Small Phones Are Back (But Not Like You Expect)

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For as long as I have been covering mobile tech, my fellow phone geeks have loudly longed for the return of “the small phone.”

Why? For those of us old enough to remember when the name of the game was making phones as pocketable as possible, nostalgia plays a part, for sure. Then there’s those whose clothing options make pocketability impossible for today’s shin-sized slabs. And rounding it out are those trying to scale back their screen time: I guess the idea is, if your phone is smaller, maybe it’ll force you to be more intentional with the time you spend on it.

So there are good reasons for the comeback the small-smartphone squad constantly calls for. But when I took stock of all the small or smallish mobile phones in my review queue, I became convinced that the small phone as we know it may be dead. And the small phone of the future … is already nearly here. It’s called the clamshell foldable, and in this video I’m going to tell you why I think it’s going to make the iPhone minis and Sony Compacts of the world obsolete.



MrMobile’s video editorial on the Small Phones of 2021 was produced following extended testing of all of the devices featured in this video, which are a mix of review samples from manufacturers and retail purchases as follows:

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – Purchased
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G – Purchased
Samsung Galaxy S21 – Review Sample
Motorola RAZR 2019 – Review Sample
Motorola RAZR 5G (2020) – Review Sample
Motorola RAZR 5G (2020)(2) – Purchased
Apple iPhone 12 mini – Purchased

MrMobile does not accept compensation from the manufacturers of the products he reviews; no payment was provided and no manufacturer or carrier was afforded a preview or copy approval rights concerning this content. The lone sponsor of this video is RhinoShield.


The iPhone 12 mini is (mostly) great [NothingButTech]:

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review: small phones, big performance [Pocketnow]:

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: small phone, big performance

You’ve Been Asking For A New Small Phone – Well, The Clamshell Foldable Is It [Android Central]:

Sony Xperia Compact release date, price news, rumors, and just how small it could be [TechRadar]:

iPhone 12 Mini Sales Lackluster Compared to Other Models [MacRumors]:

Apple Shifting Some Production From iPhone 12 mini to iPhone 12 Pro to Meet Demand [MacRumors]:

Latest Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 specs leak reveals a choice of two memory and storage configurations and universal improvements over the Z Flip 5G but at a cost []:

Road Test: I Did a Digital Detox With a $300 ‘Dumb’ Phone []:

iPhone SE Review: Bigger on the inside [iMore]:



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