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Best small Android smartphones available today

Update: Here’s our new list of best small phones in 2018

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Bigger doesn’t necessarily equal better. It’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it. We mean the phone, you perverted oddballs! You may find it hard to score a half-decent small Android handheld these days, but despite the undeniable mainstream rise of phablets, there’s still demand for devices you can easily slide in and out of your standard-issue trouser pocket.

A compact form factor, proper one-hand maneuverability and sensible design will always go a long way with certain mobile consumers, especially if they’re linked to affordability, a high-res screen, and generally respectable hardware specifications.

Before setting out on a quest to find the best small Android phone in the world prior to the 2015 holiday season, let’s land on a display diagonal range. Can we all agree 4.7 to 5.2-inch handhelds are “normal” nowadays, 5.5 inchers start feeling a bit uncomfortable, and anything beyond 6 inches is excessive, unless your job is to make a dozen slam dunks a few times a week in NBA games?

phone size evolution

Good, then we can probably also agree 4 to 4.5 inchers are “small” by today’s high-end standards, yet remain crowd pleasers for those who like to effortlessly manage mobile business with one normally-sized hand. That said, here are the top ten contenders to the title of best small smartphone, ordered as usual from cheapest to costliest:

LG Leon – $78 for MetroPCS; $83 for T-Mobile

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It’s perhaps not fair to compare unlocked and carrier-restricted prices, but at the end of the day, CDMA networks like Verizon or Sprint rarely support gadgets not specifically made for them, so the only important thing that’s lacking at the Leon is AT&T compatibility.

Outside of the connectivity spectrum, the elegant, slim-bezeled 4.5 incher also disappoints with 854 x 480 screen resolution, though the quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410 CPU isn’t half bad… for a lot less than 100 bucks. Oh, and you get Lollipop goodies pre-installed as well.

Motorola Moto E (second-gen) – $90

Moto E 2015

Possibly the most appealing sub-$100 proposition, the E2 can be had in US and global GSM configurations, including with 4G LTE speeds, and the 4.5-inch panel is slightly sharper than that of the LG Leon, at 960 x 540 pixels.

Too bad the 2015 Moto E is only around 64 percent screen, massive bezels occupying the rest of the space, and making it a tad cumbersome, with 129.9 x 66.8 mm height/width measurements. On the plus side, the ultra-low-cost Android soldier already runs 5.1 Lollipop, and should be further upgraded to 6.0 Marshmallow sometime next year.

Motorola Moto G (1st generation) – starting at $92

Moto G

It’s old, not very attractive from a design standpoint, lacks microSD storage expansion possibilities, provides a measly 8 GB ROM in an entry-level variation, and tips the scales at a fairly chunky 143 grams while sizing up at 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm.

But it’s super-affordable, offers close to stock Android 5.1 user experience, and above all, it sports a beautiful 4.5-inch 720p IPS LCD screen.

Huawei Ascend P7 Mini – $144

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Don’t hold your breath for a Marshmallow makeover in the near future, as even Lollipop is yet to land on the China-imported qHD 4.5 incher. Be happy the P7 Mini is phenomenally skinny (7.8 mm and 115 grams), and pretty gifted in the selfie-taking department, thanks to a 5 MP front-facing camera.

Also, the 2,000 mAh battery is decently spacious, all things considered, and the quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip takes good care of your basic web browsing, multimedia and even gaming needs.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini – $192

Galaxy S4 mini

The tiny Super AMOLED 4.3 incher has turned two a few months back, which amounts to 50 or 60 in human years, yet a timeless design, hefty 1.5 GB RAM, satisfactory 8 MP LED flash main cam, and appropriate 1,900 mAh cell keep it in the spotlight for fans of pocket-sized gizmos.

The screen borders aren’t exactly unnoticeable, but the diminutive sibling of Samsung’s 2013 flagship measures just 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm, and weighs 107 grams.

Samsung Galaxy A3 – $201

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Unusually inexpensive for an all-metal device, especially one manufactured by a profit-hungry company, the A3 falls short of impressive aesthetics, with a mediocre 65 percent screen-to-body ratio, and also settles for a so-so 960 x 540 Super AMOLED 4.5-inch display.

