Smartphone 4 inches, 5 inches or 6 inches? If there is one essential factor to consider, when you want to buy a smartphone, it is its size. Since the release of the iPhone in 2007, mobiles have grown a lot, to the point of being described today as phablets, halfway between a phone and a tablet. Obviously, the larger the diagonal of the camera, the greater the visual comfort will be important. Conversely, a small screen facilitates the grip. Here are the strengths of five mobile families, based on their size, and a list of recommended models.
Smartphone from 4 to 4.6 inches
If you are often outside
In the world of telephony, we are now talking about small size for these smartphones from 4 to 4.6 inches. They are a little out of fashion because their screen, compared to a mobile XL, seems much less attractive. And yet, their format is very convenient, especially if you are often outside or you are the awkward kind, to drop your phone regularly. The models from 4 to 4.6 inches indeed hold well in hand and the finger slides better on the screen. It is nevertheless advisable to have good eyes, because the characters are often small.
The model to choose: In this category of smartphones from 4 to 4.6 inches, the choice is now restricted. The Samsung J1 can do the trick for basic use, provided you do not use the camera, very low. For a versatile mobile without major flaws, better to rely on the Sony XZ1 compact or iPhone SE.
Smartphone 4.7 to 5 inches
If you have no time to lose
A 4.7 “to 5” screen now offers an attractive compromise between comfort in hand (which limits the risk
drop) and a real quality of display. Even though it is better still to have good eyes. Still, on a medium type screen, the applications are perfectly usable. Recommended for those who come out very often in the day the mobile from their pocket.
The model to choose: Few models in this range of screens from 4.7 to 5 inches, although the Samsung A3 is a very good compromise apart from a photo quality just passable. Otherwise the iPhone 7 offers similar qualities to the iPhone 8, while being cheaper and more robust.
Smartphone from 5.1 to 5.7 inches
If you watch a lot of videos
Smartphones from 5.1 to 5.7 inches offer a real visual pleasure that can also enjoy content normally intended for computer or television screens. Thanks to their display quality, all texts are readable even when, with age, the view begins to fall. Ideal for watching videos or making many movies and photos. Still, these large size mobiles are difficult to handle with one hand. They must often be held with the left hand to strum with the right. Still, sales of this range of smartphones are taking off.
The model to choose: For a smartphone 5.1 to 5.7 inches, there is choice and for all budgets. From Huwaei’s P8 lite or Samsung’s Galaxy S7, the price gap is double the price. The Honor 6X is offered at a reasonable rate despite a nice screen size (5.5 inches).
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Smartphone from 6 to 6.8 inches
If you like to read magazines
The big trend of recent months: smartphones from 6 to 6.8 inches. Their huge screen is very comfortable for the eyes, especially if you like reading magazines watching movies or playing on your mobile. But it is better to spend time sitting, because you really have to grip these phablettes with both hands if you want to avoid falling. Finally, this type of smartphone can not be slipped into a pocket, it takes a bag to carry it.
The model to choose: In this range of smartphones, there is a choice! Between Sony Xperia XA1 and Huawei Mate 9, models in 2019 of 6 inches and more also offering a good quality of photos are numerous. The Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra even offers a very nice 6.8 inch screen for reading the press or watching a movie. Too bad that his photos are just passable.
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Smartphones without edges
If you communicate a lot by text message
Smartphones without edges combine comfort in hand and spectacular display. Indeed, their screen offers an equivalent surface to a large smartphone while remaining as easy to fly as a mobile medium size. Even if the thumb sometimes has trouble reaching the top and some applications have difficulty adapting to the 19/9 e format. Rather recommended to those who communicate a lot by text message or those whose favorite applications remain the agenda and directory.
The model to choose: In this range of borderless mobiles, the iPhone XS has become a must since the start of the season, despite its high price. For half the price, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is good value for money. Otherwise, Wiko also offers models less than 300 euros that unfortunately do not offer the same qualities.