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5 Smartphone Wishes For 2015
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shakeeb
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12/31/2014 | 12:41:13 PM
Smartphone Wishes
@Eric – Thanks for sharing. Today you could see a smartphone on the palm of almost every individual. Most of them have the problem of keeping the phone awake. I remember sometime back using a Nokia phone (probably Nokia 1100) which lasted for almost 3-4 day with a single charge. Today the battery of our smartphones sometimes don't even last a day. I see this as a major challenge for the mobile manufacturers for 2015. 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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12/31/2014 | 12:41:36 PM
Re: Smartphone Wishes
Today there is much competition for slimmer sleek design phones, so increasing the battery capacity is not an option for manufacturers. 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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12/31/2014 | 12:45:13 PM
Re: Smartphone Wishes
@Eric- Cornering Gorilla Glass 4 is out, but do you think this will contribute towards making a more durable device?
shakeeb
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12/31/2014 | 12:50:57 PM
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@Eric – I don't think affordability does much harm to the sales of smartphones. Today most young individuals have placed smartphones on their priorities lists. 
Stratustician
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12/31/2014 | 3:18:46 PM
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I agree, many folks have accepted the fact that these devices are going to cost as much as a decent computer, so they buget for these upgrades.  On top of that, when you factor in subsidies and the general competitive nature of the mobility market, rarely will the full price of these devices even factor into the equation for many.
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12/31/2014 | 3:50:50 PM
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@Stratustician,

I would say your comment is a really good accurate statement accross the board.

It's amazing to say that today a high end smartphone will cost you more than the average consumper PC, and about the same as a decent business/professional laptop

I don't think we're far when our PC will be our smartphone, in the sense that'll will dock them with a keboard and monitor and a full working OS will emerge.
mejiac
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12/31/2014 | 3:52:27 PM
Re: Smartphone Wishes
To expand on my previous comment, many secondary markets have emerged thanks to the advancements in the smartphone and tablet industry.

As prices of components is going down because of constant competition, very low cost devices are available, which allow for easy entry into third world markets, thus people that never had recurring access to a network and a PC can now start "liking" :)
shakeeb
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12/31/2014 | 7:13:49 PM
Re: Smartphone Wishes
@mejiac – Prices of component prices going down is one main reason to see many Chinese smartphones in the market at a much lower price. However durability is one of the main problems with these devices. 
shakeeb
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12/31/2014 | 7:11:16 PM
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@mejiac – yes most of these devices already have the capability of connecting a keyboard. Moreover the trend is towards "phablets" so the size of the display should be sufficient. 
shakeeb
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12/31/2014 | 7:08:55 PM
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@Stratustician – yes most of them have already budgeted for smartphone upgrades and they have them on their priority list. 
Susan Fourtané
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1/1/2015 | 11:54:58 PM
What about being less careless?
Eric,

To your point about more resilience ... I believe it's great that Corning is working on a new version of its Gorilla Glass and this could add improvement to the screen's smartphones. However, I think it's childish to demand unbreakable screens with the excuse that they break when people are careless and drop their phones. 

-Susan
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1/5/2015 | 12:25:53 PM
Re: What about being less careless?
This is why a Lifeproof (or similar) case is worth every penny extra.
Susan Fourtané
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1/6/2015 | 1:26:58 AM
Re: What about being less careless?
Laurianne, 

"This is why a Lifeproof (or similar) case is worth every penny extra."

Yes. :) When kids are careless and brake their toys parents most likely will not buy them too expensive toys that can break if they kids repeatedly let them drop. Some parents will teach their kids to be careful with their possessions. People don't blame the toys' manufacturers because kids brake their toys, don't they? 

I agree with asking for product improvement; any betterment is always a step forward. I just don't agree with the reason for asking for product improment in this case.  

-Susan  
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1/2/2015 | 11:38:16 AM
I agree on all but the paying for things
Separating payment methods from always-on internet is a Must for security.  Hack one bit of code and people can pay for stuff using your phone.  Also, with the ease of hacking NFC this is not all that improbable.  Don't use your phone as a wallet.  Use your wallet for that and keep the data separate unless you want someone like me (with fewer scruples) to enjoy your bank accounts.
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1/3/2015 | 10:37:04 AM
Affordability
I think the issue is not the price of the phones, but the excessive charges for data service. How come that in the US cell phone plans are way more expensive than in Europe while delivering dismal service?
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1/5/2015 | 4:18:01 AM
project Ara
battery life:why hasn't any phone maker made a 300g smartphone with a 10000mAh battery instead of the measly 2500mAh batteries we're used to? Are they that afraid of making a great product that weighs more than a pack of kleenex? Are that that afraid that the consumers are complete idiots and will not understand that the extended battery life cannot come "for free" (more weight)?

 

Right now, I'm only waiting for project Ara to be comlpeted so that I can make myself a phone (with multiple battery modules) that doesn't die on me in the middle of the day.
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1/5/2015 | 12:09:08 PM
Smarter software is the thing
My Samsung Note 3 (already superceded by the Note 4) is by far the best smartphone I've owned, primarily for the size of its display--why get a tablet when you have a "phablet"?--and monster battery. 

In fact, my wishlist for 2015 has more to do with smart software, not hardware. For instance, wouldn't it be cool if the phone came to notice that you always launch the browser and go to CNN when you enter the Starbucks? It should start making this app choice/URL choice for you. Likewise, the phone should automatically cast your current radio station to your Wifi-connected speakers when you enter the house. Seamless automation like that will make smartphones--already the most intimate of our consumer electronics devices--even more magical and essential.

 

 

 

 
Shane M. O'Neill
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1/5/2015 | 5:09:54 PM
Smartphone battery struggling to keep up with smartphone features
Nobody's thrilled about smartphone prices, but given all the apps/features available, I can't really complain. I have those moments when I'm accomplishing 15 different useful tasks with my Galaxy S5 and I stop and say Wow. i will complain about battery life though because it just isn't keeping up with what we now demand from a smartphone day in day out. But I have heard from friends that iPhone 6 battery life is much improved over iPhone 5.
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Li Tan,
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1/5/2015 | 10:13:29 PM
Re: Smartphone battery struggling to keep up with smartphone features
In the past 10 years IT technology has experienced dramastic change, especially in mobile and Internet area. But there is no fundamental change to battery technoloy - Lion-ion is still dominating. Of course there is steady improvement but it's far from catching up the booming trend in mobile area.


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