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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