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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27. MrTzr (unregistered)
How can a crappy 4 MP camera be more innovative than a 41MP camera?
30. ravivarma639 (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)
sensor size is very high in htc one compared to lumia1020, aperture size is also 2.0 compared to 2.2 in lumia 1020
More over 1020's normal picks are captured with just 6 mps sensor
38. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
1020 maybe if it was not just an upgrade from past year tech(808)
18. MANGUELPR (Posts: 32; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
LG G FLEX is the only and first world Flexible Phone that has pass trough the concept models to the true world.
LG G2, Back bottoms and knock wake up.
24. jellmoo (Posts: 797; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Knock On isn't a G2 innovation, as other devices have had it in the past (the N9 springs to mind).
And I really wouldn't consider buttons on the back to be an innovation, rather it is simply a design choice, and not really a particularly great one at that (granted this is entirely subjective).
26. Takeharu (Posts: 109; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
To me the Oppo N1 with it's back-touch panel and rotating camera is also quite innovative...
33. uvaman (Posts: 21; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)
You all forgot that PA is Apple mobile website?
Ofc they have to add Apple even if they didnt mention touch id or processor they would still find some award to give them.
39. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)
So why didn't they award Apple last year?http://www.phonearena.com/news
Now stop crying..
51. darkkjedii (Posts: 14565; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You sound like a 7 yr old baby. Stop your whining
34. luckysrinu (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
Article is on innovations, but it start with
"Yes, we know that the iPhone 5s isn't the first smartphone to come with a built-in fingerprint scanner."
35. downphoenix (Posts: 2650; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
The fingerprint sensor is just a joke honestly.
40. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Iphonearena can't leave apple out. Nothing is innovative about a finger print scanner
45. andynaija (Posts: 553; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
I like chocolate........................................
48. machello (Posts: 35; Member since: 03 May 2013)
The iphone 5S is a very good Phone. The rest is, well..........not.
50. darkkjedii (Posts: 14565; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Cool job apple, now step it up in 2014
52. atree (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 May 2011)
What about the nokia 1520 with the best screen in daylight?!?!
Nokia 1020 with 41 mega pixel camera with lossess zoom?!?!"(yes i know about nokia 808)
apple didnt reinvent the finger print scanner, they just worked on the integration more than moto atrix did. gah.
G flex healing thats cool i guess.
76. nasznjoka (Posts: 376; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
co processors are really innovative move
82. tasior (Posts: 262; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
I think we should wait with 'Best Innovations 2013' award, for Jolla. It may turn out to be a lot more innovative, than what is now listed for the award...
83. Verizon Treo6.5 (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 May 2009)
You missed some pretty big ones
Front Facing Speakers-Boom Sound
Water-Proofing for the xperia z and Galaxy s4 active
Minimum Bezel display and rear buttons on the LG G2
IR blaster with newer models adding support for players and additional equipment
Double tap to wake on LG G2
Quickcharge 2.0 for snapdragon 800 devices
Optical Image stabilization- yes, I have a G2 and I'm plugging it
The first Micro-USB 3.0 device Galaxy Note 3
The 64-bit processing because it is smart to configure everything now if we are only a year from passing the 4GB ram threshold.
Curved displays may or may not be a gimmick, we'll have to see with the Galaxy Round and G Flex
All Day batteries, we now measure use in days instead of hours for moderate use on phone like the One Max and G2
I will say ultra-pixel even though it was far less than i hoped for, the concept was still greatly appreciated and i will respect it as innovation which at least spurs the competition to action
Metal bodies for phones like the HTC One family, this has been a complaint against Samsung and demonstrates the need for a premium feel in top tier phones
86. R-vjn (Posts: 172; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
For god sake, Ultrapixel is not an innovation. Its just an over-rated 'tech' as they call it.
They have done nothing except lowering the Megapixwel count on a sensor which is the same size as an 8MP sensor. People who knows a bit about photography will understand this 'Ultrapixel' is no technology.
For example, consider two APS-C size sensor DSLR's with same sensor size but different MP count, equipped with the same other components like processing engine, OLPF etc. The one with lower MP count will have better low light capability and better noise management. Because the size of pixel's are large and there are fewer number of pixels to play with.
Just take the case of advanced bridge camera's like the Lumix FZ200 or the Canon SX50 HS. They both have 1/2-3" sensor's with 12MP count, just for better noise performance. Also check other low end compact camera's from same manufacturer with same 1/2-3", they will have higher MP count just to make the package more attractive.
Please stop saying that as an innovation. Because its plain simple that it just isn't.
88. Andrewtst (Posts: 443; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Touch ID is nothing new and impress much, how could it be innovations!