View Poll Results: Would 1 of these hardware shortcomings keep you from buying a phone?

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  • Low Screen resolution

    8 19.51%
  • Screen size too big

    5 12.20%
  • Screen size too small

    4 9.76%
  • Not enough storage (low, no memory card slot)

    3 7.32%
  • Weight (too heavy or too light)

    0 0%
  • Low audio quality

    3 7.32%
  • Camera- bad lens, low megapixel, ect.

    4 9.76%
  • Lacking top HD quality recording

    0 0%
  • Battery size insufficient

    7 17.07%
  • No one hardware item would stop me from buying a good phone

    7 17.07%
10-28-2012 08:49 AM
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  1. snowmutt's Avatar
    I hope WP Central Nation helps me out here.

    A conversation started with a couple of other phone geeks. It came out of reading some comments in which a single aspect of a device keeps coming up in threads about two of our three flagships. I do not want to say what it is, but I do NOT believe it would actually keep someone from buying a device of their choice.

    Basically, that lead to the conversation (in other words: argument) in which if any one hardware item would keep buyers away. Some of these options I say yes, but most I say no. So... I will ask people I like and trust. The software side of things, WP, is assured. No one is on this site if you do not like the OS. This is strictly a hardware thing.

    For this poll, assume two things:

    1) Close your eyes, and picture your favorite OEM pushing a WP on your carrier of choice. No limitations.

    2) Price isn't a factor. Imagine if you will that your contract is up, you have just hit 5 of your 6 numbers of your lottery ticket, and it is Black Friday cheap.

    I am just curious: Would any one hardware shortcoming keep you from buying an otherwise good WP?

    I have a friendly wager involved. Please respond, gang!!!
    Last edited by snowmutt; 10-19-2012 at 05:44 PM.
    10-19-2012 05:37 PM
  2. chevans920's Avatar
    Nah. One hardware shortcoming wouldn't stop me... Honestly, there isn't a single device that is out there that I would consider "perfect" for me.

    So unless my 6th number of my lotto ticket hits and I can get someone to customize a phone for me from the ground up, I think it will always be that way.

    920 just happens to be the closest to "perfect" IMHO :)
    10-19-2012 05:43 PM
  3. independentvolume's Avatar
    Battery. Anything under 2000 won't cut it.
    10-19-2012 05:48 PM
  4. smoledman's Avatar
    Need ultra-thin, ultra-light, 4", all-week battery life, 8-cores, 6 billion apps(90% exclusive), and the lightening connector.
    10-19-2012 05:54 PM
  5. Coreldan's Avatar
    Screen too big is just about the only definite no-go for me at the moment. I'm going for the Lumia 920, but tbh I find that already too big too. I just hope the screens stop trending towards even bigger. I was quite fine with my 3,5" N8, so going to 4,5" is gonna require some adaptation, but I truely hope I will never have to go over 4,5".

    That said, insufficient battery is definitely another. It needs to last 1 day with my heavy use (not necessarily anyone elses "heavy use"). I have no use for a phone if it's battery doesnt keep me connected to the world all day. I can charge every night, I dont need more than 1 day battery life, really.

    Battery. Anything under 2000 won't cut it.

    Funny, my N8 has 1300 :D It's not that simple as just looking at the number. It depends on screen, screen size and the guts inside. My N8 lasts perfectly fine with 1300. The Lumia 920 probably wouldnt come even close, cos it most likely consumes a lot more battery due to various reasons. Naturally we should only consider modern phones in this discussion, I guess :D
    10-19-2012 06:03 PM
  6. jabtano's Avatar
    Well i'm a big screen high res guy. the L920 being perfect size. ATIVs somewhat big but doable the 8x great screen res but the I wanted something a little bigger than 4.3 I'm holding for now T-Mo user.
    10-19-2012 06:05 PM
  7. graigsmith's Avatar
    you forgot sturdiness

    i was so excited for the iphone 5 until i saw that there were bending and scratching issues. now i am not getting that device.

    i wanted an ios device, but the hardware is not good enough. so theres no ios device i want. i started looking at other phone os's. android is old, i dont like it. blackberry is older and i like it even less.. but they both feel about the same to me. windows phone is pretty cool. and the lumia 920 is sturdy and well designed. I'm getting it.
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    10-19-2012 09:19 PM
  8. CoolBeit's Avatar
    Screen quality (not size)

    It's gotta be ips lcd for me. No amoled or pentile for me anymore. This is just a personal hangup. Nothing really wrong with the other technologies, but after owning a pentile for awhile and envying everyone's iphone screens, it's become my one requirement.

