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It’s fair to say the smartphone has become an essential part of life for many people Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] "Do you have a smartphone yet?" It's a question my friends ask often, and it's a reasonable one to ask. I make my entire living writing about technology, explaining how to use software and interviewing... Read More . They wouldn’t dare leave home without their iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry, and if they accidentally do leave it behind somewhere then their whole world quickly unravels. Hyperbole or not, people sure love their smartphone Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? At one time, landlines and payphones were all we had--and we survived just fine, thank you very much. But now, it’s almost laughable if you don’t own an iPhone or Android, and for some of... Read More .

However, as much as anyone loves their smartphone, there will be aspects of their chosen device they wish were somehow different or better. There may never be such a thing as a perfect smartphone, but that won’t stop us trying to build one. At least on paper. Welcome to this week’s We Ask You all about your perfect smartphone.

Creating The Perfect Smartphone

We want to know, What Would You Include In The Perfect Smartphone?

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So, you, individual smartphone user, what would be an essential part of your perfect mobile device?

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We don’t want to offer too many suggestions here, because instead we want you to delve deep into your soul and retrieve your own personal wishlist of smartphone features and upgrades. Whether they’re based on technology already available or features that only exist in your head and the heads of other daydreaming geeks 10 Famous Geeks Who Changed The World (Not Who You Think) 10 Famous Geeks Who Changed The World (Not Who You Think) If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants. So, said the genius called Isaac Newton. What was true of one of the most brilliant minds of history should be... Read More .

This is meant to be your perfect smartphone, after all. So think big. Anything goes, although if your ideas are too wacky we cannot guarantee they’ll make it into the final design. Not that we’re actually going to make this perfect smartphone, you understand, but we will be using the best suggestions proffered to detail a kind of Frankenstein’s monster of a smartphone.

Would your perfect smartphone feature screens front and rear? The ability to be crushed and spring back to its original shape? An everlasting battery? A built-in breathalyzer? A digital SLR camera The Best Entry-Level DSLRs For New Photographers The Best Entry-Level DSLRs For New Photographers If you want to take your photography skills to the next level, or you know someone else who does, then there's no better way than to enter the world of DSLR cameras. Read More with interchangeable lenses? Multiple operating systems? The sky is the limit, people, so aim high and help us out.

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We Ask You is a column dedicated to crowdsourcing the wisdom of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. Pradeep V R
    November 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    xperia x compact..!!

  2. Nina
    April 22, 2015 at 1:14 am

    My ideal smartphone would be:

    1. 4.3 - 4.5 inches (max)
    2. without bezels (almost)
    3. front speakers (htc like)
    4. super white
    5. nice classy design (again htc like)
    6. 20 - 30 ultrapixel back cam
    7. 8 ultrapixel or 16 mp and upper front cam with flash
    (it would be even better if the back cam could turn 180 degrees like oppo)
    8. it would of course be running if not the latest cyanogenmod at least latest android bloatware free)
    9. it should have at least Quad-core 2 GHz and up CPU
    10. 3 gb RAM
    11. with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution
    12. and last but not least a battery that will last at least 2 days with wifi and games running all the time! (and it will charge like 80% in 10 minutes)

    I hope I am not asking for something imposible

    P.S. I don't care about it being thin / flexible etc

  3. Anonymous2
    March 9, 2015 at 5:47 am

    My perfect phone would be about the size of iphone 6.
    -the entire front of the phone to be touchscreen made of sapphire glass with touch id built into screen
    -screen resolution 2k hd and look like it to the eye
    -POWERFUL battery (I want it to last a couple days at least at max settings/usage before the next charge)
    -Pureview or Ultra pixel camera (at least 20 mp) w/ OIS and LG laser focus, Xenon & led flash
    - OS combo of reliability/features of iOS and easiness of windows but customization options of android with Cortana (also be able to use apple stuff such as itunes easy, compatible with everything)
    -awesome speakers on the front like the htc one m9 (Boomsound speakers)
    - ergonomics of the physical phone like iphone 6 with the same feel in hand but waterproof
    -fast, wireless charging
    -tap screen on and off
    -phone turns in hd projector

    literally take the best of top smartphones (iphone 6, iphone 6 plus, nokia lumia phones, htc one m8 or m9, galaxy s6 edge, and LG G3 phone) and cram it into a one package with an awesome battery and turns into a hd projector also

  4. Von Adam Martinez
    January 29, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Titanium finish, 5 A of battery, 64 bit OS and CPU architecture, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of Storage with SD card slot, camera sensor like the one in Sony Xperia Z3 with the other camera specs from iPhone 6 plus, UI like the one in iOS devices, finger print recognition, wireless charging, removable battery

  5. John
    January 26, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Xperia Z3 is my perfect phone but with these changes:
    1- wireless charge
    2- increase RAM to 4 GB
    3- increase Internal Storage to 64 GB
    4- solve the heating problem
    5- use the HTC Sense 6.0 user interface
    6- make the camera shoots in superior mode with 20 MP
    7- add iphone like finger print
    8- use unbreakable glass for screen

  6. Anonymous
    January 23, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Pureview or Ultra pixel Cam with OIS and 20-25 MP range with ios image processing
    Xenon and led both flash
    HTC speakers and body
    Samsung quad HD ambled screen
    Bezel size compactness of LG G3 with same size screen
    Sony's waterproof optional
    5000 maH battery
    Tap screen on and off
    Micro SD SUPPORT
    Stylus optional
    Removable back with battery replacemt(optional)

