The Perfect Smartphone?

Smartphones have redefined our lives in almost every way possible. Right from the way we used to communicate, click and share pictures and special moments & travelling to even the minutest things like deciding where to eat, what to play and how to interact with people around us. All of us give a considerable amount of thought before buying our beloved Smartphone and more or less we buy the best device within our budget.

Even though the world is a huge place, some phones do stand out for their innovative designs, cameras, display quality, audio-visual experiences and so on. So which phone can be called as the perfect one? Read along to know my take on this.

As I have mentioned in my very 1st blog, that the hybrid SIM slot tweak has indeed taken away our basic needs and has ruined the futuristic approach as far as I think (and some of you have seconded me on this). Apart from the hybrid slots, I really wonder how people spend 30k to 60k on the so-called flagship phones which have just a single SIM and a ‘no memory expansion’ slot either. I mean come on! With image and video qualities improving exponentially as well as their sizes how can a middle-aged person survive with just 16 and 32 gigs of space in a Smartphone? Do you travel along with a portable HDD every time? Or spend time frequently moving your media to the HDD? Or keep on deleting stuff every time you see a ‘storage space running out’ error? Or the most hilarious part, you restrict yourself to minimum photography and songs download? No offence intended.

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Moving on, these 30-60k devices flatter us and at times fool us by advertising their camera, the pressure sensitive displays, the curved screens & replaceable mods as being something out of this world! Even though they are advances in technology and something to be shelled money for, there are always better or alternate options of other brands at an affordable cost and almost the same quality. (I agree pressure sensitive displays and curved screens are yet to be main-stream but yeah do they justify the 60k & above price tag?)

Not long ago, dual camera lens setup took mobile photography to whole new level! Some companies made a fortune out of it by selling such devices for more than 40k. And now just like 3GB ram has become an everyday feature, the dual camera setup has made its way into a certain sub 15k handset as well. Cheers to that! Further, the AMOLED, Super AMOLED, retina HD etc displays which were introduced in very high price range devices now find themselves in budget phones too. (Retina HD being an exception for the time being.) RAM enables us to multitask and this being such a fast paced generation you simply cannot put mediocre 1 & 2 gigs of RAM in a 20k device, let alone the flagships! Here’s the best part, the processor! Even today there are phones of top-notch brands which have mid-range processors like the Snapdragon™ 430 & 625 at more than 15k and 25k respectively whereas there are numerous companies offering the flagship Snapdragon™ 820 and the powerful Snapdragon™ 652/650 chips in sub 20k phones! Hilarious!

While there are about 4-5 handsets to ‘die for‘ or to put it mildly, phones really worth shelling 30k for, all the others are considerable sacrifices in aspects like RAM, storage features, SIM slots, processing & gaming capabilities, camera qualities and of course probably the most important value for money!

A Smartphone really needs to be a package of reasonably good camera, processor, storage options, RAM, display & audio-video experience making it a value for money device no matter which company makes it. (I haven’t spoken about after sales services and durability over here, but as we all would agree these 2 matter as well.) So ask the experts before falling prey to the misleading advertisements.

There are about 3, 2, 1 and 3 handsets (approx.) in the sub 15k, 20k, 30k and above 30k price segments which are close to perfect (According to me). While almost all of the manufacturers never make a perfect Smartphone and probably never will, all of us will continue buying handsets in the future.
The question still hovers over us, which is the perfect Smartphone? None!
Can you buy a perfect Smartphone? Yes! A perfect Smartphone ‘for you’!

Do tell me what you think about this and please share this link if you like what I have written.

– Chinmay Bapat

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