View Poll Results: What would you like smartphones manufacturers to focus on.

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  • Better Batteries.

    28 77.78%
  • Better Overall Performances and Specs.

    7 19.44%
  • Better Screen Resolution.

    1 2.78%
09-17-2012 09:20 PM
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  1. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    Personally I am tired of seing all those "revolutionary" improvements in performance, but not much improvements in terms of battery life.

    So my vote goes to Better batteries.
    Last edited by Simon Tupper; 09-11-2012 at 02:39 PM.
    09-11-2012 01:14 PM
  2. shaunydub's Avatar
    I think the world as a whole not just in smart phones needs a battery revolution.
    Simon Tupper and pjs37 like this.
    09-11-2012 01:57 PM
  3. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    I think the world as a whole not just in smart phones needs a battery revolution.
    True, neither my Titan II, MacBook Pro or iPad 2 can last all day with frequent usage... I think it should be a priority.
    09-11-2012 02:55 PM
  4. larrynj's Avatar
    Battery technology has always lagged behind. That's up to the battery companies to figure out and I'm sure they will in the near future.

    What I'd like to see is more efficient and better hands free features.
    09-11-2012 03:39 PM
  5. shaunydub's Avatar
    I would also like to see stuff we were getting used to as standard just before the smartphone revolution but then got dropped...I know some of this is coming back but it's crazy it was dropped in the first place, manufacturers producing top phone such as Nokia were really chucking as many things in as they could...

    Quality front camera
    Latest bluetooth
    Wireless FM transmitter
    Stereo speakers built in - seriously why have we gone back to mono?
    Hotswappable microsd
    09-11-2012 03:46 PM
  6. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    I would also like to see stuff we were getting used to as standard just before the smartphone revolution but then got dropped...I know some of this is coming back but it's crazy it was dropped in the first place, manufacturers producing top phone such as Nokia were really chucking as many things in as they could...

    Quality front camera
    Latest bluetooth
    Wireless FM transmitter
    Stereo speakers built in - seriously why have we gone back to mono?
    Hotswappable microsd
    Quality front camera
    Stereo speakers
    MicroSD
    Yep we all want those.
    09-11-2012 03:53 PM
  7. Mitlov's Avatar
    I want a revolution in quality not specs. I don't want more megapixels; I want a phone that takes nicer-looking pictures. I don't want the highest-resolution screen; I want more vibrant, realistic colors. I don't want a phone that is 1 mm thinner or 1 gram lighter...I want a phone that feels like it was put together with attention and care and manufactured from high-quality materials.
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    09-11-2012 05:23 PM
  8. Mitlov's Avatar
    True, neither my Titan II, MacBook Pro or iPad 2 can last all day with frequent usage... I think it should be a priority.
    Windows 8 (x86) tablets with Atom processors are claimed to have 10-12 hours battery life. Should be fantastic if the Thinkpad Tablet 2, Ativ Smart PC, and Envy X2 can actually deliver on that.
    09-11-2012 05:34 PM
  9. a5cent's Avatar
    I agree with everyone else here, although I'm skeptical we will see battery life improving anytime soon. The reason being that we tell the manufacturers what we want with our purchasing dollars, and given the choice between a device with a battery life of 72 hours (which is what I would like) and a device with a much better CPU/GPU, I'm pretty certain most would purchase the later. Unfortunately, we don't have the tech to get both.
    09-11-2012 06:19 PM
  10. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    I agree with everyone else here, although I'm skeptical we will see battery life improving anytime soon. The reason being that we tell the manufacturers what we want with our purchasing dollars, and given the choice between a device with a battery life of 72 hours (which is what I would like) and a device with a much better CPU/GPU, I'm pretty certain most would purchase the later. Unfortunately, we don't have the tech to get both.
    Well they did a fairly good job to shorten the time it takes to get full charge, I guess a battery is possible before the end of this decade.

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    If this is now made possible, I believe that we are making progresses!
    09-11-2012 07:07 PM
  11. GoodThings2Life's Avatar
    You know... I know I don't speak for everyone, but I already know that performance, specs, etc are going to improve over time, so really, battery life is what matters to me. I do just fine as-is, but it'd be great to go a whole day on 20% charge instead of the 40-50% I use today.
    09-11-2012 07:36 PM
  12. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    You know... I know I don't speak for everyone, but I already know that performance, specs, etc are going to improve over time, so really, battery life is what matters to me. I do just fine as-is, but it'd be great to go a whole day on 20% charge instead of the 40-50% I use today.
    I use 75% to 100% of my battery during the day, some say I am addicted to my phone, but hey internet, Facebook, twitter, WPcentral, and many more apps to fill the empty spaces of the day can drain your battery very fast.
    09-11-2012 07:45 PM
  13. AKA Preluva's Avatar
    Bigger is better! No more postage stamp phones.
    09-11-2012 08:08 PM
  14. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    I believe that making thinner phones brings innovations.
    Last edited by Simon Tupper; 09-11-2012 at 09:25 PM.
    09-11-2012 08:36 PM
  15. brmiller1976's Avatar
    None of the above.

    What I want is a mid-range WP smartphone with a sub-$300 "all-in" price. As in, the price to buy outright.

