Poll: What do you look most for in a smartphone?
0. phoneArena 23 Jan 2014, 03:41 posted on
The question we have for you today is not for the faint-hearted. It truly is hard to single out the one most important component out of the package that smartphones are, so you'll have to really search your soul. Several of the components listed below would be tightly grouped for some of you, so we'll try and make it easy for you. Consider our poll today in this context: granted that all other things are equal, what do you look most for in a smartphone?
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1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
BIG BATTERY. My next phone must have a good battery life.
7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
...a faster processor and a good display. But battery life is what I look most for in a phone now, cuz my Xperia Z's battery life really sucks.
23. Finalflash (Posts: 2096; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Right, nothing matters now but battery life. They all have amazing abilities to play high end games and all the resolution in the world past 1080p won't matter for another 3 years when things come out at those resolutions. Right now they need to focus on battery life and making the most out of what is there as well as adding more.
61. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
Bug free software and a trouble free experience is most important. Unfortunately, even the iPhone lacks this quality.
85. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1016; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
I'd suggest Cortex-A7 based phones
11. XaErO (Posts: 260; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
I agree !! Big Battery Indeed !!
Also, a 64bit Processor.
20. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Yup. This year was the year of the big battery for me. Hence the Maxx. Next year I am hoping for a really great camera with OIS and Lytro-like adjustable focusing.
36. buccob (Posts: 1943; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I know I was supposed to pick one, but I can't... I always look for:
Big amount of RAM
In no particular order, I consider those equally important
And finally something "unique" but useful... Like IP5X certification or docking in a special way... Something that allows me to use it beyond a normal smartphone.
60. Bernoulli (Posts: 2310; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Sounds a lot like you need a lumia 1520 bro
70. buccob (Posts: 1943; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Well, I am not ready to leave android flexibility just yet... Also, Nokias are top quality but there is no IP5X certification like the phone I currently have, and I rather have a small screen for the moment...
I still need android as OS because there are many apps that you cannot install on other closed systems without hacking... I will try to get the Z1 Compact this year.
it may not be the best at every particular item but seems to fit perfectly to what I am looking for
78. Bernoulli (Posts: 2310; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
well he did say he wants a good camera.
77. Bernoulli (Posts: 2310; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
what apps exactly and what do they do? you know at first I cared about the camera so much that well I decided to make the obvious choice of getting the lumia 1020, but then I started to miss my music downloader along with my youtube downloader, and guess what I found on the windows store? yep, exactly what I was missing from android, now for the dust proof let's just say that my dad literally submerged his lumia 810 (The one that has a detachable back!!! o.O) on water at his work, at 4 am when he got on his loader in a cup holder, which covered the entire phone, he didn't notice the phone was fully submerged until the sun came out, which was until 7 something, that's at least 3 hours of being under water, which is pretty darn good considering the rating of the xperia is rated at best 30 minutes under water. He was amazed at the fact that after he let it dry for a while it came back on, fully functional, so with all honestly the whole dust proof and waterproof is really overrated on sony devices, don't get me wrong I love my xperia tablet z and I enjoy taking it to the bathtub (read, and occasional netflix shows) and I know I couldn't do this with a sammy tablet, oh and I was playing with an xperia z1s at a t-mobile store and the camera is really pathetic, the white balance and the darkness pictures are absurd, same thing with the manager from the store who had been carrying the z1s as a personal, claims battery life sucks, and I can believe that, but oh well.
Good luck on your search! play with the Z1s on the meantime, and if you somehow can compare the camera with a Zeiss optics lens, and try looking up alternative apps, telling you man, coming from a note 2 to a lumia was the best thing I've ever done.
80. buccob (Posts: 1943; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
@hurrycanger actually I believe the Note 3 is the best phone today period. But I do like the waterproof and a smaller form factor. And I have seem the importance of the Shatter proof screen protector, Sony includes, first handed.
@Bernoulli. Well the apps I can't live without now are Llama + Smart Connect or Tasker for that matter. I do not like the tile interface, not really as customizable, and a lot less practical. I love my quick dial contacts, music widget, Google keep, Google services overall and even though I already said that Nokia quality is amazing, you just cannot compared it to a waterproof certified phone. I have taken my Acro S to a couple of beaches in my country and love to take underwater pictures of sea life and also short 1080p videos... And even though my phone is old, and can't compare to a N1020's camera, it actually takes amazing pics once you learn the basic of manual shooting and settings.
