Best Compact Smartphones Worth Considering in 2014

Best Compact Smartphones Worth Considering in 2014

Smartphones have come a long way and are an integral part of our daily lives today – by looking at most people, you almost expect to see them start fusing to the human body soon. Today's phones are more powerful than the PCs we used just a few years ago – imagine that – and there is a wide range of models to choose from.

But not everyone is pleased with the direction smartphones are heading. The general trend with smartphones in recent years is they continue to grow in size and weight. We're almost at a point where phones with 5" screens are the new norm!

That means they no longer fit in the palm of the hand, and the worst part is that smartphones manufacturers have this weird notion that consumers opting for smaller phones don't want the latest and greatest features at their disposal.

Thankfully, some companies are wising up and addressing the issue, and some great options have emerged in the last 6-12 months.

We've picked some worth considering below; let us know in the comments if there's something else you'd like to see in your smartphones!

Updated: 6 months ago
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Moto G Unlocked Global GSM Smartphone

 Moto G Unlocked Global GSM Smartphone
The Moto G is totally worth its price tag of just $179 (unlocked) and provides the freedom to choose any GSM carrier you want. It sets a new standard for budget smartphones running Android thanks to its strong performance and simple no-nonsense design. With a colorful and bright 4.5" 720p display, quad-core processor and a 5MP shooter, Moto G is perfect phone for those on budget and not looking to pay huge monthly bills.  Learn more »
 
 
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HTC Desire 610

HTC Desire 610
Have a sore spot for HTC? Very well, this upcoming offering from HTC stable is just for you. The 4.7" Desire 610 follows the footsteps of other gorgeously-designed siblings running Android and offers a punchy 8 MP camera to boot. Also it's sure to turn some heads with its uniqueness (especially with bold color options, six in total).  Learn more »
 
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Dual-SIM Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Dual-SIM Smartphone
Another veteran belonging to the old guard, the Galaxy S4 Mini is for those looking to enjoy the perks of Samsung GS4, without the added screen size. The 4.3" GS4 Mini offers the usual bag of Samsung goodies like an AMOLED display (For better contrast and visibility while out and about in the sun), a compelling 8 MP snapper and a qHD display. This particular unlocked iteration (I9192) lets you operate two GSM lines in the same phone. The Galaxy S4 Mini ships with Samsung’s heavily-customized and user-focused TouchWiz UI, offering the most feature packed OS experience possible on Android.  Learn more »
 
 
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HTC One mini

HTC One mini
The HTC One Mini makes the list simply because of its fantastic design. It goes neck-to-neck with the other smartphones when it comes to performance and exceeds them in departments like low-light camera performance, a brilliant 4.3" 720p screen and front-facing BEATS by Dr. Dre stereo speakers.  Learn more »
 
 
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Apple iPhone 5S

Apple iPhone 5S
Want to keep track of your progress in your diet, weight training program, or running? Apple's iTunes store has dozens of apps to serve as your fitness journal. You can even connect your smartphone to your running shoes, your heart rate monitor, and your pedometer. While widely criticized for its 4" size in the latest iteration of Apple smartphone, iPhone 5S is inarguably the most "complete" smartphone package. It has the fastest processor, premium build quality and an excellent camera. Other than that it has impressive security capability thanks to implementation of fingerprint-based TouchID. Available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold colors! Base iPhone 5S 16GB model goes for $649 unlocked and $199 with new 2-year contract.  Learn more »
 
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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
A wolf in sheep’s clothing! The Xperia Z1 Compact is a 4.3" smartphone with an awesome 20.7 MP camera, crazy sharp 720x1280 display and the latest version of Android. All this in a stylish and refined Sony package. Best of all, the Xperia Z1 Compact is waterproof and comes in a range of colors.  Learn more »
 
 
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Blackberry Q10

Blackberry Q10
Feeling nostalgic and prefer a smartphone with REAL keys? Fret not, BlackBerry has you covered! The Q10 offers the classic BlackBerry design with a hardware QWERTY keypad under a 3.1" 720x720 resolution AMOLED Touchscreen display. It runs their swanky swipe-based Blackberry 10 OS. The Blackberry enterprise services and the legendary BBM round up the package.  Learn more »
 

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  1. Byron Jacobs
    Glad to see there are still phones being made that aren't approaching the phablet status
    3 months ago

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