Luckily i have iPhone X so i don't need to choose, i already have amazing performance and amazing camera
A phone with a bad camera can still have great performance (example oneplus) but a phone with bad performance can not have a great camera.
Look at the Nokia 808 pureview / lumia 1020 : It has one the best if not the best sensor ever placed on a mobile device but the SoC is incapable of proper processing so the photos and especially videos are not as good as latest flagships.
That's why I think performance come first and is the core to great user experience.
Camera.. It's a simple answer.
I use my 808 to this day because of its unrivalled picture quality.. Day to day tasks as a phone is still a breeze on the old soc..
Better buy a DLSR if you want great photo. Nowadays smartphone can give you good if not better photo. Honestly most consumer use their phone for facebook and ig, so why bother buying a $1000 worth of phone. You can just download an app and filter your pictures and buy a mid range or last years flagship phone. Atleatmst you can save money but if you have money to burn then go ahead.
Any flagship phone from 2016 (SD820+ & Equivalent) & onwards will perform swiftly for the majority of people. That is why I'd prioritize improving the camera over anything else these days. Phone cameras have gotten better over time, but are still miles behind DSLRs, and we need to close that gap.
Such a simple question, with such a complex answer.
Sure a 28nm-built Quadcore A53 (2GHz) with a decent GPU and 2GB RAM has great battery life, and is fast enough for >95% of users. But maybe you want it a little bit faster? Maybe you want to process something in 4K, like broadcasting a Livestream? How about AR functions? Or a VR movie? Maybe its a graphically demanding game? Maybe its emulators?.... or what if you want to Dock the phone, and use it as your Main PC and Home Console?
...we've scratched the surface with the Apple A11-Bionic ARM chipset, which is now faster than Intel's Core i7-7Y75 x86 chipset, so we're definitely in the territory of "desktop pc performance".
Then again, the point about not being able to re-shoot or recapture moments is 100% true. And adding a second or third camera does not seem to yield better photos. We need a larger sensor and a larger lens, which are not possible in the size constrictions of the modern phone... let alone the thickness. Where even the camera on the OnePlus 3t is serviceable in good lighting conditions, and subjects that are close, or even compression by social media platforms again for >95% of scenarios. But what if you wanted to use it as a background wallpaper for your Monitor or TV, make a poster or printout, or use it for a Professional usecase?.... or what if you wanted to capture a difficult shot like something really close, far, wide, or in bad lighting condition?
I guess, the best solution is to compromise.
Have a chip as fast as the A11, which clocks down to sip battery when you're on the move. When you Dock it, the cradle itself should aid in fast-charging the device, actively cooling the device, providing additional IO, and lastly boosting the graphical prowess like the Razer Core. That way it can act like your XB1/PS4/Switch and your Word Processor too if you need. In terms of photography, firstly you will have to compromise by making the phone around 9mm's thick rather than the dainty 6mm thinness companies are going for. And have a camera like the Pixel... big single sensor, great software, excellent images. Now have FOUR of the same camera module, two on the front at the opposite bezels and two on the back bezels... each with their own circular LED flash. Now, you could capture 360' videos in the best possible quality, and "re-live" the moment by watching it with a VR Headset. Additionally, you could have cases which allow you to add bigger lenses to take higher quality photos for macro, super-wide, and zoom purposes.
You want even more power on the move? Bring a 15" laptop (niche).
You want even better photography? Bring a bulky DSLR (niche).
...its simple, ain't it?
I can live with phones with mediocre performance. To be honest i love phones with superb amazing camera. In the near future, smartphones camera should a level with common DSLR pro cameras. You imagine a DSLR camera in very compact size, in just 6.5 mm thin. Smartphones vendor must find a way to make an APS-C sensors which is brilliant or even a full frame sensor incorporated into a small size of the phone, but is that any possibilities, i am not quite sure. However, my point is the better the camera phones, the more i like it.
Balance between both coming from G2 even S6 would be a huge upgrade for me and even some mid range phones offer both not great by flagship standard but great for basic point and shoot
Actually, I will choose design and build quality if there were that option
ProJames, 01 Apr 2018Subway Surfers run on old HW like TI OMAP 4430, SD400 dual-core non-Krait and Exynos 3475thats is example im trying to tell gaming mobile evolution at current state.
who know ... next release subway surf part 2..
the ti omaps phone you mention will become useless because the soc is outdated and garbage.
Anonymous, 01 Apr 2018People on earth playing games has bigger audience than people that use phone for other purpos... moreSubway Surfers run on old HW like TI OMAP 4430, SD400 dual-core non-Krait and Exynos 3475
Anonymous, 01 Apr 2018No... 4-6GB ram isn't chunky. 8GB is :DHaha yes! True.
People on earth playing games has bigger audience than people that use phone for other purpose.( let be real okay!)
Look at games like subway suffer reached 1 Billion dwld.
Thats why soc performance is more important than shiny camera girly girly thing..
Even battery life is more important than camera.
I think we can have both today. There's no real "cameraphone", except from THAT company, that does not couple high quality sensors with a premium SoC. Heck, LamExO gave stellar grades to Huawei's copy of the iPhone X, and it does not skip on performance with the Kirin 970. Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2S got praised, and runs the Snapdragon 845.
But, If I had to make the choice between the two, I'd say Camera. In fact, I already made that choice with my old A5 2015. It took stellar pictures (sometimes better than my S7) but was not very powerful (a SD410 can only do so much, especially in 32-bit mode).
since i'm buying a smartphone not a point and shoot camera
even that, there's still other factor like the screen, audio, reliability, etc
Screen, battery, performance, smooth and fast experience. Camera is way below my top 5
of course performance matter the most..
because new intensive games will demand more performance.
If the chips slow like turtle? how the games will run?
Nowsday mobile games drive the smartphone sales.
The new games keep on continue to release and so on and so on.
So people have to change their phone every 2 years.
Depends on the person and on the difference between smarts and beautifuls of the selectful devices. Sooooooooooooooooo but usually the cam needs the chip to make goose video