    Sell it for $299 on EVERY carrier under the sun. The Big Four, MetroPCS, Cricket, US Cellular, you name 'em.

    It would be the Commodore 64 of smartphones -- the first mobile smart device "for the masses, not the classes." It wouldn't require pricing games with "$199 up front plus a two-year contract on an inflated price plan with an eye-watering ETF."

    Just pay for the phone, choose your service provider, and go.
    09-12-2012 12:10 AM
  16. Mitlov's Avatar
    None of the above.

    What I want is a mid-range WP smartphone with a sub-$300 "all-in" price. As in, the price to buy outright.

    Sell it for $299 on EVERY carrier under the sun. The Big Four, MetroPCS, Cricket, US Cellular, you name 'em.

    It would be the Commodore 64 of smartphones -- the first mobile smart device "for the masses, not the classes." It wouldn't require pricing games with "$199 up front plus a two-year contract on an inflated price plan with an eye-watering ETF."

    Just pay for the phone, choose your service provider, and go.
    Too bad many US providers don't have discounted prices for data plans if you bring your own device...so you end up paying $100 more over the course of two years than you would with a "$200-with-the-plan" flagship phone.

    And even for people who offer prepaid plans instead of contract plans, there's often a catch. US Cellular's coverage maps are not nearly as good for prepaid customers as they are for contract customers.

    If the carriers played ball, that would be great...but that's a big "if."
    09-12-2012 02:24 AM
  17. a5cent's Avatar
    As I understand it (I don't live in the U.S.), the main reason U.S. residents buy their phones through carriers is because U.S. carriers don't have compatible networks. You can't just buy a phone and choose any carrier you like. However, every carrier world wide is currently transitioning to LTE. LTE is poised to become the worlds first global phone radio standard. Won't this totally change how U.S. residents buy phones, as the whole compatibility issue goes away? Isn't it likely that U.S. residents would also start seeing discounted prices for customers who bring their own device? Or is there more to it that I don't understand?
    09-12-2012 10:15 PM
  18. andrelamont's Avatar
    As I understand it (I don't live in the U.S.), the main reason U.S. residents buy their phones through carriers is because U.S. carriers don't have compatible networks. You can't just buy a phone and choose any carrier you like. However, every carrier world wide is currently transitioning to LTE. LTE is poised to become the worlds first global phone radio standard. Won't this totally change how U.S. residents buy phones, as the whole compatibility issue goes away? Isn't it likely that U.S. residents would also start seeing discounted prices for customers who bring their own device? Or is there more to it that I don't understand?

    U would think the 70MHz band (LTE)would allow all the LTE devices but that's not the case. US carriers have and will make sure that they can their devices incompatible on the same frequency

    Will AT&T and Verizon 4G LTE ever be compatible? | Mobile - CNET News


    In the us AT&T and Verizon are powerful enough to influence congress to not enforce compatibility like the EU did in Europe. IF the people were to raise this issue enough, then congress would do something as votes are more important than lobbyist money
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    09-12-2012 10:30 PM
  19. brmiller1976's Avatar
    Too bad many US providers don't have discounted prices for data plans if you bring your own device...so you end up paying $100 more over the course of two years than you would with a "$200-with-the-plan" flagship phone.

    And even for people who offer prepaid plans instead of contract plans, there's often a catch. US Cellular's coverage maps are not nearly as good for prepaid customers as they are for contract customers.

    If the carriers played ball, that would be great...but that's a big "if."
    If they saw an advantage to doing it (like not losing customers), you'd see momentum. Especially if BYOD plans on MVNOs like Straight Talk and actual carriers like T-Mo start peeling off out-of-contract (or even contract-bound) customers.
    09-12-2012 10:59 PM
  20. brmiller1976's Avatar
    US carriers have and will make sure that they can their devices incompatible on the same frequency
    Long live HSPA 42! All the real-world performance of standard LTE, with better battery life and no nasty proprietary radio frequency lock-in!

    Or perhaps manufacturers will release 32-band LTE phones in the future? ;)
    09-12-2012 11:01 PM
  21. Duvi's Avatar
    I chose "Better Overall Performances and Specs" as that includes battery performance IMO.

    I can never get enough performance & specs, especially when it comes to cameras.
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    09-12-2012 11:06 PM
  22. X0LARIUM's Avatar
    My vote for: Better Overall Performances and Specs.

    Cause, if u have a better optimization and performance, your battery life will automatically be sorted.

    On the other hand, no matter how good ur battery is, if its a resource hogger, it will drain quicker..

    my two pens...
    09-12-2012 11:41 PM
  23. shaunydub's Avatar
    I would also like incremental volume increase on ringtones....I used to use this all the time on my old Nokia's... ringer starts low and gets louder the longer it rings. ;)
    09-13-2012 03:28 AM
  24. SnailUK's Avatar
    I'd say price.

    With 2 kids, a mortgage, etc, 500 for a phone is a bit of a luxury, especially when i barely ever use it as a phone.

    Part of me is tempted to just get a 10 PAYG mobile, and a 7" tablet with a 3G connection.
    09-13-2012 04:39 AM
  25. mmacleodbrown's Avatar
    Am I the only one who misses an infrared port. There used to be so many cool remote apps, now it seems that is an area that is dying
    09-13-2012 04:51 AM
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