What’s your dream smartphone?
I’ve been reviewing cell phones and smartphones for more than seven years, and the mobile space has changed a lot in that time. We’ve gone from smartphones with monochrome screens, no cameras, and basic PDA functions to handsets with glassless 3D displays, dual-core processors, robust Web browsers, and much more. As they say, we’ve come a long way, baby.
Yet, even with all these advancements, I can’t help but feel like I’ve been reviewing the same device over and over again in recent months, just in a slightly different package. So when a reader e-mailed me a couple of weeks ago asking me what I would want in a dream phone, I thought this would be a good time as any to come up with a list.
I could go over the top and come with something like the fictional Pomegranate phone (which was actually a clever ad campaign for Nova Scotia, of all things), but I decided to create my Franken-phone with features that exist today. I know, I know–boring.
Anyway, let’s start with design. The advent of all touch-screen devices has certainly done wonders for how we interact with our devices and how we consume data and media on our phones. However, it’s also led to devices that all look alike, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the physical k… [Read more]