    Sent from my MB860 using Tapatalk 2
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    10-19-2012 10:38 PM
  9. freestaterocker's Avatar
    I'm dealing with battery envy on my HD7. Never again.
    10-19-2012 10:51 PM
  10. budney's Avatar
    Battery is the only thing that would make me not buy a new device. I need a battery to last all day with the streaming I do while riding the bus and doing my errands. :)

    Sent from my Lumia 900 using Board Express
    10-19-2012 10:55 PM
  11. Scout_313's Avatar
    Cellular reception would be the killer for me. I had a Galaxy Nexus and it was pretty much useless at our second house in northern Michigan. Despite the fact that we are just outside of a large city up there, I had no LTE, rarely had 3G (and when I did, it was slooooow), and it just ate through the battery in no time flat.
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    10-20-2012 12:04 AM
  12. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    For me, the responsiveness and ease of use of the touchscreen is most important. If I can't type on the device, I won't buy it.
    10-20-2012 12:36 AM
  13. vp710's Avatar
    AUDIO PERFORMANCE!!!!
    10-20-2012 12:56 AM
  14. snowmutt's Avatar
    Cellular reception would be the killer for me. I had a Galaxy Nexus and it was pretty much useless at our second house in northern Michigan. Despite the fact that we are just outside of a large city up there, I had no LTE, rarely had 3G (and when I did, it was slooooow), and it just ate through the battery in no time flat.
    Scout, I wanted to get reception on the list, but with only 10 options and the fact to satisfy the bet I needed to get certain options on there I had not enough room. I am with you on that. It is one of the things I require, I use it as an actual phone (GASP!!) a ton.
    10-20-2012 09:03 AM
  15. snowmutt's Avatar
    For me, the responsiveness and ease of use of the touchscreen is most important. If I can't type on the device, I won't buy it.
    Laughed a lot when I read that... leave it to you to come up with one I didn't even consider. Tough audience.

    :-D
    10-20-2012 09:05 AM
  16. Winterfang's Avatar
    Bad Camera and or Battery life, makes me turn off on a device. Is like an off switch for my interest.
    Last edited by Winterfang; 10-20-2012 at 11:50 AM.
    10-20-2012 09:44 AM
  17. crystal_planet's Avatar
    Need ultra-thin, ultra-light, 4", all-week battery life, 8-cores, 6 billion apps(90% exclusive), and the lightening connector.
    Enjoy your iPhone 5.
    10-20-2012 10:57 AM
  18. jrdatrackstar1223's Avatar
    The thing making me wait this round is the SoC being used. Adreno 225 is weak, and is already basically outdated. The dual core CPU is fine, but having a weak GPU that legs behind competitors AGAIN makes me just want to wait, especially since I'm on Straight Talk and have to wait for outright prices to drop anyway...
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    10-20-2012 12:25 PM
  19. bauerbach's Avatar
    depends on the size of the shortcoming...

    a 1mp camera would be a problem... a battery that lasts 30minutes is a problem... a phone that weighs 8lbs is a problem.

    I dont need the phone to be the best in every single category, but any category that is TOO far off the curve could nix the device from consideration. I dont feel that is the case for any of the 3 phones Im being presented though.
    10-20-2012 02:42 PM
  20. snowmutt's Avatar
    So far... surprising. Of the two areas I thought WOULD make people walk away from a device, one is polling fairly low. A couple of the ones I thought weren't important are actually appearing very important. And the one I read so much about that I mentioned in the first post of this thread is doing about what I thought.

    As for my wager? Sigh... verdict still out. Dang it people, be psychic and help me win!!!
    10-20-2012 06:23 PM
  21. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    So far... surprising. Of the two areas I thought WOULD make people walk away from a device, one is polling fairly low. A couple of the ones I thought weren't important are actually appearing very important. And the one I read so much about that I mentioned in the first post of this thread is doing about what I thought.

