I want the smartphone of the future to... (poll results)

19th century French artists imagine the future. Credit — Jean-Marc Côté et al

19th century French artists imagine the future. Credit — Jean-Marc Côté et al


Yesterday we asked you to take a break from the monotony of reality — it being a Monday made that an easy ask — and instead go crazy with us for a bit and imagine what the future might hold for our smartphone sidekicks. Since this is a rather nebulous question, we only listed a few ideas and asked you to fill in any gaps through the comment section after voting 'Other'. In any case, the numbers have been crunched, and we've got ourselves a rather unsurprising winner.

As some of you will have guessed, with 31.67% of the votes, the most commonly wished improvement concerned battery life: what if, one day, a brainy kid somewhere found a way to keep our devices always-on through some sort of wireless charging wizardry? A bit conservative there, boys and girls, but we'll take it.

Next on the rank list, with 19.53%, is the idea of completely modular and customizable smartphones. Courtesy of Google's Project Ara, this one is probably closer to realization than the above. Next up, with 15.63% is the dream of convergence, where our relatively tiny smartphones will be powerful enough to double-up as full-fledged computers. As we recently saw from Microsoft with the Lumia 950/950 XL and Display Dock, that one, too, is being worked on. And of course, with 14.3%, we can't fail to mention that quite a few of us are also psyched about holograms. Because holograms, man!

As for suggestions that weren't on the vote list, popular entries included the ability to download foods (yes, plural), have global coverage, and be of adjustable size. Given the chance, we'd go for the food thingy. Easily.

I want the smartphone of the future to...

... heal body damage by itself (Terminator style)
6.67%
... be powered by the sun/some other wireless, always-on sorcery
31.65%
... be completely modular and customizable
19.58%
... double up as a full-fledged computer
15.62%
... fold and unroll at my command
3.84%
... do holograms. Holograms, man!
14.29%
... to run apps from a full-fledged OS
4.74%
Other (find my nuts idea in the comments)
3.6%

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12 Comments

1. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

"Hey Siri, download me a sandwich!" Oh boy, I'd go for this

2. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

I could go for some huevos rancheros right now!

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

With extra salsa

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5592; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Prosciutto and mozzarella, with just a hint of pesto aioli

4. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I'd rather have prostitutes.

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

"I make my own smartphone with blackjack and hookers"

12. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

And bone apeti

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5592; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nasty. BTW it was a Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D joke (TV show)

6. Landon

Posts: 1228; Member since: May 07, 2015

Microsoft already made 15% of your wishes come true. Nice work, Microsoft.

8. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Am surprised that holograms didn't win the poll

9. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

None of those things really sound motivational to me right now. Not sure if I just don't care for any of those things in a smartphone, or it's just too early.

13. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

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