Phones are becoming bigger and bigger, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re better. For instance, the original iPhone featured a 3.5-inch display; the iPhone XS Max features a 6.5-inch display. Not everyone needs the additional three inches.

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Those with tiny hands will frequently be forced to use a huge phone with both hands, which is a real annoyance. Small smartphones can be operated with one hand, fit considerably more easily in your pocket, and are just as speedy as larger phones.

There are still a number of great smartphones available with screens less than 6 inches and even less than 5 inches. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best small phones available today.

iPhone 13 mini

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  • Display: 5.4-inch OLED (1080 x 2340)
  • CPU: A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB (non-expandable) 
  • Rear cameras: 12MP+12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Weight: 131g
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The iPhone 13 mini is one of just a few tiny phones with top-tier hardware. Its 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display looks fantastic, thanks to its high brightness levels. It uses the same technology as the iPhone 13, but it’s smaller.

In the same vein, its camera is quite capable. It features a 12MP f/1.6 wide-angle camera with 1.7µm pixels for improved low-light performance, as well as a 12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field of view. Low-light photography is also excellent.

The iPhone 13 mini is quick and capable of multitasking thanks to Apple’s A15 Bionic CPU. iOS 15 runs really nicely in this environment. Keep in mind that it costs more than the iPhone 12 mini that came before it, so expect to pay a higher price this time around.

Google Pixel 5

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  • Display: 6.0-inch (1080 x 2340)
  • CPU: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear cameras: 16MP+12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Weight: 151g
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Google’s Pixel 5 isn’t a perfect upgrade over the Pixel 4, which is probably why it’s a little disappointing. Although the new Pixel’s battery life is significantly improved and it supports 5G across millimeter-wave and sub-6GHz bands, it is less powerful than the previous model and lacks 3D Face Unlock and the ability to interpret Motion Sense air motions, which were quite distinctive features.

However, the Pixel 5 has a lot going for it. It retains its class-leading camera, but adds a secondary ultrawide sensor; it offers a striking all-aluminum design; and, of course, it includes Google’s latest Android features, such as Hold For Me and Call Screen for phone calls.

And it accomplishes all of this while maintaining an extremely slim profile, making it possibly the most svelte tiny phone I’ve ever seen in terms of screen-to-body ratio. The Pixel 5 is not without flaws, and the Pixel 4a 5G offers many of the same features for $200 less, however, the 4a 5G is larger and missing key luxuries, such as wireless charging.

Asus Zenfone 8

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  • Display: 5.9-inch AMOLED (2400 x 1080)
  • CPU: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB, 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB (non-expandable)
  • Rear cameras: 64MP (f/1.8) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Weight: 5.96 ounces
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The ZenFone 8 isn’t particularly small, but it’s smaller than practically any Android phone on the market right now. Comparatively speaking, it’s around the same size as an iPhone 13.

The ZenFone features a more durable design than the majority of other small phones on the market. The phone features a metal frame with front and rear Corning Gorilla Glass panels.

Aside from its smaller size, the Zenfone stands out from the rest of the pack thanks to its Snapdragon 888 processor. Depending on your budget, you can choose between 6, 8, or 16GB of RAM, making the Asus more powerful than most other devices. That means you’ll be able to run more apps, play more graphically demanding games, and even do some real work on it.

In terms of sensors and battery life, the ZenFone 8 features a 64MP primary camera and a 12MP ultra-wide lens, with an estimated 11 hours of battery life.

iPhone SE (2020)

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  • Display: 4.7-inch LCD (1334 x 750)
  • CPU: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB (non-expandable)
  • Rear cameras: 12MP wide (ƒ/1.8)
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Weight: 5.22 ounces
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The iPhone SE is a good choice if you want to be in the iPhone ecosystem. You won’t have to pay a lot for it, but you’ll still get a ton of features that make iPhones great. 

For starters, the iPhone SE comes equipped with Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset, which is one of the company’s fastest processors. This chipset gives the SE a very smooth and reliable experience. You’ll be able to play games, send text messages, make phone calls, and stream your favorite content without experiencing any freezing or lag. Additionally, the SE’s display is an ultra-bright OLED with vibrant colors and detail.

The iPhone SE also includes many of the premium camera features seen on more costly iPhone models. While it is not a triple camera configuration, the single-camera still captures 12MP images and 4K video. You’ll have access to the truly groundbreaking Night Mode, which captures stunning images in low-light situations. 

The iPhone SE also provides access to the wider Apple ecosystem, so if you already own other Apple mobile devices, this is a no-brainer. 

