Poll: What do you look most for in a smartphone?

Poll: What do you look most for in a smartphone?
Decisions, decisions. When it comes to finally picking up a smartphone, there are so many of those to be made, that it's often an overwhelming process. The slightest variation in sometimes a seemingly unimportant detail can make the difference between one phone or another, as small as these may be, our tolerance for them differs greatly. Some of us just have to have the latest, most awesome camera. Others are on the go day-in and day-out, so they need as beefy a battery a manufacturer can possibly fit in a compact body. And some of us are simply suckers for fancy, bespoke designs, or simply need to have a purple phone. 

The question we have for you today is not for the faint-hearted. It truly is hard to single out the one most important component out of the package that smartphones are, so you'll have to really search your soul. Several of the components listed below would be tightly grouped for some of you, so we'll try and make it easy for you. Consider our poll today in this context: granted that all other things are equal, what do you look most for in a smartphone?

Granted that all other things are equal, what do you look most for in a smartphone?

Design, size, color options
17.74%
Display - size and resolution
16.95%
Processor
17.93%
Built-in storage, incl. microSD card slot
5.54%
Camera
12.4%
Connectivity - 4G LTE
1.32%
Big battery
23.13%
Other - let us know in the comment section
5%

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81 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

BIG BATTERY. My next phone must have a good battery life.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

...a faster processor and a good display. But battery life is what I look most for in a phone now, cuz my Xperia Z's battery life really sucks.

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Right, nothing matters now but battery life. They all have amazing abilities to play high end games and all the resolution in the world past 1080p won't matter for another 3 years when things come out at those resolutions. Right now they need to focus on battery life and making the most out of what is there as well as adding more.

61. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Bug free software and a trouble free experience is most important. Unfortunately, even the iPhone lacks this quality.

85. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I'd suggest Cortex-A7 based phones

11. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I agree !! Big Battery Indeed !! Also, a 64bit Processor.

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yup. This year was the year of the big battery for me. Hence the Maxx. Next year I am hoping for a really great camera with OIS and Lytro-like adjustable focusing.

36. buccob

Posts: 2948; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I know I was supposed to pick one, but I can't... I always look for: High ppi MicroSD slot Big amount of RAM Camera Battery Processor In no particular order, I consider those equally important And finally something "unique" but useful... Like IP5X certification or docking in a special way... Something that allows me to use it beyond a normal smartphone.

43. sd1droid

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If that's all your worried about, get the maxx on Verizon. Giant battery + active notifications = some serious time between charges.

56. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Dammit I'm always missing these polls

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I used to be a total spec head, but I have to admit that Motorola has spoiled me. Now, when I look for my next phone, my goal will be to get something that truly delivers improvements on convenience and how we use our phones. For instance, I will probably want to throw a phone out the window now if it doesn't have active notifications, and Touchless Control has been very useful to me so far. I'm also loving the quick updates and the decoupling of critical system components from the main update process, instead using the Play Store to stay independent of carrier delays. If Motorola can keep delivering like they did with the Moto X, they've sealed my loyalty for life. No disrespect to Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC loyalists, but Motorola's delivered a better experience than the rest combined.

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Have to agree with you about staying independent of carrier delays. Just the threat of independence seems to have motivated VZW. Updates to my Droid RAZR took forever + one day. The KK update took the least time of any update I have received on VZW in the 4 years I have been with them.

29. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Motorola delivered extremely well this year in terms of overall experience. They got the balance just right; a device with a good UI, great performance, useful features, great battery life, and fast updates. All the other OEMs hit some of those key points, but miss the rest. The only complaints I have about my Droid Mini are the glossy finish on the Kevlar and the battery drain ever since the 4.4 update, but that should be fixed with 4.4.2, whenever they finish developing it. Everything else has been great, though.

34. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

the **problem** with notifications, is EVERYONE will use them!!! :) :) >:( new update, get your wiz bang now!! relation problem?? get the solution now!! win 1000,00, just send your bank details.. that is the reason my notifications are switched off, every where.... :P

38. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't think you understand what I mean by Active Notifications. I'm talking about the software/hardware combo on the X and its cousins which makes notifications show up on the darkened screen if the phone is nudged, flipped over, or pulled out your pocket, with the option to immediately unlock the phone to the home screen or the app with the most recent notification (if you don't have a password enabled).

46. troutsy

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Agreed. I don't use active notifications much to read the notifications, but it is surprisingly convenient that the phone detects when I'm going to use it and turns the screen on so I only need to swipe up or down to unlock it.

51. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Took the words right out of my mouth Sniggly. Well said sir.

3. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I look for non laggy smooth experience.good low light photography

8. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

u mean none of nowadays phones are smooth and not laggy??

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Ignore the hardcore Apple fans, you can tell who they are because they throw out Apple's talking points as their preferences.

42. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

So basically iPhone 5S.

4. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

For me it's internal storage, SoC and overall design. I couldn't care much about that gimmicky LTE, 3G is more than enough for me.

5. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I think like most people, it's a combination of everything (or almost everything). I expect my phone to be: 1. A good phone 2. A good GPS device 3. A good camera. But I also expect it to be able to survive a few hours without a charge, slide in and out of my pocket, tell time, Swype, access internet, and have guest mode. (yes, I like some of the features of my specific phone)

75. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

LG G2

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Obviously All.... Design, size, color options, Display - size and resolution, Processor, Built-in storage, incl. microSD card slot, Cameras, Connectivity (4G LTE - NA in India), Big battery and ofcourse price.

9. fur0n

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

for me the order is processor, display, speakers, connectivity, storage, camera, battery, then design.

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I had to go with "other", because I don't look for one thing in a phone. I wan't it to be awesome in every department.

12. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

User Interface

18. kalloud

Posts: 154; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Yeah there should be a good UI and great price point options..

13. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Unique design, great battery life, decent camera, amazing IPS FHD screen, etc., you can find them simply in an LG G2. Hopefully the upcoming G3 will be equipped with a huge 6.000 mAh battery.

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