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iPhone 5 Is the Thinnest Smartphone....That Apple Has Ever Made

Steven Blum
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smartphone mas fino

Yesterday I spent over an hour glued to my screen, gobbling up the entire iPhone 5 presentation. I kept hearing the same thing: "This is the thinnest smartphone...the thinnest we've ever made...we've made it using the thinnest materials....it has been designed so thin..." Besides fat-shaming all of those other smartphones out there (I guess it's bikini season over in smartphone land), Apple's statements seemed destined to mislead: perhaps the general public would hear the words "thinnest" so many times that they would begin to think Apple has designed the thinnest smartphone ever.

This is patently false. 

There are at least four other smartphones, that I know of, thinner than Apple's iPhone 5 (which measures .3" thick).  If you're looking for a thinner-than-thin Android, here are your options:

The ZTE Athena

The ZTE Athena is the slimmest smartphone on this list: at just .24 inches thick, it's .6 inches thinner than the iPhone 5. Other features include a 720p display, a Cortex-A15 dual-core processor, up to 64GB in internal memory and Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The only problem? It's not yet on the market. So Apple *could* say they're offering the thinnest smartphone currently available, right?

Oppo Finder 

 

oopo finder

(Foto: Android Guy)

Nope. The Oppo Finder was THE slimmest smartphone on the street when it was first introduced, measuring just .25" thick and it's actually available for purchase. For $479.00 you also get a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch screen and Android ICS. Not bad.

Fujitsu Arrows μ

(Foto: Engadget)

Fujitsu Arrow μ was only able to hold on to the title of world's thinnest smartphone for a few hours at CES this year...right before Huawei introduced their Ascend P1 S (pictured below). It's not a spectacular phone, but it gets the job done with a 4" screen and a 1.4 GHz processor.

Huawei Ascend P1 S

huawei ascend p1

Lastly, we have the Huawei Ascend P1 S: also presented at CES this year. This phone is not only thin but also is also packed with fancy specs, like a TI dual-core OMAP 1.5 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 4.3-inch screen. It's .26 inches thick, beating the iPhone 5 by .4 inches-

Can you think of any more great slim phones? And also: why do we even care about these things so much? Personally, I like a little cushion for my button pushin'.*

*Sorry...that was terrible

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Whether or not Apple is trying to mislead the masses about the iPhone 5's exterior form or not.... it's hard to indict the form itself. Nobody out designs Apple.

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  • Anna F. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    .25"? How am I supposed to know how thick that is? Can you please use both the metric and the American systems?

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  • Lurker Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Apple is great at misleading people and the media never verifies Apple's claims. Yesterday, as soon as Apple said that they had made the slimmest smartphone ever, I began seeing media reports that the Iphone 5 is the slimmest smartphone in the world, which I knew was not true at all.

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  • Patrick R. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak, yes I agree. Although their designs are starting to look a little dated. Still very nice and very compelling though.

    @Anna, if i remember correctly, the Oppo Finder is 6.65mm

    @Lurker, true, i started commenting on a few to try to set the record straight but gave up. It's a losing battle. To the millions who will own the iPhone 5, they own the slimmest smartphone in the world. What are the chances they'll run into an Athena, Finder, Arrows or Ascend? Nil. haha

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  • Nick Mongeau Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Really the 'thinnest' smartphone ever? Honestly who cares? Yes it's nice to have a phone that isn't going to engulf your pocket but I think I'll stick with my Android devices because seriously at the end of the day it's all about what running under the hood and in that Android has done nothing but demolish Apple's 'latest and greatest'.

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  • Patrick R. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Nick, I agree, but they needed to play something up as an innovation. I think it is a solid spec'd phone and will run iOS impressively well. But they knew that compared to the Galaxies, Ones, Notes and Razrs on this side of the fence they fell short, as in waaaaay short. Gotta feed the sheep grass, so thinnest it is.

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  • Geoff Parker Sep 13, 2012 Link

    When looking for a new camera, I was offered a new Leica, unfortunately, it was so thin that I nearly dropped £500 + of camera on the floor. I did not buy that camera. Why is everyone so hung up about how thin something is, or isn't? Surely what matters is how well that product works for YOU?

