That Meizu solution with a small rear AMOLED screen for the main camera, glance screen, etc, would make the possibility of removing the front camera (thus having a true full-screen display) possible!
And you could slap an LCD in as the main screen, keeping the cost down without impacting the battery for the glance feature or longevity due to burn-ins.
I still have original Samsung Omnia laying around, and it still runs well on Windows phone 6.1, if I'm not mistaken. It also has some features that went extinct, like connecting it through HDMI, turning on actual cursor that you could operate with on small touch pad (touch sucks on this phone, so I'm glad that this was added). Also, it also has a small reset "hole" on the body, so if there was a major problem you could just reset it with needle or something through that. It would be useful today when there are almost no removable batteries, but yeah we have combination of buttons, I know. But yeah, it's sad to see 3.5mm jack also going away, since there is actually no alternative for it, except bluetooth and type C headphones (but forget charging then).
Anonymous, 25 Dec 2017Dude you're no programmer.. Symbian can be hacked to install unsigned apps.. Heck symbian even... moreEven if you be a developer you don't have enogh information and you should know no one is crazy to kill his own OS when he is in LEAD! Of OS market and there is going to be a future for it. Yeah it was on lead if you count the whole device sells up to that time but on that specific years they barely sold any devices. It was Dead and it is obvious. All OS programming limitation was what killed symbian. Android the future of mobile phones is because it is Open Source and that's all.
Anonymous, 24 Dec 2017Padfone ... had one of those - (Padfone 2). Great concept, but not really good execution. Soft... moreI'm using a PadFone S. Bought it on eBay about a year ago. Works well and it has received two Android version updates but the last one came more than a year ago so I guess no more will be coming. I love everything except the camera. Too much noise reduction and sharpening makes the photos not suitable for anything except viewing on a small display - don't zoom in unless you want to feel nausea.
How abt a home button.....
looks like this will not last much longer huh?
Lumina, 25 Dec 2017First , Call recording is ILLEGAL in alot of countries including those where most phones are n... moreWho cares if it's illegal? You can install a lot of call recorder apps. And you can root the phone to remove the other limitations like speaker loudness or shutter sound.
TomSeo, 24 Dec 2017I really love Oppo back then, itÂÂ’s N3 is just beautiful smartphone and Oppo has it&Aci... moreYep. OPPO made it's name in my country through the N1 because of how unique it was. But then next thing we know is OPPO is copying other manufacturers. The N2 and N3 never reached my country. It's just copy phones after the N1
Anonymous, 25 Dec 2017- Android can't record calls properly - no FM transmitter - no proper flash - still image q... moreFirst , Call recording is ILLEGAL in alot of countries including those where most phones are now manufactured. Hence, call recording is getting less support from manufacturers and it's not the OS's fault. Back in the days where Sony enabled it it worked perfectly. Second, I also agree that speakers in phones nowadays are very soft compared to old phones but it's also because of laws that would not allow loud speakers any more. Especially Korea phones because in Korea the speakers in phones are capped to a certain loudness by the LAW. Just like in Japan every phone's camera MUST produce a SHUTTER SOUND because it's required by the LAW. Even Samsungs and iPhones sold in Japan has no way to disable shutter sound by switching your phone to silent mode.
not forgetting the Nokia 5330 TV edition,digital mobile TV on the go,would like to become standard with the addition of future-proof dab+ radio,for those not always streaming nexflix and the likes.good to see Samsung mobile adding few like grand prime duos TV but only for brazil,make international version,hope they listen.
