questionswhat do you want out of your next smartphone?

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I want it to actually be able to make telephone calls well. I want it to run good apps. A decent camera is nice. I don't care about social media or video or music in my phone - I have other things for that. Basically I would like my phone to be a good phone and good at supplying information from quality apps, not good at posting to FB or showing YouTube or watching TV and crappy at being an actual phone.

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@bigelowb: The world has come to a sad point when people actually have to ask for good phone functionality in a phone.

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I think as far as raw power, we have come to a point where more is not always better. 64-bit will be nice, but I think for right now 2K and 4K screens are too much. What I want to see evolve is battery life. We ised to be able to plug our phones in once every 2-5 days. Now, most phones barely make it through a day. This is where they need to focus their R&D in my opinion. I have had almost every flagship smartphone except the Galaxy S5. I just got an HTC One M8 and the battery life is good, but I want it to last a couple days. It's an exceptional phone and the first one I've tried that actually took me away from the Nexus 5.

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The NSA. I also want them out of my computer and all my other electronics. And I want the aliens out of my head. The tinfoil cap doesn't seem to be too effective.

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@zippy the pinhead: Apparently, you are still using the old TinFoilHat 1.0 or 1.5, while the rest of us have moved on to TinFoilHat 2.1, with the titanium mesh liner. TFH 2.1 is 3 times better at blocking alien thought rays, and has an 83% success rate at blocking NSA mind probes. Of course, it isn't cheap, but we expect the cost of the titanium mesh to drop somewhat in the next year, based on volume of sales. But then, what is your peace (and privacy) of mind worth to you?

Per the OP: I like tech that does what it does well. I do not need a supercomputer that fits (more or less) in a pocket, that can't make a simple phone call unless it gets a clear 4G signal. I have an MP3 player, an e-reader, a TV and a tablet that are very good at what they do, so I don't need them rolled into a "phone" to replace my simple phone that makes phone calls. Longer battery life would be great, though!

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I still have a flip phone. My next phone I would like to be a better phone for calls like @shrdlu
I want it to be able to actually deliver voice mail promptly and not lose it. I don't want calls dropped.
I want it to ring when someone calls me and not for reasons unknown go directly to voicemail and then beep at me that I have a message, when I would of been perfectly happy to take the call. Maybe I was even waiting for the call.
Nice long battery life would also be quite wonderful.

I have other gadgets for other things. I want my phone to be a phone.

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@housry23: I saw a few pictures of the HTC One M8 the other day, and for the first time (well, over a phone anyway) I was struck with instant lust. It just looks so incredibly ... cool.

I'm going to buy my first smart phone in a couple of months. I was seriously considering the Nexus 5. Is it something you would recommend?

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@magic cave:I have the nexus 5 myself. It's a very nice phone. But depending on your carrier you might want something else. The HTC one m8 is a very nice phone though, battery life and microsd should be an advantage.
Either should perform about the same, and there is no way you can lose with either.

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Just gonna stay w/my dumb phone. Pay as you go, no contract, etc. Only have it for emergencies (car dying on the road, electricity failing, etc.). Don't need a bunch of stuff. Though, I can use the text function. <----Never do. I'm one of those... clears throat... older people who uses the phone to call. And the computer to get on line. The Kindle to read books. A camera to shoot photos. GPS to figure out where I'm going. And so on. I know, I know - I'm WAY behind the not-so-new technology. You'd laugh at how long it took me to get rid of dial-up. Works for me.

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I wish my next phone has the following features:

1. Large screen like the Samsung Galaxy Note.
2. Open operating system (like Android).
3. Ability to add my own MicroSD Card for storage expansion.
4. Sync without proprietary software like iTunes. Want my phone to be added as an external drive when plugged in the computer.
5. Standard micro USB plug.
6. Ability to connect HDMI cable to display on TV
7. Wireless charging built-in like Qi
8. Extremely bright screen so I can see it outdoors.
9. Unlocked and free from software added from cellphone company.
10. Dedicated buttons for on/off, volume, home, back, menu, and one extra for running applications.

