” and now everyone has one, even Apple. The LG G4, Galaxy Note 4, Moto X, iPhone 6 Plus, and even Google’s Nexus 6. They’re all big, and some are over 6-inches.

Read: 10 Best Cheap Android Smartphones [2015]

These days almost all smartphones that come in smaller sizes, or what we’d consider small these days (anything under 5-inches) are low-end Android devices and not flagship phones. Getting a small screen without sacrificing performance and quality is hard to come by, but there are some excellent choices here in 2015 that we’ll share with buyers below.

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If you want a phone with the latest cutting edge features, powerful processors and great cameras, you’ll be looking at a device over 5-inches in size and likely $400-$600. Not everyone wants a big or expensive device. Here is a list of small, portable, powerful and pocketable smartphones.

The Galaxy S6 is almost 5.2-inches, the new LG G4 is 5.5-inches, and Motorola’s new Moto X is a whopping 5.7-inch device. Everyone is releasing huge phones. However, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and a few others still have phones you’ll want to consider. Below is a list of 5 small screen Android smartphones worth buying today.

Update: As the year has progressed more excellent small screen Android smartphones have been released at a great price. Below is a detailed slideshow with some of the best options, and here is an updated list with some more choices worth considering.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Rumor has it a new Xperia Z4 compact is coming sometime in August, but for now the Xperia Z3 is probably the best bang for your buck. It was a surprisingly great phone last year, and is still one of the best small phones right now.

It has a wonderful 4.6-inch 720p HD display, and everything about this phone is built to impress. It has a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, it's waterproof, takes a micro-SD slot for storage expansion, and even has a 20.7 megapixel camera. It's a flagship phone that isn't massive.

This is one compact yet powerful smartphone that should be on all buyers radar. To make things even better, the initial $500 price was a bit high for most, and it has recently been dropped to just $399. And it's on sale for even less at Amazon.

Buy on Amazon for $390

20 Comments

  1. yusef

    08/01/2015 at 9:38 pm

    I love my Z3 Compact.

    Reply

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    08/30/2015 at 10:31 pm

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  3. John

    09/10/2015 at 1:53 pm

    Actually Dell created a 5″ phone about a year or two after Apple released the first iPhone. It didn’t have all of the polish of the Note but it was definitely the first phablet and was on the market long before the Note.

    Reply

    • Paul

      11/21/2015 at 12:07 am

      I honestly doubt this could be called a phablet nowadays… I know it was giant in the day, but since Samsung was the first to use that term in their marketing…

      Reply

  4. Emery

    10/07/2015 at 12:09 am

    An article on “small phones” with no dimensions. I want to know how big these things are compared to my existing as I have small lady hands and don’t want a brick I can’t use one handed!

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    • Paul

      11/21/2015 at 12:07 am

      Look at the screen size.

      Reply

  5. RaV

    10/19/2015 at 4:32 pm

    Samsung Galaxy Avant 4G LTE ???

    Reply

  6. sue hargeaves

    10/25/2015 at 3:52 am

    These hardly qualify as small……I want a SMALL phone with decent specs that will fit in my pocket. Big is not always better, nor is it what everyboby wants

    Reply

  7. Jim

    10/27/2015 at 4:45 pm

    If you want to compare actual sizes, go to phonearena.com. When you choose which phones to compare it will display side by side images of the actual phones, one front-on image and one taken from the side to show the thickness of the phone. The best way is to search for your existing phone and use it in the phonearena comparison so you can see exactly how much bigger (or smaller) other phones are in comparison to what you already know.

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  8. Bored_of_phablets

    11/19/2015 at 8:30 pm

    These.
    Phones.
    Are.
    Not.
    SMALL!!!

    Reply

    • Gabe

      01/17/2016 at 7:11 am

      So true!!! I agree with you 100%

      Reply

  9. Lucas

    12/02/2015 at 8:40 am

    This is ridiculous. just 5 years ago the HTC Touch HD2, a 4,3″ phone was considered huge. Now, 4,5″ phones are called “compact” and “mini”… WTF?

    Reply

  10. zyga

    12/06/2015 at 7:38 am

    smallest? are you kidding me? 3.5″ are small size not 5″ or 4.6″ lol

    Reply

  11. zyga

    12/06/2015 at 7:39 am

    This is ridiculous. just 5 years ago the HTC Touch HD2, a 4,3″ phone was considered huge. Now, 4,5″ phones are called “compact” and “mini”… WTF?

    yeah wtf is wrong with ppl

    Reply

  12. zyga

    12/06/2015 at 7:42 am

  13. Roy

    12/16/2015 at 4:09 am

    This is a true compact smartphone, with android 5:
    http://igg.me/at/powerofmu

    Reply

  14. thesmallgirl

    12/17/2015 at 1:06 pm

    this article should list SMALL phones by the title. since when are these phones small??? My old htc wildfire was smaller than these… not useful for a small person (160 cm). imagine yourself having a phone 20% bigger than you own at the moment – this is how normal phones feel to me, and I’m not the only one small person – not to mention many would like to have a discreet size phone that could be put into an elegant bag as well…

    Reply

  15. BearUK

    02/07/2016 at 9:04 pm

    none of these are what I call small. The iphone 4 has a 3.5″ display, and that phone is about the largest I would ever buy. My xperia mini pro is 3″!

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    • Paul

      02/08/2016 at 5:39 am

      Well, bad for you, because these are the smallest ones available. So you can either buy an old phone with no warranty or support, or buy a dumb phone, or just deal with it and get a 4.5″ phone… It’s very sad, but I had to endure the same. So I bought Asus Zenfone 2, which is 5″. Way too big for my preference, but at least it has a one handed mode… It’s pretty damn cheap and its screen doesn’t shatter by itself, unlike Sony Z3c ;)

      Reply

  16. Alexander Ewering

    03/07/2016 at 3:22 am

    4.8 Inches is small? You can’t be serious. Does everyone nowadays have Frankenstein hands?

    Reply

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