Alien , 25 Dec 2017I was one of the biggest Symbian fans out there. I developed a lot of themes for it. But sayin... moreDude you're no programmer.. Symbian can be hacked to install unsigned apps.. Heck symbian even had custom roms long before android.. I'll say this here and now.. Symbian is BETTER than Android Oreo.. Symbian can install apps wholly on external memory whereas android can't.. Symbian even allows you to hot-swap microSD with all installed App on it.. And app launchers will be displayed whenever a new app is detected on the inserted SD card.. Try that on Android LOL.. Symbian supported microSDXC with exFAT file format upto 200GB back in 2012 when android only supported SDHC with FAT upto 32GB only.. Android IS a java emulation and will always remain that even if they change the runtime fron dalvik to ART to whatever next.. Symbian died just because Stephen Elop killed it and not because of the competition.. When symbian was announced dead they were still the market leader even with emerging iOS and android
Anonymous, 25 Dec 2017> "You could use it in your car or at home to stream your music to basically any radio buil... moreYour phone will act as a mobile Radio station for a short range, say you're in an old car with no AUX or Bluetooth connection to play your music but you've got old Radio set up in it. Your car's radio will play what you play on your phone. Look for " N8/808 FM Transmitter" on YouTube.
Anonymous, 25 Dec 2017"your music" means your mp3-music collection. I take it, you are too young to remember that... moreI can relate to that. When you have your mp3 collection, you can play from the music app without consuming too much battery unlike streaming thru wifi or using data. Just make sure you have more than a day worth of mp3s(at least I did) so you can have nonstop music or have multiple selections. Then you can plug your headset or audio component or even TV(using TV-out if supported but will consume more battery) thru the 3.5mm audio jack. Back then every Nokia phone has a rating for music playback which is usually more than a day. Sadly my N8s jack became loose that my option was to use bluetooth or FM transmitter. Also, can't find a new battery. Today, I use it as a mini clock using its sleeping screen feature.
Anonymous, 25 Dec 2017> "You could use it in your car or at home to stream your music to basically any radio buil... more"your music" means your mp3-music collection.
I take it, you are too young to remember that we, old buggers, carried our music with us. First on cassette tape using ancient tech called a "walkman" and later digitally using socalled mp3-players.
Streaming for us, old folk, isn't the same as "listening to the radio". :-)
Where are the innovations from Apple?
I miss the old Nokia phones, they were super cool.
toastybee, 25 Dec 2017talk about the IR blaser, barely any smartphones manufactureres put it on their phones these d... moreI specifically bought my honor8 over a oneplus 3 at that time because it had the IR-blaster. It even has a 2-way IR-blaster unlike the Samsung phones with an IR-blaster. So you can beam over the key presses from your regular remote to the honor IR-app. That way i can still use it to control my ancient but still great dolby-digital/dts-surround system. Great stuff :-)
> "You could use it in your car or at home to stream your music to basically any radio built in the last 50 years."
Streaming FM radio from phone to radios built in 50 years?
What are you on about?
Anonymous, 24 Dec 2017Symbian is a prehistoric OS. There's nothing that Android doesn't do better than Symbian, get real.- Android can't record calls properly
- no FM transmitter
- no proper flash
- still image quality still can't match 808pureview
- best audio-recording on a phone even today.
- true multitasking, no need for "butter", "doze" or whatever crap they "invent" at the chocolate factory.
- loud loudspeaker... and i mean LOUD especially the 808pv wuth a simple tweak.
- lots if tweak options
- there was lots of software to be found even outside the ovistore which you could install wherever you wanted, phone-memory, internal storage or micro-sdcard.
- UI was optimised for the amoledscreens at that time unlike the fugly material design of today.
As a PHONE an old nokia 808 or 701 is still fantastic with proper high quality 2-way callrecording . As an mp3-player it still fine it can even "stream" to your old car radio over FM. It still syncs perfectly with e.g. MS outlook. The OS itself is fast. The only problem is webbrowsing. These phones simply don't have the raw performance of today's models.
talk about the IR blaser, barely any smartphones manufactureres put it on their phones these days, such an underrated feature to use your smartphone as a universal remote
Anonymous, 24 Dec 2017"definetly died" are you serious. This is about features of the past. The notch is not a featu... moreRead again, I said 'will'. Not the past, but saying it for the future. That will be on the list in the future. The screen cut-outs is definitely a feature to put that camera there. Fandroid? Oh, so you an isheep? I see where this is going. Just because im hating on the notch suddenly im a fandroid? Wow. Nice prejudice there. I dont regret one bit selling off my iphone 6 years ago. How is your iphone? Not 'slowing down' yet? It is also a 'feature' in case you havent read the news yet. Get yourself an android for christmas.^^