When it comes to smartphones, bigger always seems to be better. That’s why screen sizes get bigger every year, and Apple (AAPL) is expected to release a pair of much bigger iPhone 6 models this fall instead of sticking with the current display that helped sell 43 million phones.
However, despite their growing popularity, bigger smartphone displays aren’t welcomed by everyone. Small smartphones are easier to use with one hand. They can slip in a pocket and are often less expensive (those massive, high resolution displays don’t come cheap, after all).
While everyone is watching to see just how big Apple goes with the iPhone 6, many of its Android competitors are quietly releasing small smartphones based on their flagship devices. Samsung (SSNLF) has a Galaxy S4 Mini, HTC just announced the HTC One Mini 2 (based on the rather impressive HTC One M8 we reviewed in April), while Sony (SNE) made waves and gathered multiple awards at CES 2014 for its Xperia Z1 Compact.
Worried that the iPhone 6 will be so big it requires both hands to use it? Not interested in holding a 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega up to your ear in public? Here are 5 small smartphones that give you a premium experience without the phablet size.