Then again, 1.5 gigs of memory, 16 GB on-board hoarding room, Snapdragon 410 muscle, 8 and 5 MP photographic equipment, and Android 5.0 software all feel like the absolute cream of the $200 crop.

HTC One Mini 2 – $239

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Why on earth didn’t HTC renew this aging thing to try to squeeze M9’s magic in a smaller package? Granted, the latest hero and the One M8 the Mini 2 is based on are extremely similar, but a One Mini 3 could have brought SD410 power, 1.5 or even 2 GB RAM, and a refined exterior to the table.

Nonetheless, the 4.5 incher on tap offers a lot for a reasonable price tag, starting with 13 and 5 MP cameras, and of course, a premium aluminum unibody build.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – $250

Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony made the sequel, confusingly named Z3 Compact, a bit too large to be considered here, and the Z5 Compact will also go on sale soon with a 4.6-inch display in tow. It’s all for the best however, as it allows us to remember this oldie but goldie 4.3-inch HD slab, capable of great things to this day.

Silky smooth multitasking? The 2 GB RAM have you covered. Overall system speed? There’s a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor inside. Shutterbug satisfaction? And then some, as the 20.7 MP shooter is simply amazing. And let’s not forget 2,300 mAh battery juice, 16 GB local storage, microSD support, as well as water and dust protection.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini – $267

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It seems Sammy inexplicably took a page from HTC’s undependable playbook, and decided to skip or greatly delay the Galaxy S6 Mini. Is last year’s Liliputian flagship still worth around 270 clams in this context?

Yes and no, given we very much dig the 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 AMOLED panel, 1.5 GB RAM, quad-core Exynos SoC, 8 MP LED flash rear cam, microSD card slot, fingerprint sensor, and IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, but we’re not fans of the cheap plasticky construction or Android 4.4 KitKat flavor.

Kyocera DuraForce – $0 down with AT&T financing; $419 outright

Kyocera DuraForce

This expensive (off-contract), muscular 4.5 incher has a crystal clear target audience – people that constantly drop and damage their phones. By no means a featherweight, at a whopping 200 grams, the DuraForce withstands shocks of different nature, and produces HD images, driven by a Snapdragon 400 chip, and backed for stellar endurance by a colossal 3,100 mAh battery.

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SamsungSamsung Galaxy S5 Mini G800F 16GB Unlocked Cellphone - International Version (Black)Buy on Amazon|$450.49(Price as of 02/16/2019 16:31 ET)

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Top Android smartphones with the highest screen-to-body ratio

Gadget display borders have made for a delicate, controversial, sometimes even uncomfortable topic basically since the inception of the so-called mobile tech industry. Okay, so maybe this wasn’t really a focal point back when the Nokia 1100 was selling in hundreds of millions of copies, but the prospect of a truly “bezel-less” smartphone captured the imagination of Android enthusiasts for many years now.

bezel less Android

Of course, as hardware manufacturers repeatedly highlighted, a completely bezel-free handheld would be as impractical as betting on a three-legged horse in the Kentucky Derby. There would be nothing to hold on to, not to mention the tricky software optimizations required to shun accidental touch interaction.

Also, be honest, a little bit of panel frontier often gives off an air of distinction and style compared to how an entirely stripped-down phone would probably look. The key is obviously to limit yourself to the absolute minimum necessary, coming as close as possible to a perfect screen-to-body ratio.

slim bezel display

What’s perfect? Considering the premium Galaxy S6 offers 70.7 percent of its surface as usable real estate, anything above that mark sounds great. The more screen, the merrier, as long as you don’t exceed 80 percent. All in all, 80 is likely the max sweet spot.

Sharp Aquos Crystal – $132 prepaid; 78.5 percent screen

Our first proposition and the overall compact form factor champion of the world falls short of the aforementioned magic number, but boy, does it come close to aesthetic perfection. Too bad Sharp couldn’t find a way to maybe split Crystal’s “chin” in slightly more harmonious slim strips of bezel all around the 5-inch 720p display.

