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Why Today’s Smartphones are not exactly what we are looking for

Smartphones are one of the most popular gadgets and form of communication in today’s world. While there were ‘only’ 305 million Smartphone units launched last year, this year the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker states that the Smartphone market’s forecast to grow by 55%. The estimated total of units launched by the end of 2011 is 472 million handsets.

At the moment there are 5.3 billion mobile subscribers – that is 77% of the entire population. Potentially within a few years, Smartphones will take over the mobile market. The figure is not surprising as those little handsets are multifunctional and very powerful gadgets. In fact, the top range of Smartphones have amazing performance; a small computer in your pocket. With dual core processors, touch screens, etc., they are very effective and convenient devices for communicating, fun (games, apps, etc.), or for more productive ways - like business. Smartphones give us the ability to use the internet and connect to social networking sites quickly and efficiently.

There are a number of platforms used on the devices. The most popular are iOS, Android, RIM’s and WP7. They allow users to select apps from the various markets (iOS 350k +, Android 250k +, Rim’s 20k + and WP7 9k +). With the huge range of apps, every user will find something to interest them.

However, despite the Smartphones advantages, they also have some disadvantages. Most of these devices are very expensive. An unlocked and contract free device cost an average of $200 to $900. The buyer should also consider the associated costs like data plans, roaming, etc. Another associated cost comes straight from the app market. While there are many free apps, full and add-free versions cost money.

The most annoying fact is the battery life. Most handsets will not survive even a few hours on one charge with heavy use. The large touch screens (some over 4in) have huge battery consumption, services like Wi-Fi, mobile internet, running apps or GPS dramatically decrease the battery life. For the price we are paying for our devices, we should expect something better than a few hours of use.

With current technology speed and the number of Smartphone manufacturers, we need a pocket full of cash to be up to date with our devices. There are a vast number of devices released every month if not weekly. On the top of that (in most cases), if the user wants to have the latest OS version, he/she unfortunately needs to change the device, as the manufacturers are not keen to upgrade older handsets with the newest OS versions. There is always a choice of getting custom ROM but this might bring consequences like guarantee loss or simply damage the phone (bricked phones).

There is also a giant security issue. Services like mobile money transfer, mobile payment, NFC, social networking and location-based services are more widely available and more popular. People keep massive amounts of personal data on their devices and Smartphones are more valuable to thieves than wallets. The threat in terms of identity theft, spying and fraud is growing as fast as the Smartphone market. Some improvements must take place.

Moreover, the last and most concerning aspect is the health. Recently World Health Organization (WHO) has classified mobile phones radiation (including Smartphones) on the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) scale into group 2B - Possibly Carcinogenic. In simple words, there is some risk for our health associated with heavy use of devices like Smartphons.

In my opinion, the ideal Smartphone should be INDIFFERENT TO OUR HEALTH, BATTERY LIFE should be highly extended, INTERNAL MEMORY should be much greater as there are massive amount of apps available on the market and the OS UPDATES should come as standard. If this kind of device becomes available I imagine that the price will be high, however technology is more accessible and hopefully CHEAPER SMARTPHONES will be the future.

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michass83269d ago

Hopefully soon we will get this dream Smartphones in lower price...
<Sorry for my English... - it is not my first language>

Mr_Anderson3269d ago

I would actually be willing to pay more if they could find a way to work out the battery problem. The phones are getting better and the batteries are staying the same. Almost as if they are trying to hide this fact with new features instead of addressing it.

michass83268d ago

Yeah, the battery life is the biggest issue, in fact it is a pain in the ... :) Smartphones are getting more powerful and the energy consumption is increasing. The bigger batteries only keeps the more powerful devices on the same level (around few hours of use). but we don' want huge and heavy batteries... The new technology is needed - we are looking for drastic improvements in efficiency and life cycle... hopefully it will change soon

michass83265d ago

Just wondering what to expect from iPhone 5... if Apple bring some great device, all competitors like Samsung, HTC, Nokia, etc. Will have to follow and treat us with something special :) can't wait :)

fatstarr3265d ago

battery life should be expanded, many advances have happened in that industry but i guess companies rather people buy multiple batteries for their phones.

my gripe is i dont have a choice of os, the freedom to choose what os i want and use what ever carrier i want with my phone.

michass83259d ago

Agree, this is also an issue, my last upgrade was HTC Desire, unlocked, bought from mobile phones provider, but now thinking about contract. There is not much choice in latest devices and plans are pure rip off. The other issue is the contract term, I am not too sure do I like one device for 18 months or even 24... with this technology speed

fatstarr3259d ago

i have a feelng best buy will have a smart contract
sometime soon

for people that like to rapidly upgrade

prolly a 3,6,9, 12, and 15 month contract

michass83257d ago

All mobile contract providers should give us more options in the term. At the moment I have only choice of 12, 18 or 24 months and if looking for top device, the contracts are long and expensive...