PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best Innovations
0. phoneArena 25 Nov 2013, 11:30 posted on
The smartphone arena is more than just a playground. It is kind of like a battlefield, if we had to compare it to anything – a battlefield where both minor and major smartphone manufacturers are competing fiercely for the attention of all those increasingly-harder-to-satisfy consumers. Some try to achieve that goal by offering smartphones at an affordable price point. Others go for the top hardware, offering the best processors, displays, or cameras to ever grace a smartphone. Then there are the companies, for which design and build materials are top priority. And more often than not, all of these tactics work to some extent. Sometimes, however, the price, design, and specs of a smartphone aren't enough to genuinely impress a smartphone geek. Sometimes it takes another crucial element each smartphone maker should always take into account – innovation...
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3. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Yes, the new S Pen features and BoomSound def deserves a mention here
4. Commentator (Posts: 3704; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
What about the Note 3 would you have mentioned? Or BoomSound?
More features are just... more features, and stereo-speakers are just stereo-speakers.
I'm not saying I necessarily agree with the choices PA made, but I wouldn't include either the Note 3 or BoomSound. They're very nice, but not exactly the most innovative.
12. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Well for one, BoomSound maybe a stereo speaker just like Touch ID is a finger print scanner but is implemented better than most phones.
S Pen coz it dives into more characters of using an input other than your finger(i know this sounds wrong lol) and explored an already proven territory(this too damn!! lol)
16. Commentator (Posts: 3704; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
See, it explored a proven territory, more or less like Touch ID did. I don't think either should really be on there, but then again this hasn't really been the most mind-blowing year, tech-wise.
Next year should be interesting though, assuming 64-bit processing takes off.
49. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
+1, I'd go with not much interesting year too. All the phones were minor upgrades on the phones that wowed us last year..
56. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
You have no idea what innovation is.. Hint. Lumia 920, 925, 928, 1020, 1520.
62. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It's pretty obvious you're a WP fanboy.
74. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
What's wrong with liking WP, and believing it's the better choice over other devices❔ Why do you think that's a bad thing.. I give Android, and iOS credit where credit is due, so I think I have the right to say that I prefer WP, and I think it's the best.. Fanboi❔ That's a lame term that someone who can no longer support their argument uses..
80. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Nothing is wrong with it, but claiming every model Nokia dished out is innovative makes your post invalid.
17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Let's see - S-Pen?
HTC One - BoomSound
Be a hater all you want, but if you don't consider this anything, I don't know what to tell you.
22. jellmoo (Posts: 1632; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Are either of them really innovations of 2013 though? Both are more along the lines of improvements to existing innovations. Both are great, don't get me wrong, but they weren't really unique to 2013.
Granted, I would say the same thing about the fingerprint scanner...
I think an honourable mention should go to having core apps being updated via the Play Store rather than solely through OS updates. Getting those goodies in the hands of users quickly is a great step.
37. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
I don´t think that "core apps" being in play store is good at all, because, once an app is on playstore, google google stop suporting it on AOSP so the future updates of those apps goes closed source and developers can´t get their hands on the app source code to improve it and make new implementations.
As this google policy goes on, will be harder for independent developers to create new apps based on the google ones and Android goes more and more into the close source era, which is completely diferent from the first goals of Android(an open mobile system)
41. jellmoo (Posts: 1632; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
It shouldn't affect developers at all, as they will still have the same access to the APIs that they always did.
It does impact availability through AOSP, but the end result is more of a positive for the casual customer, who likely has no knowledge or care of AOSP anyway. Users get updates a lot quicker, without having to worry about manufacturers and carriers getting involved, which should increase overall satisfaction.
42. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
I´m not talking about APIs, I´m talking about the hole app source code, which get discontinuated after the app goes to play store.
For the end user maybe is better, but not to the entire android comunity that has been created through this years
28. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Dude, I don't know why you're still here, it's quite obvious that this is an Apple-devoted site; Apple could find a way to recycle horse manure into new casing for the iPhone 5SS and PA would say it's "innovation". Anyway, let the bus driver and other iFanatics live in their fantasy; there are a host of other sites devoted to real Android news and some to Android and iOSame.
You forgot the Fingerprint Sensor on the back of the HTC One Max.
In the end, Apple shares are waaay down and their devoted fan base is dwindling; I actually sold my Xoom to a nice young man who said that he was "tired of what he could NOT do on his iPad." True Story.
The only ones sticking to iDevices are older people who are technically challenged!!
29. elitewolverine (Posts: 5185; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
But the s-pen on the note 3 was also something offered in the note 2. Not really innovative 2013 stuff when it was done in 2012...
43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Proud Note 3 owner using my S-Pen every single day. Got a problem?
65. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
The word "proud" is a problem. A big one.
69. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Just for you.
75. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)
Some people have way too much time in their hands..
78. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
"Way too much time in their hands..."
Like that can't be done flawlessly in a few, easy taps (probably like 10 seconds, uploaded and all)...
Some people clearly spend too much time hating.
77. andynaija (Posts: 912; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
Lol S-Pen really is a cool feature though.