Squeezing all the features of modern, flagship smartphones into devices which slip effortlessly into a trouser pocket has become the number one challenge in the mobile phone industry. Several manufactures have tried (and failed) to downsize the modern smartphone, whilst keeping all the bells and whistles on which we’ve become hopelessly dependent.
Fitting all the features of a top-of-the-range phone into a smaller body is a real challenge, but a handful of mobile sellers have nailed it. Here are 5 of the best compact mobile phones of 2015.
Sony Xperia Z5
Squeaking into this countdown with a 4.6 inch screen, Sony’s flagship compact phone is the most powerful ‘smaller’ mobile phone on the market. The Xperia Z5 is feature-rich, with fingerprint security lurking under the power button, a whopping-great 23-megapixel camera on-board and extra storage options and a hulking great battery, allowing 3 days’ use from a single charge.
Like many smartphones in this day and age, the Z5 is waterproof, coping with depths of up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.
The Z5 is a very powerful, premium-feel smartphone which lasts longer than most on a single charge and belies its relatively small stature.
Motorola Moto G
Not only is the Motorola Moto G pocket-friendly, it’s also a touch more forgiving on the wallet, coming in at under £200.
The Moto G runs a no-frills version of Android but is surprisingly nippy and responsive despite the obvious budget phone affectations. It comes equipped with a decent camera and a microSD slot for bumping up storage if the 8 or 16 GB built-in doesn’t cut the mustard.
Rather niftily, given the price tag, the Moto G is also waterproof, able to withstand depths of 1m for up to 30 minutes, so it’s more than capable of dealing with clumsy household spillages or getting caught in a downpour.
If you’re in the market for a reliable, responsive and long-lasting little smartphone, the Moto G is a fantastically affordable option.
Samsung Galaxy A3
Samsung have very much led the way in the move from pocket-sized mobile phones to the giant tech we see being lugged around today. The Korean mega-brand also have a reputation for churning out flimsy-framed, budget versions of their flagship handsets.
Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy A3 is neither flimsy-framed nor low-end. And it just about squeezes into this list of non-enormous smartphones with a 4.5 inch 540 x 960 Super AMOLED display, providing a crisp and clear display.
Under the bonnet the Galaxy A3 is loaded with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 401 processor and 1.5GB of RAM – all pretty standard stuff, really. There’s also an 8 megapixel snapper on the rear and a 5 megapixel effort on the front.
But the real selling point for this functional and compact Samsung is the premium-feel metal casing, which has become a bit of a collector’s item in Samsung’s back catalogue.
Couple this sturdy metal casing with the affordable price tag and the Galaxy A3 becomes a very attractive option for those looking to downsize.
HTC One mini 2
HTC are renowned for their paving-slab-sized handsets and the flagship One handset rightly claims its title as one of the best smartphones ever produced. It was also very, very big.
The One mini 2 brings the same premium build-quality as the original HTC One to the compact mobile party and comes kitted-out with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and a very impressive 4.5 inch 720 x 1280 Super LCD2 screen.
There’s a more-than-decent 13 megapixel camera fitted on the rear and a nifty 5 megapixel front facing camera, covering all your selfie needs. Unlike the original HTC One mini, there’s also a microSD card slot, to boost it above the 16GB of storage that comes built in.
LG G2 Mini
LG are many people’s favourite ‘second team’ behind the usual suspects: Apple, Samsung and HTC. Over the past half-decade, the team at LG have consistently churned out some top quality tech Though they may not have garnered the critical acclaim their devices deserve, LG have racked up the sales and the the LG G2 Mini is one of the best-selling compacts around, despite being relatively expensive when compared to other offerings.
The LG G2 mini includes the same powerhouse battery as the larger G2, with a 2440mAh power cell, all squeezed into a 129.6 x 66 x 9.8mm frame, smaller than the G2’s 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm.
The LG G2 Mini’s size means the RAM has been reduced to 1GB and is ‘only’ packing a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, compared to the LG G2’s 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800.
The 4.7-inch display has a resolution of 540 x 960 and a pixel density of 234ppi, again not packing the same punch as its big brother.