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Probably not a whole lot I would change about my current phone... Coming from Android phones with ridiculously large screens the iPhone 5s does seem a bit small, but I wouldn't want anything over 4.7". I'd also like to see internal waterproofing so no port covers are needed to make the phone water resistant. Wireless charging would be lovely, but not necessary. Incremental upgrades to the internals and the TouchID sensor to make it more accurate would be nice. Expandable storage is a pipe dream, though I haven't bumped into any issues with the 32GB I have onboard.

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I seem to be one of the few that really prefers for a company like Google or Apple to handle my phones functionality for me. I don't want open source anything and I'm ok with proprietary software. I have an iPhone and as far as I'm concerned I always will. It does everything I need it to do and so much more. I don't use social media so none of that is important to me. I've never had a problem with my phone not performing like a phone. I don't have dropped calls and signal is everywhere its reasonable for it to be.

I think how you use your phone comes into play a lot here. My phone is a phone first and then a quick source to look up facts, check email, and listen to music. If I have something more major it's time to crack open a computer. @cengland0 seems to use (his?) phone more like a real computer. If my phone did all those things I'd probably feel like I was paying for way more than I wanted.

However, If these things get any larger I'm going to have a problem.

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Thinking about it a little more makes me wish my phone would be a reliable safe replacement for my wallet and store cards. Not through a third party app but as an actual function of the phone itself.

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For me, everything is a trade-off.

However, when figuring price/benefit don't forget to factor in your monthly bill. For, the most part, you pay the same every month regardless of which phone you have.

Instead of $700 vs $400, you should add in the cost of service and the fact that the pricier phone will have marginally better resale value, Then, depending how long you keep your phone, the comparison could be $1800 vs $1550. (And, some features like flexible screens and water resistance can make the more expensive phone cheaper in the long run if you don't end up paying a replacement deductible.)

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I love the size and weight of my Moto X. I would like it more is it had a micro SD slot and an additional hard button for doing things like snapping photos. Camera is very good, but could always be better. I've had no issues with call quality personally. Holy grail lies with battery life for me at this point.

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@ki4rxm: Moto X is my first smartphone, so I don't have anything to compare it to. It's the smallest phone in my social group; it's also the least dropped. It fits comfortably in my hand, my billfold and my pocket and I don't think I'd trade that for a bigger screen. I would like a longer battery life. I'd also like an on-off button for the touchscreen, so I can quit pocket dialing my friends. I hate phones and rarely make calls so my friends treat my calls as top priority and drop whatever they're doing to answer them. It's rude and embarrassing when it's an accidental call. I could put a code on it and I may end up doing that but I'd rather just have a button. It would be nice to have a bright enough screen to see in sunlight but I use voice activation to do most things when there's too much light or I don't have my reading glasses. I think what i would like best would be for the internet to catch up with Android so web pages work properly on the phone and tablet.

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Battery life, durability and price. Pretty much every phone on the market is fast enough for my needs, I just want it to last.

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@moondrake: Nice first intro to the smartphone market- I started with crackberries (doing battery pulls once a day or so) and finally moved to Androids starting with the Incredible 2. There are definitely phones with larger screens (phablets), but I've always liked the Moto X-sized screens for pocketability. I would suggest adding a pattern lock as opposed to a code for you- in most situations I can unlock my phone with the pattern lock without having to actually look at the screen. I don't think it's quite as secure as a good code lock, but I've got Lookout on my phone so I can remotely wipe on demand if necessary.

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@lostporcupine: Thanks for the info. Picking a new phone is a lot like picking out wallpaper, I think: every time I find just the right pattern, I discover an new book of samples on a different shelf.

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@gmwhit: I think it's possible I would out-old you if there were a competition, but overall I'm pretty much in line with your views on phone functionality. Still, although my beloved eight-year-old little Moto Razr3 is hanging on okay, I think it's time to give up the fight and get a smart phone. My first grandchild is due this fall, and I really want to be able take pictures quickly and easily without toting around another piece of equipment. And when I'm away from home, the ability to do a quick Google or Amazon look-up has really advanced on my wish-list. I'll still keep my Garmin and my Kindle, both of which I love. And I can't imagine using a phone for any significant amount of computer stuff; I'll keep my desktop, netbook, and tablet, thank you.

