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

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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?

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Granted that all other things are equal, what do you look most for in a smartphone?
Design, size, color options 17.74% (362 votes) (362 votes)
Display - size and resolution 16.95% (346 votes) (346 votes)
Processor 17.93% (366 votes) (366 votes)
Built-in storage, incl. microSD card slot 5.54% (113 votes) (113 votes)
Camera 12.4% (253 votes) (253 votes)
Connectivity - 4G LTE 1.32% (27 votes) (27 votes)
Big battery 23.13% (472 votes) (472 votes)
Other - let us know in the comment section 5% (102 votes) (102 votes)

2041 votes

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posted on 23 Jan 2014, 03:46 7

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 04:01 2

7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 05:17 3

23. Finalflash (Posts: 3493; Member since: 23 Jul 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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 09:30 2

61. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

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

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 22:10

85. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

I'd suggest Cortex-A7 based phones

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 04:11 1

11. XaErO (Posts: 332; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 05:01

20. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 06:39 1

36. buccob (Posts: 2714; Member since: 19 Jun 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

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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 07:14

43. sd1droid (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 08:36 1

56. PootisMan (Posts: 259; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

Dammit I'm always missing these polls

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 03:47 11

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 05:06 1

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 05:57 1

29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 06:30

34. illiad (Posts: 128; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)

the **problem** with notifications, is EVERYONE will use them!!! :) :) >:(

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that is the reason my notifications are switched off, every where.... :P

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 06:46 2

38. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 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).

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 07:35 1

46. troutsy (Posts: 319; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 08:16 1

51. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 03:50 1

3. aranauser (Posts: 58; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 04:05

8. a_tumiwa (Posts: 378; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 04:36 2

16. Finalflash (Posts: 3493; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 07:14

42. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

So basically iPhone 5S.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 03:51

4. yowanvista (Posts: 341; Member since: 20 Sep 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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 03:57

5. technitude (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Dec 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)

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 17:11

75. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


posted on 23 Jan 2014, 03:59 1

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 04:10

9. fur0n (Posts: 75; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 04:10 1

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 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.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 04:12

12. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

User Interface

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 04:50

18. kalloud (Posts: 152; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 04:16 1

13. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 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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