8 potentially misleading smartphone features that you shouldn't instantly fall for

8 potentially misleading smartphone features that you shouldn't instantly fall for
On the business side of things, it's a cutthroat world out there. A large number of smartphone manufacturers are literally grasping at straws, trying to stay relevant, and even the big boys are known to sometimes step over the line to achieve the same. With such a terrific variety of smartphone devices on the market, most of which not much different from one another, it comes down to companies' respective marketing divisions to drive interest in its products and, ultimately, sales.

This has led to a situation where we often caution family and friends against blindly believing everything phone makers tell them in promotional materials. Obviously, outright lies are extremely rare and most vendors conduct themselves just fine, but that doesn't mean that stretching the truth, so to speak, is at all an unexplored territory for them. In many cases, we're just talking about a presentation of actual facts that can be misleading if you're not a geek and know the difference. So we decided to compile a list of smartphone features that sound good, but may not necessarily be what you'd expect.

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1. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

no.8 doesnt apply to sony devices

18. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Because they have a bigger footprint to compensate for thinness.

42. faptastic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Yes and 5. doesn't apply to Lumia's as they can install EVERYTHING on the SD card. Unlike Android, WP has found a way to make it work securely. By just encrypting the app files. Then again WP's been defaulting to encryption for most of the device (like iOS8 finally did) since it was released quite a few years before iOS8. 6. doesn't apply to Lumia's either. They use special sunlight and polarization filters to make sure screens are readable. And neither does 7. because Lumia's all use the same leds. Some use a configuration with double leds, but those are just doubled the same leds the other devices use.

2. engineer-1701d unregistered

all i can say is duhhhhhhhhhh

3. Sid91 unregistered

256 core processor lol, More cores doesn't always mean better but they sure do help than single or dual core and the main thing I believe that helps in day to day snappy performance is ram, (eg- More tabs for your browser)

29. adrewfryman

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

i think the iphones prooved that devices dont need to be quad or octa core to run at a decent speed. my 4s did everything my s3 and s4 could do and my 5s only trails my s5 by a hair

4. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I love how they say megapixels don't matter but sensor size does but then say the Galaxy Note 4 is a better shooter than the Z3 despite the Z3 having a bigger sensor lmao

6. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

"All things being equal". :)

45. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

MP do matter to a point, and you have to consider every other aspect of the camera. Even though the Note gives better results than my Z3 Compact, there are certain situations that the later can beat the Note... Low Light, Night Scene and Lossless zoom. More MP allows for zooming in the image and still get a high resolution picture from the crop. I am preparing some test pictures for uploading and showing some advantages of the Z3 Compact camera that most tech sites ignore or simply won't cover.

7. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

They forgot to mention that algorithms mean as much as sensor size...

10. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

if megapixels don't matter, then why smartphonemakers are using even up to 16MP or 20MP camera on their phones? if MP really does not matter, then they should just use 2MP or to save cost, 1.2MP. afterall, according to whoever he/she is, MP doest not matter. Logic please,,,, or a simple common sense?

14. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

MP matters to a certain level, depending on usage. If one never views one's photos any other way than on social networks like Facebook or on standard size prints, anything above 5 MP is waisted. However, if you want to print to poster size, a much higher pixel count is necessary. In addition, the extra MP can be used for oversampling (Nokia/MS Pureview style) to weed out blur, noise and artifacts to produce higher quality low MP pictures. Also, taking high MP shots means you'll be able to crop a photo considerably and still get a worthwhile result. Translated, this means the average Joe won't have much use of the higher pixel count (unless he owns a high end Lumia).

15. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

...wasted. :-D

16. polybius

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Marketing hype. Since photos above 3.6 megapixels are indiscernible on Quad-HD screens, which haven't even become the standard on smartphones yet, there is no tangible benefit of having a 20 MP sensor (Cropping and Printing aside).