If the Z1 Compact manage to make similar shots (hopefully better) than my current Acro S... Then I'm already sold. I got used to the clean UI on Xperias and love the Walkman app.
I love multitasking with small apps in my Sony, and the option of having a magnetic charging dock is also enticing. Also I frequently use my phone to watch movies in my TV and since is also a Sony, the CEC compatibility is fully functional and I can use my tv's remote Control to operate my phone entirely.
I don't doubt on WP's quality OS and polished interface but android is simply more mature and that goes a long way.
I don't expect to understand my choosing but I can't summarize all the uses I give to my phone in one post. But I do believe that you can be happy with your Lumia and respect my opinion of being happy with my Android Xperia.
84. hurrycanger (Posts: 1493; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
I see. Great points. The Z1 compacts seem to be a really great phone, and it's even better now that the Z1 Compact doesn't have the viewing angle problem like other Xperia Z's
43. sd1droid (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
If that's all your worried about, get the maxx on Verizon. Giant battery + active notifications = some serious time between charges.
2. Sniggly (Posts: 7253; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I used to be a total spec head, but I have to admit that Motorola has spoiled me. Now, when I look for my next phone, my goal will be to get something that truly delivers improvements on convenience and how we use our phones. For instance, I will probably want to throw a phone out the window now if it doesn't have active notifications, and Touchless Control has been very useful to me so far. I'm also loving the quick updates and the decoupling of critical system components from the main update process, instead using the Play Store to stay independent of carrier delays.
If Motorola can keep delivering like they did with the Moto X, they've sealed my loyalty for life. No disrespect to Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC loyalists, but Motorola's delivered a better experience than the rest combined.
21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Have to agree with you about staying independent of carrier delays. Just the threat of independence seems to have motivated VZW. Updates to my Droid RAZR took forever + one day. The KK update took the least time of any update I have received on VZW in the 4 years I have been with them.
29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Motorola delivered extremely well this year in terms of overall experience. They got the balance just right; a device with a good UI, great performance, useful features, great battery life, and fast updates. All the other OEMs hit some of those key points, but miss the rest. The only complaints I have about my Droid Mini are the glossy finish on the Kevlar and the battery drain ever since the 4.4 update, but that should be fixed with 4.4.2, whenever they finish developing it. Everything else has been great, though.
34. illiad (Posts: 114; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
the **problem** with notifications, is EVERYONE will use them!!! :) :) >:(
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relation problem?? get the solution now!!
win 1000,00, just send your bank details..
that is the reason my notifications are switched off, every where.... :P
38. Sniggly (Posts: 7253; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I don't think you understand what I mean by Active Notifications. I'm talking about the software/hardware combo on the X and its cousins which makes notifications show up on the darkened screen if the phone is nudged, flipped over, or pulled out your pocket, with the option to immediately unlock the phone to the home screen or the app with the most recent notification (if you don't have a password enabled).
46. troutsy (Posts: 287; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
I don't use active notifications much to read the notifications, but it is surprisingly convenient that the phone detects when I'm going to use it and turns the screen on so I only need to swipe up or down to unlock it.
51. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Took the words right out of my mouth Sniggly. Well said sir.
3. aranauser (Posts: 58; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
I look for non laggy smooth experience.good low light photography
8. a_tumiwa (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
u mean none of nowadays phones are smooth and not laggy??
16. Finalflash (Posts: 2096; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Ignore the hardcore Apple fans, you can tell who they are because they throw out Apple's talking points as their preferences.
4. yowanvista (Posts: 339; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
For me it's internal storage, SoC and overall design. I couldn't care much about that gimmicky LTE, 3G is more than enough for me.
5. technitude (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)
I think like most people, it's a combination of everything (or almost everything). I expect my phone to be:
1. A good phone
2. A good GPS device
3. A good camera.
But I also expect it to be able to survive a few hours without a charge, slide in and out of my pocket, tell time, Swype, access internet, and have guest mode.