  7. R A Myers
    January 23, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Start with CAT B15 Q
    Enlarge it a bit.
    -Processor & chip set that detects & emulates all Android versions and apps.
    -High resolution, low light level camera w/motion sensing & alarm.
    -5000 mAh removable battery.
    -Flashlight, with bright, 1/2, 1/4 bright and night lite. *1
    -Inductively coupled (waterproof) external antenna connection that would
    _disconnect internal antenna, for Cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth
    -High volume speaker
    -Microphone connection in headset jack.
    -Serval Project no-network-needed communications built in.
    -Serval Project eliptical encryption for voice & data between similar devices.
    -SDXC U3 capable.
    -External storage device connection.
    -GPS-GLONAS-Galileo receiver that can determine 3 axis position
    _while not moving and mechanical power switch.
    _Accessories, included:
    -70db minimum Faraday cage case with window.
    -External SD/microSD card, XC U3 capable adapter
    -*1 Charger w cable, phone stand, power fail detect & battery only port.
    _100-240vac 50-300 Hz and 6-28vdc.

  8. dragonmouth
    January 23, 2015 at 12:26 am

    A hush feature so that no matter how loudly the user talks, (s)he can't be heard more than couple of feet away. Either that or a decibel level-activated muzzle for the user.

  9. seb
    January 22, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    A foldable phone

  10. Hildy J
    January 22, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    1) A replaceable battery. It would be smaller than carrying an external battery and would extend the life of the phone as batteries lose their capability.

    2) Grippy chassis. I love my Moto X 2nd gen with a leather back except for the slippery metal sides. If it must be metal (and I, for one, don't care), make it rough, or just use a grippy plastic like the Nexus 5.

    3) External temperature. Weather apps are nice but I want to know how hot/cold it is where I'm standing.

  11. KT
    January 22, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I wanted to patten this idea, but screw it, I'll share.
    An hd mini projector. You could show a small group of people anything from pics slide shows to videos on any flat surface.

  12. likefunbutnot
    January 22, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    High end phones are already a technological marvel. Next time I buy myself a phone, it'll have a UHD screen and probably at least 4GB RAM, plus 128GB+ removable storage and a user-replaceable battery. I can say that my perfect phone would be made of better materials so that I don't have to worry about scratching the lens on whatever happens to be in my pocket, but I'm sure that work on that is already ongoing.

    So here's what I want: more sensible software update policies. On Android, that means being able to grab a new OS core on a two year old, non-premium phone regardless of manufacturer or carrier AND the ability to block, freeze or easily revert application updates to their most satisfying, useful versions. I can do that on a rooted phone or if I've taken the time to back up a .APK, but I shouldn't have to.

    I would also be willing to pay extra for a phone that opts out of the top five or so advertising networks used in Android mobile apps. I suspect that ad blocking is the reason my personal GS4 has a longer battery life than anyone else I know who has a Galaxy S-class phone.

    My perfect phone would do everything over LTE. In the USA, phones are carrier-locked between three different major phone networks. That's probably not going to change for voice service, but LTE equipment is LTE equipment, so that phone would at last be fully portable between services.

    Finally, my perfect phone would not support SMS messaging. SMS is dumb. Being tied to a single device is dumb. Character limits are dumb. I've addressed that matter for myself, but text messaging is in my opinion the 5.25" floppy drive of the smartphone world and it needs to die.

  13. Justin
    January 22, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Take a galaxy note 4, make it 64gb internally with 32gb ram. Put the LG laser focus system on the camera. Last but not least, put a battery in there that could jump start a truck, I'm sick I'd phones that run out of juice, no matter what my activities are during the day, no matter how long my day might last.

  14. Jay
    January 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    An unlocked bootloader. Any minor shortcoming can be dealt with if that is in place. Also the huge capacity battery already mentioned.

  15. Javid
    January 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

    A battery that will last a couple of days when EVERYTHING is turned on and being used at its maximum drain settings. ie: Screen, Wi-Fi, 4G (or 5G, etc.), Playing Video whilst downloading Windows 10 and recording the world around you 1080p, etc.

  16. Ashish Jain
    January 22, 2015 at 5:48 am

    I have the perfect phone for my needs just increase its damn battery life...

    ~ Samsung Galaxy S2 modded with cyanogen

    • Fik of Borg
      January 22, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Three years ago I bought the same phone as you, and today I still don't feel the pressure to upgrade to a newer phone. The S2 is fast enough, has an excellent camera, is compatible with most apps and still gets devlopment (just not from Samsung).
      The only thing that I have never been satisfied is battery life, not with tne stock Gingerbread it came with, not with Cyanogen's KitKat I have today, not with other ROMs I have tried. Full battery at 5AM, down to 40% at noon (the only battery eating feature I use is location services, but I need that).
      I also would like an IR emitter/receiver for remote control, and maybe more sensors (temperature, barometric pressure)

  17. Tonozz
    January 22, 2015 at 5:17 am

    i go with the people, but the most important thing is more and more longer battery life, just like nokia 3310 for example because i dont't like carrying power bank, it's like carrying two phones everywhere you go

  18. dev
    January 22, 2015 at 3:16 am

    My perfect smart phone would have the unbreakable design of an xperia, a pureview camera,stock android, 5 inch 1080p screen,a big battery (4000mAh) and the hardware like the nexus 6.

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