The changing size of smartphones

The changing size of smartphonesAt some point while sitting on the couch last night I found myself thinking: ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to see some sort of graph depicting the change in smartphone sizes over the years?’ and quickly set about creating the chart you see before you.

Specifically I looked at the flagships for Apple, Samsung (Galaxy S and Galaxy Note), LG, Motorola, HTC and Sony from 2010 to 2013, and the results are – dare I say – quite interesting.

Shall we break this down by manufacturer? Yes, let’s.

Apple

Unsurprisingly, Apple is the odd one out, with the iPhone begrudgingly moving from 3.5in to just 4in in 2012, while the Android gang generally continues to embrace hugeness.

Indeed, the smallest of the present-day Android flagships is a whole 0.7in bigger.

Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S series has always been pretty big, with 2012’s Samsung Galaxy S3 in particular dwarfing most of the competition.

Of course, with the dawn of the Samsung Galaxy Note series, it appears to have settled around the 5in mark for now, while the Note (and to an extent the Mega) handles phablet duties.

Samsung Galaxy Note

The original Samsung Galaxy Note is widely credited with (or blamed for) kick-starting the whole phablet craze.

For the first couple of years (2011, 2012) it was pretty much the biggest phone you could buy, but with a relatively modest increase of 0.2in on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (unofficially at this stage), various other manufacturers are pulling ahead.

Of course, Samsung also has the Galaxy Mega at 6.3in.

LG

LG’s Optimus One is the smallest phone on our chart, while the spanking new LG G2 is one of the biggest.

It’s worth noting that the South Koreans also have the LG Optimus G Pro, with a 5.5in display. Interesting that the newer LG G2 is in fact 0.3in smaller. Hmm.

Motorola

Ah, Motorola. With your love of the US and general shunning of the UK, you’re lucky to make it on here.

Anyway! Motorola reckons phones are getting too big, and resultantly the 4.7in Moto X is the smallest of the current crop of Android flagships.

HTC

Looking at the chart, HTC has always been on the big side, with their HTC Desire HD being the largest big-name phone of 2010.

This year, the Taiwanese are threatening to leapfrog the Samsung Galaxy Note series for the first time with the 5.9in HTC One Max.

Sony

Sony has really pulled its finger out since ditching Ericsson, with 2013 in particular proving to be an impressive year for the Japanese.

Last year, the Sony Xperia T was the smallest Android flagship, but the Sony Xperia Z Ultra looks like being 2013’s biggest.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 22, 2013 at 13:36

HTC HD2 was out before the Desire HD, you evil Android loving person :p

lcurdie / MOD  Aug. 22, 2013 at 21:36

Surprisingly, no one complained that I missed out BlackBerry *and* Nokia ;)

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 22, 2013 at 22:28

Surprisingly, no one complained that I missed out BlackBerry *and* Nokia ;)

Yeah... wtf, Mr Curdie. WTF? :D

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 22, 2013 at 22:40

HTC HD2 was out before the Desire HD, you evil Android loving person :p
I remember the first time I saw an HD2, I thought it was ridiculous yet amazing. My Note 2 doesn't look any bigger to me now than I remember my iPhone looking to me when I first got that...no idea how or why that works haha.

maaen  Aug. 23, 2013 at 10:40

What I would really love from Apple is a baby Ipad smaller than rhe mini ipad....six inch diagonal.. 16:9 ratio...and all the aspects of the ipod touch...extreme slim...128gb and a very powerful battery....that is allI want from Apple.. I will never buy an iphone and I will never buy an ipad but I will buy a six inch ipod touch/baby ipad...If sales of ipod touch are going down hill then this is the way to go for the future of the ipod touch...in the direction of a large PMP.....it will fit millllllions of shirt and coat pockets and millllllllions of purses and hand bags.....and then it will make so much sense .

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 23, 2013 at 10:45

What I would really love from Apple is a baby Ipad smaller than rhe mini ipad....six inch diagonal.. 16:9 ratio...and all the aspects of the ipod touch...extreme slim...128gb and a very powerful battery....that is allI want from Apple.. I will never buy an iphone and I will never buy an ipad but I will buy a six inch ipod touch/baby ipad...If sales of ipod touch are going down hill then this is the way to go for the future of the ipod touch...in the direction of a large PMP.....it will fit millllllions of shirt and coat pockets and millllllllions of purses and hand bags.....and then it will make so much sense . If the sales of the iPod Touch go down, it is because of the rumoured 'cheap' iPhone.

maaen  Aug. 23, 2013 at 11:01

Quite apart from cheap iphone is my personal desire to see real justice done to the ipod touch which I have always found to be too small to read pdf files and pages of text and would it not be great to have a truely pocketable large screen PMP with the name of Baby ipad?...smaller than mini ipad? This may never happen because Apple has its own idea system to work with and most of the time they will never listen to their customers....but I just want to make sure others consider my thought process whether they like it or not....

mike3423423  Sep. 2, 2013 at 22:32

Obviously this should incorporate sales as well. We don't really care what is being manufactured, but rather, what people are using. Pretty easily done. Find the unit sales for Samsung phones and Apple phones over the last quarter (or two) and get the sizes of said phones, pro-rated for unit sales.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2013 at 14:15

Obviously this should incorporate sales as well. We don't really care what is being manufactured, but rather, what people are using. Pretty easily done. Find the unit sales for Samsung phones and Apple phones over the last quarter (or two) and get the sizes of said phones, pro-rated for unit sales.
Various estimates by figure crunchers suggest 90% PLUS of all Android devices are 4.3-in and smaller. The big guns get the attention, while the small phones are the industry's backbone.

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