Do you think we need more small phones in 2021?

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Pixel 4a Iphone 12 Mini Lifestyle (Image credit: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central)

Looking back at 2020, there was a surprising comeback of small phones. While large handsets are still the norm for the vast majority of the market, releases like the Pixel 4a and iPhone 12 mini were breaths of fresh air.

We've talked about our undying want and need for more small phones countless times here on AC, but when it comes to our readers and forum members, are they on the same page as us?

A few of our fourm members got to talking about this very recently, saying:

I have a S20 FE. Great phone. Love everything about it, except the size. I guess it's considered a normal size phone now days. On a whim, I bought a used smaller size Pixel 3 for cheap on eBay. Man, that's been refreshing to use. Love the small footprint and being able to do everything with one hand. I would love to use the Pixel 3 as my daily, but I need to battery size of my FE. I guess that's...


I'm currently using the Pixel 3 as my daily driver. Had the Note 10+ for a while and ended up selling it and going back to my Pixel 3 (for a few reasons, buy size/form factor was definitely one of those reasons). Was thinking about getting a Pixel 5 as it's almost identical in size to the 3 but has better battery (and brighter screen from what I've gathered) but I think I will hold off and see...


Even though my S10 is likely considered to be "smaller" by today's standards, I definitely do miss using smaller phones. My Honor 8 was the perfect size, at 5.2", and my Pixel 2 was great to hold at 5". I hope a manufacturer out there will still make a smaller phone for those of us who still enjoy using them!


what does a small phone look like? :-) I sure don't miss them. I specifically was looking for a larger phone when I found the original note. My eyesight aint what it used to be.

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.