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Patrick - sheep? Really? One of these days I'm gonna post here with something that's gonna be a whole lot like an essay on what keeps iPhone's sales up.... and it's not sheep.
    I've got every intention of buying the Note 2 if it's available when my contract is up in December but Android has little to do with why I'm dropping the iPhone. Android is just something I'm willing to put up with to get what I want.

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  • Nick Mongeau Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak - Honestly I don't think Patrick was criticizing the iphone and Apples products so to speak but they are running behind. Don't get me wrong I'm all for choice and I also strongly agree that Apple products are very good. I don't think that devoted ios owners won't but the iphone 5 but honestly it's nothing android hasn't done. I actually hope Apple comes out with something worth fighting for soon so things don't have to remain on who has the patent for rounded edges. (Which by the way was completely outrageous) Anyone can agree that it's a nice piece of hardware but it's outdated and already obsolete.

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  • Steven Blum Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Nick: Slap Android on the iPhone and it's my dream phone. The design schools every Android out there. Why can't Samsung experiment with aluminum?

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  • Nick Mongeau Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Stephen - Couldn't agree more an Android OEM working with Apple design would make the perfect product.

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  • Nick Mongeau Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Steven* my apologies

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  • CJ Brown Sep 13, 2012 Link

    It's a marketing gimmick ....

    APPLE can honestly claim the iPhone5 will be the thinnest iPhone available (but can not honestly claim it as the thinnest Smart Phone in the world) ....

    I also prefer more cushion for my button pushin' (as in a larger battery, back cover) because let's face it - 4G LTE is fast but it sure uses up more battery power ...

    In fact? I'm waiting to see how long the new iPhone5 will last before needing to be recharged AND if this will be the 1st thing iPhone5 users have a valid complaint about (on par with the "antenna incident" with the previous version) ...


    Imagine if APPLE was bought out by another Company, would they become more innovative?

    C J

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Patrick and Nick with apologies - Kind of a knee jerk reaction to the whole sheep thing.

    It's hard trying to be objective when mobile sites in general are so subjective to their device of choice. Apple sites consider me an Android shill feigning a middle ground stance. Android sites force me to endure sheep comments. Life is hard for the opinionated when their opinion isn't status quo to the group.

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  • Patrick R. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak, sorry about that. I'm a marketing guy taking up law. When we're in a product discussion, we use "give me something to feed the sheep" or "throw a little ammo my way" or "give me some grass for the cattle" to haggle for better features from a client or our boss for the press or potential clients. So in this case, when faced with the better specs of Android, I imagined the apple brand manager saying "the latest droids kinda beat us in specs, give me grass to feed the sheep" and Tim Cook replied "tell them we're thinner." Unfortunately, different context in a tech blog. In fact, I said the specs are solid and will run ios impressively well. Just explaining the context of my comment.

    The only time I get overly aggressive with apple is when discussing patents.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    LMAO I have no doubt that's exactly how the meeting went! When I defend Apple it's generally, by extension, a defense of Apple users. In the end, I just like tech.
    iPhones 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S / Androids Samsung Infuse, Toshiba Thrive, Asus TF300. I wish there was a perfect device out there but I sure haven't found it yet. I have high hopes for the Note 2 though.

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  • Patrick R. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Steven, you might be on to something - Apple can actually produce the aPhone. An iPhone running Android. Slap on a 1.6Ghz quad, 1 ghz ram. Slap on an iOS skin. Release the iTunes store of android.

    I'll stand in line for a day for that. Beat Sammy by taking a huge bite of the droid market and i'll have more respect for them as a company than this patent strategy they employ.

