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The choice is yours: what would your dream smartphone look like?

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Today you'll get to do what you perhaps have wanted to do for a long time: create your own dream smartphone! We want to know what a smartphone absolutely needs to have to be the best device you can imagine.

The material

Let's start with the frame. There are several options, and many devices use a combination of materials. Every material has different advantages and disadvantages. Plastic, for example, allows for radio signal to easily pass through, but doesn't do this as well as glass. Aluminum is prone to dents, but won't crack. Glass is best when it's cleaned. These are just a few of the many things to consider. So what materials would your dream smartphone use?

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The display

The main feature of every smartphone is the display, and there are several things to consider. Of course, the size is decisive, but the screen's technology is also important. Oh, and of course, there's the question of the notch.

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The processor

The next thing to consider is the processor, and in an ideal world you might choose chips from Samsung and Hisilicon (Huawei) that aren't ordinarily available on smartphones from other manufacturers. So which core would you choose for your dream smartphone?

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The cameras

Smartphone cameras have surpassed digital cameras, especially compact ones. It's remarkable that manufacturers are going in completely different directions with respect to the number of lenses and the kinds of features they bring to the fore. So here you have a big decision to make regarding your dream smartphone's camera configuration.

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The memory

There's one basic principle when it comes to memory: having more helps a lot. While this is true, you might not choose the highest option. Think about how much RAM and internal storage your smartphone really needs.

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The battery

It will probably be a long time before we return to the good old days of having days and days of battery life like on old simple cellphones. Nevertheless, there are huge differences among smartphones, not only in terms of capacity, but also in charging technology. What is particularly important to you?

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The software

In our dream scenario you also get to choose the software for your smartphone. Would you choose Android stock software or one of the many smartphone manufacturers' skins, which have exciting additional functions on board. Which would you prefer?

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The unlocking method

There are more and more different unlocking methods on the market, and they differ in many ways. Where should the fingerprint sensor be located? What kind of facial recognition is ideal? Or is this all irrelevant to you?

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And what else?

Are there any other features that your dream smartphone absolutely must have? Then let us know in the comments and we'll discuss them!

Now it's your turn: it's time to assemble your dream smartphone!

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  • 5
    radiocycle Nov 18, 2018 Link to comment

    Would love three features: 1) removable battery 2) an IR blaster 3) dual-sims. Oh, and Bluetooth! Don't they all hve Bluetooth these days? I need it to get into my car!

  • Dave Williams 1
    Dave Williams Oct 26, 2018 Link to comment

    A flir sensor would be great

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    Deactivated Account Oct 26, 2018 Link to comment

    IP 68 rating should also be one of the options.

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    Sorin Oct 25, 2018 Link to comment

    The ideal phone should have some SF-related features. However, the evolution of the phones is so spectacular that we can not even imagine how the phones 10 years ago or 5 years ago looked like, even in the three-year models we are already beginning to avoid. The top performers are the phones at the top of the range, they are the ones that give the tone to the other phones, and for which the manufacturers must also be oriented. So their evolution is extremely spectacular.
    The current energy storage (battery) issues that contribute to higher weight will be resolved as soon as possible, as all sorts of storage breakthroughs are announced. So far we are only in the experimental phase, but we will be able to see them in consumer products soon. Part of the photo has progressed tremendously, now reaching stunning performances. Progress will continue for larger and better capacitive sensors as well as the optical assembly will undergo improvements by finding other light-capturing techniques than "classic" lenses.
    As far as internal memory and storage space is concerned, values ​​that are already comparable to those of a desktop computer are reached. By using more powerful memory chips, these values ​​will soon be outdated.
    And the facilities offered will be improved by offering extended sensor options, so this wonderful modern communication tool will truly become "smart" in the true sense of the word. I'm really curious what's going to happen!

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  • 3
    Barneygoogle Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    None of the options were absolute deal-breakers for me. But, a removeable battery and dual-sim are both deal-breakers for me.

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  • Al JR 2
    Al JR Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    Would like an easier grip / blunt bezel.
    A ROOT option in Developers section, or the ability to nix apps like iphone.
    A battery saver.
    An app Force Closer / clear cache for shutdown.
    Expandable keyboard size / customisation.
    A Connexionz screen showing wtf apps are upto with data to servers (OS Monitor type app).
    A java j2me sandbox for old little fun apps.
    An extendable / pull out, Radio FM aerial.
    Doro type switch / launcher install for seniors.

    • Christopher Christoforou 3
      Christopher Christoforou Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

      A battery saver is essential.

      Al JR

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    Gavin Runeblade Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    As with three others I want a removable battery and wish it had been one of the charging choices.

    Also, expandable memory.

    The controversial one, for my truly ideal phone, it would have no camera at all. If it has to have one, I'd prefer just one, side mounted not front or back.

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  • Nevi Lovfelt 2
    Nevi Lovfelt Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    I have an Iphone 8+ now. If I buy a new phone it could be a LG40. Great sound, OLED and great specs.

  • 5
    Diesel Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    3.5mm jack, IR blaster, FM radio with RDS, GPS, Bluetooth, stereo speakers preferably in front! Humidity resistance. MHL ready.
    In the future: digital terrestrial TV tuner, hologram for video calls (that would have been really cool!), seamless foldable screen, hardware upgradable (eg:RAM, camera etc)

    • 4
      Loki666 Oct 27, 2018 Link to comment

      Beam him up, Scotty.

  • 2
    Girish Kumar P Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    3.5 mm jack, LED color notification, extendable memory are must..

  • 2
    fauxwindsock Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    My perfect phone was the Lumia 1020. Now I use the 950Xl, while I wait for someone to release a phone with a camera able to match the 1020. I had high hope for the Huawei alas not in the USA. On the 950XL, I do like the removable battery, the shutter button, the plastic case, it does not dent or break, and expandablity. I recommend the Pixel to friends, as it takes very good medium resolution photos. I still find Android and IOS clunky campared to Windows.

  • 3
    iamdutchy Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    loud stereo speakers that wont get blocked when holding the phone.

  • Albin Foro 30
    Albin Foro Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    Good survey. Along with swappable battery I want a 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD slot, can easily live with 32GB storage on that basis. (Have to throw in that smartphone cameras only exceed prosumer compact cameras in some very popular but very conventionalized, algo-friendly scenarios, at wide angle.)

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  • Nat Backhouse 3
    Nat Backhouse Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    Removable battery. It has been done many times before whilst retaining good looks, and in the case of some old Lumia and Moto devices, even allows for replaceable back-covers when the original is scratched or dented.

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  • Marty Fisher 4
    Marty Fisher Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    Expandable memory is a must for me. Ideally my phone would be small, with a great camera, unlocked, with a strong processor and user interface to filter out bloatware from service provider.

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    Wayne Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    I would like to see a high end phone that has a "7 inch" display and water resistant

    MR. Gee

  • 3
    Clive Odom Oct 24, 2018 Link to comment

    As smartphones become more and more important to us, (and More expensive) it is increasingly important to have the best available processor, screen, camera and battery plus lots of space for storage. This is all pretty obvious.
    Most important to me would be a battery as large as possible even if the phone becomes fatter and heavier. Next most important is a camera that will take really good photos in all conditions including low light and preferably with the ability to zoom in without losing picture quality.
    Good speakers would also be nice, or at least a headphone jack. IP67 waterproofing is also highly desirable.

    • 1
      MR. Gee Jun 21, 2019 Link to comment

      Smart phones are too expensive! We should be able to build our own smartphone that will fit our needs. Good online order the parts and have them put it together and send it to us.

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