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Looks like I'm going to have to replace my aging phone. It's not even 5 years old, but every UI interaction with "modern" apps take seconds. The only thing that works fast on it is my own app :-)

Unfortunately choosing one is going to be painful as it looks like the industry gave up on making normally sized phones that work, and I'll have to get the same shovel-sized monstrosity everyone seems to carry around :-(

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One other thing making me wary of compact phones now is the signal sensitivity. My Xperia Z5c is really bad at picking up signal in places where my wife's Pixel 2 works more or less fine. I don't know if the problem is specific to this model, or is just due to smaller antenna.

@isagalaev if you want Android phone, look at Asus Zenfone 8

@isagalaev Pixel 5s and iPhone 12 mini could be afforded off contract and are as close to the dearly departed 4.5in screen we used to enjoy as we're gonna get

@trevdev @isagalaev Pixel 5 is a very nice phone, and it's actually smaller than the 3a despite having a larger display.

@mansr @trevdev I was converging on that too. Only, they don't sell it right now. And on Amazon prices are about twice as much.

@isagalaev As someone who upgraded from a 4.7" (Motorola Moto X) to 6" (OnePlus 5T):

I can relate :)
it's not as bad as you might think. At first, the large phone seemed inconvenient, but these days, I only notice it if I'm wearing tight jeans (because I always carry the phone in the front pocket).

To soften the blow somewhat, look for modern "bezel-less" phones. My father recently got a 5.9" model (Samsung A40) which is a full centimetre shorter, and half a centimetre narrower, than my OnePlus, despite the similar screen sizes. Indeed, it's only one centimetre longer than my old 4.7". Not ideal, but, um, bearable :)

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