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  • Alexandr Boriskin Sep 13, 2012 Link

    why most people saying iPhone has great design? yes they are using good materials but not design. it's like saying "my matress has a great design" as it's total ripoff same 4corners slightly rounded with same ratio even. iPad is just kingsize version. as always great presentation and it's all ppl need to hear "best,smartest" doesn't matter true or not. technology sadly nothg new. At least they managed to call their phone not "the new iPhone". :)

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  • Patrick R. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Sadly Dvoraak, there is no such thing. I owned various moto, nokia, sony-ericsson paired with palm pilots (pre smartphone), Samsung Black Jack, xperia, iphone 3GS, iPad, Blackberry Bold, Galaxy S, Kindle Fire, Galaxy Note and a TF Prime. All in the vain search of the perfect device. The Galaxy Note comes close - I like the touchwiz functions but not the look (don't like the icons) and the way it lags down a phone. Hopefully, quad core and jb goodness will cure the lag and all I have to deal with are the icons. When I am running stock, launchers are not an option because the only reason I do it is for TW functions and Samsung widgets. The Samsung widgets don't run on custom launchers.

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  • Patrick R. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak, the GNote has one big weakness for me though, battery life. The 2,500 Mah battery is sufficient for most people. But I am on my phone often, surfing the web, annotating pdfs, editing documents, email, sms, reading tech blogs, reading cases, calls etc. I have around 10 hours battery life, with around 4-5 hours screen time and 1 hour worth of calls daily. I lug around a mipow 5000 mah external battery and a charger in the office and car. 10 hours is good enough for most, but not if you run 16 to 20 hour days with wifi or data on 100% of the time.

    Works as a phone? You betcha. Functions as a tablet? Yup. Replaces a laptop? In a pinch, yes - actually, come to think of it, i haven't brought my laptop out of my office in months. Just don't try to make a 1000 word report on it.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Patrick - You raise a point I'm curious about. I've never rooted an Android and I didn't much care for GoLauncher (the only one I've tried) but SPB 3D Shell looks pretty amazing to me and I wanted to find something like it to try.
    Are you saying a shell will knock out Samsung's proprietary features? That'd be a problem for me. I wasn't kidding that Android isn't the thing for me. I want that 5.5" screen and the Samsung features. If I can't customize it and keep the Samsung goodness I might not get a Note at all. Seriously. Without the Samsung side of it I'd just as soon jailbreak an iPhone 5. Any suggestions?

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  • Patrick R. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    The features work fine. Everything we saw on the launch will work with a custom launcher, airview, that PIP video etc.

    Only the widgets are affected by the launcher as some of them need TW launcher to run.The calendar, contact etc widgets for example might not be available to be placed in the home screen. The apps themselves work. So insted of having the SPlanner widget on your home screen, you either get a replacement widget like APW to display your 30 day calendar on the homescreen or run the splanner app to access your calendar. In fact when I am on stock, I usually run Apex Launcher Pro but still enjoy touchwiz features and tweaks.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Cool and thanks. I guess I can live without the widgets and SPB 3D in particular doesn't look like you'd want anything else cluttering the screen anyway. Not sure if I'll try rooting. I'd hate to risk bricking something that's essential to me. Jailbreaking is low risk. Not sure about Android ROMs.

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  • Nick Mongeau Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak - I completely see where you're coming from being afraid to brick your Android device but it honestly isn't as common as you think. I'd say it's nearly as safe as jail breaking an iPhone people just aren't all that smart about it. In all seriousness DroidLife has more than enough forums and information to safely root any device. Rooting a Droid isn't all that hard either and has a lot of plus', and it's free unlike most jail breaking services. In my opinion the IOS build is plenty fine but rooting a Droid just has to many positives.

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  • Patrick R. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak, well I have good news for you then. Apparently an update is being pushed by Samsung to the N7000 in Germany as we speak (rest of the world to follow). Gonna roll back to stock for it and I can tell you what works and doesn't with a launcher to help you decide.

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  • Patrick R. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Nick, I agree about rooting, but I would wait a bit before rooting or flashing a newly released phone. Give the chance for the dev community to really sink their teeth into it, so to speak. I previously bricked my note flashing an ICS leak. Rooting and flashing techniques get refined over time. Early rooters and flashers bear brunt of the risk of encountering bugs and problems

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Nick - The shell I mentioned really does look awesome. If there's a shell you like isn't it easier to just go with it over a custom ROM?

