It’s absolutely wild that a 5.8-inch smartphone is considered small these days, but here we are. It seems like smartphones just keep getting bigger. In fact, the newest iPhone 11 Pro Max weighs a ridiculous 7.97 ounces, or half a pound. As you’ve probably found out yourself, these massive devices are difficult to use one-handed and are extremely easy to drop.
We’ve researched and tested dozens of smartphones to find the best devices with smaller form factors, so you can keep their screens intact. If you struggle to take a picture, compose a message, or even unlock your phone one-handed, these small but mighty smartphones are the most comfortable, powerful, and easiest to hold.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung’s elegant Galaxy S10e smartphone packs a ton of cutting-edge tech into a refreshingly compact body. With an almost completely borderless, 5.8-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display, Samsung’s Galaxy S10e is easy to operate with one hand, unlike its pricier relatives, the S10 and S10+.
Despite its smaller body, the smartphone packs the same powerful chipset and you can choose between variants with 128 GB or 256 GB of expandable storage. Depending on the version, you’ll get 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM. Because it’s considerably more compact, the S10e has a smaller battery and a duo of camera sensors on the back — down from three on the rest of Samsung’s lineup. It also lacks a fingerprint sensor under its display. Instead, it has one embedded into the power button on its right side. Regardless, it’s a sharp-looking, sleek Android phone that you won’t be disappointed with.
Google Pixel 3a
With a screen measuring in at 5.6 inches, the Google Pixel 3a isn’t the smallest smartphone, but it’s still comfortable to grip and easy to hold thanks to its sleek body. The Pixel 3a features a headphone jack, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset, a sharp edge-to-edge OLED display, stereo speakers, and some quality cameras. It’s also equipped with Google Assistant, which can answer questions and respond to voice commands. You can activate the feature by squeezing the phone’s frame. The Google Pixel 3a offers the most advanced Android user experience, because Google prioritizes its software updates over other Android phones.
If you’re looking for a small, cheap, and unlocked smartphone, the 5.8-inch Nokia 7.1 is a great choice. It isn’t as powerful or feature-filled as flagship devices, but it has a cool design, a bright display, and an ultra slim body with excellent build quality. The smartphone runs Google’s Oreo operating system, includes a 8 MP front-facing camera and dual rear cameras, and it has support for Google’s smart voice assistant. It’s equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Hands down, it’s one of the most affordable smartphones you can buy.Our only complaint is that it’s not water-resistant. If you have a budget of under $100, we recommend the 5-inch Nokia 2.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
If you prefer Android to iOS and want a small smartphone, we recommend the new Xperia XZ2 Compact from Sony. It sports a 5-inch Full HD+ HDR display, a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, and an impressive 4 GB of RAM (which is even more than the latest iPhone XR). It’s water-resistant and equipped with a 19 MP camera and a large 2,870 mAh battery. It’s one of the few Sony smartphones that’s equipped with a fingerprint sensor, and it also has a memory-card slot onboard for more storage. Our only complaints are that it lacks wireless charging and a headphone jack. The phone comes in black, silver, pink, and pastel green colors, and it runs Android’s Oreo operating system.
If you’re in search of the smallest smartphone money can buy, the Unihertz Atom is hard to beat. Believe it or not, this smartphone is about the size of a pack of gum. It still has built-in GPS, dual cameras, Bluetooth, and a headphone jack like every other modern smartphone, and it even runs on the latest 4G networks and comes unlocked. It supports AT&T and T-Mobile, but it doesn’t work with Verizon or Sprint.It offers a rugged body, which helps it withstand drops, dirt, and spills. It also packs 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space, and runs the Android Oreo operating system. Unfortunately, it’s equipped with mediocre cameras and a weak speaker. It’s also difficult to type on because of its smaller size. If you work in construction, break your phone frequently, or just want to get a break from your full-sized phone, it’s an affordable option that you may want to consider — especially given its extreme durability and IP68-rated water resistance.