19. nooraldeen

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

The MP does matter but the pixle size matters more i will try to make this as simple as possible... bigger sensor with for example a 16MP produces better looking image than a smaller sensor with 20MP ,the main reason is do to pixle size ,bigger pixle means more info and more light being absorbed by that pixle thus creating clearer brighter images,but that doesnt mean MP doesnt matter ,example if u have a DOOR size sensor with only 1MP u will get the worst image possible ... But in recent years the MP count doesnt matter cuz there r already enough amount of pixles to produce a good image so even if they add more MP it woudlnt matter if they dont change the sensor size

31. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

This is true. My 16mp note 4 take better pictures than my 41mp nokia 808... infact 5mp and 8mp pureview mode is better than full size 41mp(38mp effective). I will disagree about sensor size because if only bigger sensor mean better pictures than 808 should be blowing note 4 out of the water but thats not the case. I think better algorithm and better optimization is also very important

36. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

No, it doesn't. Not if you know how to take proper shots and happen to like natural colours instead of overblown colours. The 808 still rules. And it has a powerful xenon flash to top it off, so it can actually take pictures inside, unlike every LED equipped smartphone on the market...

39. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Natural colors or little washed out colors(or little coldish)? Do you have a time to manually adjust settings on 808 every time you want to take pictures? Sometime in some scenarios you have to increase sharpness, contrast or saturation on 808 to make it spot on the real colors instead of bit coldish colors. In general scenarios e.g. parties, conferences, company's meetings, majority of people stick to automatic settings(including me) and in general situations, note 4 blow 808 out of the water. And for your info, using flash makes photos look uglier most of the time on any phone(regardless of xenon or led). By the way, do you own 808? Or just commenting based on your own assumption? Well, I own both 808 and note 4 and I am a photography lover who try each n every setting of the camera and I found note 4 as a better shooter in almost all situations.

35. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Ya I'm with you on this. No matter what anyone says Maga pixels do make a major difference. For example I have a gs5 and my cuzin has a iphone 5s. We both take pictures and my phone always provides better picture quality. With the iPhone only the visuals for pictures look good other than that the details either suck or just not there.

34. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Ya i realized that to and i was like what???

5. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

No. 5: Get a Windows phone, and put everything except the OS on the SD card. It'll be slower than built-in, but if like me you've got 60+ gb worth of music, internal storage isn't really an option... Yet! Sooo looking forward to 128 built-in!

11. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Just get a fast microSD card ...

17. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Yeah, but still not at the same level when transferring large amounts of data, like HD movies, or when your music app insists on chewing through your 60 GB collection each time you fire it up...

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Under cores there's a typo: smarpthone Also while you can't install an app on the SD card, new api's under Lollipop does allow for an app to store it's data there. Which can be handy for things like nav apps, but also game data.

38. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I don't understand why some people are experiencing this I have a samsung galaxy s5 and it always has that option for me in the app Management settings. Or is it because I have an s5.

9. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

"higher megapixel counts for your camera do not equal better image quality" stupidity at its finest!! LOL! i with agree with the author if he says: "higher megapixel counts for your camera do not ALWAYS equal better image quality. or: "higher megapixel counts ALONE for your camera do not equal better image quality NL1020 & PV808 has higher MP count but it produces better image quality.

32. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

"nl1020 & pv808 has higher mp count but it produces better image quality"... better image quality but better than which phone? if you'll say "better than many phones" then I will totally agree with you. But if you will say better than all phones then I will totally disagree with you. I will not say anything about 1020 but pv808 is not better than note 4 in any respect, related to mobile photography(808 only holds some advantage while graphic editing on computer)

37. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

No, the 808 is easily the best smartphone for photography on the market, unless extreme macros are your thing, or you happen to love unnatural gaudy colours. Plus nothing gets close for indoors or nighttime photos...

40. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Nothing gets close for indoors or night time photos? are you sure? do you own 808? well, I think note 4 comes pretty close and sometime surpase it(sometime fall behind). 808 has a great camera but in 2015 it start to fall behind than some new contenders in the market, note 4 is the one I know so far... may be if microsoft will bother to optimize the software of 808 then it will surely out shine note 4 again

12. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

How about screen resolutions?? Above 1080p on a smartphone only wastes battery.

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