The past few months, you'd be forgiven for thinking the nations' hands were shrinking. In fact, smartphone sizes are simply getting bigger, as our insatiable appetite for content-on-the-go means rising sales of 'phablets' (that's phone meets tablet).
While carrying one around once meant resigning your entire bag or pocket though, the new generation of phablets are newer, smaller, lighter and infinitely more portable.
Sony Xperia Tipo Smartphone - £89.99 from amazon.co.uk
Offering a decent 3.2 megapixel camera and over 2GB of internal memory, this smartphone is already punching above its pricetag. You can set data cost limits with this handset and thus avoid any nasty surprises - also making it a decent choice for students.
HTC One Mini - From free on contract, see carphonewarehouse.com
The build quality of the HTC range of handsets is unrivalled. Crafted from aluminium, this new One Mini looks and feels like a high-end handset, incorporating a feature list that even larger handsets can't manage. You can customise your home-screen, use the vastly superior lens to take some of the best camera shots we've seen and, of course, this handset is 4G ready.
Smaller but perfect
Samsung S4 Mini - £320 from amazon.co.uk
This scaled down version of the extremely popular Android powerhouse combines all the design and functionality of its bigger brother, just in smaller form. An impressive 8-megapixel camera, 4G readiness, the latest operating system, a group play feature for you to share content with those in range - and all this delivered on a superb AMOLED screen.
Older and wiser
Samsung Galaxy SIII mini - £219.95 from argos.co.uk
This is a slightly older handset, but still holds its own against the younger pretenders out there. A powerful dual-core processor enables speedy operation and immediate access to all your apps. One of our favourite features is the 'best photo' option, which takes eight snaps at a time so you can then select your favourite.
A sweet choice
Blackberry Q10 - SIM free £499.95 or from free on contract, see carphonewarehouse.com
This handset is all about quality not quantity. You may not get access to quite so many apps as other smartphones, but the keyboard layout and the 3.1" touchscreen are perfect. Talking of perfect, the Q10 also has a time shift mode on the camera, capturing shots milliseconds before and after you take a photo so you can scroll back to open people's eyes or catch just-missed smiles and create that elusive 'everyone looks nice' portrait.
Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 - £72.52 from amazon.co.uk
Offering access to the many thousands of apps on Google Play the Galaxy Y handset has a high resolution 3" screen which, with its decent processer, offers very good response on the touchscreen. A relatively simple but solid all-round device for gaming, music and film watching on the move.
App of the week
Brush DJ - Free on iTunes and Google Play
Getting yourself through that magical two-minute teeth brushing session can be dull, but stick this app on your smartphone and it'll never be the same. It'll play music from your device, give you brushing tips, then nudge you to floss and remind you to rinse.
Top 10 paid for apps for Android phones
1. Grand Theft Auto : Vice City
2. The Chase
3. Asphalt 8: Airborne
4. Tab for Google Maps & offline map
5. Minecraft - Pocket Edition
6. Plants vs Zombies
7. Camera for Kindle Fire
8. Fruit Drops - Match three puzzle
9. Kindle Fire Camera Video HD
10. Despicable Me 2 Game
Top 10 free apps for Android phones
1. Flick Golf
2. Tuneln Radio
3. SpongeBob Diner Dash
4. Despicable Me: Minion Rush
5. Guess The Brand - Logo Quiz
6. Jump Racer
8. Benji Bananas
9. BBC iPlayer
10. Virtual Knee Surgery
Note to Editors: This is a re-send of the earlier column, now including the top ten app charts