This post is for those who are tired of all those 5 incher smartphones in the market, those huge bulky devices for which you need to get your pant pockets restitched! After the success of Samsung Note, there has been a boom in the large screen smartphone market. I’m not sure if its purely driven by the demand for such devices or the manufacturer’s find it easier to fit in components in a large area. Many Indian based companies like Micromax, Lava, Karbonn have released their large screen models with high specs.

I personally like devices in the range 4 to 4.3 inches. A device with some high processing capabilities, that can fit in your hand comfortably. In this post I’m going to restrict myself to just 4″ screen devices as there are enough devices to make it a long one. There are 4″ screen devices in all the 3 major mobile OS; iOS, Android and Window Phone. I will starting off with iPhone 5.


1) iPhone 5

Price : ₹42,000

This is the device that needs no introduction. iPhone 5, released in 2012 is the current Apple flagship device. The device with excellent hardware and slim aluminium body profile is a great choice for premium smartphone buyer’s. It runs on iOS operating system and is backed by a large Apps eco-system.



  •  4″ LED backlit IPS TFT touchscreen (640 x 1136 pixels) with 326 ppi pixel density
  • 1.2 GHz Apple A6 Dual core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2 MP front camera with HD facetime
  • 1440 mAh battery
  • Available with 16, 32 and 64GB memory
  • 7.6 mm thick at 112gms

2) Sony Xperia J

Price: ₹14,499

Xperia J is a decent budget smartphone running Android v4.0. Yes, the OS is a bit outdated but the reports suggest the Jelly Bean version for the device has been released last month. So you can upgrade the phone to latest OS after the purchase if its not. The notable thing about this device is the curved back design.



  • 4-inch TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, 480 x 854 pixels (~245 ppi pixel density)
  • 1 GHz Cortex-A5, Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
  • 512 MB RAM
  •  Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 5 MP camera, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, VGA front camera
  • Li-Ion 1750 mAh
  • 9.2mm thick at 124gms

3) Samsung Galaxy S Duos

price: ₹11,990

Any smartphone talk cannot miss out on a Samsung’s Galaxy device and rightly so now we have the Samsung Galaxy S Duos. As the name suggests this is a Dual-SIM phone. Samsung has been persisting with the Galaxy S devices from a very long time and this device has gone through a lot of iterations to reach this stage. So you can always have a sense of trust towards this device. It runs on Android v4.0, but then again it should be upgradable.



  • 4 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)
  • 1 GHz Cortex-A5, Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
  • An awkward 768 MB RAM
  • Android OS, v4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, VGA front camera
  • Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery
  • 10.5 mm at 120gms

4) Sony Xperia M

Price: Between  ₹15,000 to  ₹17,000

Here comes another Xperia model. This is the most recently released device among the lot and the most exciting one. If you ask me , I would highly recommend you going for this phone. Reason’s being, many. This Xperia model has the design similar to Xperia Z, which is Sony’s current flagship device. It comes with a dual core processor, 1GB of RAM running Android v4.1 Jelly Bean OS. It has a dual SIM model too. Compared to the previous 2 Android devices mentioned, this is quite better. The pricing of this device is still not announced as the device itself has not been launched. It is expected to be launched in Q3 of 2013. I think this device is definitely worth a wait!



  • 4 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 854 pixels (~245 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1 GHz Krait, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 5 MP camera, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, VGA front camera
  • Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery
  • 9.3 mm thick at 115gms

5) Lenovo A390

Price: ₹8,500

Lenovo, after seeing success of their Android phones in China are launching their handsets in India. If you want a decent budget smartphone, not concerned about the brand, then this is the right device for you. At 8,500 rupess, Lenovo A390 is a very affordable Android device. This was launched in the month of April, 2013 and hence its not very low on specifications. It has a Dual Core Mediatek processor with 512MB RAM. Only thing disappointing is that it still comes with Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and ther is NO front camera.



  • 4 inch Capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1 GHz, MTK 6577
  • 512MB RAM
  • 5 MP camera, 2592 х 1944 pixels, NO front camera
  • Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery
  • 10.1 mm thick at 131gms

6) Nokia Lumia 520

Price: ₹9,999

Bored with iOS and Android devices? then here’s the alternative, Nokia Lumia 520. This is the cheapest Lumia device and currently the most trending Lumia device. It runs on Windows Phone 8 Operating System, which was released on October, 2012. Windows Phone is a refreshing change over iOS and Android, but lacks on the App eco-system other 2 have. Talking about the device hardware, this device comes with Dual-core 1 GHz processor and 512MB RAM. The eye catchy color’s of the device  is one of the characteristics.



  • 4 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1 GHz, Qualcomm MSM8227
  • 512MB RAM
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2592х1936 pixels, autofocus, NO front camera
  • Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery
  • 9.9 mm thick at 124gms


That’s it for now. If you have any queries or suggestion regarding the post, please post it in the comments section. Thank you!

Source : GSMArena

  • girishprasana

    I guess iPhone is the clear winner with the best specs and features.. 4 inch is the appropriate size for any smartphone and the smartphone makers should realize it!
    @Aditya  good article. Looking forward to read more of such articles.

  • adi_bhat

    Thank you girishprasana.
    Yes, iPhone is the winner if price is not the problem. And also there is the factor of OS. Some people prefer Android because of its customizability. In that case I think Sony Xperia M is a good one.