    @Patrick - Thanks. Up 'till now I haven't needed to do much with my Android devices. They were just extra toys for a rainy (bored) day. That'll change when the Note is my sole phone. I'll have questions I'm sure.

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  • Nick Mongeau Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Patrick - I do agree with that especially with the new phones that are already planning on pushing updates such as the JB update. From what I've heard of it so far I might not even root with it for a while just to mess around with the new stock. Leaks are always kinda iffy with me though. I was tempted to root my bionic with the ICS leak since it's still on Gingerbread after a year but decided against it.

    @Dorvaak - My personal favorite custom ROM is Eclipse but to try to force your device on a custom without rooting is asking for a brick. I went through so many launchers including the two you mentioned i.e. Go Launcher and SPB 3D, which happened my be my two favorite and while SPB 3D looks amazing Go Launcher was my final. If you don't mind my asking what device are you contemplating rooting?

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Nick - Ok.... I may be completely lost. First, it's the Note 2 I'll be getting.

    I thought custom ROMs were the end result of a root and launchers were something you could add without rooting..... No?

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  • Nick Mongeau Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Dorvaak you aren't wrong. A lot of people believe rooting an Android device is simply to flash a custom on it but believe me there is so much more to it. You can put a shell or launcher on without rooting by all means it's just a home screen and (typically) app draw replacement. With the Note 2 as Patrick had said I would hold off on rooting regardless. There is simply just so much in store for it that dev teams haven't had all the time they need to produce a hard root yet and unless you know how to do it yourself relying on a good developers root is highly recommended where I stand. I was new to it myself not all that long ago and unless do

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  • Nick Mongeau Sep 13, 2012 Link

    My apologies on the app I can't edit the posts but as I was saying if you don't know what you're doing there are just to many risks to be had.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    No. I'd just wait for some team of devs to do the heavy lifting. I'm a quick study but not that quick. Actually probably just go with a decent launcher for a while. At least 'till I get bored.

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  • Patrick R. Sep 14, 2012 Link

    Well with most custom roms, you will lose Samsung features. Although there are a number of TW based custom roms that will retain the features. Another good option is to run a custom kernel with your stock rom. When I am running stock, I run it with the notecore kernel.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 14, 2012 Link

    Jeez.... I better start studying now.

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  • Steven Blum Sep 14, 2012 Link

    Alexandr, because the iPhone 5 is beautifully designed. It is made of the highest-quality materials, and you'd have to be either blind to think otherwise. Everything else is just okay about the phone, but you can't knock Apple when it comes to design. Really.

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  • bill whitfield Sep 14, 2012 Link

    hi apple-tards....i hope that line-up is a mile long to buy your phone thats so thin so you can also go buy that $40 inch thick case youre going to cover it with to protect it....
    if thin was so important wheres the sense of thickening it again with a case?!
    if its so vulnerable shouldnt apple introduce a phone that can withstand being dropped 4 feet????
    ill stick to my $200 android that i can buy outright that can be bought 4 times to equal the cost of 1 outright iphone

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  • Anna F. Sep 15, 2012 Link

    Hey guys, please ban the spammer above :)

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  • Patrick R. Sep 15, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak, yeah, I spent hours poring over pages and pages of info on rooting and flashing before I took the plunge. It's a lot of fun though especially if you like tweaking and customizing stuff. Running a custom rom with a custom kernel, both of your choosing truly makes the device your own. The beauty of Android is that there is a mod, tweak orbhack for just about anything and everything.The only thing to beat that is to learn to code and make it yourself.

    This is the reason I chose android over ios, it's the control over the devices I own and it lets me do what I want with it on a level even a jailbroken iPhone cannot achieve.

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  • Patrick R. Sep 16, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak, I already flashed the Germany update bringing S3 and Note 2 features to the note. I back on stock and unrooted and can confirm that only the widgets are affected by running a launcher. Have a video playing inside a small window while typing this comment now.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 16, 2012 Link

    @Patrick - Cool. Now I just need time to pass quickly. I think AT&T's launching the Note 2 soon in the states but my contract's not up till Dec. :(

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  • Anna F. Sep 16, 2012 Link

    Hehe, that's why I always buy phones off contract :)

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