All very nice, but y'know what? I don't give a toss.
For me, a technophile, to say that indicates that for me at least the multi billion dollar mobile phone industry has failed. Its products are all pretty much indistinguishable, but more importantly for me they don't do what I want from a smartphone.
My perfect smartphone must have these features:
- Nuke-proof hardware. Tough enough to survive my pocket, clever enough to conjure a signal out of almost nothing.
- A useful and popular operating system. And a realistic chance of OS upgrades over its life, if I buy a phone from you that gets Osborned you simply will not get another chance. I'm looking at you, Motorola, I haven't forgotten my DEXT with its official support for Android 1.5 only.
- No stupid manufacturer front ends or resource-consuming bloatware.
- A QWERTY keyboard. Hey phone companies, I've got NEWS for you! We don't all have tiny fingers, and sometimes we use our phones in environments where touch screen keyboards are quite frankly shit. No, let me qualify that. Touch screen keyboards are ALWAYS shit.
- A kick-arse camera. No, simply having a gazillion megapixels is not enough. It has to be a decent quality camera module in the first place. Nokia cracked this one a decade ago, wake up at the back there!
- Enough screen area and resolution to be useful for browsing, enough processor power to keep up.
- Decent hardware expandability. 3.5mm audio, Micro SD, USB, no weird and expensive proprietary connectors.