10 Mobile Phone Features People Never Really Needed
Phone screens are consistently getting bigger and bigger. As a result, modern flagships with 6” displays have become unwieldy to many people. An independent survey carried out in 2014 showed that vast majority of mobile phone users preferred 4-4.49” screens over 6” ones.
Producers are outdoing themselves in using premium materials for their flagship mobile phones. We have seen various colors of gold, aluminium, glass or carbon (Motorola Droid Turbo). But people consistently put a variety of third party protective shells on their phones, thus compromising the looks of these beautiful devices, and making them heavier and much thicker.
Thickness, for some strange reason, is becoming a real issue nowadays as manufacturers are outdoing themselves in making sleeker, more wafer-thin phones. But nobody complains about their phone being too thick. It is not thickness, after all, that stops people from carrying the Nexus 6P (7.3mm thin, 159.3mm tall) in the front jeans pocket. It is the phone’s sheer footprint.
Dear customer, please finally focus more on shatter-resistance and general ruggedness instead of scratch-resistance alone.
The displays of many modern smartphones are not just matching Full HD TVs nowadays.
People do not want bigger batteries, they want better battery life. Although this critical component is the heart of every smartphone, its development has not followed the Moore’s law. The way modern smartphones are designed huge batteries rarely translate into better battery life
We’ve seen various producers like Microsoft/Nokia offering camera phones with the impressive 41 or 50 megapixels. Even LG is offering its own flagship contender, G4 Pro with a still impressive 27MP. This is overkill. The basic rule of thumb is megapixels do not take great photos. Better lenses do, but few mobile manufacturers take notice.
t was a real game changer and a glimpse of the future when Nokia launched their first line of Lumias with built-in wireless charging in 2012. Fast-forward to 2015 and we are still using cables. Surprisingly few other manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon. The main reason behind the poor adoption of Qi technology is that charging big batteries wirelessly is snail slow. We can’t expect it to change soon too. LG Nexus 4’s 2100mAh battery takes roughly 3-4 hours to full charge. Powering up your Motorola Moto Play’s 3630 mAh monster of a battery would certainly take ages. If it did offer wireless charging, of course.
Such capacity can barely hold the amount of data they are designed to handle. A 16GB version of iPhone 6S barely allows to shoot a 10-12 minute 4K video.
It seems that every respectable company should be working on its intelligent personal assistant nowadays. There is Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now, Amazon’s Echo, Microsoft’s Cortana, Samsung’s S Voice, and even Facebook has got its own voice assistant in the pipeline, dubbed simply ‘M’.
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