Any decent smaller phones due out?

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  1. ShaunIOW

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    I've got a HTC One but find it a bit bulky so would like something smaller when my contract is up in April with a 4" or 4.3" screen but not smaller in specs (min 2300mAh removable battery, 16Gb storage + MicroSD slot, 1Gb RAM, 720p screen), which all the mini's seem to be (less storage, smaller batteries, less RAM etc) - I thought the Sony Z1 Compact might be the answer but as it's only 10mm shorter and 3mm narrower than the HTC One its not my idea of compact.
     
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    Tough one, especially if you actually want a half decent amount of the 1 Gig of RAM not took up with bloatware, my pet hate !
     
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    Sony xperia Z compact
     
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    I would look at the Sony Z1C as that is what I have just changed to from my HTC One. I too was looking for a less bulky phone as even though I loved the One it was just too big for me to use comfortably. Having had the One, the Z1C seemed really small initially and I thought I would regret the move but it quickly became the right size for me.

    Admittedly it is not much smaller than the One on paper but I really felt there was a size difference and spec wise - except the external speakers which are nowhere near as good as the Boomsound on the One, it is a great phone, meets your wish list for specs and does not feel at all like a compromise.

    If you haven't had a play with the Sony in the flesh, I would try to have a look and play as in reality, it is a much more pocketable one that the HTC IMO.
     
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    Z1 Compact, it's the only smaller phone with flagship specs
     
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    I did look at the Z1 Compact and it is very nice, but it's not much smaller than the HTC One so not worth me spending 400 odd quid on one. What I've done is pre-order the new Sony Xperia E1 for £120 - 4" screen, 4GB + 32Gb SD Card, removable 1750mAh battery, 1.2Ghz dual-core cpu - I don't need a big HD screen or fast CPU as I don't game on the phone or need a high MP camera, but I do like using it as my MP3 player and this one seems built for music.
     
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    That is a huge drop in spec lol
     
  8. ShaunIOW

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    Very true, but as my main uses are calls, texts, email, listening to music, occasional internet browsing and a few useful aps, but I don't use it for games, watching video or any streaming, what do I need a big screen and powerful cpu for?
     
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    Moto x is not much bigger than an iPhone 5 and a lot smaller that a nexus 5 but still manages to pack in some serious specs with little bloat.

    It's certainly one I'll be considering (found the nexus 5 a little too big and too 'sharp')
     
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    I would try to have a look and play as in reality, it is a much more pocketable one that the HTC IMO.[​IMG]
     
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    Moto X mate.
    Much more palm friendly than pretty much any other android device I've used.
    Does have a 4.7" screen but there is barely any surrounding chasis. I would go as far to say it felt almost as nimble as an iPhone 5.
     
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    Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will be be hot on the heels of the S5 launch. Personally, I think Sony are the only company who "get" what a mini flagship should be and don't cpmpromise on specs.
     
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    Cheers for the suggestions, but 4.7" isn't really my idea of mini as its the same size as my HTC One, I'm more thinking of a 4" or at a push 4.3" screen.
     
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    I get that, I'm running a nexus 5 just now and want to downsize but it's not just about screen size.
    The xperia z compact is the same if not slightly bigger in the hand than the moto x imo.

    If I'm gonna change phone it's going to be to go to a moto x, for the same reason you are.
     
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    Ignore the 4.7" screen size on the moto x. There is so little bezel it feels as small as a galaxy s2 (4.3").
     
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    I agree with the above, the Moto X is a great choice for size and the software is really good.
     
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    I went for an Acer Liquid Z4 Duo in the end for £85 SIM free. 4" screen, 4Gb memory, 512k RAM, 1.3Ghz dual-core CPU and put a 32Gb microSD card in it.

    It's actually a very nice little phone and the sound quality is better and louder than my HTC One, the fact it's also dual-sim with both active at the same time is handy as well.
     

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