How to choose a smartphone
for use with one hand

Top three things to consider

  1. A smaller screen will be more comfortable
  2. Make sure there’s storage for all your apps
  3. Newer models squeeze bigger screens into smaller sizes
Pick Your Best smartphone

Some of today’s smartphones are more like tablets which is great for viewing – but it can make them tricky to use with just one hand – as your fingers can’t stretch across those big screens.

If you would prefer a smaller phone that makes it easier to reach across the screen and therefore easier to control with one hand our Product Chooser will match you with phones that have a diagonal screen dimension of 5 inch or less. It won’t work perfectly for everyone – but it will be better than trying to juggle a large screen – which is difficult if your other hand is occupied with a toddler and bag that makes using two hands awkward. Some newer models have a much slimmer bezel – this is the frame around the screen – which means that although the dimensions of the phone may be the same as an older model the actual screen is bigger. Whilst they look super sleek and may fit in your pocket or bag the same as before, it can mean they are harder to reach the top of the screen with just one hand.

If a phone best suited for one hand is your priority then it’s likely you use apps, so make sure your new smartphone has enough storage to manage them too. If that’s the case then slide up the ‘Lots of apps and photos’ slider in our Product Chooser.

There are two other big decisions to make when selecting a smartphone and they both come down to personal preference really.

Firstly the operating system – Android or iOS? Most apps for pleasure, work, shopping and travel are designed to work on either system. Let’s face it some people get a little bit obsessed about being either Apple or Android, but the reality is that they are all pretty good these days. If you are used to one system already we suggest you stick to it. That way you don’t have to spend time re-learning new settings and you can transfer any apps you have already paid for to your new phone. If you don’t have a preference toss a coin! Seriously, you can’t really make a bad decision here.

Secondly, how are you going to pay for the phone? If you can afford to buy one up front you can have a simpler SIM only contract. If you want to spread the payments, get a monthly contract. But remember whichever route you choose – all those apps will suck up your data allowance. So, if you are going to be wanting access to all your apps while you’re out and about, you will need a decent data allowance or be permanently in search of free WiFi… which isn’t always convenient!