Sep 04 AT 8:46 PM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

What is the thinnest Android phone?

With all the new Android phones that are coming out, I thought it would be cool to compare the thickness of each one. When the first Android phone launched, many people criticized the T-Mobile G1 because of its bulky size. Look at the following Android phones to see how they stack up. I chose the two current phones that are for sale in the United States along with three future phones that are expected to go on sale later this year.

* Contains slide-out QWERTY keyboard

* Contains slide-out QWERTY keyboard

I think it comes as no surprise that the G1 is the thickest phone. It was the first Android phone released and features a full QWERTY keyboard. The second thickest phone is the myTouch 3G which was HTC’s second Android device. Stuck in the middle is the Sprint Hero. We can see that HTC has made size improvements with each Android phone they produce.

The Motorola Sholes measures in at 13.7 mm thin. This one actually caught me off guard because it also features a full QWERTY keyboard. Motorola was somehow able to fit a full keyboard in and still deliver a device that is slimmer than any HTC Android phone. I will have to do some more research, but it could be the thinnest phone ever with a full slide out QWERTY keyboard.

Coming in as the thinnest Android phone is the Samsung Galaxy. There is still a debate if this phone will ever go on sale in the United States or if it is too late to release it. I went ahead and included it just because it was so thin.

I own a G1 and I don’t mind the size, but it would have been nice if it was a slimmer device. I found the myTouch 3G fit perfectly in my hand and I prefer the device, but I still miss the physical keyboard. It is really impressive to see a device like the Motorola Sholes that still offers the full slide out keyboard, but makes no sacrifices in size.

How important is thickness to you?

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  • SliestDragon

    Thickness isn’t that big of a thing to me. I do like a slim phone, but I would never get a phone a slim as the ipod touch. I feel like I’m going to break it just by touching it.
    Although it would be nice if it was thin enough where I can put an extended battery in and it still looks like a phone. :P

  • eclipse

    Thinner is better, but its not the number one factor on my “must have list” – a high-cap battery >is< however, and because of that my phones are always thicker than stock anyway. Ditto for the QWERTY slider.

    I switched to a G1 in June, after carrying an MDA for about 4 years. Not surprisingly the G1 has a bigger screen, and is still thinner than the MDA even with the high-cap battery.

    For various reasons I occasionally throw in the standard battery and door, and am always amazed at the weight differential and how it fits in my pocket – then I see the batt indicator moving…

  • Ryan

    How does the original (with chin) HTC Hero fit into this? That’s what I’d like to see.

  • roots

    well my g1 is as heavy has a brick. i think you can compare the g1 and psp phat to each other and same as mt3g with the slim. haha thats how i see it. just like the ram on all 4. well im not complaining i love my g1 and its white. ill upgrade next year when theres more android love to choose from.

  • Michael

    I’d be quite surprised if you didn’t get the Samsung Galaxy in America. I’m working in a phone store in Australia, and although we haven’t received any stock, we’ve got the dummies of the three new Samsung Icon phones on the wall already, the i7500 (Galaxy) among them.

  • Luiz

    Luckily I sold my G1 for a higher price that I’ve paid and now I’m waiting to have a Rachael Sony Ericsson, that should be thinner, anyway I’ll miss the keyboard.

  • http://www.noxmiles.de Nox

    I have g1 but i never thougt it is thick, because my old phone was the HTC Hermes. THIS was thick!!

    G1 batterie hold long, because the HTC Hermes batterie was only ~14 hours in standby.

    Thicknis is relativ

  • ccriffman

    I agree with Eclipse- my G1 with an extended battery is still slim enough that its not a problem- and the extended battery actually gives it a “meatier” feel- ie, more “solid” feeling- and it is still not too bulky for me- chris

  • joseph

    It dosnt bother me either. But i would really like the sholes.
    Just not enough to switch to version LOL

  • ShortySk8n

    I switched from a Cingular 8125 which I believe was also made by HTC. So the G1 is thinner. & I waited till the my touch came out before buying. I like the size & keyboard on the G1 better then the my touch. The my touch is to small. & no keyboard.

  • http://www.thefutureofblog.com Jeremiah

    Don’t get me wrong, I still love any Android phone, but having a slide out QWERTY keyboard is a must-have feature for me (can’t get used to the on-screen keyboards).

    Sounds like the Verzion Sholes is going to be a great phone, considering it’s thin size and the slide out keyboard :]

  • Dereck Bearsong

    The thickness of the phone and its gaudy look is the reason I skipped the G1 and went straight for the mytouch. I would have waited for the Galaxy for its many improvements (8gb internal capacity,5MP camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, sleeker design, but the 128MB RAM is absolutely pathetic when Android already struggles w/ 192at times. That killed all benefits to me.

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  • Carl

    QWERTY sliders have a tendency to be quite pudgy, so any means to battle their bulge that doesn’t harm the typing ergonomics or phone specs is most certainly welcome. In terms of keyboardless smartphones, I would say that the current models are thin enough for practical purposes, but not, perhaps, fashion purposes.

  • http://www.str187.com Str187

    actually this is nonsense since g1 has a physical keyboard and the others don’t…

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  • Cacahahacaca

    That’s weird… you say that the MT3G (14.7mm) is thicker than the Hero (13.8mm), yet phoneArena says that the MT3G is 13.6mm (http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/HTC-Magic-phone-p_3421.html) vs 14.3mm for the Hero (http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/HTC-Hero-phone-p_3813.html).

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