If it were up to you, what would you have manufacturers focus on in 2016?

If it were up to you, what would you have manufacturers focus on in 2016?
With 2016 now just days away, it's a time of reflection for us all. Most of you will be looking back on 2015 and the years leading to it, and making some tough conclusions and committing to some tough resolutions. Most, if not all of these, will be thrown out the window come January 2nd, but that doesn't mean that reflection isn't important.

So let's do some. Think about 2015 and what it meant for the mobile industry, and then reflect on how you feel about the focus of these advancements. Are they targeting the right problems, from your point of view? Or are manufacturers chasing meaningless improvements that do little to benefit your real world user experience? It's a matter of perspective, sure, but that doesn't mean one can't be objective about what he wants. And that's the point here, for you to put yourself in temporary, pretend God mode, and share with the rest what you'd have manufacturers focus on in 2016 if it were up to you.

All clear? Cool, let's do some voting!

If it were up to you, what would you have manufacturers focus on in 2016?

The physical properties of their devices with better materials or smarter design
6.26%
Display quality (color calibration, brightness, resolution, etc.)
1.26%
User experience with smarter, better software interfaces
16.15%
Processing power
1.59%
Camera optics and overall performance
7.47%
Battery life with smarter or larger batteries
63.74%
Higher quality loudspeaker audio
2.47%
Other (share in the comments or an innocent kitten will suffer!)
1.04%

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78 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

Definitely battery life. All of the other improvements will mean very little if the device can't stay on long enough to use/enjoy them.

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeah well said. Many new inventions I read on battery on web (which sounds too great) never see the light of day. Very sad. Well of course they have thier on reasons noble and greedy .

58. sgodsell

Posts: 7163; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Battery is number one, but I think smartphone OEM's should include some new communication hardware and protocols. For instance they should add ZigBee and zwave in smartphones. That way smartphones can control lights and other home appliances directly instead of relying on some kind of hub.

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I was torn between battery life and software. If you think about it, improvements to software also help to improve battery life. So, I think both are equally important to most users.

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah, I'm convinced that manufacturers are retarded not building thicker phones with 5,000+ mAh batteries in them. Because once I got my wife a Huawei Ascend Mate 2 and I picked up a BLU Studio Energy as an alternate phone to my OnePlus One we stopped being worried about battery life, we'd both make it through a full day with no problems. Then I upgraded to a Nexus 6P and I got her a Nexus 6. Now we're both hitting the quick chargers a couple short times a day to get partial fill ups. I'm sure her battery life would be better if she had Marshmallow. But the OTA for unlocked Nexus 6's that got the stupid AT&T & Verizon update still hasn't rolled out and I don't dare take my wifes phone, nuke it to manually update it. She'd freak out. "Unlocked Nexus updates is a lie!", to quote Portal.

37. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

When your phone's sealed large battery suffers the inevitable degradation, you'll realize you can't replace it on Amazon for $10 because you were stupid enough to buy a phone with a sealed battery.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Have you ever kept a phone long enough to worry about it? I have an iPhone 4 here. I use it as an iPod. It is terrible at holding a charge. But that si only because it got wet. I have never had a phone long enough where the battery was every an issue. You're simply crying spilled milk and no one is listening to you cry like some baby who has his bottle and yet still whines.

75. Plutonium239

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Getting it wet should not affect the battery. The only way the battery is draining faster now is likely damage to some other component or a non-destructive short somewhere in the device.

23. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Battery life >>>>> Everything

24. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Lol kitten will suffer

36. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It's funny that battery is the biggest concern, but a REMOVABLE BATTERY solves ALL BATTERY ISSUES. I've had 3 removable batteries with a wall charger for my all my Samsungs since 2009, and all my HTC's before that, and I have NEVER been without a fully charged spare battery in my pants pocket These same idiots complaining are dumb enough to buy a non-removable battery phone, and then try to bash INTELLIGENT people that demand removable batteries. The stupidity of the average person today is disturbing.

