My contract for a new smartphone is up and soon I’ll be upgrading. So I’m diving deep into smartphone specs as I look to capitalize on what my next phone will be.
Below is a look at the criteria of the technical specs a phone NEEDS to have.
Keep in mind, this list will be my own opinion for my specific use. I’d love to hear what you value for your own situation.
Side note: I will be leaving the debate of operating system out of this article, but do find myself having such a positive Android experience and low hopes for Microsoft and iOS. Just the way it is folks.
The battery life on phones are getting impressive, I’m not worried about that in the short-term. But they seem to have a lifespan of one year. (which is ridiculous) Doesn’t matter who your phone is from, Samsung, Apple, or any of the others, in one year you can expect half the life of your battery and it shorts exponentially. I made the mistake of “toughening it out” even though my Note 4 has a swappable battery. Now I cannot make it 4 hours and its dead. Same when I had my iPhone before this one. I simply cannot consider a phone that does not allow me to swap the battery out.
I am willing to pay a premium on a phone just to get a better set of cameras. I already have found myself using my wife’s phone (Samsung GS7 Edge) when she will let me. I need it for the vlog, capturing memories with the family, and video chatting with family thousands of miles away.
As a father of a slobbering baby, a four-year old who uses the phone while eating, and experimenting with video footage while at the water park or in the rain, water proof (or water resistant as the manufactures call it) is a must for warranty concerns and great shots. I’ve used my wife’s phone at the pool a couple of times and it has proven to be quite amazing.
While I have access to the cloud and this is a less vital issue than it was a year or two ago, I do love my videos. In fact, I’ve looked at doing time lapse videos that is short when I add them to my vlogs, but take up a ton of space.
Bonus: What I Don’t Need
I figure I’d give you a bonus two cents with what I feel is a waste with hardware features.
- 3D Recording – At this time, I see ZERO use. I don’t even want to buy a 3D monitor or television, why would I want to produce with it? Pass.
- Modular – Modular phones have yet to prove themselves. I honestly have high hopes for the future, but it’s really not a super positive solution at this time.
- Finger-Print Reader – If I found the same device and only had to pay a few dollars more to get it, I would. But I am not setting the choice of my phone purchase based solely on a finger-print reader. It’s convenient, but not needed.
- Wireless Charging – I like the idea, but feel it’s too expensive with the needed accessories and lack of implementation in life at coffee shops or other locations I would want to charge my phone.