During the feature phone phase, every phone buyer was looking for a bigger screen. The industry responded by creating humongous phones. Although many of us at PriceBaba have adjusted to using phones sized 5-inches and a little above, however there are a few of us who still prefer it to be between 4.5 inches to 5 inches. The main problem is that the smartphone companies are now convinced with the “bigger is better” mantra. As a result of this, it is almost impossible to get all high-end specs in a small screen device. We at Pricebaba, have used our database of 1126 phones currently selling in the market, to prove that if you are looking for reasonably sized phone, then you will have to sacrifice on some features. As per our database, there are 934 smartphones, out of which only 358 have a screen size of 4 to 5 inches. So, if you are looking for a reasonably sized device, you have less than 50% of the phones available in the market to choose from. Now among those devices, here is what you will most probably get —
Screen resolution is the most important factor while purchasing a phone because “Jo Dikta Hai Woh Hi Bikta Hai”. Unfortunately, more than 75% of the smartphones between 4 to 5 inches have a non-HD screen resolution (i.e a resolution of less than 960 x 540 pixels!). So your options get further narrowed down. The result can be easily interpreted from the following pie-chart —
Random Access Memory (RAM) is a decisive factor in determining the multi-tasking ability of the smartphone. “Is Duniya Mein Sab RAM Bharose Hota Hai” — basically we’re trying to highlight the importance of having plenty of RAM in your device. Sadly our results show that almost 42% of the phones have 512MB RAM. Moreover, there are quite a few phones which have 1GB RAM, which honestly is the bare minimum for any modern smartphone to perform acceptably.
The Processor is considered to be the engine of the smartphone. It is like a horse, if you have an under-performer housed in your device then you will lose the smooth smartphone experience. An Octa-Core processor is not necessarily better than a Quad-Core one, like Samsung Galaxy A7 has an Octa-core processor, but it is not as powerful as the Quad-core processor in Moto X 2nd Gen. But, it is a sad day for small smartphone users because majority of them are shipped with a Dual-Core processor, which is proven to be insufficient for modern operating systems like Android 5.0 Lollipop. There’s a good chance you’ll get a quad-core chip too, but it’ll mostly be a mid-range chip (like the Snapdragon 400). To give you perspective, the fastest chip on a phone less than 5-inches is the 1-year-old Snapdragon 801 on a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.
These days almost everyone depends on their phone to click pictures and barely anyone purchases digital cameras. So it is essential to have a decent camera embedded. Megapixels is the only aspect which people consider while comparing camera quality but the truth is contrary. There are many other aspects which need to be considered while judging the camera quality. For example, there is a 8 Megapixel camera in a number of budget smartphones like Micromax Canvas 2 Colours, but the image quality is nowhere near the output of iPhone 6, which also has a 8 Megapixel camera. In short Megapixels should not be the sole judging factor. But if we were going to solely look at the numbers, in our research we found that most smartphones having a screen size between 4 to 5 inches had a 5 Megapixel camera resolution.
Having 3G Connectivity support is very important as 2G speeds of most carriers are unusable. Luckily most smartphones are 3G enabled. But if you’re hoping to connect to the faster 4G networks of the future, then prepare to be disappointed. Although 4G is limited to a few cities, so there’s not much to lose right now. Just expect some buyer’s remorse when it does get activated.
So if you are keen on buying a feature-rich smartphone which is between 4 to 5 inches, then Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the best (probably even the only) option right now. It has a powerful 801 Snapdragon Quad-core processor paired with 2GB RAM, HD Screen and a 20.7 Megapixel camera which can take stunning shots. The only other viable option is Apple iPhone 6.
It is indeed a sad day if you want to buy a great, reasonably sized smartphone 🙁