Prices rising, errors piling: 5 flagship phone 'fails' inflicted on us in 2017

Prices rising, errors piling: 5 flagship phone 'fails' inflicted on us in 2017
Most of the spring and summer flagships have already been announced and are in the hands of consumers, so the first mishaps, grand and small, are starting to trickle down on forums and in customer complaints. 

The average selling price of a high-end smartphone will be quite a bit higher this year, given that what we called the "$400 flagship" seems to be a concept of the past, used to gain market share and customer awareness, then seeing its price slowly get jacked up with each subsequent model.

That's not even mentioning juggernauts like Samsung or Apple which keep releasing unique models with higher prices. That's all fine and good, and market forces at work, but are these expensive devices flawless from the get-go? Check out a few of the more glaring "fails" that happened with the 2017 high-enders so far, and you be the judge.



20. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

as usual iPhonearena doesn't include iSheep phones

19. p51d007

Posts: 706; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Surprised they even bother to list the OnePlus5. This laugh a minute offspring of Oppo just can't shoot straight. They even said that while yes, screens refresh top to bottom, but ours refreshes from bottom to top and users just need to get use to it. What a joke.

16. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Users have been reporting great battery life on the LG G6 even with the SD 821 so I do not understand why it is on the list based on the battery life.-

14. fyah_king unregistered

My G6 battery life is great. Idk what's wrong with your testing.

12. War_Destroyer

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 03, 2016

Buddy, you're the dumb one here, only an moron overgeneralizes and over exaggerates the crap out of something. I own both the Exynos and Snapdragon version of the S8+. I paid $650 and $675 for them respectively, and my family has four S8's using T-Mobile's BOGO promo, so two free phones. The price is fair, the value is great, the FPS is easily accessible and in muscle memory. No performance issues at, and I'm coming from a OnePlus 3T, and overclocked Le Max 2. At full resolution of course. The battery life is superb and I even have the brightness at Samsung's recommended maximum. Would last me more than two days with adaptive brightness, and a day and a half at max brightness. I'm also following development of the Exynos variant over at XDA, not many complaints to be found...

11. Jacksie66 unregistered

No issues at all with my XZ premium. Savage good phone.

8. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

So, sony actually have one o the year best phones. Lol at s8 reboting problem, that is a shame. Cudos sony for making a solid profit and releasing good phones this year. Gtfo htc with adds in keyboard app.

18. SyCo87

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Sony doesn't have a damn fingerprint scanner, for the third straight flagship. Besides that though, it's solid.

7. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

yup just like iphones

6. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

this is why you buy an iphone

3. Nitmare64

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 28, 2017

I see people saying the S8 / S8+ lags but i haven't encountered any issues with mine. Sometimes i feel like people say these things to damage the brand. Never understood this...

5. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

"I haven't encountered the issues so they can't exist" You are very dumb.

9. kamejoko

Posts: 257; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Ifan seeder?

10. Nitmare64

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 28, 2017

Words that i never wrote so you are dumb! Learn how to read better...

13. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

Learn how to comprehend, because that's exactly what you wrote.

17. Nitmare64

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 28, 2017

Not at all. That was your interpretation.

15. fyah_king unregistered

You don't say?

2. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

So glad the S8 is on that list. Let's expand the S8 fails, shall we? - Poor FPS location - Lags like hell - Overpriced - Small 3000mah battery - Can't run at full resolution without performance hiccups - Curved screen that easily shatters - Phone stutters like crazy - Sammy fanboys think it's "buttery smooth" when it lags like a slideshow This phone is trash. But hopefully the Note 8 fixes a lot of these issues.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Here we go again...

1. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1127; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Such a Bummer that a manufacturer makes a dedicated button and refuses to let users remap it. Oh how I wish I could remap my lock key....

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