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UltraLightLiving's Ultra-light Cell Phone Report:

The Lightest, Smallest, Thinnest Cell Phones in the World

 

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walkmanAre you looking for the world's smallest, ultralight, tiny, thin cell phone? I am constantly updating this page with the latest news in the "smaller-is-better" phone world.

Assuming you have not had the chance to try out the iPhone, or the price is a deterrent (keep in mind the monthly fees are $10 less than a BlackBerry), the next best thing is to get the lightest possible "old school" cell phone.

I like to keep my phone in my pocket. Being an ultralight enthusiast, I don't want my pockets weighing me down. For several years I have been satisfied with my 3 ounce (85 gram) Nokia 3200b. But cell phone features have advanced so far in the last few years, that I really had to get updated.

iphoneCell phone manufacturers are waffling between producing phones that are ultra-thin and those that have ultra-features. If you decide to focus on features, expect a larger, thicker, heavier phone. The newest feature-rich phone, the iPhone for example, weighs 4.8 ounces (pictured at right). And, while I'm on the topic of the iPhone again, think of it not as a heavy phone, but as the lightest ultralight mobile PC with technology that will not be matched for the next 3-4 years. If you want Internet access, every other phone on the market is a frustrating toy compared to the iPhone. (See iPhone notes at the bottom of this page.)

But, if you don't want an iPhone (and there are some functions the iPhone is lacking) then here is the scoop on the lightest full-function cell phones on the market.

No manufacturers are hyping "light weight" yet. The only buzz words that relate to weight are "thin" and "small". This makes it particularly difficult to even find ultralight phones.

Since I am only interested in cutting edge developments, I am including only cell phones that weigh less than 2.9 ounces (82 grams) and include a camera of at least 1 megapixel. As a result, there are (unfortunately) very few phones to report on.

Here are the current lightest, smallest, thinnest
cell phones in the world.

(Requirements: max 2.9 ounces (82 grams) and at least a 1 megapixel camera.)

Model

Weight

Thickness

Network

Samsung "Move In Music" SGH-A727
2.8 oz 0.35 inches ATT
Quad-Band: GSM 1900/850/900/1800 MHz
Samsung trace™ t519
2.5 oz 0.33 inches T-Mobile
850/900/1800/1900MHz
Samsung "Upstage" SPH-M620
2.6 oz 0.4 inches Sprint
Dual-Band: EVDO CDMA 1x EVDO: 800, 1900 MHz
Sony Ericsson W880i Walkman®
2.5 oz 0.4 inches GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, UMTS 2100 (made for Europe, but will work with T-Mobile)
Apple iPhone
4.8 oz 0.46 inches ATT
The iPhone is not really part of this review, but see my post at the bottom of this page for why it must be mentioned
Nokia
... ... Currently, Nokia does not offer any phones under 2.9 ounces (has a couple older models at 3.0 ounces)
BlackBerry
... ... Currently, BlackBerry does not offer any phones under 2.9 ounces (the lightest is BlackBerry Curve at 3.1 ounces)
Motorola
... ... Currently, Motorola does not offer any phones under 2.9 ounces
Pantech
... ... Pantech has a 2.3 ounce phone but without a camera. They claim to have one in the works though...
SMS Technologies
... ... Honorable Mention goes to SMS for a 2.1 ounce watch/phone combo. No camera of course. That is actually a heavy watch, but this is a breakthrough!
Details on each phone are below.

 

Samsung SGH-A727 "Move In Music"

The Samsung SGH-A727 is a 2.8 ounce AT&T 3G capable device. At 0.35-inches thin, this is one of the slimmest bar phones currently in the U.S. The SGH-A727 was selected as an International CES Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree.

The SGH-A727 is ready for high-speed music, video and data downloads over HSDPA technology. The integrated 1.3-megapixel camera includes video capture. The phone includes an MP3 player, Bluetooth 2.0 technology, speakerphone, voice recognition and expandable memory slot.

You can listen to your tunes from AT&T Music on a Bluetooth Headset or through the built-in speakerphone. You can also stream premium video and catch the latest in news, sports and weather. Go hands-free during conversations on the road, in the car or on your computer, thanks to Bluetooth technology.

The SGH-A727 uses 3G-HSDPA for high-speed downloads of music, radio feeds and video. With a Video Share capable SIM (ISIM) card, you can use Video Share - the service that lets you share live, real-time video with friends who subscribe.

For messaging, the phone uses enhanced T9 text messaging via Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), and instant messaging on the most popular platforms (AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger).