Sharp Aquos Crystal

As things stand, this surprisingly affordable mid-end Android looks a little awkward, though the “sharp” edges are certainly a(nother) nice design touch. Beauty isn’t everything, of course, so you should be ecstatic to hear 130 bucks buy you Harman Kardon sound enhancements as well, plus quad-core Snapdragon 400 power and 1.5 GB RAM.

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 – available at $449; 77.6 percent

Despite what the name suggests, the Mate 7 is “merely” a 6 incher with a robust, elegant metallic exterior, fingerprint recognition tech, octa-core Kirin 925 juice, 4,100 mAh battery capacity and almost no visible empty space to the sides of its Full HD panel.

Huawei Ascend Mate 7

Above and underneath it, there’s enough room for a couple of sensors and subtle company logo, and unlike the Aquos Crystal, everything’s symmetric and mighty attractive here. Hands down the best use of the “edge-to-edge” concept to date.

LG G3 – $345 factory unlocked; 75.3%

You probably never realized just how thin G3’s “outskirts” were and how difficult it was for the OEM’s designers to make this a feasible build until the G4 dropped with a “modest” 72.5 percent screen quota. Now you understand why we’re urging you to buy this living legend before it vanishes into oblivion?

LG G3

Well, there’s that, plus a gorgeous 5.5-inch Quad HD piece of glass, Snapdragon 801 chip, Lollipop software, 13 MP laser autofocus camera and 3,000 mAh pacemaker.

BLU Studio 6.0 LTE – $207; 74.6%

How can such a massive beaut cost so little SIM-free, sans contractual obligations or strings attached of any sorts? Simple, BLU Products is still struggling to make a name for itself and pulling all the stops to become the US king of unlocked gear.

BLU Studio 6.0 LTE

Now, make no mistake, build quality is short of premium, with cheap plastic everywhere, and the specs are nothing to write home about. Nonetheless, for a low-cost trooper, the bang for buck factor is mind-blowing. Check it out and see for yourselves!

Huawei Honor X2 – $437; 74.5%

Known as MediaPad X2 in certain circles, this full-metal bad boy decidedly trudges on tablet turf, with a screen measuring, you guessed it, 7 inches in diagonal. But Huawei bills it a phone, and it can make and receive voice calls, so why not?

Huawei Honor X2

After all, it’s pretty light, at 239 grams, and impressively slender, at 7.2 mm. Phenomenally handsome too, with a near-microscopic black vertical layer on the screen’s right and left and perfectly tolerable horizontal dead spaces.

Motorola/Google Nexus 6 – $600 and up unlocked; 74.1%

Nexus 6

The prettiest Nexus family member was bound to be the most compact also in addition to gigantic, fast and furious. Such a shame it’s a bit overpriced, even following a recent trim, and tacky according to some, due to the polycarbonate body and much too rounded corners.

Meizu MX4 Pro – $410; 73.7%

Meizu MX4 Pro

It comes from a Chinese brand many of you may not entirely trust, it’s fairly hard to score stateside via conventional retail channels and runs an Android fork most Westerners don’t approve of. Yet the MX4 Pro makes up for all its flaws with first-rate design, a high-res screen, 3 whopping gigs of RAM and top-class 20.7 MP rear camera.

Last but not least, very low price relative to what’s brought to the table.

LG G Flex 2 – starting at $560 unlocked; 73.5%

Curved doesn’t have to mean bezel-y… or repulsively experimental anymore, and somehow, the arch makes the G Flex 2 seem shorter than 149 mm and more compact than “just” 73.5 percent functional display.

LG G Flex 2

It’s a victory of mindful design, if you will, especially compared to the first-gen “banana phone”, which looked crazy and not entirely in a good way. Let’s not forget the G Flex 2 saw its list price plummet already, and an on-contract Sprint version only costs $100. With Snapdragon 810 inside, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage and fast-charging 3,000 mAh battery.

