What is the most important smartphone feature to you?

What is the most important smartphone feature to you?
Nowadays, there are smartphones out there for everybody. We've got huge displays and stereo speakers for media consumption on the go, but we also have ones with smaller screens and compact bodies for those that just need a reliable phone that's not easy to drop. We've got devices with super-powerful hardware or handsets with extra-long battery life (sometimes these are not mutually exclusive). We've got ones with amazing cameras and ones that are tough and rugged, capable of withstanding a more active lifestyle.

Of course, a person's wants and needs will evolve throughout their life. The market itself evolves as the world starts hungering for one type of feature over another. It's still early in 2018 and most flagships are still at our doorstep, but we have no doubt we will be seeing some amazing tech before the year rolls out.

But what do you want to see most? Phones with gorgeous, huge displays, ones that can last a long time on a single charge, amazing cameras, super-robust processors, or just phones that can withstand a drop or two?

Now, don't get us wrong — these things are not mutually exclusive. We're just asking what's the one thing you can't do without?

What is the most important phone feature to you?

Big display
9.69%
Long battery life
37.61%
Great camera
27.24%
Powerful hardware
20.75%
Ruggedness and durability
4.71%

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95 Comments

1. Alin03

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Software?

5. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Software is a good comment. And that would be second on my list after battery life if it was an option. But the reason why it has to be battery is that software is not limiting anything in the mobile sphere now. Android and IOS are both polished and the quality of apps is immense. But what's the point if your phone is dead after an hour and a half of gaming. The single biggest limiting factor at the moment is power.

12. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Battery life, definitely!

37. michaelny2001

Posts: 313; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

it depends. You cna have a BLU phone with 10,000mah, but a crappy large screen it's still not good. Everybody said batterey life assuming screen will be amoled, SD845, sony or Leica camera, etc.

59. andrewc31394

Posts: 270; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

regardless of the other specs, they wont matter if your battery is dead -_-

84. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Battery life is the most important because a mobile device has to be available. All the performance in the world doesn't matter if your phone is flat. At the moment everyone's device usage is compromised due to battery life. I want to play 5 hours of PUBG a day on my phone. But I can't because it will be flat. Every other aspect of mobile devices has improved massively. But battery life is still the most compromised.

60. sgodsell

Posts: 6674; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I don't know why it states Big Display. But the display in general is the most important feature on any smartphone, period. Its how you interact with any smartphone, and see all the information you requested or needed. So the display is the most important feature. No matter how you look at this survey.

34. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1282; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

+3 BILLION

75. dampv

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

i second you, powerful hardware, big battery, big screen, without proper software optimization a phone is just useless.. for ex oneplus, their phones are full of bugs. zzz

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Good performance is all I want. Good hardware is in good flagship phones thus you automatically get a nice display and a decent battery too.

96. sgodsell

Posts: 6674; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That is BS. The iPhone 8 has a crappy display. That is a low resolution display. That doesn't support HDR. Yet Apple is asking $700. Give me a break.

18. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I would have picked software too.

30. cncrim

Posts: 1540; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Battery and I were surprise none people think about the INTERNET, it is a single most important one.

61. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3071; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Internet is not a phone feature. It's a service provided by another entity.

58. jellmoo

Posts: 2526; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Pretty much software and security for me.

67. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

Sorry but your poll sounds stupid

2. mahima

Posts: 708; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Great camera+good battery Software is good in almost all the smartphone And hardware is good enough for daily use if you spend more than $200 these days

74. Papa_Ji

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Galaxy S active series..... There is everything.

94. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Everything except for smoothness. Touchwiz is still more janky with more frame rate drops than the Pixel.

3. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

This is a no brainer. The single biggest limiting factor on any mobile device is battery life. Despite all the performance of current hardware and beauty of their displays. You can still flatten your phones battery with an hour of hardcore gaming. It's all for nought of your phone is dead.

40. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

See I disagree with you here. I think in the last year or so battery life has improved to the point where the higher end phones will last a full day of heavy usage. If my phone lasts me until bedtime, I’m good.

85. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Battery life is now acceptable. I agree. But it's still massively compromised. How many hours of PUBG can you get from your device? The truth is the way we use our phones is shaped by the battery life. I can assure you that I can flatten within half a day any mobile device you can name. We are getting there, but are still way off of being able to use our devices any way we see fit without having to worry about having to recharge or top it up.

4. libra89

Posts: 2169; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This is hard. I voted for long battery life but a phone with a weak camera and long battery life is useless. Been there done that enough times.

9. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

A phone with a flat battery takes really terrible photos.

13. mahima

Posts: 708; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

one can carry powerbank...but no camera improvement if your camera suck...lol

21. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

That's semantics. It's like saying I've increased my cars MPG by towing a tanker with fuel behind it. If your phone is flat after 10 hours then it's flat. Whether you plug it into the mains or a powerbank.

31. libra89

Posts: 2169; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Exactly. You can't undo a crappy picture but as you said, you can always charge your phone up before the session. This happened to me. Missed a great engagement photo opportunity because the pictures that came from it were so bad. It had great battery life though.

6. CleeveThaGreat

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

Battery...Hard to take pictures with your beautiful durable big phone if its always dead ...lml

8. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Agreed. Even if the phone has a bad camera, potato quality pictures are better than no pictures cause your phone is dead. Pixel 2 XL I own takes awesome images. But the camera drains the battery at roughly 50% an hour. An hour is not a lot of picture taking in reality. My battery is much more of a limiting factor than the quality of my images.

7. iczer

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Software!! UI and UX!

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