7 things smartphone manufacturers can learn from Japan

7 things smartphone manufacturers can learn from Japan
Once upon a time, Japan was pretty much synonymous with high tech. From VHS tapes through the compact disc, down to the portable CD player, Japan's contribution to the world has been considerable. But as the age of the smartphone dawned, Japan and its many tech corporations kind of transitioned from leading to following. Don't get us wrong, the likes of Sony are still around, but it's unlikely that anyone would confuse Japan as the birthplace of the smartphone these days. If anything, neighboring South Korea is far better qualified.

That said, year in and year out, we find ourselves wishing some of the philosophies of smartphone making in Japan somehow tipped over and spilled into the wider world, for devices native to the island offer some pretty great perks (and skip on others). While this is always going to be a list of features that is under dispute, we believe the below are valid guidelines for producing a superior smartphone.

Here are a few examples.

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15 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"To hell with thinness" I really can't emphasize that enough.

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Thinness is the first step to future folding devices.

8. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

The more thinner of the smartphone, the battery life of the smartphone least.

14. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Such a shame that so many journalists / editors / pundits have lauded it as the single most wonderful thing about phones, leading ordinary folks to demand thin phones for their fashionable nature. Now we're beginning to get sensible reviews.

15. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Or for their own comfort. While weight is arguably more important, I also just assume not have the equivalent of 2 phones stacked on top of each other in my pants/jacket pocket. Not saying it's my highest priority when picking a phone, I'm just not saying to hell with thinness. Also remember most people are going to stick the phone in a case increasing the size that much more so it helps if it's not already moto x pure dimensions.

2. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

I am totally supportive of this post, since I am an avid JP phone user. (: Still rocking my SHARP SH-01G.

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Nobody want to buy overpriced Japanese stuff

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

The article doesn't suggest buying Japanese "stuff" it recommends some excellent features that should be incorporated by other manufacturers. I wholly agree with all of them especially the thinness issue. Also glad that someone at iPhonearena finally acknowledges the ridiculous size of the iPhone 6 Plus.

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

And you're happy that everybody is buying cheap stuff without the quality? Nowadays quantity is more important with quality. The fact that the article is suggesting differently from your opinion, you're such a hypocrite.

9. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Go buy your lovely and rich-showoff iPhone then, LeSerpentVincent. Don't come here dishonor Japanese technology.

10. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Their Shinkansen have zero fatality record., though. Better than China. And most of their products lasting very long. Even better than Europe and Merica stuff.

7. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

#2, 7, 1 & 4 are really impressive and are utmost important for me !!

11. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The biggest lesson is don't market your phone like the Japanese . All Japanese phones sold in the international market have failed.

12. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

I seriously would like any examples of this 'edgist' idea... To me, LG 'started', or was the best at this idea, not some random Japanese brand as this article suggests. LG G2 anyone?

13. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

For Bezel, that's why I like the Lumia 950XL. Comparing it to the iphone 6s+, the lumia has a 5.7 inch display and is shorter and only slightly wider but the width doesn't have much bezel either. And as far as resolution. I can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. But I can definitely tell the difference between 1080p and QHD. You hold the phone quite close and it is a remarkable difference. Granted I'm more visually sensitive. I even notice TV differences in quality from a decent distance. I'll notice blooming and other effects that some tv's produce while watching with friends and they never notice it.

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