My biggest problem with my current smartphone is...

My biggest problem with my current smartphone is...
Whether it's an impotent display that fails spectacularly when brought outside, a sluggish processor, buggy software, or unsatisfactory battery life, it's fair to say that all of us have one or several issues with our smartphones that we wish didn't exist. Sure, smartphone makers love to boast about the no-compromise approach they employ when designing their gadgets, but the real world picture is usually different — sometimes event at the flagship level.

Two of the most commonly cited problems that users come to us with concern the software of the device — it's slow, or messy, or just plain old — and its battery life. So much so, that we started wondering just what kind of problems users identify with their current daily drivers. Being naturally curious, we thought it's a good time to get some more data that is representative of our readership.

So lay it on us. Your biggest problem with your current smartphone is...

My biggest problem with my current smartphone is...

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



1. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Nexus 5 camera sucks. Nexus 6, nothing to say. anyway I have a high storage powerbank so batery is not a problem for me

39. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I have a Nexus 5, camera is fine for me. Sure it's not AMAZING but it does the job.

78. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

They asked about the phone, not the accessories. I've got a battery pack but can't take it everywhere as it makes the phone very cumbersome. Nexus 5 camera ok, I just think all camera phones are far too wide angle.

2. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Battery life issue? 80 million people are going to solve this in the coming quarter by buying iphone 6S with an even smaller battery than its predecessor..Lol... A few more million will buy S6/S6edge/Note5 which also have lesser size battery than their predecessors.

11. Mattbssr

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Exactly but on the other hand lumia 950xl is coming with a 3300mAh batter

24. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I hate big size displays for my primary phone. Around 4.5 inch screen with the flagship level specs would be awesome for me... That's why Z5 Compact is my current favourite.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I love big size phones, my current is 6" and i will not go back to smaller then 5.7" i am tall and have big hands,can't on a small phone hahah.

46. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

With the advancements in technology, bigger sized phones are less cumbersome and more suited for viewing than the under 5 inch phones. Shrinking bezels and smart packaging have made 5.5,5.7 inch phones like Note 5 & LG G4 more managable like 5.2 inch screens were once. But yeah, I hear Samsung may launch a foldable display smartphone early next year. So it may alter the current formfactor of smartphones.

66. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

As a Z3C owner I still agree.... I won't upgrade to a bigger screen yet... however my biggest problem with my current device is Material Selection... I don't like the fragility of my phone... the flaps, the built quality and the back glass.... But IMO it does look great.

33. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Smaller battery doesn't automatically mean smaller battery life. There's a software component as well.

56. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

And a huge hardware component. In the desktop world an 8 year old CPU uses about 20x more power than a modern CPU of the same relative power (and that ignores the fact that the modern device is also a GPU).

3. pifon

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

storage is missing in poll

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nexus 5 Biggest problem is waiting for a worthy replacement Then storage, I feel silly for buying the 16GB model Then battery is pretty bad, but I have a power pack Then camera, its is pretty good on the M Preview and there's third party apps which are better, but still not on par with the current flagships I want a new phone But all the current options have too many drawbacks

6. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

What the best camera apps did you use for your nexus 5 so far?

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Depends, I use Google's HDR+ for quick snaps A Better Camera's Super Mode for low light or zoom Its quite slow, but quality is great IMO, it uses Super Resolution, like on the Xperia Z5, Oppo Find 7 and OnePlus Two Snap Camera for videos My main complaint with the Nexus 5's camera/mic, the focus and mic is poor Also there's no slow mo or smooth mode, but that's supposedly coming in Google Camera 3.0 If your prefer manual controls, then ProShot or Manual Camera or FV-5

30. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

same here 32GB model, but after flashing M preview 3 I thought to myself do I really need a new phone? Battery, screen size and tamera could be better definately, but they get the job done and my phone is pluged to my laptop most of the time.

37. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, my main problem with getting a new phone is that IMO there's currently no phone that's better in all categories e.g. LG Nexus 5X is a decent amount larger Other Android phones won't get updates as fast or Dev Previews While iOS 9 has huge improvements over 8, I still prefer Android for phones And Windows 10 Mobile is still being developed So I'm waiting for the 2016 phones

5. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

No problem. I own a LG G2 and it's perfect.

19. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Camera is pretty sucky, but a G2 with G4 camera and it would be gold.

73. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Which is what the G4 basically

62. Nath4N

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 19, 2014

Yupp, struggling to find a fault in my G2. Maybe the limited storage but I've got the 16GB version.

69. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Don't own a G2, but I think it was an excellent all-round phone with an excellent display, good camera, excellent battery life, etc. I considered getting one as a second phone but really didn't need one. If I did, it would be a strong contender.

71. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

The main problem with mine is the carrier its stuck to, sprint!

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

My biggest issue with my 4S is lack of comparably compact options when I want to upgrade. But other than that - battery! It's one of most important components and it isn't being upgraded at all for all those years

22. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The lack of compact options isn't a problem with your current device.

23. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Right, it's my grip with industry overall. When it comes to my particular phone it's battery and lack of SD

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Storage! I didn't wait for a 64gb or at least 32gb to be available and I grabbed the first iPhone they had when iPhone 5s came out - I regreted it as soon as I discovered 120fps slo-mo video and that iMovie on my iPhone is better to use than Adobe premier on my PC. So yah, big problem.

9. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Other: it's getting old (Z2). It's still a great phone though, easily the best of 2014. I'm still getting 2 days of battery life and the performance is really good.

27. raviyasas

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Yeah really. Z2 is an awesome phone. But after Lollipop 5.1.1 update it is getting a little bit of time to focus in manual mode.

10. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

8GB no SD. Camera. Moto G 1st gen.

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