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



2. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Better battery life for sure. Let's hope next year we improve on that. A 20% further jump and we are right there with 2 day battery life on mainstream flagships. Slim bezels are nice but it increases screen size in same size body, and hence the battery size to screen size ratio decreases, which I don't like.

4. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

about bezelless design V30 is the best

5. shield

Posts: 892; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG V30 looks best of.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Coolest looking phones out at the moment. 1. X 2. Note 8 3. V30 4. S/8 Plus 5. Keyone I didn’t really like the X too much when I first saw it, but after seeing it in person, and using it, it looks plain sick to me. Definitely the coolest looking phone out.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Respectfully disagree! Cheers!

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same to you bro.

11. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Exclude remote controls from your list please!

12. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

That's HIS list, my dear.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exclude them from your damn list. My list is my opinion, now go away.

13. aegislash

Posts: 1537; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Darkk, what a great list. Agreed 100%. Especially like how you have the KEYone on your list. Got mine a few weeks ago and have found myself using it more than my Note8 or iPhone X lately. It's a beautiful powerhouse of a phone.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Keyone has a very different industrialized pretty look to it, and deserves a spot.

19. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Have you seen V30 in person too?

22. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Just my opinion bro 1.V30 front desgin and lighter weight for 6 inch screen hope next iPhone X has same size kudos to LG. 2.X 3.Note 8 4.S8 plus/S8 and G6 5. Mate10 only bezels phone that comes with 16.9 aspect ratio.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good list. I hear rumors of a 6.5 inch iPhone X model next year, I’d buy that for sure. Your list is solid

30. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Thanks bro hope so 6.5 inch it’s an excellent size for 18.9 to be honest since phones in these aspect ratio are tall and compact more than 16.9.

25. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

The build quality is definately best out there, but the notch makes it ugly asf.

33. Skizzo

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Uf, that's a tough call. I played around with the iPhone X quite a bit as well, and while i agree that it definitely impresses more in hand, I would say the same for both the Note 8 and the V30. Personally, I'd put the Note 8 as the best looking phone out there by miles, followed by the S8 and V30 as a tie in second, and the iPhone a distant third. All praise to Apple on FINALLY ditching the giant bezels. That is a bold step for them especially, but a few things about the design really bother me. 1. The camera bump. It is the number one reason that completely kills the aesthetics of the whole phone for me. From a design perspective, it's too bold, too sharp, and doesn't follow the flow of the overall design language. It's all smooth curves and soft edges, and then you have the super sharp angle, and heavy protrusion of the camera on the back. It seems like a part from a different phone stuck on the iPhone. and it functionally makes it too unstable when on a flat surface. It literally looks like the thought process was "who cares, they'll stick a case on it anyway." It seems designed with the idea that a case will go around it. 2. The notch, or rather, the implementation of the notch, with the usable space on the sides. The notch isn't as bad as most will claim, but I feel that the space isn't used wisely, both within the notch, and around it especially. Yes it grows on you, but it's still always there, and in landscape, I cannot ignore it. 3. The thickness of the side bezels. I see and respect that they tried to have symmetry all around the screen with all bezels being the same thickness, that's cool, but the end result is not as nice as it was in theory, since matching the side bezels to the bottom one just makes the sides look too fat. Afterall, we've been conditioned to accept top and bottom bezels as being thicker, so by going with symmetry all around, it didn't make the bottom bezel seem smaller so much as it made the sides look too thick. 4. the cheap looking chrome finish on the metal casing surrounding the phone. It makes it look tacky and like cheap plastic, not to mention that it scratches MUCH too easily. No phone is without flaws (aesthetically speaking here specifically) but i feel that Apple made a lot more rookie mistakes than the competition. Overall though, they did an amazing job reinventing the design of the iPhone, and insuring it will stand out from the crowd. That should be acknowledged.

17. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

My least favorite trend is despicable gadget blogs like PhoneArena pandering to white supremacists for page clicks.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can you please elaborate?

27. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

I've made several complaints about open Islamophobia and antisemitism by resident trolls here without phonearena taking any action. I guess they just see it as good business. "No harm done if you put blinds on to not see the real world results of hate crime".

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oh, I see it bro. I’m shocked more don’t.

26. Sparkxster

Posts: 1260; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

1. Huawei Mate 10 Pro 2. Razer Phone 3.Note 8 4 LG V30 5. Essential Phone 6. S8/S8 Plus 7. Pixel 2 XL 8. OnePlus 5T 9. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 10. X.

28. shshxiaojing

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

really iPhone again? Galaxy s8 performs great

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