Moto G7 Play

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  • Display: 5.7-inch LCD (720 x 1512)
  • CPU: Snapdragon 632
  • RAM: 2GB, 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB (expandable)
  • Rear cameras: 13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, PDAF
  • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 1/4″, 1.12µm
  • Weight: 149g
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The Moto G7 Play is an excellent choice if you’re searching for a budget-friendly small phone. The 5.7-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 1512 x 720 pixels, and the Snapdragon 632 processor is paired with 2GB of RAM. While this is a far cry from the more expensive phones, the Moto G7 Play delivers smooth and fast performance on this budget hardware and competes well with the Moto G7 range’s more expensive models.

Due to the power-sipping hardware, the respectable 3,000mAh battery lasts even longer than expected, and when it runs out, the supplied 10W USB-C charger should recharge it quickly. On the rear, there is only one camera lens, a 13-megapixel sensor that performs admirably in adequate light. However, there will be compromises: Internal storage is limited to 32GB (though a microSD card slot helps), there is a large notch and hefty bezels, and the rear is made of cheap-feeling plastic.

Nonetheless, these flaws are minor in comparison to the low price. The sub-$200 price tag is easier on the wallet than most phones on the market, yet this phone offers excellent performance, a large battery, and an easy one-handed design.

Unihertz Atom Small Smartphone

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  • Display: 2.45-inch LCD (240 x 432)
  • CPU: Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB (non-expandable)
  • Rear cameras: 4.9MP
  • Front camera: 4.9MP
  • Weight: 107g
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The Unihertz Atom pushes the envelope when it comes to small phones. This ultra-compact phone features a 2.45-inch display and an overall dimension of 3.8 x 1.77 x 0.74 inches. To say that this phone is portable is an understatement. 

Thanks to its extra-rugged design, you won’t have to worry about it being damaged in the event of a drop or bump. The Atom includes a durable rubberized plastic exterior casing, a Gorilla Glass 3 screen, and IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. 

Understandably, with such a small size, some performance hitches are to be expected. But despite the lack of a flashy CPU, the phone runs adequately. The user interface is sleek and intuitively responds to touch commands. You won’t be playing games that require a lot of processing power on this phone, but you wouldn’t want to with such a little screen. 

The Unihertz Atom comes with an amazing 64GB of internal storage, Unfortunately, it doesn’t support memory expansion. The Atom’s battery can survive all day, which is an excellent feature that defies expectations for a phone with such a small capacity. Overall, if you’re looking for a truly compact Android phone, the Unihertz Atom is your best bet. 

Palm Phone PVG100

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  • Display: 5.7-inch LCD (720 x 1512)
  • CPU: Snapdragon 632
  • RAM: 2GB, 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB (expandable)
  • Rear cameras: 13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, PDAF
  • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 1/4″, 1.12µm
  • Weight: 149g
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PVG100 is one of the tiniest Android phones currently on the market. With a diagonal display of just 3.3 inches, this little device fits comfortably in practically any pocket or purse. Surprisingly, despite its 720p resolution, the extra-small screen remains crisp and detailed. We were also impressed by the overall build quality. The Palm Phone is well-built and has a premium feel. While it is not the most durable phone on the market, it should be capable of withstanding a few bumps.

This phone’s objective is to cut down on the amount of time you spend on your phone throughout the day, and it succeeds admirably. There is some difficulty in using such a small phone, and you will find yourself doing only what you need and then putting it away. Additionally, the included Life Mode helps you minimize distractions even further, which is a useful feature. Unfortunately, the Palm Phone’s processor isn’t the best, which means you should expect some lag, although it never becomes an issue. 

Samsung Galaxy S10e

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  • Display: 5.8-inch AMOLED (1080 x 2280)
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 6GB, 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB
  • Rear cameras: 12MP + 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Weight: 150g
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Although the Samsung Galaxy S10e is becoming older, it remains the best option for those looking for a small Galaxy S phone.

As an S-series device, it features either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and an Exynos 9820 or Snapdragon 855 CPU. Which chipset you get depends on your location, although both are among the best of this phone’s launch year (2019).

The Samsung Galaxy S10e features a 5.8-inch 1080 x 2280 AMOLED display with vibrant colors and fine detail. Additionally, there is a superb dual-lens camera with 12MP primary and 16MP ultra-wide lenses, as well as all-day battery life.

Even better, the Galaxy S10e features a glass back, a metal frame, and water resistance. While it lacks some of the features found on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and is no longer the newest phone on the block, this just means it is more affordable.

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