My biggest problem with my current smartphone is... (poll results)

My biggest problem with my current smartphone is... (poll results)
It will probably come as no surprise that the results from our yesterday poll, where we asked you to identify your single biggest problem with your current smartphone, point to battery life. And as we've commented in the past, that's only natural, seeing as how the rest of the building blocks of even a lower end device are nowadays of sufficient quality. Indeed, battery longevity has proven to be the toughest nut to crack.

Beyond issues with battery, the second largest group of voters bunch up around software shortcomings (12.3%), closely followed by complaints about performance (11.79%) and the camera (10.22%). At the other end of the spectrum, in most people's eyes the least problematic areas of equation are the display (2.91%) and the design (3.38%).

The remaining 8.6% of the votes went to the 'Other' category, and from the comments below the poll we gather that most folks in this group are unhappy with the storage available on board, though quite a few also cited under-performing speakers. 

My biggest problem with my current smartphone is...

The design
The display
Its performance
The camera
The battery
The software
Other (do share!)

On the whole, we found that the poll reflected our expectations. Did it match yours?



1. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This was a great poll to do. No surprises though. If smartphones manufacturers quit focusing on how thin phones could be and just throw in a large battery then everyone would be a lot happier. Then there wouldn't be a need to under-clock some SOC's to be more battery efficient so then we'd be getting a little more performance too.

10. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

What the Captain said.

33. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

battery is the biggest problem... Dont want a thinner phone 8-10mm is ok with double battery... Camera performance is also very important... so does over all performance

36. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

i think they have to come up with newer battery technology not to thicken the phone. keep then as thin as they are right now and upgrade the battery life with new battery tech!

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I chose software... Battery isn't an issue for me since I have a power bank backing me up. Yet, I would like better bettery back up instead of having to charge it often. Batteries can be recharged... Software can't be...unless, you are promised a lifetime support. That would be awesome.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, for me software is a major reason why I don't even consider buying non-Nexus Android Samsung/LG phones then to have slower skins Moto/Sony/Nexus/HTC phones have terrible camera software (seems like Moto/Sony/Google finally fixed their camera software) Nexus phones were great with KitKat, but Lollipop was filled with bugs Similarly, iOS 8 was also filled with bugs WP8 had the worst dev support Luckily, things seem to be improving Marshmallow/iOS 9 seem to have fixed the problems in Lollipop/iOS 8 W10M will bring Android/iOS app support And Sony's supposedly dropping their skin and promising fast updates

9. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sony is dropping UI skins and doing pure Android?

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I will buy a Sony if they stick with stock Android.

21. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

EXACTLY what I was thinking. This is an idea whose time has come. Pure Android is waiting to give a manufacturer a leg up. Why spend R/D money for UI skins when pure Android runs better? I always thought LG would be better served doing this. But Sony would vault to the head of my list if I go Android if they did.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Most sites are reporting it's "virtually stock Android" They still have some of their own apps So something like what Moto is doing They are still using their own icon pack (but that is easy to change and has no affect on performance/updates) I reckon its great Hopefully they put all their apps on the Play Store and update them independently from the OS Time will tell If they update the Z5 to Marshmallow within a month, I could be buying the Z6C or Z7C

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I just bought a Sony 65" x8500c for their Android TV. Its stock Android TV with three third parties apps. Billabong - wave surfer videos (trash! i am not a surfer) Gameloft - an app that link their games to playstore (stupid! i know how to key in gameloft into playstore search bar) Opera browser - OK. A fine browser that i could download myself. The only add-on i welcome is Dual Stock 4 controller support. Yes! that is great support.

28. gigi3

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Windows 10 for phones will not support neither Android or iOS apps (in fact that's a really bad idea, remember OS/2 ?) He will support API and language. That means, developers need just recompile their software to support W10FP, without changing any line of code.

37. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

this is the stupidest reason i've heard in ages! so you buy a car with a small gas tank and haul a tanker! :)) I*T

3. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Not surprising at all. Not. One. Bit. People want their phones to last all day but also want the best performance. Can't have them both.

