Flashback: a decade of mini phones

17 July 2022
We track how Mini has become less and less accurate over the years.  

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BB-fan, 17 Jul 2022Hi Personaly i like compact phones,and i'm using from... moreIt's just Apple made a last smartphone had a mini size

    Anonymous, 17 Jul 2022I really miss a cheap and compact phone like Samsung galaxy A20eBut this smartphone is just a half-hefty wight, go check and thinking of this smartphone

      I actually find some value in tiny phones from Palm and Unihertz only because I've been studying YouTubers using a cheap flip phones in 2022 and I see value in what they're doing and saying.

      Most of what we see online are distractions. Social media, paid online influencers. Debating. Picking sides. A lot of it is just wasting time and we can no longer think for ourselves because we are always distracted. Smartphones have isolated people. We aren't aware of our surroundings. So all these limited smartphones, there is value to them.

      Check out this female named Ashton Womack on YouTube. A lot of what she's saying about smartphones makes a lot of sense. Why not go back to circa 2005 when we weren't so reliant on smartphones? I've gotten every phone I ever wanted. And there's still an emptiness inside of me knowing they're just material things with a hollow feeling at the end.

      Maybe it's ok to actually go backwards for once? Less stress. No arguing with strangers online. More boredom but time can move slower. Just an endless loop of Techtubers trying to sell you phones you don't need with upgrades that aren't meaningful. We're just hamsters running in an exercise wheel. Same old, same old.

        Compact phones are always the best! I wonder now why they don’t manufactured them!

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          • Anonymous
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          • 18 Jul 2022

          ZL had 5" 16:9 , while being 13,1 x 6,93 cm ...

            Im typing this comment with my xperia 5 compact. Still works fine despite being sluggish and it outlasted my previous redmi 7 lmao.

              Sony-Errr... Such amazing times!

                Rly, 17 Jul 2022What i miss from the "old" days, is the 16:9 rati... moreMe too. 16x9 IS the standard for media consumption which many of us still do.

                I find myself being tempted to buy small gaming tablets more than a phone these days because they've got 16x10 AR, headphone jacks and memory card slots, and a big screen area. If only they were also oled and somewhere between 7-8in.

                  The Sony Xperia XZ1 COMPACT is the best smartphone I've ever had. Small, well equipped and very powerful. Today I am using a Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G, the smartphone is good but there are many things about the XZ1C that I miss for example already the size, the front speakers... Etc. today it is impossible to find a very good smartphone at the height of the XZ1C unless you go to Apple with its Mini and SE. I think I will buy a new XZ1C or XZ2C.

                    blue, 17 Jul 2022Guess what? I had a symbian device in 2008-2010, switched t... moreTell us genious what android had better at that time compare to symbian?

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                      • 17 Jul 2022

                      The article started well, but then forgot the MOST important graph, the HEIGHT of the phones. Please add that exibit.
                      Also the colours are too similar, as many already said, and will be useful to know the names of the phones used in the graphs, because not everybody reminds any smartphone of every brand. And there are some doubts, for instance the Apple line goes up and down while everybody knows the smallest iphone is always the SE for the screen size, or the minis for total size. Which was used? both?

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                        Hemedans, 17 Jul 2022Its 2022 but still there is market for under $100 phone, ka... moreGuess what? I had a symbian device in 2008-2010, switched to android in 2010 and it was miles ahead from symbian. The system was dying even for the non-touch devices, and the final "touch" versions were terrible. For "Anna" and "Belle" was not even a good app support, while android was developing fast.
                        And if you think symbian phones would be selling about $100 these days, you are a naive child. Even the price of components is much higher, and making it a full-feature smartphone would need even more powerful hardware.
                        Clearly you are a blinded fan far from reality. But with old-times-Nokia fans that's normal. They can never accept the fact that Nokia was in 2010 already dying and too rigid to change it.

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                          CptPower, 17 Jul 2022Maybe is not for you but many others would love to buy. Then why it is not being sold worldwide in huge amounts? Guess why? No one wants such nonsense. Only you, being so poor that you can't afford a phone.

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                            • 17 Jul 2022

                            What i miss from the "old" days, is the 16:9 ratio display, much more suitable for sure.

                              For my max size in a smartphone, it has to be no bigger than the non-XL of the Pixel 1, 2, or 3. Taller and wider than that, and it starts to become unwieldy. I'm actually obsessed with smaller phones, so I know my exact limits. My LG G5 is only 4 mm taller than my Pixel 3 and it feels a bit unwieldy already being it's also wider by 4 mm. Pixel 3 is a dream to hold. Reminds me of the iPhone 7 but 7 mm taller.

                              My obsession with smaller phones has its drawbacks and it's usually having the worst battery life among the series. What I actually miss more is having these 3 classic features: headphone jack, microSD slot, and removable battery. Only my Bold 9900 and LG G5 have all three among phones I still have. My Xiaomi Mi 3 has FM radio. But the LG G5 is a PITA to use since the UI can get laggy and battery life is terrible no matter what I do and how many spare batteries I have.

                              My G5 is pretty much retired for good and I'll only use it a few times per year to watch TV or listen to music since the bottom speaker is loud. I also use it for torrents since it has expandable storage. Essential Phone is shorter than my Pixel 3 but wider and heavier. One thing I don't care for are heavy phones. Hence, why I have no interest in the Surface Duo or Galaxy Z Fold series. They're heavier than my PS Vita slim and that's not comfortable to put in shallow pockets.

                              Foldable flip phones have their drawbacks too. Weak battery life but also the creaky sound when opening and closing. My Razr 5G started to creak loud last night. Almost like a popping sound. Flip 3 makes that sound but it isn't as loud. But clamshell is my favorite form factor. If they start to break at the crease, I'll get the newer one. Phones are just things. Replace it when they break.

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                                • Anonymous
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                                NeonHD, 17 Jul 2022I too can confirm that it's very hard to differentiate... moreMaybe it depends on the color gamut, or just how well the display is calibrated by the manufacturer. Maybe even both

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                                  vortex36, 17 Jul 2022A really interesting article, but I'm curious why did ... moreNot trying to be rude, but you might want to get checked for some version of color blindness. They're close but really discernable from each other.

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                                    vortex36, 17 Jul 2022A really interesting article, but I'm curious why did ... moreOnes red and the other is orange... why are you viewing this article on a potato?

                                      Compact tablets (less than 9 inch) are also a rare breed nowadays.

                                        SShock, 17 Jul 2022Cheap display panel. Laptop with crappy TN panel that I hav... moreI too can confirm that it's very hard to differentiate and I am also using an IPS monitor.