Huawei Honor 6 Plus – $472; 73.2%

Wait, three Huaweis on such a competitive top ten list? Do you dare still call the Chinese device maker a mobile underdog? Sounds to us it’s more than ready for the big leagues, albeit the Honor 6 Plus will probably never leave the Asian continent… officially.

Huawei Honor 6 Plus

Unofficially, a few third-party Amazon sellers specialized in imports promise to ship the 7.5 mm thin 5.5 incher at a decent price if you’re willing to give them some time. Roughly a month, to be specific. Worth the wait? Consider this – while only 4 mm taller than HTC’s Desire 626, the Honor 6 Plus offers a whopping half an inch extra of Full HD IPS LCD glass.

Meizu M1 Note – $209; 72.9%

Almost unbelievably cheap, the non-stylus-capable iPhone clone homage boasts a fitting glossy plastic rear, but it’s by no means ugly. The razor-thin bezels emanate a distinguished vibe, the corners are just the right amount of circular and the signature home button somehow raises M1 Note’s elegant profile even more.

Meizu M1 Note

Under the hood, an adequately zippy octa-core 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6752 processor runs the show, backed by 2 GB RAM and a hefty 3,140 mAh cell. Add in a 13 MP dual-LED camera, a secondary 5 MP shooter, 5.5-inch IGZO 1,080p panel and KitKat-based Flyme 4.0 OS, and you get one of the best sub-$250 propositions around, not only an extremely compact one.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs HTC One mini 2 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – Specs comparison

Bigger is arguably always better, but small doesn’t need to be poor. It’s what many an Android top dog have comprehended of late, selling bundles of compact, reasonably priced, reasonably specced flagship clones.

Galaxy S5 mini vs Xperia Z1 Compact

It’s easy to explain the appeal of a well-thought “Mini” device, and it’s no surprise the battle for supremacy in the mid-range arena is about to reach the level of intensity and competitiveness of the high-end war.

Maybe we’re not there yet, particularly as OEMs like LG continue to deliver ill-advised mini efforts such as the much too large, much too low-end G2 diminutive sibling. But Samsung, HTC and Sony are already engaged in gripping, ruthless, high-stakes combat, and the outcome of the conflict is likely to go down to the wire.

Galaxy S5 mini vs One mini 2

Or will it? Let’s pit the just announced Galaxy S5 mini against the two-month-old HTC One mini 2 and veteran Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and find out:

Design and build quality comparison

Old habits die hard, especially when they’re remarkably profitable, and Samsung unsurprisingly went the plastic route again in conceiving the S5 mini. After all, it’d have been mighty awkward for the “full-sized” S5 to boast a plastic exterior, and the low-end, low-cost kin to rock metal.

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As thing stand, just like higher on the totem pole, Sammy has nothing on HTC in terms of sheer elegance and robustness. On the bright side (for Galaxy fans), the S5 mini is 1.5 mm thinner and a whopping 17 grams lighter than the One mini 2, all while sporting the same usable screen footprint.

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Adding the Z1 Compact in the mix only makes it harder for the S5 mini to stand out, although the latter again prevails in the dimensions tussle, with an 0.4 mm and 17 grams edge. And granted, Sony exaggerated with bezels a little, but glass beats plastic any day of the week.

Display showdown

Design might ultimately be a matter of personal taste, but panel efficiency is certainly not. Numbers rarely lie when it comes to a screen’s preeminence, however you’ll be hard pressed to call this particular brawl anything else than a three-way tie.

Galaxy S5 mini vs HTC One mini 2

The Z1 Compact wins the pixel density challenge, but solely due to its more cramped 4.3-inch display. Meanwhile, the S5 mini and One mini 2 are tied in size, resolution and ppi: 4.5 inches, 1,280 x 720 pixels, 326. And yes, Super AMOLED technology is technically superior to LCD, yet until seeing the GS5 mini in action I wouldn’t want to jump to conclusions.

Processing speed, RAM and storage

Widely believed to be packing a run-of-the-mill (for mid-range standards) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip, the Galaxy S5 mini ultimately came equipped with a homebrewed quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos 3470. A newbie in the SoC décor, that should outdo One mini 2’s 1.2 GHz S400 in raw speed. Z1 Compact’s 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800? No way in hell.

