At 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.
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
- 2010 – Samsung Galaxy S (4in)
- 2011 – Samsung Galaxy S2 (4.3in)
- 2012 – Samsung Galaxy S3 (4.8in)
- 2013 – Samsung Galaxy S4 (5in)
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
- 2011 – Samsung Galaxy Note (5.3in)
- 2012 – Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (5.5in)
- 2013 – Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (5.7in)
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.
- 2010 – LG Optimus One (3.2in)
- 2011 – LG Optimus 2X (4in)
- 2012 – LG Optimus 4X HD/LG Optimus G (4.7in)
- 2013 – LG G2 (5.2in)
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.
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.
- 2010 – HTC Desire HD (4.3in)
- 2011 – HTC Sensation XL/HTC Titan (4.7in)
- 2012 – HTC Droid DNA (5in)
- 2013 – HTC One Max (5.9in)
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.
- 2010 – Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (4in)
- 2011 – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (4.2in)
- 2012 – Sony Xperia T (4.55in)
- 2013 – Sony Xperia Z Ultra (6.4in)
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.