What's your favorite smartphone trend for 2017? (poll results)


We didn't ask for a lot of the overarching trends that phone makers forced on us in 2017, then jacked up the average selling prices, but they are here nonetheless, so we asked last week what's your favorite of the tendencies emerged this year, like better screen-to-body ratios, or HDR displays. We got more than 2000 respondents, and 53% of those are of the opinion that the "all-screen" "bezel-less" trend is the most positive thing that happened to handsets this year. The increase in battery life (at least on average) was the second most welcome trend, while the rest of the things were in the single digits of approval, indicating that for all the extra features piling up in our phones, solely their ergonomics and battery life seem to be at the top of everyone's wishlist.

What a rollercoaster 2017 was waiting for the Infinity Display Galaxy S8 or Apple's anniversary iPhone X to appear, and everyone placing their bets on an "all-screen" design of sorts in response. Well, the iPhone X arrived, notch and horns, and the move to bezel-less bodies seems here to stay, tagging along with it taller, narrower displays with 2:1 aspect ratio, or thereabouts. Some like it, some not so much, but overall, we will likely have to get used to it going forward. The year-on-year average battery life also improved, which can only be viewed in a positive light.

A few other notable trends are the glut of startups - like EssentialRED or Razer - that took aim at the incumbent juggernauts, but also the higher average prices for our phones, as manufacturers keep adding premium all-glass bodies, fast and wireless charging options, more memory, second cameras at the back and front, HDR-certified displays, and unique identifiers like Face ID or curved Infinity Display designs. 

What's your favorite smartphone trend in 2017?

"All-screen" designs with shaved-off bezels
Taller, narrower displays
Dual cameras everywhere
HDR displays
10nm chipsets
Better average battery life
All-glass bodies across categories
More features at higher prices
Proliferation of smartphone startups like Essential, RED or Razer
Wider adoption of fast and wireless charging

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