Best Small Phones (2020)

Best Small Phones (2020)

We review our favourite mini mobile phones in 2020, across a range of budgets – from cheap smaller smartphones such as the Xperia XZ2 Compact, to premium handsets like the Pixel 4. These are all under 6-inches and in many cases around the 5-inch mark, so one-handed use is refreshingly easy.

While tracking down a proper tiny blower is tricky in 2020, foldable phones like the Moto Razr and Galaxy Fold 2 will hopefully ease the pain when they hit UK stores. And you can still find small-ish standard devices from the likes of Google and Sony, although the Pixel 4 disappoints with its meagre battery life. Here’s hoping the Pixel 4a and a new Xperia Compact will emerge later this year.

If you’re happy to go iOS, the likes of the iPhone 8 and XS are still quite compact, while a new iPhone SE2 will hopefully be launched before the winter. But whatever you do, steer clear of the Fairphone 3 (which isn’t compact despite that small screen) and the Palm Phone, which is absolutely awful.

What’s you favourite mini mobile? We only feature phones that we’ve personally used , so apologies if your pick of the best isn’t mentioned!


  1. Saif Helayel on March 28, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Forgot to mention the mighty Huawei P30…

  2. Christiaan Veltkamp on March 28, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Xiaomi mi 6 = fabulous & relatively small 5.15 inch.

  3. nuff4me on March 28, 2020 at 7:20 am

    The person who are not in action needs AK. And 007 need a pistol.

  4. Grey Monochrome on March 28, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Return the compact 😭

  5. santioriginal on March 28, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Currently the best real compact high-end Android smartphone is the SHARP AQOUS R2 Compact.

  6. Bob Mathews on March 28, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Still got my SE and it’s still performing as it did on day 1 , got a moto g7 power as back-up and as a “media player” , those 2 phones combined cost me a quarter of the price of a flagship and will last me twice as long

  7. Ritik Yadav on March 28, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Waiting foriphone SE 2

  8. Art Raymond on March 28, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Your video is useless, these phones ARE NOT SMALL

  9. ZeroLife on March 28, 2020 at 7:34 am

    those old Sony xperia seems to be the way to go… my Nexus 4 is one foot into hell already, need a replacement. Those xperia seems to be on very similar dimension but actually 0.5" larger screen, very nice indeed. // Looks unique, unlike 99% of iPong clones out there. Low price, I see a lot of people selling second hand ~$50 locally, so availability doesn’t seems to be an issue even for those 5 years old models. // I don’t care much about performance, since I don’t play games on phone. All I need is – cheap, looks great, and small. Those xperia seems to fit the bill… 👍

  10. David A on March 28, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Only 1 small phone ‘reviewed’.

  11. Georgy Gobozov on March 28, 2020 at 7:36 am

    This is just ridiculous.. most of people like compact phones and like to handle it with one hand but phone vendors don’t understand it and keep produce 6.5 inches phone. Give me <=5.5 inch, full hd, 6gb ram, decent camera and 4000 mah battery!

  12. tom jens on March 28, 2020 at 7:36 am

    do you think sony would release same size new compact phone? Like zx3 compact
    Ok, got the asswer later in the video, unfortunately 5.5 inch is not the same as that 5.0 🙁
    There are plenty of 5.5 inch phones, with 5.0 they would have no competition.

  13. RUSSELL ABBOT on March 28, 2020 at 7:37 am

    You forgot the very BEST compact phone "XIAOMI MI9 SE" Best bang for buck premium compact phone that gives you nearly everything for far less than s10e!!
    Also pixel 3a is not a small phone but medium size ugly phone with a small screen, big bezels but good camera!!
    And YES pixel 4a is looking to be the REAL deal android compact phone to get 2020 so heres hoping it delivers 🙂

  14. Peter Parka on March 28, 2020 at 7:37 am

    It’s pointless to be small when the sets are so heavy it sags down your pants. For comparison:
    Pixel 4: 162 g (5.71 oz)
    Pixel 3a: 147 g (5.19 oz)
    Fairphone 3: 189 g (6.66 oz)
    Galaxy s10e: 150 g (5.29 oz)
    Palm: 62.5 g (2.22 oz)
    iPhone XS: 177 g (6.24 oz)
    Xperia XZ2 Compact: 168 g (5.93 oz)
    Galaxy Fold: 263 g (9.28 oz)
    Razr 2019: 205 g (7.23 oz)
    iPhone SE 2: ~148 g (5.22 oz)
    The new iPhone SE 2 will take on the design of iPhone 8, which should be roughly the same weight as 8 unfortunately.
    Its predecessor, the iPhone SE, is so cheap these days, people are using it as burner phones. Its technology may be dated, yet it still beats the snot out of most new Chinese phones. The screen is diminutive compared to new Android phones, but remember kids grew up playing PSP, which is the same size. With all that out of the way…
    iPhone SE: 113 g (3.99 oz)
    No Android phone maker can get any better than this. Not even Apple can. The new SE 2 is a disgrace.