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The RAM hierarchy is identical, with Sony at the very top (2 gigs), Sammy up next (1.5) and HTC at the bottom (just 1 GB), whereas storage is way too tight to call. In fact, it’s not tight, it’s deadlocked. All three contenders carry 16 GB internal, and support for an extra 64 GB via microSD.

Galaxy S5 mini vs One mini 2 vs Xperia Z1 Compact – software and battery life face-off

TouchWiz vs HTC Sense vs Xperia UI. Now that’s a toughie. Clearly, Sony’s specific bells and whistles set is less diverse than Samsung and HTC’s goodie packs. Sadly, that doesn’t make Z1 Compact’s software experience closer to stock, so the other two will be clashing for the gold medal here.

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Both run Android 4.4.2 KitKat out the box and take a number of precious cues from their big brothers. You’ve got Ultra Power Saving, S Health, Private Mode, Kids Mode on one side and BlinkFeed and Zoe on the other. Told you it’d be tough to call it. Ah, to hell with it. I’ll go out on a limb and give it to Samsung, mostly for those wicked battery optimizations.

Speaking of battery, I fully expect S5 mini’s 2,100 mAh juicer to last longer than One mini 2’s 2,110 mAh cell despite the overall hardware configuration being a wee bit zippier on the former. But let’s not overlook Sony’s beefy big small guy, which has plenty of spunk in it, courtesy of a 2,300 mAh ticker.

Cameras, connectivity and sensors

It’s really ridiculous smartphones with 20.7, 13 and 8 MP rear-facing snappers respectively are considered members of the same class, but hey, it’s not all about taking photos, recording vids and whatnot. If it would be, we wouldn’t even have this discussion. The Z1 Compact would crush the competition, probably followed by the One mini 2.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Definitely followed by it, if we take into consideration the all-metal lad’s beautiful selfie-friendly 5 MP secondary cam. The S5 mini? I’m afraid it’s average, on the front and rear.

Good thing (for Samsung) it’s not average in the sensors department, incorporating fingerprint recognition and heart rate tracking in a pocket-friendly package. There’s also water and dust resistance, only tied by Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact, while connectivity-wise the rivals are three peas in a pod: 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, etc., etc.

Pricing, availability and wrap-up

Even knowing full well Samsung’s generally farfetched profit margins, S5 mini’s MSRP still came as a bit of a shock: €479, or $650. Of course, that’s valid for European markets, and stateside, it should translate into a much more sensible $500, maybe $450 price tag.

Galaxy S5 mini in hand

Beginning in a few weeks, we’re hearing, which is a pretty decent turnaround. But why wait when the SIM-free Sony Xperia Z1 Compact can be had today for a measly $420? With a beefier processor and battery, extra RAM, sensational camera and an overall more premium vibe to its exterior design.

At $490 unlocked, the One mini 2 doesn’t feel like a real title challenger, in spite of the breathtaking all-aluminum chassis. The specification set on the whole is simply too underwhelming, with an average CPU, scanty RAM and solid but not outstanding main camera. All hail Sony!

HTC One mini 2 vs Motorola Moto G vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – Specs comparison

As if the mid-range, budget-friendly Android smartphone scene wasn’t crowded, competitive and spicy enough, the past 48 hours have seen Motorola upgrade their already beloved Moto G with the only two features it was missing to aspire to perfection, and then HTC issue a new, compact edition of its crowd-pleasing all-metal One series.

HTC One mini 2 vs Moto G

Obviously, some may argue the Moto G, even in its LTE-enabled variation, and One mini 2 target different slices of the mobile pie. And in a way, I totally agree. But we’re all the same, we’re all equal in our undivided love to all things Android, so at the end of the day, the two, just like the now OG Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, cater to the needs of a condensed public.