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

Software is my issue. I don't expect much from a battery. My phone easily lasts me through even a heavy day and I charge it at night, as simple as that. However, software sometimes drains battery randomly. Everyone is bashing OEMs for fitting smaller batteries. But in reality, android is draining their battery through wakelocks and rogue apps in the background. A 2900-3000 mAh battery should be enough for even a phablet, if optimised correctly like the iPhone 6+. I have seen from my own eyes a single phone's battery doubled by a custom kernel. And I'm talking literally double the battery life. We don't need bigger batteries, we just need efficient components and most importantly, efficient software, not lollipop garbage. Wondering why this year's flagships have worse battery life than their predecessors. It's lollipop. The component efficiency gains easily outweigh the slightly smaller batteries of this year's flagships( S6 has about 10% smaller battery over S5, Z3+ about the same over Z2 and M9/1+2 have even bigger batteries than their predecessors). We have more efficient displays, processors, memory, RAM and almost everything. But still the software is getting worse and worse.

5. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The battery can't be changed (for the most part), software can (for the most part). I always root/rom my phones so it's nice to start off with great hardware and then get the most out of it with excellent software. I guess I've given up on OEMs putting out decent software so I just plan my phone purchases by the hardware and developer interest.

17. TyrionLannister unregistered

Not everyone is ready to trade their warranty for a better battery life and more bugs. I would love if every OEM can control wakelocks like Sony does, and I don't havee to root my device to get a fix.

20. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I hear you. Its a gamble but I'm too picky to leave things be. Sony really does do batteries right. I want to get one but can't decide on which. They need a solid 4.8-5" model.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What is specific to lollipop that cause battery drain? Personally, i never encounter "software sometimes drains battery randomly"

19. TyrionLannister unregistered

I will tell you my experience. My previous device had pretty decent battery at 4.4 kitkat. Then it got lollipop(5.0.1) and battery went to hell. Then I got S6 at 5.0.2 and battery was amazing. I was getting 6-7 hours SoT on usual use. But guess what, 5.1.1 came and screwed up. Now, I leave my phone and it can drain 5-10% battery in stand-by in a few hours as facebook and google play services love to drain the battery, causing multiple wakelocks per minute. This never happened on kitkat, and this definitely doesn't happen on iOS.

22. Feanor

Posts: 1429; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I actually got much better battery life from my Xperia Z2 after Lollipop 5.0.2. update. I think Sony did excellent job with Lollipop because bugs where also nearly non existent. Now running on 5.1.1 I think battery life took a small hit, but I'm not entirely sure.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have Samsung Note Pro 12.2, Note 3, and Tab S 8.4 LTE that running Lollipop. All three use to be on KitKat. Nothing spectacular about Lollipop but i don't have issue with them either. Seems like different user using different brands and models all have different experience with lollipop. Many user viewed lollipop negatively but if you take a step back you may see the bigger picture as to why iOS 8 and Lollipop are more problematic for Apple and Google. Its because there are big changes to its back end. Android OEM customization could make the problem worse. Remember Google is moving away from Dalvik to ART. Graphic engines overhual with Android extension pack. iOS's Object C to Swift and new direct calls to GPU, Metal. Our only consolation are bugs will eventually be smashed.

29. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

same problem here! went from 6H+ SOT to about 3-4H..this started on 5.0.2 xxxxxOE3 firmware for me.

6. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Battery and Storage options.

8. Feanor

Posts: 1429; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Funny... Most people have (predictably) issues with battery life and they still go and buy iPhones which are among the expensive phones with the poorest battery life.

12. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Its 2015 and yet no phones with 5GB ram, 7000mAh ram, 6k screen. No wonder all phones are failing.

13. Shocky unregistered

I have a Galaxy S6 so I don't really have any with the hardware. Everything is great except for maybe Lollipop which is a battery hog, every device I've upgraded to Lollipop has lost an hour or more of SoT and to be honest it's letting down a lot of very good Android phones. So I guess regrettably my biggest issue is Android.

14. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am actually surprised camera quality isn't higher. That to me is the single most common discussion in everyday life about people's smart phones- the camera. I truly think it is the single most important thing in a smart phone. I am not a shutterbug- it is among the last things I worry about. All I want is a quick shutter speed- when I take the picture, I want it to be as close to instantaneous as possible. Otherwise, I am fairly ignorant. But walk into a store, and a sales rep will push the camera and screen size/quality over anything else. Maybe it is a sign of how much cameras have improved in cell phones that not more PA users are upset? Or is it a sign PA users tend to get higher end devices which have the better camera tech?

15. Feanor

Posts: 1429; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Funny... Most people have (predictably) issues with battery life and they still go and buy iPhones which are among the expensive phones with the poorest battery life.

31. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

There are 2 reason why people bought Iphones. First is they prefer iOS over Android. Another one is because they find it "cool and classy" to own Iphone over "cheap" Android

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