The mobile device of today
It’s 2016. Looking for a smartphone these days can be, understandably, quite confusing.
The reason for this is the wide variety of devices available. Especially in the Android world. However, in this article I’ll only talk about high(er) end smartphones.
So you have some choices to make. First is the platform/OS. There’s iOS, Android and Windows Phone. But for the majority of us is choosing between iOS or Android. This isn’t going to be yet another debate on this subject. Right now, whatever you choose, you have nothing to worry about.
If you choose iOS you have only one manufacturer: Apple. And a couple of different models to choose from.
If you choose Android, then you have: Samsung, LG, Sony, Lenovo, HTC, Huawei and others. And each of them have at least one flagship model each year.
Having choices is good but, looking at the big picture, things don’t look so good. Yet.
Basically, whatever you buy you will get this:
- Large enough screens with great resolution
- Faster CPUs and GPUs
- Thinner and lighter models
- Great cameras to take pictures or videos
- Enough space available for your apps and games
And this is true each year for some time now.
So what’s there to complain about? (I hear some of you say)
Well it’s quite simple: looking beyond the numbers — resolution, ppi, quad-core, hexa-core, Ghz etc what I need from a device TODAY is one simple thing:
I need to be able to use ALL of those described above AND be able to use the device for at least an entire day.
Let me explain — I have to be able to:
- keep the screen on for at least 8 hours
- keep wi-fi and 3G/4G on all the time
- casual web browsing
- using apps like Skype, Slack, F Messenger or WhatsApp for communicating
- using apps for Email, Social Networking and anything else that is useful for me
- actually talking on the phone (1–2 hours)
- some gaming (1+ hour)
Today, this is impossible.
Today, you might get your hands on some lesser known models that have a bigger battery that lasts longer. But those models do not come on the light side. Also, they tend to be on the slower end of things making the experience of using them awful.
Sure, things like fast charging are useful but I don’t want to depend on them. They should prove themselves useful in emergency situations only.
And I don’t think that in 2016 we have to compromise.