Pick one: a smartphone great for gaming, or a smartphone with a great camera

Pick one: a smartphone great for gaming, or a smartphone with a great camera
In recent years, the smartphone industry has hit a plateau. Midrange phones have become great, flagship phones only get gradual updates year after year. Not necessarily a bad thing — it’s how the cookie crumbles in the tech world.

Now, manufacturers are looking for other ways to make their products different and appealing. Some are experimenting with foldable devices, which will rejuvenate the stream of new devices for a while for sure. Then, there are others that work with the tech we currently have to build dedicated “gaming” phones. You know — edgy looks, RGB lights, and powerful hardware. There are also those that do some crazy experiments with camera modules, looking to build the ultimate phone camera.

Yes, we already have some perfectly good all-around phones that play games and shoot great pictures just fine. But let’s imagine that the manufacturers get their way and we get an awesome gaming phone, with great hardware performance, special buttons, and even a few exclusive games, but a not-so-great camera. Then, let’s imagine the perfect cameraphone comes around, with an all-around great snapper, but only capable of providing your basic gaming experience.

Which one would you choose?

Choose one:

The perfect gaming smartphone
17.58%
The perfect camera smartphone
82.42%

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37 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 720; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Who the f needs a dedicated gaming phone?

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

People that want to play games on their phone?

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Any phone can play any game these days without any compromise. Why anyone needs a dedicated "gaming phone" with some stupid cooling fans, a cheesy child like design and led lights for that?

8. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

i think they are referring to more graphically demanding games like fortnite and pubg. not candy crush

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Because that's what they want? It's not my cup of tea, but if somebody is interested in peak gaming performance without slowdown, an array of peripherals dedicated to gaming, and a gaudy gaming design, who am I to say they shouldn't have it?

12. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

lol wym...? A lot of higher end gaming PCs have those "stupid" cooling fans, and led lights...? ROG, which is I'm sure you're referring to, literally has multiple products for sale with both of those options.

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

That's literally a lie, Fortnite won't run on most phones because they are underpowered. I'm sure it's not the only game.

18. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Piyath Not true. If you want to use a mobile device with a VR or AR headset, then you need great gaming performance, period. Besides with better GPU and CPU, then that stuff can translate down to the camera. Just look at the Pixel smartphones. Only one camera, and it can better than smartphones or iPhones with multiple cameras.

34. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

exactly and if someone is really into the game then get the xbox or ps4

28. srgonu

Posts: 540; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I prefer consoles and PC for games over mobile. Experience makes the difference.

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

That's exactly what I was going to type......lol

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Camera of course, why should i play games on a mini screen while I have a big TV screen and PS4 Pro at home.

25. XiPingpong

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 26, 2019

I never use the camera on my phones! I would love to be able to play GTA V or Red Dead Redemption 2 on a 7 inch phone, anywhere not just at home!

26. shortkey

Posts: 52; Member since: May 19, 2017

At seven inches, it's not even a phablet anymore, it's a small tablet.

5. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Camera. Not really into games that need so much power...

7. burkett375

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

Neither. Battery life.

10. surethom

Posts: 1663; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Camera all the way, as not many are Great at low light unless expensive but majority are capable of gaming well.

11. OneLove123

Posts: 971; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Pixel 3!!!

13. alanrock

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

PS/PC for gaming, and smartphone for calls, text, int...etc.

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I’d choose the better camera. If you want games just play on a console or pc. More games and way better than holding a phone.

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I picked camera but to be honest smartphone cameras aren't that great, just as smartphones aren't a very good gaming platform. Much rather use a dedicated camera and my PC for the 2 tasks, phone is just pocket friendly and almost always with me.

17. CableTelcontar

Posts: 91; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

And those of us who need a desktop replacement?

19. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

That is really easy. There are no good games on iOS or Android to even care for something like a "gaming" phone. If any manufacturer would elevate this platform out of free to play, money grabing garbage, than try to ask users again.

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No brainer, camera over gaming. Mobile gaming is far too limited due to the touch interface and need for dedicated peripherals.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7078; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Camera , i am not much on gaming. I only have 2 games on my phone. But really for the best pictures i will just use my DSLR

22. blastertoad

Posts: 40; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

This should be a no brainier for anyone interested in the general advancement of technology. While a camera phone will improve a few components to increase it's prowess, the development of gaming oriented devices push forward every component of the device. So I vote gaming phone, so then the next generations general use devices will benefit from the advancements in: audio deliver, power conservation, increased compute power and speed, ergonomics, memory handling, peripheral support and more. And as VR and AR continue to grow gaming devices will be what start bringing drastic changes to cameras as well. Maybe with AR we see light field cameras finally come to consumer equipment, 3d cameras and recording, ect.

23. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Unless u have eagle eyes, cameras of phones within 2 years are plenty good with minimal noticeable difference. It really has reached that point. I'm only a casual gamer but there's much improvement to be made still. Imagine ps4 graphics, ps3/xbox emulators running flawless with no heat worry. Watching external 4k rips on phone, no studder. Real computer power is where it's at.

24. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Gaming for the battery (I have only played some intensive ones for a few minutes to check out the endurance of the phones).

27. shortkey

Posts: 52; Member since: May 19, 2017

Neither. Touch games suck and I carry a compact camera with me at all times. I want a small, four-inch smartphone with mid-to-high-end specs so it wouldn't be slow as snail. Could be a bit bulkier to accomodate a bigger battery. I don't need multiple cameras in a smartphone, a single emergency snapper would is enough. I can do without the front facing one, too.

29. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Most flagship today are great at both... I personally would go with gaming.... Good stereo audio, high refresh rate display

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