Depending on how much one is willing to spend and exactly what he’s looking for in a slab of silicon, the three, which technically challenge the same throne, shall each find fans and followers. The question is what are their strengths and weaknesses? Well, let’s find out by comparing and contrasting their every tidbit:

HTC One mini 2 vs Moto G LTE vs Xperia Z1 Compact – design face-off

Yes, I’m fully aware the reasons the G can’t hold a candle to the other two build quality-wise are, um, reasonable and objective. But people have a right to know the full picture. And leaving costs aside for a moment, the One mini 2 and Z1 Compact win this battle by a landslide.

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Moto G

As for which of the two is most elegant and beautiful, I guess it depends on your definition of the words. The Z1 Compact is shorter, narrower, thinner, more, well, compact and it rocks a glass chassis that’s fairly premium-looking… until you get your fingerprints all over its rear.

Meanwhile, the One mini 2 is amazingly not heavier in spite of its superior footprint and the aluminum frame needs no introduction or description. It’s simply… HTC.

Display comparison

4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution vs. 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 vs. 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720, and clearly, declaring a winner here is a matter of examining real-life pictures and videos with a magnifying glass. Which I don’t intend to do, as the results of such a test would have little worth for the everyday mobile user.

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Sure, if you insist on bullying me to pick a victor, I’d probably go for Z1 Compact’s slightly superior ppi – 342 vs 326 vs 326. But another guy may choose size over pixel density, and who am I to tell him he’s wrong?

Processing speed, RAM and cameras

It’s a no contest. A first-round one-punch knockout victory. A coup de grace, and I could go on with the metaphors. The point is the Z1 Compact is hands down the zippiest device here, packing a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 chip and 2 GB RAM.

It’s also got the best rear-facing snapper – a powerhouse 20.7 MP unit with autofocus and LED Flash. Of course, these are the main reasons the punchy munchkin is by far the priciest of the three, though we’ll get to that later.

Sony-Xperia-Z1-Compact

For now, let’s mention the One mini 2 and Moto G are deadlocked in processing speed and multitasking, thanks to identical CPU/GPU/RAM configurations – quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400/Adreno 305/1 GB.

The cameras though are a different kettle of fish, with HTC crushing Moto. In fact, the One mini 2 even trumps the Z1 Compact in the selfie skill department (5 MP front cam vs just 2), sitting right between its rivals when it comes to taking photos of something or someone else than the phone’s owner. Hello there, 13 megapixel (not UltraPixel, thank God) rear shooter.

Software and battery life comparison

Well, this is odd. As much time and money Sony and HTC invested in their “mini” flagships, the software running on the upper mid-rangers can’t come close to the smoothness of Moto G’s pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat.

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The G features no bells and whistles on top of KK, making Android purists purr with satisfaction. Then again, stock software isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. In which case you can go for Z1 Compact’s relatively unintrusive Xperia UI-skinned Android 4.4 copy, or One mini 2’s highly forked, highly modified Sense-flavored KitKat.

Be sure to weigh in the absence of Zoe but presence of BlinkFeed on HTC’s power Liliputian in your final decision, as well as your odds to score subsequent major updates on each device in a timely manner. FYI, that’s 100 percent on the G and let’s say 50-50 for the other two.

htc-one-mini-2-ui

Battery life? Don’t really want to jump to conclusions, so I’ll call the battle a three-way tie for now. Z1 Compact’s ticker is the largest (2,300 mAh) but it has to handle the fastest CPU, then the One mini 2 and Moto G are practically tied, with 2,110 and 2,070 mAh respectively.

Storage, connectivity and… yes, pricing

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? Motorola will sell the 4G Moto G starting at $220 in June, which is less than half of what the Z1 Compact goes for. The One mini 2 is currently without an official price tag, but clearly, it’ll be closer to the diminutive Z1 than the G. My guess is… $400. Maybe $450.

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Now, are the all-metal and glass fellows really worth the premiums? Well, they have nothing extra to offer connectivity-wise now that the G supports LTE, and even the expandable memory gives them no edge any longer.

They do start at 16 GB built-in storage space, compared to 8 for Moto’s G, plus all the strong points listed above – higher-class cameras, CPUs, (much) better build quality. Which still doesn’t answer the key question. Are… they… worth… it? Well, you don’t really expect me to just solve all your puzzles, do you? Where’s the fun in that?