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
3.37%
The display
2.91%
Its performance
11.79%
The camera
10.22%
The battery
50.81%
The software
12.3%
Other (do share!)
8.6%

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84 Comments

82. monoke

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

sony z3. Puny 16gb internal storage and slow charge time are my main gripes.

81. user001

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

How is it once my apps sync and/or I install and my newest high end phone feels slower than the original G1 would be today? I have the Galaxy S6 Edge (not the +) and once Google syncs apps, it LLLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I kept buying the newest top of the line only to experience the SAME issue. (I'm not a Samsung fanboy, or any manufacturer honestly. Make an awesome phone with the features I want, and I'll buy). This S6 Edge is my last (2x a year updrage). Since apparently adding 100-150 apps overwhelms these high end phones, I will just go back to every 2 year update.

83. user001

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

upgrade*

80. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

My biggest gripe is the shift away from physical buttons. Send/End and camera buttons have been notably absent for some time. Even the Lumias have shed the camera buttons and the only phone with the full complement is the BlackBerry Classic. With Windows Phone's unrivaled word prediction I can live without the keyboard. Tapping a screen that you're trying to hold steady for a picture is as counterintuitive as it gets. Yes, I know some phones like the iPhone allow using the volume buttons as shutters but that's only good for landscape orientation. Even capacitive buttons are being phased out for the sake of "clean design". My background is manufacturing/engineering and "form follows function" is the order of the day. At least give consumers some options.

79. Fellwalker

Posts: 548; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

2 year old phone, battery life has dropped significantly since new and rarely lasts the day. If only it was replaceable I'd get back to merely irritatingly poor rather than dreadful, and I could stop carrying a battery pack in my rucksack.

77. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

note 4 i have no problem with my phone *i use eos rom and the performance is epic

75. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Easily shattered display.

72. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

My biggest complaint is storage. The first smartphone I ever bought had 4GB of storage, but apps weren't a huge deal. I presently install more apps on my phone vs what I have on my PC. The problem is mostly I have to install and app, to go to places that on my PC I could do via a web browser. Even though I can still use a mobile browser, apps do make the transition a bit seamless. But thse apps have gotten big even though they dont do much. On average the apps I download are at least 35-60MB each. I dont know how big they are after you install them, but the package is that big compressed, then the install is surely larger. 3 games I play have download sizes of over 1GB and after installing them, you have to download nearly 1Gb of data yet again. With all the OEM/Carrier bloat 50% of my storage is gone. I cant even bring over my 50GB of music. I dont want to upload them to a cloud storage and stream them. The Fix? Is simple If a phone original had an sdcard and its dropped for whatever reason, whethe it because it technology can work or design of the device, increase the frikkin storage. Look at the cost. On retail 128GB sdcard is roughly $80, it goes down considerably afterwards. 64GB even the fastest is around $50. So if you make millions of them for a phone where ist just a chip attached to the board and not have to be wrapped in plastic and retail packaging, then that means its even lesser. Not only should they increase the storage, the price of the phone should remain the same. Whether they use 128GB or 16GB, it cost them exactly the same. Charging me $100 for more space is ludicris no matter what OEM it is. That's right, I'm talking to you Samsung, Apple, LG, HTC and the rest of you greedy @$$'. But see I know what to do, I wont be buying a phone next year or the year after if you all dont grown up and stop trying to milk this thing dry. You all are goign to be reporting selling even less phones if you dont get yoru act together. because I'm personally will get on every possible blog site and post YouTube videos and bad mouth you to millions of people on your tryign to cheat us out of money and I wont shut up until you either pay me to shutup or you do the right thing. Since I have a Samsung, I'm gonna start with you first...!!!

70. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 171; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Sony Xperia E4 Dual let me down with it's lag performance(notable when opening alarm clock app)and horrible battery life(although over 2 days but with light weigh tasks).

76. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

and you consider that a horrrrible battery life? lol what, i cant even squeeze half of your stuff with light usage. lmao

68. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

The carrier! Sprint :(

67. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Coming from iPhone 5S user, obviously it's battery life, and it's just horrible and it is just getting worse. I barely get a day with light usage. It is just lol.

65. jcast927

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Only issue that I have with my GS6 Edge is that it doesn't have a microSD slot. I'm one of the few that actually uses it to its full extent. In my GS5 I had a 128GB MicroSD card in it and it was great, but this time around I can't add it to my already currently 128GB built-in - wish I could though. Other than that I'm perfectly happy with the phone...

63. DieterWolf

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

No option to expand storage

61. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Note 4 - Performance Nexus 5 - battery

60. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

My Biggest Issue Is That My Phone (GS6) Has A QHD Screen And When I Think About How Much Better It Would Be If It Had An FHD Screen It Hurts Me A Little Inside.

59. KingOfAndroid

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

I have a Galaxy S4 and the screen went berserk after a session of 12 hours of non-stop gaming and now every time that I lower the brightness, the screen start flickering.

55. tokuzumi

Posts: 2026; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Galaxy S4: Lag Nexus 6: Way too big

57. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

On the S4 turn off most of the Samsung features (e.g. sensing when your head turns when watching a video) and most of the lag will go away.

54. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Freakin Battery life. 4hrs of SOT :(

58. arman9953

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I got battery life problems ! 4 hours of SOT is awesome :D i get 2 on my S6 ( heavy user) :``(

53. rsiders

Posts: 2066; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

No problems at all with my Z3 except lack of a true manual mode I the camera settings or the ability to plug in a third party app for manual controls. Everything else is great.

51. jellmoo

Posts: 2699; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Note 4 - Performance... Terrible, terrible performance...

50. PostmanLV

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Nexus 5 -battery is fuggin terrible Idol 3 -software is terrible

49. Hashed unregistered

Note 4 - Camera GS5 - No problems

52. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Lol Wut?

64. Hashed unregistered

Yeah, camera on the Note 4 takes too long to focus, and sometimes I have to direct it some other direction to get focus then point back to the point.

48. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Battery, I dont want a small battery. I want a Large Battery and it has to be REMOVABLE. I can compromise with a mediocre battery but it has to be removable. I'd also trade weight for a 5000mAh.

47. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

Yeah, yeah.. as unrealistic as it may sound, everybody here, myself included, drools/dreams/yearns for a battery that could last a week...

45. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Xperia Z1, wish the speaker was louder

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