  15. OTOKONOKO on March 28, 2020 at 7:38 am

    You have a really good anime taste

  16. M. Chedderbeef on March 28, 2020 at 7:38 am

    I just want a phone the same size as the Sony Xperia Mini Pro

  17. African Twin on March 28, 2020 at 7:40 am

    I want a 4 inch with root. No sony bloatware

  18. loveisthething on March 28, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Channel is getting boring. It’s always the same and never goes in depth.

  19. Music Apps & Games on March 28, 2020 at 7:41 am

    I am going ro change my 2 year old Android phone with Samsung Galaxy s10e as it is compact and it still retains "the headphone jack"

  20. Rahul Singh Yadav on March 28, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Forgot Mi 4i

  21. Mercedes Aker on March 28, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Just what I was looking for with regards to smaller phones, thank you!

  22. RBR on March 28, 2020 at 7:44 am

    There are no compact smartphones anymore. AFAIC, a phone’s display has to be 5" or smaller to be considered "compact".

  23. sandeep toppo on March 28, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Please give me iphone 11

  24. Mr Simplee on March 28, 2020 at 7:47 am

    I wish their was a small smartphone that support gaming.😇

  25. Mr Kaajal on March 28, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Small fn is best likes a Samsung s2

  26. Samarth Mishra on March 28, 2020 at 7:48 am

    I am currently using a iphone 7 and its small even after the bezels
    And now im switching to android so i wanted a small phone

    Any recommendations?

  27. Metalmachine467 on March 28, 2020 at 7:50 am

    I hope there’s a lot of interest in the clamshell phones as well as the new Samsung fold 2 tablet foldable
    So they actually develop them more in the future

  28. Skeleton Dude on March 28, 2020 at 7:51 am

    I might switch to iPhone just for the smaller size. I don’t game at all on my phone so specs never mattered to me. I just want to be able to hold my phone better so I won’t drop it all the time. Anything above 5 inches is a deal breaker.

  29. Toufik Reza on March 28, 2020 at 7:51 am

    I need a 4 inch bezzelless smartphone

  30. Joe Lin on March 28, 2020 at 7:51 am

    I am waiting for the iPhone 9

  31. Belthazor22 on March 28, 2020 at 7:54 am

    I wish the s10e had a high refresh rate display. Would be the best phone ever

  32. Bee aware on March 28, 2020 at 7:54 am

    one day the "barrier" is 4" then its 5" now its 6" ?????? THERE ARE NO SMALL PHONES!!!!!

  33. 柊Freedom on March 28, 2020 at 7:55 am

    I like the S10e. But its Taiwan version is Exynos 9820 instead of Snapdragon 855

  34. Thunder Draws on March 28, 2020 at 7:55 am

    well damn… there’s no s20e – so no compact flagship anymore

  35. MartyvH on March 28, 2020 at 7:55 am

    A marketplace of a few billion people but the sizes are still only large and extra large. It doesn’t make sense.

  36. Vijay Bhatia on March 28, 2020 at 7:57 am

    I have huge hands, and having a small phone on top of that would really help me to flex.

  37. Firo Cortunix on March 28, 2020 at 7:57 am

    bored, nowday they are just released bigger and more bigger phones (people need flexibility)

    soon phone will be like tablets design like fold samsung -_-

  38. Furisuki on March 28, 2020 at 7:59 am

    how about Pixel 2 non XL? still worth it for me or not in 2020?

  39. shawnrocks productions on March 28, 2020 at 8:01 am

    I really love your wallpapers….. do provide links of them pls

  40. Lau Michael on March 28, 2020 at 8:04 am

    I hate small phones just for battery can’t run though all day long, that is so unconvioent in common cases.

  41. marcducati on March 28, 2020 at 8:05 am

    I hate iPad size phones

  42. harish trivedi on March 28, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Best bro

  43. Henry's Life Reviews on March 28, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Would you recommend the Pixel 3 at this point? I really like the front facing speakers and the size.

  44. LouLou on March 28, 2020 at 8:09 am

    I just want a phone that csn be out on my pocket jeans

  45. _Not Clan_ on March 28, 2020 at 8:09 am

    IPhone has left the chat

  46. Elliot Rodgers on March 28, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Where do you get your wallpaper from?
    They are amazing!!

  47. Adam c on March 28, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Forgot sharp compact the high end compact Android phone

  48. Khairi on March 28, 2020 at 8:13 am

    currently using a xiaomi mi max 3 at 6.9 inches. had to take a day off work to visit the doctor’s, and diagnosed with carpal tunnel due to constant need to grip the phone while lying down and watching a movie. love the screen but maybe need to get an iphone se as daily driver for basic text and calls.

  49. 10 MinuteS TuToriaL & SeCondHanD ReVieW on March 28, 2020 at 8:15 am

    My mini smartphone is Sony Experia Z4 mini hehehe

  50. Ekta Vishwajeet on March 28, 2020 at 8:15 am

    I am only keeping my iphn 6 becoz of size i am not updgrading bcoz of if i upgrade then i have urge to buy the latest one..

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