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The best small phones on the market | Digital Trends Spanish


We’ve tested hundreds of phones at Digital Trends, and we know that some people prefer a phone that they can comfortably operate with one hand. All the tiny devices on our list have been thoroughly tested. These are the best small phones currently available.

Our choice is iPhone 13 Mini. Apple’s comeback with a smaller phone is a triumph, and it’s absolutely the best place to start if smaller size is your top priority. We do have a number of other great phones though, so you can find the perfect device for you.

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The best small phone overall

Apple iPhone 13 Mini

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Why should you buy it? It’s the best small phone in the world, right now, bar none.

For whom it is? Anyone who wants the best performance from a small phone, regardless of whether it’s iOS or Android.

Apple’s first Mini version rocked our world, so it makes sense to put its successor, the iPhone 13 Mini, at the top of this list. It’s packed with the same power as larger iPhones, but in a much more compact form.

This model shares many of the key specs with its older siblings, including the powerful A15 Bionic processor, which pits it against the heavyweights of the phone industry.

The iPhone 13 Mini continues to use much of the same design as the iPhone 12 Mini, albeit with a modified camera module. However, there are several upgrades in the package aside from the A15 Bionic chip.

The 5.4-inch display remains the same, but the iPhone 13 Mini’s notch is narrower than its predecessor’s. Its Super Retina XDR OLED display is also much brighter, with 800 nits of claimed peak brightness measured using the High Brightness Mode (HBM) method.

With the new generation of iPhone Mini, Apple has removed the 64GB storage variant and the minimum space size is now 128GB. In addition, the highest option has also been increased from 256 to 512 GB.

Like the iPhone 13, the Mini also features a larger main camera sensor than the previous generation, along with sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS), where the sensor moves to compensate for any changes in lens orientation. phone, to avoid shake and blur while taking photos or videos.

The iPhone 12 Mini had a smaller capacity battery than most of its older siblings, and that put it at a huge disadvantage against other flagship phones. The iPhone 13 Mini slightly improved on that aspect and now features a 2,438 mAh battery, which is about 10 percent larger than the previous generation.

For most casual users, this battery should be enough to last about a full day. Its small size, however, allows for a claimed 50 percent fast charge in just 30 minutes from being plugged into a Lightning connector using an 18W (or higher) power charger.

The phone also supports 15W fast wireless charging with MagSafe and 7.5W with other regular wireless chargers. The iPhone 13 Mini starts at $600 for the 128GB variant and is our pick for the best small phone.

The best small Android phone

Asus ZenFone 8

Asus Zenfone 8 on a table.
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Why should you buy it? It’s the most powerful small Android phone, offering a feature-packed camera, unrelenting performance, and long battery life, all in a compact form factor.

For whom it is? Anyone who isn’t an iPhone fanatic or someone who loves having a small but very powerful phone that doesn’t compromise on performance.

Asus’ ZenFone line has garnered a lot of interest due to the rotating cameras in version 6 and 7, and while this new phone doesn’t have such a camera, it does have a small form factor that’s ideal for single use. hand.

The ZenFone 8 uses Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 processor and has up to 16GB of RAM for absolutely stellar performance. Buyers can also choose between 128 and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

Unlike its siblings that rotate a single camera module to use as front and rear, the ASUS ZenFone 8 has them fixed. On the back, you’ll get a 64 MP primary wide-angle lens and a 12 MP ultra-wide camera.

It produces good results, perhaps with a bit of HDR, but generally positive. Around the front is a 12 MP camera, and the cameras on both sides can record 4K video with the rear camera supporting 4K recording at up to 60 FPS.

On the front, the ASUS ZenFone 8 has a 5.9-inch AMOLED display with a small hole-punch cutout. The protection of this screen is the most durable Gorilla Glass, the Victus version.

The back of the phone is also made of glass and protected by Gorilla Glass 3, connecting the two glass panels on both sides with an aluminum frame. Despite the compact form of the phone, ASUS does not compromise on security.

The ZenFone 8 comes with an IP68 rating, which makes it resistant to water and dust. It’s certainly boring when it comes to design, though, so it’s not the phone for you if you like your heart skipping a beat when you look at it.

You might expect the ZenFone 8 to last a long time as it comes with a 4,000mAh battery, but unfortunately that’s not the case. You use this phone a lot and you’re unlikely to spend a full day with it, which is a huge disappointment.

However, charging is fast, with a full recharge taking 90 minutes. There’s also no wireless charging, which is another disappointment in a flagship phone. In terms of user experience, Android 11 is out of date and the company claims that it will provide two more years of software updates.

ASUS ZenFone 8 hits a sweet spot with its performance and size, even if there are some issues with its battery and design. If you’ve been looking for a flagship Android phone that’s powerful yet fits in the palm of your hand, then this could be the best small phone for you.

The best small flip phone

Samsung Galaxy ZFlip 3

Galaxy Z Flip 3 open on a table.
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Why should you buy it? It offers impressive performance with a next-generation folding glass screen and an improved secondary screen.

For whom it is? Anyone who wants to experience the latest technologies without compromising performance.

Samsung has patched up a lot of loose ends with the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The phone now has a much more durable foldable screen, a solid hinge, and the water-resistant security guarantee. These features make it a device for a wider audience than early adopters.

The main display measures 6.7 inches, so you don’t compromise on space. Samsung achieves a larger screen size by using a longer 22:9 aspect ratio than usual, and this means it will still be fairly easy to use one-handed despite its large size.

The screen uses an AMOLED panel inside with a peak brightness of over 1,200 nits and has a 120Hz refresh rate, which means you can see a considerable difference compared to 60 or 90Hz screens.

In addition to using the Z Flip 3 fully open or closed, it can be partially opened at 90 degrees. This splits the screen into two halves, allowing users to use two apps at the same time.

Meanwhile, the outer screen measures 1.9 inches with a resolution of 260 x 512 pixels. While not quite as large as the Motorola Razr 5G, the Galaxy Z Flip features color Super AMOLED technology, which is a significant improvement over the previous generation’s small monochrome display.

Being a color screen, it can be used to view notifications, caller ID, battery status, music controls, or other features. Samsung also offers several widgets for you to use various applications directly from this small display, although their uses are somewhat limited.

Another benefit is that you can use this screen as a viewfinder for the rear cameras. Speaking of cameras, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 comes with a 12 MP main camera and a 12 MP ultra wide angle.

There’s a 10 MP camera when you open the phone for bigger selfies and video calls. These cameras take good pictures in well-lit settings and don’t require a lot of manual adjustments.

You can partially fold the screen and use it at an angle to secure it sideways on a flat surface without any additional stand or tripod. The selfie camera can be used for face unlock. For security, Samsung has also provided the Galaxy Z Flip 3 with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Inside, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC in all world regions. With the chipset, you get 8GB of RAM as standard on the phone, but Samsung offers options between 128 and 256GB for storage.

You get a 3,300mAh battery with about a day of use and a pretty slow 15W charging rate. You can charge the Galaxy Z Flip 3 wirelessly, but again, it’s limited to 10W, which can be ideal. only if you always have a wireless charger at your disposal or prefer to charge your phone overnight.

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