I really hope to see more of compact smartphones with flagship specs in 2018 and by compact I mean the screen must be below 5". As someone with little hands, I really appreciate company that do so. So far there's only Apple and Sony that release compact smartphones with flagship spec. And I'm really hope to see OnePlus release flagship devices in compact size. I'm really into OnePlus 5 and 5T unfortunately I couldn't get one cause of the size is too large to fit in my little hands :(
What would I want for 2018? Surely not hardware features, I couldn't care less about bezels etc. What I would like to see is better android software, more control to the user, e.g. app level control of access to private data, such as phone numbers, accounts, control of app internet access etc. Privacy by default and not features like 'wifi evaluation service' or what it is called in android 8, which does not even pretend to provide any benefit to the user, but simply works for Google's benefit only. Also, better usability and less design flare in apps, e.g. when searching for restaurants in Google maps I want to be able to see a list or a map on the entire display, rather than seeing half the map and one single randomly choosen restaurant on the other half. I want less guessing on what I may want, just let me do it, to remain with this example, if I want to select another restaurant next to the one randomly chosen let me do it, do not think I want route planning to that randomly chosen one. Working basic services, e.g. xperia xz premium is unwilling to do data roaming within Europe (a European model of course) in the year when EU data roaming charges are abolished (but does 240fps slow motion video for some 1.5 seconds or so, really great!). Frankly, I would like to see a new European OS that ideally can be installed on existing devices; this is where some EU spending should go.
Hardware wise, bigger batteries of course, and bigger camera sensors, like 2/3 or 1/1 inch. F2.8 is sufficient. Better than the utter nonsense of laser autofocus (on a max. 2.3 but rather 2.6-2.9 sensor, where everything is in focus beyond around 10cms irrespective of where you focus???), color sensors, dual cameras and so on (do you see any of this on any serious $$$ to $$$$$ cameras? what do you think why not?)
I got dissapointed after reading some of the reviews. How come you say on the intro that you are a "newbie" in the mobile sphere. The 3rd one was somehow confused on the Note or the Pixel, kinda. I appreciate if you can take an online course for Composition so next year we can get a better reading experience. Dont get me wrong, this is my favorite mobile page.
Anonymous, 28 Dec 2017The Pixel XL 2is probably the best phone of the year, after the iPhone X. What's so strange... moreThe iPhone X is not better than the Pixel 2 XL or Note8. Apple slows down iPhones and speeds up obsolescence.
Anonymous, 28 Dec 2017To enable face recognition you still have to turn-on the screen and prepare the face ID.Face Recognition will not work if your face doesn't look like a face ( You know what I'm saying XD ) no matter how much you try to register. It will just say "Sorry, we can't recognize your face, its either the body part that your trying to register is a butt" XD just kidding yah know.
Anonymous, 28 Dec 2017The Pixel XL 2is probably the best phone of the year, after the iPhone X.
What's so strange... moreI've just had a look through Pixel 2 XL articles here on GSMArena..
I can see 9 different articles detailing various faults with the device.
No, wait, 10.
AdamBoy64, 28 Dec 2017His views are a bit of a headscratcher, to me at least. How he could praise the Pixel 2 XL lik... moreThe Pixel XL 2is probably the best phone of the year, after the iPhone X.
What's so strange about his choice?
Anonymous, 28 Dec 2017Properly designed and working face unlock is the best innovation this year, IMO. Apple is alon... moreEven FaceID need you to LOOK at the phone and then unlock it... That's already few steps more than fingerprint, back or front..
Anonymous, 28 Dec 2017To enable face recognition you still have to turn-on the screen and prepare the face ID.Huh??? You can tap the screen to wake it up, or lift it, or press the side button....
Much more secure and easier than fingerprint scanner, even if the FS is on the front, and it works even if your hands are wet...
opt, 28 Dec 2017I read all the authors personal best phones for this year except Prasad wanna know why?
haha ... moreHis views are a bit of a headscratcher, to me at least. How he could praise the Pixel 2 XL like that after all of its issues.
On a more personal note for me, he also questions who the BlackBerry KeyOne, even though it's in a field of it's own for hardware keyboards.
His views in general would go against those of most GSMArena readers.
Anonymous, 28 Dec 2017Properly designed and working face unlock is the best innovation this year, IMO. Apple is alon... moreTo enable face recognition you still have to turn-on the screen and prepare the face ID.
Anonymous, 28 Dec 2017Properly designed and working face unlock is the best innovation this year, IMO. Apple is alon... moreAndroid I and J had face recognition to unlock.
Even low midranges had..
None has ever cared.
The hype is because Apple.
Things become more popular when is available on iphone, no matter how long it has been around.
Removal of jack, AR, face recognition ...
Iphone was not the first to have it .
Yordan, remember the quote from Chicken Run?
Rocky: Oh, just a little place I call the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I read all the authors personal best phones for this year except Prasad wanna know why?
haha ill just laugh :D
Anonymous, 28 Dec 2017glad to see that some people are still normal.we don`t need :
-phones that cost 1000$
-face ... moreProperly designed and working face unlock is the best innovation this year, IMO. Apple is alone with this feature and the iPhone X is probably the best phone available currently.
Fingerprint reader on the back of a phone is a copout and lame. I don't want to pick up my phone every time I want to check my email or messages. I expect most flagships to move to proper face recognition within the next year or so.
Android's voice recognition has taken a turn for the worse this year, failing to recognize voice input on every Android in our office about 20% of the time and song recognition fails about 70% of the time.
glad to see that some people are still normal.we don`t need :
-phones that cost 1000$
-face unlock and gestures that makes things complicated and wierd
-99% screen to body ratio and not have a place where to put your finger
-super mega procesors that can open your instagram 0.0001 faster then a midranger that work ok for 99% of people....but hey someone needs to spend that money on something
-fragile phones with glass...even if it is gorila 100000...glass is glass
-dual cameras just for having dual cameras
-upgrades for the sake of "helping" your phone
HDR is available for videos, it has been years. At least provided by Sony. Can't say about other brands because I do not own any phone.
It is available for HD and Full HD 30fps.
If any has HDR for 4K, they have to stop using limits for how long you can record.
S8, OP5 and u11 cant pass 10 min. One of these 3 can only 5 minutes.