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Best smartphones with small screens

Large screens aren’t for everyone. As the mobile industry continues producing tablet-style phones, it can be hard to find something that’s pocket-sized.

Still, if you value portability and easy handling, there are plenty of options out there. Check out our picks for the best smartphones with small screens available right now!

Why would someone want a small screen smartphone?

In the world of smartphones, bigger does not necessarily mean better. Smartphones with small screens are typically more compact, making them easier to grip while on the go. 

At the same time, small screen smartphones often fit neatly inside pockets, so you can carry them without a bag.

If you use your smartphone mainly for calls and/or texts, switching to a small screen handset is ideal.

 

Best smartphones with small screens 5 inches or less

Samsung J1

Price: £45.00

Release date: 2015

Screen size: 4.3″

Display: TFT

Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels

RAM: 512MB

Camera:Rear 5MP; Front 2MP

Battery: 1850mAh

Storage: 4GB

5G: No

Versatile and full of character, the Samsung J1 is one of the best phones for under £100. But don’t be fooled by its modest pricing; in this small screen handset, you still get a super-sharp camera and ample storage space - perfect for capturing those moments most precious to you. 

Battery capacity may be limited compared to other similar models, but as far as practicality is concerned, you can’t go wrong with the Samsung J1.

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Nokia 1

Price: £80.00

Release date: 2018

Screen size: 4.5″

Display: IPS LCD

Resolution: 480 x 854 pixels

RAM: 1GB

Camera:Rear 5MP; Front 2MP

Battery: 2150mAh

Storage: 8GB

5G: No

If reliability is your most important consideration, the Nokia 1 will deliver. This durable, well-equipped handset has been designed to not only help you stay in touch with friends and family on a regular basis, but also keep you entertained when moving around.

Plus, there’s the element of Nokia that everyone knows and loves embedded right in the heart of its DNA: Snake! If that’s not enough of a reason to give this phone a chance, then we don’t know what is.

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Hammer Energy 2

Price: £178.99

Release date: 2020

Screen size: 5″

Display: IPS

Resolution: 1440 x 720 pixels

RAM: 3GB

Camera:Rear 13MP; Front 5MP

Battery: 5000mAh

Storage: 21GB

5G: No

Rugged beyond your wildest smartphone dreams, the Hammer Energy 2 is as powerful as its name suggests, with an armoured design protecting many outstanding features underneath, such as a Sony camera, generous storage space, and rapid-fast processing capabilities.

If you want robust battery life, hi-res image quality and protective bumpers for each corner, all wrapped around a conveniently compact screen, then the Hammer Energy 2 won’t disappoint.

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Samsung Galaxy J2

Price: From £30.00

Release date: 2015

Screen size: 4.7″

Display: Super AMOLED

Resolution: 540 x 960 pixels

RAM: 1GB

Camera:Rear 5MP; Front 2MP

Battery: 2000mAh

Storage: 8GB

5G: No

Part of the same budget-friendly series as the J1, the Samsung J2 provides an affordable, high-performance alternative to your average small screen smartphone. 

This handset gives you all the benefits of smartphones without breaking the bank, and thanks to its incredible display quality, you can now enjoy performing everyday tasks in picture-perfect clarity.

Find out which Samsung smartphone is right for you here.

 

iPhone 8

Price: £400 - £500

Release date: 2017

Screen size: 4.7″

Display: Retina IPS LCD

Resolution: 750 x 1334 pixels

RAM: 2GB

Camera:Rear 12MP; Front 7MP

Battery: 1821mAh

Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

5G: No

Yet another good fruit from Apple’s signature crop, the iPhone 8 gives you all the advantages of owning an iPhone without having to worry about navigating a cumbersome screen.

Different model variations allow for as much extra storage space as you need, while the display quality customers usually expect from Apple remains present in this handset. Small but mighty in its build, the iPhone 8 promises an unforgettable smartphone experience.

Find out which iPhone is right for you here.

 

Best smartphones with small screens over 5 inches

Apple iPhone 13 Mini

Apple iPhone 13 Mini

Price: £647.99

Release date: 2021

Screen size: 5.4″

Display: OLED

Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels

RAM: 4GB

Camera:Rear 12MP, 12MP, 12MP; Front 12MP

Battery: 3095mAh

Storage: 128GB

5G: Yes

Built to be both compact and powerful, the Apple iPhone 13 Mini provides smartphone users with an exciting handset that performs at the highest level. 

Its OLED display technology enhances your entertainment benefit, while a generous amount of RAM and storage keeps files safe and secure. Not bad for something so thin and light.

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Alcatel 1B 2022

Alcatel 1B (2022)

Price: £79.99

Release date: 2022

Screen size: 5.5″

Display: Flat IPS

Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels

RAM: 2GB

Camera:Rear 8MP; Front 5MP

Battery: 3000mAh

Storage: 32GB

5G: No

Your daily companion through thick and thin, the Alcatel 1B (2022) helps you make memories, store everything, and turn ordinary tasks into fantastic adventures.

Designed with the convenience of a new generation in mind, its budget-friendly price tag is backed up by high-end features such as impressive camera capabilities, long-lasting battery, and high-performance processing power.

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CAT S42H

CAT S42H

Price: £238.99

Release date: 2020

Screen size: 5.5″

Display: IPS

Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels

RAM: 3GB

Camera:Rear 13MP; Front 5MP

Battery: 4200mAh

Storage: 32GB

5G: No

Drop-proof and dependable, the CAT S42H uses military-grade technology to deliver a smartphone that’s fully equipped for your professional and personal needs.

Whether you’re undertaking challenging outdoor work situations or extreme leisure pursuits, this handset can withstand anything you throw at it - quite literally.

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Nokia C01 PLUS

Nokia C01 PLUS

Price: £79.99

Release date: 2021

Screen size: 5.45″

Display: HD+

Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels

RAM: 1GB

Camera:Rear 5MP; Front 5MP

Battery: 3000mAh

Storage: 16GB

5G: No

Having conducted a thorough review of the Nokia C01 PLUS, we can assure you that this small screen smartphone is as dynamic as it is reliable.

Practising your low-light photography? Go for it. Gaming into the early hours? Feel free. The Nokia C01 PLUS has everything you need from a smartphone, including compactness.

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Doro 8050

Price: £167.99

Release date: 2020

Screen size: 5.45″

Display: IPS HD

Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels

RAM: 2GB

Camera:Rear 13MP; Front 5MP

Battery: 3000mAh

Storage: 16GB

5G: No

One of the best mobile phones for seniors, the Doro 8050 has a uniquely intuitive interface that makes everyday smartphone usage simpler than ever. 

Able to be configured to suit its owner’s needs, the possibilities are endless when it comes to using this nifty little device.

 

Best SIM card deals for small screen smartphones

If you’ve found your ideal smartphone with a small screen, make sure to check out our great value SIM bundles that will maximise its potential. 

An excellent option is our £10 bundle. For just £10 a month, you get 12GB of data, as well as unlimited minutes and texts. 

And with up to 99% UK population coverage, you’ll always be able to reply to a message or answer a phone call wherever you are in the country.

It also includes 5G, Wi-Fi calling, international roaming, and much more.* 

 

*Of course, these features are only enabled if your chosen handset supports them.

 

 

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