Which of the smartphone innovations announced today you've been waiting for the most?

Which of the smartphone innovations announced today you've been waiting for the most?
Yes, yes, we know you want it all in one phone, but it is just not happening any time soon! The space inside the modern thin and light smartphone is pretty limited, so some go for huge batteries, others for camera modules with suspension, and the third go for 4.3" screens on what was until recently a body as compact as of a 3.5-incher.

You guessed it, we are talking about the heroes of today's announcements, Nokia and Motorola, which we just yesterday portrayed as smartphone industry laggards, based on their sales results for the quarter. This comes to confirm once again the ultra-dynamic nature of the mobile phone industry these days, but we already knew that.

What we didn't know until a few hours ago, is that today would mark a watershed moment in phone development, that will address the weakest points of our favorite convergence devices in one fell swoop of announcements. Nokia came up with a clever PureView Phase 2 way to improve on the notoriously bad in low-light conditions phone cameras, balancing it with the requirement to fit the sensor in a flagship chassis. With the Lumia 920 it also addressed the weakest screen points, like sunlight visibility and the inability to operate them with gloves.

Motorola, on the other hand, finally gave us a compact big HD screen phone with LTE and outstanding battery life, all in the DROID RAZR MAXX HD. Not only that, but it fulfilled everyone's dream since the dawn of touchscreen phones - to have the largest display possible in the most compact device for the panel. The DROID RAZR M is that mythical edge-to-edge screen unicorn, which stuffs a 4.3" screen in a body reserved for sub-4" handsets. 

Amazing day indeed, and we'd love nothing more than to hear from you about which of today's groundbreaking developments fired you up the most. Check it in the poll below, and don your arguments in the comment section.

Which of the smartphone innovations announced today you've been waiting for the most?

The low-light performance improvement of the Lumia 920 PureView camera with OIS and Pulse LED flash
21.5%
The Lumia 920 screen with ClearBlack for sunlight visibility, PureMotion HD+ for high refresh rate, and supersensitive touch layer that can be operated with gloves
24.08%
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD finally shows we can have big HD screen, LTE and record battery life in one well-sized device
20.54%
The Motorola DROID RAZR M with its edge-to-edge display cracks the code for big screen device in the most compact body
8.17%
Get those all in one phone and I'll be like "shut up and take my money!" (umm, up to a grand)
25.7%

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32 Comments

1. 2pe_2pe

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

google should incorporate these things in their next nexus device, hardware + the goodness of JB..it will blow away all the other OS rivals.

4. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

It needs to happen. Google would win the smartphone game forever.

26. MeoCao unregistered

Nokia has admitted it faked the OIS ads, have they faked the low light photos as well? Nokia is desperate these days and they can do anything to boast their phones. PureView with 9MP? smh

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

2 months, then it will be Android's 5th birthday. They will probably release the Nexus then. I hope it will really be 5 devices. Either 5 Nexus smartphones; made by HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, and Sony; or 4 smartphones made by HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and Sony, and 1 Nexus 10 inch tablet made by Asus, as a more premium version of the Nexus 7. All with either S4 Pros or OMAP 5s, 2GB RAM, and 4.5"+ HD (10.1 FHD for the tablet) displays... Would be like a dream.

13. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

That actually seems somewhat likely

27. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

A Nexus PadFone would be pretty cool.

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

At this point, Motorola puts out relatively timely updates for its flagship models, their version of Android is virtually stock anyway, and their hardware is already kickass. I say they don't really need to make a Nexus phone.

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's true, but I would rather get the updates directly from Google. Because, unless you buy the new Razr unlocked, you're gonna have to wait for carrier updates. And more than likely, Google will put the Nexus phones for a low price off-contract on Google Play (compared to other unlocked devices), like they did with the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. So; pay more for unlocked Razr, and wait a little while longer than the Nexus, or buy it from Verizon and wait God knows how long Or; Buy an unlocked Nexus for (probably) cheaper and skip that little manufacturer overlay step for updates. Or wait for carrier to get it (especially if you're on Verizon or Sprint and want LTE) and not have to wait as much as compared to the carrier branded Razr.