45. nwc12

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 28, 2015

That makes sense, charge three separate batteries every night. I'd rather have one large sealed battery that I charge once a day.

54. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I only charge ONE battery a night while I sleep to keep at least ONE fully charged spare battery in my pocket at all times. What a STUPID post from you. TRY USING YOUR BRAIN.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

But the funny thing is, YOU'RE the only one bashing anyone here for their choice "non-removable battery" smartphone. NO ONE else here is bashing anyone. You're the one that's showing a lack of intelligence. People have a right to spend their hard-earned money money on what they want. It's really none of your business what someone else buys with their money. Shut up and enjoy your purchase, and allow others to do the same.

55. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Nope. I will continue calling people out for being STUPID enough to buy a NON-removable battery.

56. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

Then expect to be called out in return for your stupidity.

60. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

+1 Sign of stupidity: calling other people stupid because they have a different opinion from you. Don't get me wrong, removable batteries are good, but calling others stupid because it is not their top priority in a phone, is REAL STUPID.

61. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. +1 to you as well.

63. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Having a seal non-removable battery phone is Steve Job's legacy. I remember the days of having Nokia phone. No body ever complain about poor battery life and yet we still have removable battery. QWERTYphone approach is unbecoming but he just frustrated.

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

There are better ways to deal with "frustration" than calling everyone who has a phone with a sealed battery stupid.

65. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Acceptance. There are things we can change and things that we can't. I have accepted the fact that seal battery is here to stay, its benefit the manufacturer by reducing the longevity of the phone. In Nokia time, some people use their phone like 5 to 6 years without the need to buy a new phone that quite bad for the manufacturers. To be fair, customer wins some and have to lose some. Steve Jobs with his iPhone success has manage to convince people that they don't need removable battery and many even think that microSD card is bad. To each his own, i firmly believe that having an alternative is always better than having none.

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

What you just said has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he shouldn't insult people for their personal preference or choice.

70. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Hi @meanestgenius, you're right @QUERTYphone has no right to insult others for choosing to spend their cash on whatever they choose but like @joey_sfb stated it's rather disconcerting to watch the manufacturers control the direction and future of mobile tech just because the consumers (including you and me) aren't spending smart. Battery life has been the number one issue consumers like us have repeatedly begged these manufacturers to improve upon but the only economic reason we haven't gotten it is because folks still queue up to buy whatever new "smart phone" manufacturers released. Consumers need to seize control of what manufacturers produce so that the future of mobile tech can quickly move forward in the area of battery life development for mobile.

71. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree. Battery life is my #1 concern when it comes to a smartphone. I also prefer user-replaceable batteries. It was one of the reasons why I preferred BlackBerry smartphones (but now they seem to have gone the way of the rest of the industry with sealed batteries). What I don't agree with, is insulting others because of how and what they choose to spend their money on.

72. nwc12

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 28, 2015

If you want to carry extra batteries around that's fine, I just prefer to keep it more simple. All I'm saying is more batteries = more charging. Smaller sealed battery = more charging. A large sealed battery with 2 day power = less charging.

2. VigneshRaja

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Battery for life!

3. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Battery life for sure.

15. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Agree...

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

All of them at once maybe? A perfect phone!(of course that's wont be possible. There will still be complaints and weaknesses). I'll try 3 or may be four version of phone dedicated to all budget groups One perfect low end phone one perfect mid phone and a perfect high end one. And a pro edition with all over blown features such as 4K display etc (for techies). Best software optimazation in all parts of phone like performance CPU, camera etc. And guaranteed updates.

26. Dave.Weinstein

Posts: 30; Member since: May 07, 2014

Ummm... all except software. All the manufacturers should leave the software to Google and step back. Just in 2015 alone we've seen huge refinements in the software experience at both the OS and app level; clearly Google know what it's doing. Manufacturers should stick to the hardware and resist the temptation to do anything more than write the porting layer code that's required to support their devices.

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