The SGH A727 Includes a WAP 2.0-compliant browser with high-speed EDGE network, for quicker and easier online media downloads. The SGH-A727 offers wide-screen, landscape-oriented display, making it an excellent device for viewing messages, video and photos.

For more information, see the Samsung SGH-A727 web site.

Samsung SGH-T519 "trace™"

The Samsung Trace™ is currently the slimmest bar phone in the U.S., measuring just 0.33 inches thin and weighing just 2.5 ounces. The Trace comes loaded with an MP3 player, Bluetooth® technology and an external memory card slot. In addition, the Samsung Trace features a wide-screen, landscape-oriented display, making it an ideal device for viewing messages, video and photos.

The 1.3 megapixel camera includes digital zoom, brightness adjustment and other features. With the T519 Bluetooth, you can connect to Bluetooth-enabled headsets, hands-free car kits, computers and more.

The Trace came out in Q3 of 2006. For some reason, Samsung has very little to say about it on their web site. Other phones have detailed descriptions but the Trace page is short and simple.

For more information, see the Samsung SGH-T519 web site.

Samsung SPH-M620 "UpStage™"

Part of Samsung's "Ultra" line, the SAMSUNG SPH-M620 UpStage™ is a multimedia powerhouse that weighs just 2.6 ounces.

One side of this phone is a stylishly slender cell phone, digital camera and camcorder. On the other, it’s a dedicated music player with touch-sensitive media controls, a large 2" display screen and stereo speaker. You can listen through a Bluetooth® wireless headset while you make calls, watch Sprint TVSM, and view photos, videos and clips stored on a memory card.

Measuring just over 0.37" thick, 4" long and 1.7" wide, the UpStage tucks neatly into your pocket. Even turned off, its sleek, double-faced design is stunning to look at. Ergonomically designed for easy use with a d-pad, bevels, large buttons and number keys.

The UpStage has a 1.3 megapixel digital camera and camcorder all in one. Record a 512 KB-size video file in MMS, or videos that can run as long as your storage allows. Take still photos and use them as wallpapers, caller ID images or send them as picture mail. The phone uses MicroSD™ memory cards and comes with a 64MB card. An optional 2GB MicroSD memory card will is recommended.

For more information, see the Samsung M620 web site.

Sony Ericsson W880i Walkman®

Measuring just 4 x 1.8 x 0.4 inches and with a casing of stainless steel, the W880i weighs only 2.5 ounces.

This phone is made for music. You can store up to 900 tracks. The W800i includes enhanced bass frequencies for a superior listening experience.

Includes an integrated 2 megapixel digital camera and video recorder with screen viewfinder, dedicated menus and direct interaction with in-phone imaging and messaging features.

the W-880i includes 3G for easy access to broadband Internet (Europe only, slower connections in U.S.). Connect quickly for access to video calls, audio and video streaming, internet surfing, multimedia messaging and email on the go. During a video call, you see a live video stream of the person you're talking to and they can see you. Use your phone to view up-to-the-minute news and other content from selected RSS feeds, Web sites and blogs. Just subscribe to the feed and let it come to you.

Equipped with Bluetooth™ to sync, share and send. Also features push email. Messages are sent directly to your phone as soon as they arrive.

According to my contact at Sony Ericsson, the W880i is not a US model but will work in the U.S. It will be sold in Europe and other parts of the world by Sony Style and Voche. For U.S. customers, it will work fine but will be better if you have an account with T-Mobile since their spectrum in the US is at the 900 Mhz level. Most AT&T markets require radio bands for 850Mhz and the W880 has 900 Mhz.

For more information, see the Sony Ericsson W880i Walkman web site.

Apple iPhone

iphoneFinally, I just can't help mentioning it again: the iPhone is so vastly superior to any of the above phones that it really is in a category of it's own. Think of it not as a heavy phone, but as an ultralight mobile PC with technology that will not be matched for the next 3-4 years. If you want Internet access, every other phone on the market is a frustrating toy compared to the iPhone.

In addition to being a full featured cell phone, the iPhone also includes the best media player ever produced and is the lightest device ever made with a 3.5 inch screen (great for viewing photos, movies, youtube, Internet, and e-mail).

Quite frankly, I was planning on purchasing the Sumsung A727. But when I tried it out I was very disappointed. Then, I compared it to the BlackBerry Curve and it was terrible too! Why were these phones so disappointing? Because I have been testing a loaner iPhone for several weeks and my standards have gone so high that no other phone can come close to impressing me. After all this research, my decision was easy. I decided to own an Apple iPhone... the lightest, smallest, thinnest iPhone in the world !!