Forget skinny supermodels, it’s the age of the skinny superphone! Here we compare five of the skinniest.
Thinner, lighter, faster is Apple’s slogan for the current iPhone, and it’s certainly the thinnest, lightest, fastest iPhone ever. But it’s also the most expensive. It’s also longer than previous generations of iPhone, and that’s because it has a larger 4 inch Retina display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels. At the same time, the quality of the build remains at Apple’s usual high standards, with an aluminium housing and an anodised aluminium back featuring glass inlays along the top and bottom.
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At 7.6 mm, it really is incredibly thin, and Apple have gone to great lengths re-engineering the iPhone to make it so thin. The old Apple 30-pin connector has been replaced by a new Lightning connector, the SIM card has been replaced by a new nano-SIM, and even the screen has been made thinner by integrating the touch layer into the display layer, giving the added benefit of a brighter, clearer display.
As well as featuring cutting edge design and a larger display, the iPhone 5 also has a new super fast A6 processor, iOS 6, and 8 megapixel camera with full HD video recording, up to 64 GB of memory and support for 4G LTE.
Motorola RAZR i
Second thinnest is Motorola’s RAZR i, measuring a svelte 8.3 mm, but packing in a lot of power, including something rather rare in a mobile phone – an Intel processor. Intel’s Atom processor runs at an extremely fast 2.0 GHz and despite having a single core, it supports hyper-threading, so it can behave like a multi-core processor when it needs to.
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If you appreciate build quality, then the Motorola is a match for the iPhone, being made from Kevlar fibre, a synthetic material that’s 5 times stronger than steel and is used in body armour. Its screen is protected by Gorilla Glass and an aircraft-grade aluminium frame, making it virtually indestructible.
The RAZR i features a Super AMOLED Advanced 4.3 inch display, the same size as the iPhone 5, but with 960 x 540 pixels. It runs Android 4.0, has an 8 megapixel camera with full HD video recording, a memory card slot, NFC and very strong battery life. It’s also one of the most reasonably priced of all the phones here.
Samsung Galaxy SIII
Next on the catwalk is Samsung’s monster-selling flagship phone, the Galaxy SIII. Despite measuring just 8.6 mm thick, this phone has a massive 4.8 inch screen with an even higher resolution than Apple’s Retina display. It’s a high definition Super AMOLED display, with 1280 x 720 pixels.
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The materials used to make the Samsung are less exotic than the iPhone or the RAZR, with the SIII having a plastic casing. Nevertheless, this is a genuine superphone, powered by an incredibly fast 1.4 GHz quad-core processor.
The phone is also equipped with an 8 megapixel camera with full HD video recording, up to 64 GB memory plus a micro SD memory card slot, NFC and a large battery. It runs Android 4.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and features Samsung’s new S Voice voice recognition system.
HTC One X+
HTC’s current flagship phone is almost as thin, measuring 8.9 mm. This is another finely crafted phone with a robust unibody casing. Like the Samsung, it also has a very large 4.7 inch display. This Super LCD display has high definition resolution with 1280 x 720 pixels and is protected by Gorilla Glass 2.
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This is an incredibly powerful phone with a 1.7 GHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor and a massive 64 GB of memory. It runs Android 4.1 with HTC Sense 4+ adding more refinement to the user interface.
Other reasons to choose this phone include the 8 megapixel camera with full HD recording and a large capacity battery. It also features Beats Audio for deeper bass, crisper vocals and detailed high notes.
LG Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 by LG is also known as the Google Nexus 4 and is intended to showcase the very best of the Android operating system. It’s a sliver thicker than the HTC, but still wafer-thin, measuring 9.1 mm. Build quality is solid with an unusual sparkly glass back.
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With a 4.7 inch IPS display it’s a large phone, but with the highest resolution of all the skinny phones at 1280 x 768, which is more than HD. As you’d expect, the Nexus 4 runs the very latest version of Android (4.2) and in its pure form, with no customization It’s a genuine superphone with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and an enormous 2 GB of RAM, enabling it to crunch through multitasking and demanding games. Memory is less than some other phones though, with only 16 GB and no memory card slot.
The Nexus 4 comes with an 8 megapixel camera with full HD video recording. It also features the new Photo Sphere Android tool that lets you take interactive 3D panoramas. Other features include NFC and wireless charging. It’s also astonishingly good value!