(yes, I like some of the features of my specific phone)
59. Bernoulli (Posts: 2310; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Sounds like you'll be in the market for a lumia device, a high end one of course, my lumia 1020 does all of this and of course a lot more.
6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3428; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Design, size, color options, Display - size and resolution, Processor, Built-in storage, incl. microSD card slot, Cameras, Connectivity (4G LTE - NA in India), Big battery and ofcourse price.
9. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
for me the order is processor, display, speakers, connectivity, storage, camera, battery, then design.
10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3473; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I had to go with "other", because I don't look for one thing in a phone. I wan't it to be awesome in every department.
18. kalloud (Posts: 142; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
Yeah there should be a good UI and great price point options..
13. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
Unique design, great battery life, decent camera, amazing IPS FHD screen, etc., you can find them simply in an LG G2. Hopefully the upcoming G3 will be equipped with a huge 6.000 mAh battery.
14. jb_prince (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)
I need a phone with higher processing speed. with regards to what i do? A long-lasting battery life is also a plus. but will always choose Processing speed over longer battery life. Multi-tasking is what each and everyone of us is expected of a *smart phone
15. crusher (Posts: 12; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
Full fledged browser that supports any webpage including flash, WP8 has a decent flash but still struggles to render many sites
17. uchihakurtz (Posts: 300; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
A future proof spec with a balanced price, and most importantly : Dev support
19. rizevnarastek (Posts: 338; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
The most well rounded device. The best Jack of all trades along with good battery life and a great UI/UX.
22. Cyberchum (Posts: 454; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Memory (ROM & RAM), Battery life, Display and Processor.
25. twagn (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)
camera with 10mp, 1 2/3 sensor, F/1.8 aperture, OIS, 10fps, raw capability, fast overall operation and fast LTE connectivity, full HD 5" screen, flawless GPS, wireless charging, earphones... oh, and able to make phone calls
26. androiphone20 (Posts: 1630; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
I'm all about art and productivity, a beautiful device that allows me to stay connected with my friends and colleagues is pretty much daily driver. A device with sturdy build quality, insane wealth of apps, easy to use quality camera and a wide range of LTE bands (very useful when you travel)
27. TechDork (Posts: 256; Member since: 10 May 2010)
I look for all of that in a phone. There really isn't one over the other that I don't take into consideration.
28. mokhtar (Posts: 373; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
1 Camera - 2 display, and waterproof after using xperia phones i cant imagine my serlf without waterproof phone
30. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Any Branded, value for money, decent phone......
31. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Nice big display! But I wish there were a section for stylus too. I would love to have a 5.5 - 6 inch Moto X like device with an integrated stylus. Sony's alternative is okay, but I really don't want to use pencils and keys on my phone. Screw a "thinner, lighter" phone, give me a phone with some weight on it, big 1080p screen, a stock or close to stock experience, and a stylus, S Pen, or whatever you want to call it.
33. Jobayer (Posts: 163; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)
Big battery , OLED display , 64 bit processor
37. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
"Other:" All of the Above (should be an option). Ironically, many of the higher-end Android smartphones offer 'All of the Above'. Luckily, those high-end Android smartphones are NOT designed in Cupertino, CA.
39. Jehovah (Posts: 69; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)
Camera... And built quality as a distant second.
40. Gemmol (Posts: 649; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
Need 6 inch of screen first then big battery or just like Lumia 1520 2 to 3 days of heavy use before I charge is good for me if someone can extend it to 7 days of battery life I will appreciate that too
41. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I chose processor, which the MAIN reason I chose the iPhone 5S with a 64-bit processor that will allow me to keep the device for a full two (2) years.
Personally, I think choosing battery is silly given the juice paks available, but that is just MHO. I will say getting a juice pak for my iPad 2 was a bit challenging. I have so many juice paks accumulated over the years.
48. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I seriously doubt you will be able to keep your 5S for a full two years as, it will probably be incompatible with either iOS 8.010132; the new charging port of iPhone 7; or, both. As for battery packs, kinda' sucks that in 2014 one still has to carry around a spare "juice pack" or their phone's wall charger. Truly sad; my deepest sympathies.
Besides, when iPhone 6 is released with that MASSIVE 4.7" screen you will ditch that 5S faster than Kim Kardashatrash ditches a husband.