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@magic cave: One of the most useful things I have gotten out of moving to the smartphone is the ability to access coupons on the go. Both the purchased kind like Groupon and Restaurant.com, the ones sent to me by email like the movie theater ones, and the ones you find on the businesses' web page like Hobby Lobby and Michaels weekly coupons. I used to be out doing something else and think, "dang, I wish I'd have brought that coupon!" But now I have all the coupons in the palm of my hand, even ones I haven't even looked for yet. I'll be out shopping and decide I'd like to pick up a pizza so I check my mailbox, the company websites and here at Deals to see if there's a discount I want. I can use online only coupons while standing in the checkout line at the store. It's also saved me a lot of printer ink and paper as I never print coupons any more.

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I have to put my vote on the following also:
MicroSD support (making a comeback)
Dedicated camera button (seems gone forever)
Improved battery life (is getting slightly better lately, but not enough)

I'm finding 4.7 to 5 inches about optimal for touchscreen typing, unfortunately 5 is just barely over the threshold for single handed use for my excessively small hands (not enough to make it bad, at least).

WiFi calling would also be really nice. Good T-Mobile feature that the Nexus 5 cannot support.

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@lostporcupine: Republic Wireless has WiFi calling. I'm going to be able to use my MotoX in the UK and Europe this fall when I am in reach of public WiFi. That will be at most hotels and at the Excel convention complex in London. Everyone in my neighborhood has trouble using cell phones due to being on the slope of a mountain, we are in the broadcast shadow for most cell, radio and television towers. Most folks have kept their land lines, but my Republic Wireless phone just uses my Wi-Fi at home and at the office.

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For those using an iphone, there is a physical camera button. Once you've opened the camera just point and click one of the volume control buttons on the side. for everyone else....well...good luck

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@nmchapma: Many phones can do that with at least an app. The unfortunate part is the location of those buttons. It's typically risky to use the underside, or the side of the phone with the camera. Said buttons are never at the top-right as a traditional camera.

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@moondrake: Republic Wireless in itself is great, and the Wifi reliance can actually be a good thing to help in poor reception areas. Unfortunately, this doesn't help in non-wifi areas. My biggest gripe is simply phone compatibility; I like to keep up on my phones at a yearly basis for the most part, and they tend to lag behind.

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A smartphone with a 4"-5" screen, solid 2 day (or more) battery life, water resistant (maybe even waterproof), Plexiglas screen, the ability to access memory cards and/or USB drives, Micro HDMI, built-in ability to tether, & at user discretion, switch between 3G & 4G radios.

All this technology is available in a small phone, why isn't it being done by someone?

edit: Also, distinctly lacking in bloatware.

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@lostporcupine: We're getting Moto G April 17th. My AFAIK, that's the same time they become available for everyone. But we don't have a lot of choices, that's true. But they do seem to be good ones. According to techradar's reviewer, "Moto G review: The best budget handset around"

http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/moto-g-1199218/review

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@moondrake: Moto G is the best phone you can get without hitting at least $300 (In my, and most reviewers, opinions), and you can get it for about 100 to 180. I've used it, it's EXCELLENT.

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The phone that I am waiting on will run a full blown 64bit version of Windows with no compromises. I will be able to sit at my desk with my phone. My monitor keyboard and mouse will either be wireless. Or the phone can dock. but it will have the feel of a medium fast desktop. I would love for my stuff to work everywhere. And I prefer the things that I can do with my desktop a whole lot more than I do on any phone that I've ever had. I guess basically I want a small ~ 6.5 inch Surface Pro 2 with good cell phone built in.
This will very nearly end the market for laptops and pcs.

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@jdgm3nt4l: It would need to have a lot better security than either of the two devices it is replacing. I wouldn't be comfortable carrying around all the personal data I keep on my computer in my pocket.

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@moondrake: That's a great suggestion! I ran across a buzzfeed.com article a while back on 20 unusual uses for your phone's camera and was astonished. For instance: take a shot of a landmark near your hotel; if you get lost while walking, almost anyone (even if you don't speak the local language, like, say, Brooklynese) can point you in the right direction.

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@moondrake: Yeah, I understand. But, speaking for myself, I carry the same sensitive data around on my phone already Not to mention what all is on the laptop that I carry sometimes. I would guess that the same security rules apply no matter what os our devices run. I keep my wallet in a pocket right around the way from the pocket that I keep my phone in. So many things to keep up with...