    As for my wager? Sigh... verdict still out. Dang it people, be psychic and help me win!!!
    Sorry, I cannot be psychic. :(

    Good luck, though.
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    10-21-2012 02:55 AM
  22. snowmutt's Avatar
    Sorry, I cannot be psychic. :(

    Good luck, though.
    Yeah, well why not? Dang it, Laura. Get out the crystal ball!!

    In all reality, my two cohorts (both iPhone fans that are contractors) can't claim victory either yet. We all agreed to see what WP Central said, and biggest losers buy lunch.

    Couple more days, and we will see if ham & cheese is on them or not...
    10-21-2012 09:36 AM
  23. socialcarpet's Avatar
    Screen size too big. Once you get much past the point where a phone cannot be easily operated one-handed and it's big enough to feel like a paperback book in your front pocket, I start losing interest.

    I'm thinking the Lumia 920 is going to be dangerously close to that threshold, but I really do want one so I'm going to wait and hope for the best. If nothing else, I'll get an 810 or 820 or wait another year to see if Nokia makes a slightly smaller and lighter phone with similar specs to the 920.

    More than likely they won't though and I'll just deal with it. But I really ****ING hate this trend towards gigantic phones. Anyone who doesn't want a TV set sized phone gets relegated to the iPhone or some crappy budget corner cutting model with lame features and cheap plastic. It really sucks for those of us who don't want a brick in their pocket.
    10-21-2012 11:37 AM
  24. snowmutt's Avatar
    Screen size too big. Once you get much past the point where a phone cannot be easily operated one-handed and it's big enough to feel like a paperback book in your front pocket, I start losing interest.

    I'm thinking the Lumia 920 is going to be dangerously close to that threshold, but I really do want one so I'm going to wait and hope for the best. If nothing else, I'll get an 810 or 820 or wait another year to see if Nokia makes a slightly smaller and lighter phone with similar specs to the 920.

    More than likely they won't though and I'll just deal with it. But I really ****ING hate this trend towards gigantic phones. Anyone who doesn't want a TV set sized phone gets relegated to the iPhone or some crappy budget corner cutting model with lame features and cheap plastic. It really sucks for those of us who don't want a brick in their pocket.
    I am totally on your side.

    It's not like I really desire a small screen, but I do like choices. Too small would keep me away, but 4.0" screens can be pretty roomy if done right. Why NOT throw a hi def screen, 32GB memory all kinds of top end hardware in a smaller package?

    It does seem even 4.3" screens are mid range these days, which is mind numbing.
    10-22-2012 12:12 AM
  25. jrdatrackstar1223's Avatar
    Screen size too big. Once you get much past the point where a phone cannot be easily operated one-handed and it's big enough to feel like a paperback book in your front pocket, I start losing interest.

    I'm thinking the Lumia 920 is going to be dangerously close to that threshold, but I really do want one so I'm going to wait and hope for the best. If nothing else, I'll get an 810 or 820 or wait another year to see if Nokia makes a slightly smaller and lighter phone with similar specs to the 920.

    More than likely they won't though and I'll just deal with it. But I really ****ING hate this trend towards gigantic phones. Anyone who doesn't want a TV set sized phone gets relegated to the iPhone or some crappy budget corner cutting model with lame features and cheap plastic. It really sucks for those of us who don't want a brick in their pocket.
    I am totally on your side.

    It's not like I really desire a small screen, but I do like choices. Too small would keep me away, but 4.0" screens can be pretty roomy if done right. Why NOT throw a hi def screen, 32GB memory all kinds of top end hardware in a smaller package?

    It does seem even 4.3" screens are mid range these days, which is mind numbing.
    I agree with both of you. The screen on my Lumia 900 is as far as I can go, as even this screen is too big for me one-handed. It is mind-blowing that people really want freaking mini tablets in their pocket...bulging out looking silly. I am praying these curve designs help with that (at least in the Lumia devices). Luckily, Windows Phone is an easier OS to use in this situation because of Metro (or Modern UI or w/e it is now lol) using the large live tiles, and the font is usually not hard to reach within apps. I really wish a high end device came in a package like that of the HTC 8s, as I actually like the design and look of that phone over any of the other WP8 devices. The two tone color thing is just sick IMO, but because of the low specs, I'm going to have to pass on it (unless it is offered extremely cheap to where I have no choice but to purchase it outright since I'm not in a contract lol).
    10-28-2012 08:26 AM
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