I ordered these shorts because I like to go biking and swimming I was pleasantly surprised that they are high waisted like the description says. They do have a pocket that begins mid thigh and goes all the way down perfect for your phone. I'm losing weight, have some loose skin these shorts are tight enough to hold loose skin in but not super tight were they constrained movement. I am 275lbs and 5'5 height usually wear a 2XL so that's what I ordered according to the reviews and they actually fit. I do have very thick thighs so the fact that they are long enough to cover like the thigh area is so great! Hope this helps.