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5 features smartphone manufacturers always forget in every release

April 29, 2014 by Omar Sohail

With over 1.4 billion smartphones in the world in 2013, smartphone manufacturers are constantly allocating large sums of money into their research and development departments in order to create dynamic smartphones that will not only allow fluent multi-tasking of the device, but the built-in innovative features such as finger print and health scanners will appeal to the masses as well. While all these aspects are most impressive and attractive to us as consumers, there are some important things that smartphone companies always seem to forget or do not find it user productive. Some of these features include a large battery capacity, not making the batteries and storage non-removable and creating modular smartphones among others. Let us dig a little deeper in all the aspects for a better understanding of how smartphones can be made from our standpoint.

1. Add larger capacity batteries

Gone are the days when your phone could be used consecutively for hours and still have the battery left for another day or two. These days, smartphones aren’t able to effectively hold a single day of battery charge, even at performing the most basic of tasks. It is well known that mobile operating systems can chew up battery life rapidly, especially when the device’s WiFi or cellular services are enabled. If smartphone manufacturers are to bring out larger smartphones, then incorporating larger batteries should not be a problem. Having a larger battery will have several advantages.

  • Users will be able to use gaming applications for a longer period.
  • Local and international calls can be made from the free international calling apps on your smartphones for longer periods without having to place the phone back to charge.
  • Increase the overall battery life as continuous charges shorten the lifespan of the battery.
  • A larger battery will keep the phone's internal temperature in check due to its large surface area.

2. Eliminating non – removable items

Smartphone manufacturers add non – removable items such as storage and battery. Although this is done to cut overall costs of the smartphone to present a more cost effective solution for us, there are still several burdens that are accompanied by this approach.

  • Non – removable batteries will lose their overall charging potential and one day, they will not be able to hold the significant amount of battery life necessary to run even for a few hours. Even though the battery can be removed through physical means, you will be charged and it is highly unlikely that you will be able to find the exact replacement of the battery.
  • Since internal storage cannot be removed, it will be difficult for you to transfer all apps and items to the new smartphone once you upgrade to a new smartphone.
  • If all the data is present on non – removable storage and unfortunately, the files become corrupted, it becomes a nuisance to recover them, in most cases impossible.

3. Creating modular smartphones for easy component upgrading

When a desktop PC user like you faces performing issues of one component, you purchase a better and faster component and insert it in to the machine to avoid spending a large sum of money in purchasing a whole new system altogether. The same principle should be applied to smartphones. If a smartphone device has started to slow down in terms of performance, then you should be facilitated to upgrade or change the problematic component rather buying an expensive new phone. However, Google’s Project Ara is based on modular smartphones. Though the company has not revealed whether or not slower performing components can easily be replaced with faster performing ones, it’ll be a welcoming addition for all smartphone users if that option is made available.

4. Adding Native USB ports

Similar to the ones found in desktop and laptop computer systems, smartphone manufacturers should start adding these to upcoming smartphones. Currently, smartphones feature a small charging port that can be attached with a USB cord (more commonly known as a USB on-the-go device). Afterwards, a USB device (flash drive, hard drive or even keyboards) can be connected, allowing access to the user. This is a tiresome operation and obtaining such cables is expensive and not available in several regions. Adding native USB ports will save loads of time and effort of ours.

5. Become completely water proof

Some smartphones are waterproof, but only to a specific water depth and time limit. However, thanks to P2i; their patented technology going by the name of HzO is a nano coating polymer that will allow smartphones to be submerged in water for hours and come out unharmed. The technology is expected to be showcased in smartphones this year which will be a plus for smartphone users, especially for those who have a habit of constantly dropping their phones in water.

I believe smartphones are the new world order in the technology world. They shouldn’t just be used as means for entertainment but should replace the old tech methods on a large scale. Therefore I feel these long forgotten aspects should be seriously considered by the smartphone manufacturers in order to make them more flexible and improve the overall experience and connectivity of the user.

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