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, you're also not counting factors such as build quality and battery life. The Razr family has way better battery life and is much tougher. And I hate to say it, but the Nexus doesn't seem to perform as well as people would like. Verizon is apparently getting returns out the ass on them. I had a coworker get three Nexuses, and then bring them all back in for the Maxx instead. Ultimately it's up to you and I wouldn't begrudge any decision you make. I personally want the new Maxx really, REALLY bad.

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I agree, but if the rumors are true, there should be multiple Nexus. Meaning... A Motorola Nexus maybe? And all of them should have their own respective characteristics of the manufacturer Motorola; tough unibody design with great antennae and possible kevlar HTC; metal/polycarbonate unibody design (maybe ceramic) and a great display Sony; polycarbonate unibody with great camera Samsung; offers removable battery and exandable memory and vibrant SA HD display Now, it's debatable whether there will be 4 Nexus smartphones and 1 Nexus 10 inch tablet, or just 5 phones. I hope it's the 4 phone and 1 tablet deal, because the only other manufacturer would be LG, and well... Yeah.

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Sadly, the last rumor I heard about a squad of Nexus phones is that the manufacturers would be Sony (good) Samsung (good) and LG (Good God, NO!! NO NO NO!) Motorola was not mentioned anywhere in the discussion.

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yes, I read about that and hope it was a lie. Considering the only Nexus device I would consider getting is either an HTC or Motorola (MAYBE Sony), and neither of them were mentioned. That made me sad. I just hope Google will hear what we're saying and listen to us... I mean come on, it's Android's 5th birthday, and with the rumored multiple Nexus, it's only natural that we think of 5 Nexus devices for the 5th anniversary of Android!

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I will side with optimism and hope with you on this. I think that LG would be a retarded choice for a Nexus manufacturer whose devices would probably just alienate more customers from Android.

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

True. I kind of have faith in LG with this new Optimus G coming out. A complete beast in the spec department, and their Optimus UI is a bit more polished than before. And that plastic is gone. Though, who knows, they could pull an... Well, an LG and have it suck lol.

25. metalpoet unregistered

Please god just have Google come up with a super phablet with great specs and release it on all carriers to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone! Its about damn time to have several phones that follow what the GS3 and Apple are doing, that way we can see all these carriers really put their money where their mouth is and compare coverage, plans, and price! :)

32. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

An LG Nexus would be pretty good because there's no crappy skin over it.

2. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

well .... still apple and HTC announcements later his month. if those two happen to have new techs ...i can say this 2 weeks got more new advancement than the whole past year,,,

3. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

I wanted to vote for things like camera and screen. But Motorola seems to be the only one expanding battery tech. Gotta vote for that, on my nexus I get a solid day out of it, with the Maxx's battery I could go for almost three!

6. 2pe_2pe

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

shame, nokia could have been the best overall hardware maker for android.. they should give it a try like when they did with Meego. Perhaps a single Nokia Android device would sell more than all their WP combined, thats why nokia isnt considering the idea..

7. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

What is the point of the big battery if we cant switch it out? Plus my dad has the Razr Maxx is takes forever to charge!!!! If you are truley are a power user and run out of battery life even with the Maxx you are f**ked because of how long it takes to charge! I love the razr line but this one BIG issue kills it for me and prevetns me from buying it :(

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Charge it overnight while you sleep, broski. And besides, what do you need the removable battery for?

23. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

You need that to take out the fully consumed battery then place a fully charged one. This is useful in places where there's no outlet or while you're on the go.

8. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I'm still waiting on the one that makes me a hot cup of cappuccino.

9. i3izkit311

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I'm really waiting on the quad core... these improvements are only minor in my book - let's go big (and not like the phablet).

10. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

None of those phones are innovated without Samsung Smart Stay feature.

18. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

The Sammy ativ, is just a SGS3 body... what's innovating about that? ?( tho it looks great) the Nokia 920 seems like great phone

16. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

i think all low end phones except that good looking motorola

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I plan on getting the Maxx HD...but I voted for the Lumia. Outdoor viewing is under rated.

28. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

for the currently 26.01%... with up to 1grand for a phone??!!. One could get a phone and a tablet and have a whole ecosystem of devices. I would keep my Lumia 900 and spend the 1 Grand on a new macbook air!

29. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Razr maxx is my dream phone today...will buy it as soon as I can!

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