Simple truths that phone makers don't want you to know about

Simple truths that phone makers don't want you to know about
At the beginning of the year, we had it up to here with smartphone manufacturers stretching the truth in promotional materials, so we compiled a list of 8 potentially misleading features that you shouldn't instantly fall for. Not everybody reads PhoneArena, however, let alone that one single piece, so we're still often find ourselves explaining the intricacies of various technologies that phone makers often veil or fail to clarify in order to tempt potential buyers. 

Outright lies are extremely rare, of course, but that doesn't mean much — a technically correct statement can still be more than a little misleading. One very, very popular example was Samsung's claim that the Galaxy S5's display can be brutally bright if need be — up to 700 nits, in fact. We've gone to great lengths to dispel the myth that the S5's screen really is that bright in everyday usage, even though Samsung didn't lie. The stat was simply cherry picked, as luminosity that high requires the screen to display essentially no content but black, so the pixels can be turned off in order for enough power to reach the few remaining ones and lit them like a Christmas tree.

The above is just the kind of example we'll be producing for you yet again to better arm you as a consumer. Nobody likes being made a fool, so don't be one and read along.

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40 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

They are really sneaky these phone OEMs, and I hate some of the things they do. I also hate how many things are less about the tech, and more about gimmicks and selling phones.

11. waddup121 unregistered

good to know

22. Simona unregistered

u have no idea how Apple is nasty and disgraceful and cheating and and lying and most they are crafty as fuk

2. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

What some of has been saying for years about Android and updates...its not just Google's fault when it comes to updates. Phone manufactures also play a part. Sometimes a big part. The first Galaxy S1 used a file system that probably didnt play nice with Android. The first GS1 was bad in performance vs others out the box just based on the file system alone. And yet Google always seems to get the lion share of the blame...

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its never Google's fault. They release a firmware but its OEMs job to make it compatible with their UI.

5. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

So basically like Windows? And it's always Microsoft's fault too when bad driver cause it to crash.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You do have a point...lol. Because outside of drivers...I cant think of anything else that could cause a crash and actually be Windows fault. UAC maybe? File, search indexing? I havent had a crash in so long..

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Every Android device is plague with bloatware. Google should just release a tool to remove any unwanted software. This is where Windows desktop score high points, every third party software could be remove without much hassles.

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Humm ever got a nasty malware thats integrate in your computer? Those are very hard to remove ;)

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

i just referring to new purchases. Yes! Wndows notebook too has bloatware but at least I could remove them completely.

33. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

So is every iPhone (Newsstand, Nike+iPod, Apple Watch app, etc.), except there's no way of disabling them nor is there an app to remove them even when jailbroken/rooted. BTW, my OnePlus One (first Android device) came with 0 bloatware...

37. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Where to you get the OnePlus One? Retail or Online or Telco?

38. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Got it online 9 months ago directly from OnePlus.

6. Shocky unregistered

I don't recall Google ever getting the blame for the that, it was common knowledge the file system was the issue.

8. TerryTerius unregistered

For people that actually know what they're talking about, yes. They are aware that carrier add ons/slow walking and manufacturer skins get in the way of timely updates. But, like everything else in life 80% of the populace doesn't know that. And therefore Google gets the blame from a lot of people. Not a majority by any means (because to this day millions of individuals with Android phones have no idea Android is even a Google product), but a hell of a lot.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I didnt mean for the file system for the GS1 but for the update process. Google gets blame alot for updates. OEMs and carriers probably a much bigger role in slow updates or no updates at all. I dont think it was common knowledge about the file system because to fix it you had to root and make changes, use a different file system IIRC. That was beyond the scope for many general users that got the phone. The general user probably just blamed Samsung for making a shoddy phone. Which was still right since they chose to use that file system.

12. Shocky unregistered

That's right, you had to root to change the file system. Again I'm not even sure users even associated Google with Samsung devices back then, to the average end user it's a Samsung phone, end of. I doubt many were blaming Google for the updates, those that knew the connection should know better anyway.

25. Simona unregistered

man u crazy? that is normal to root.. you have to jailbreak iphone to change filesystem.. what is your point ?

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Another points to mention is the majority of Android user are fine with the OS version they use and dont need more. Its just thats the most vocal android user ( like here on PA ) complain about this.. Another example of this tendency is look at any forum for any product and you wont see much ppl coming in to say they loved the product they come in to complain and get support. But most ppl i see comming in to upgrade phone upgrade because the contract is over or the phone is broken. Less than 10% come because they want the latest device ( and contract is less than 2 years old and the actual device they have is not broken) But its okay PA like to trow punch in Android way should be called iphonearena.com

7. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I think if they could apply the swipe finger print scanner into any part of the display just like the regular swipe and read your print in any direction would be awesome...would be much better than what apple or samsung have now

13. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Another simple truth, Though its possible, we wont get a perfect android smartphone ever, or an android smartphone maker will never make a perfect smartphone in which every feature will be the best.

34. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

That can be said for any phone manufacture on any platform. BB, WP/Win Mo, iPhone, etc.

14. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

For number 2 Amazon fire phone is not at all a good example iPhone is iPhone have a least powerful camera and it always been among the best phones and never win a comparison.

15. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Are you saying that the iPhone has the least powerful camera? If you are, then you are wrong. Specs-wise, it's lackluster. But Apple has done a good job to make up for that with their post-processing. The reason it never won a comparison is that there is only so much the software can do with the limited hardware. Android phones are usually spec-hungry, even to the point that the hardware outrace the software (a la M9 and Z3). Only Samsung and/or LG matches / outpaces Apple when it comes to post-processing. But it is not weak, nor weakest. May not be the best, but certainly one of the best.

35. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah the software is good but the hardware is from 2012 even mid range phones have better camera hardware now all flagships have better camera except for Sony even HTC M9 Camera can take better pictures than iPhone although it can be improved more. A good hardware is better cause it can be used by updating the software but when you got outdated hardware there's not much you can do.

39. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

The last paragraph is true, however, I sort of appreciate that Apple took time to perfect their camera software before jumping to another. The fault of Android phones is that everyone is focused on the latest and greatest hardware, forgetting that phone cameras work with both hardware and software. Look at HTC and Sony. Impressive specs on paper, but what the hell is that performance?

24. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

All manufacturers claiming they've solved the S810, I'd say that's an outright lie.

26. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Exactly, When launched LG Claimed that there aren't any overheating issues. Then Came the SD 810 version 2.0 again which said that overheating issues were solved. Now SD 810 version 2.1 underclocked to prevent overheating.

29. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I have a software update but I'm okay with what I have. I don't care for cameras so that lie just went out the door. something about screens, yeah I don't care about that either as long as it's good and I like it (there goes that lie as well). The point is if I like it I'm gonna buy it and I'm gonna tell everyone how better it is without even comparing lol... the only lie I know about is when a phone that costs less than $200 to build ends up costing $900 hehehe (I'm not talking about Apple)

30. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

the updating process with android is the one reason i want to switch to iphone... A: google needs to take over all updating B, remove carrier updating and do it their selves C: put guide lines on phone makers about updating, They must support a device for at least X of time from release and release updates ina reasonable manner

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