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  1. Aquila's Avatar
    Weekly poll: What feature is most important in your next phone? | Android Central

    So far the rankings are thus:




    Camera is by far and the way most important, with Battery Life and Build Quality nearly tied for second most important. Is this true for you?

    There's still time to vote (as of 8/19 00:00).


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    08-19-2015 12:07 AM
  2. UJ95x's Avatar
    Wow, thanks for the awesome charts!

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    08-19-2015 12:09 AM
  3. Aquila's Avatar
    Updated 8/19 16:17

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    08-19-2015 04:20 PM
  4. Ry's Avatar
    The camera on my next phone needs to be better than the camera on my current phone.
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    08-19-2015 04:55 PM
  5. Aquila's Avatar
    The camera on my next phone needs to be better than the camera on my current phone.
    So it needs to be anything released in 2014 or later?
    Ry likes this.
    08-19-2015 05:06 PM
  6. Javier P's Avatar
    Funny, none of the most important things for me are included in the poll Battery life, dual SIM, value for money and the closest to stock android the better.
    08-19-2015 05:23 PM
  7. JoshDunc's Avatar
    Something similar to my S6. The ONLY thing that could have made it better is a 2nd one! Lol

    Samsung Galaxy S6 - Black - 32GB - AT&T
    Mophie Juicepack
    ZAGG Tempered Glass
    08-19-2015 05:25 PM
  8. Ry's Avatar
    So it needs to be anything released in 2014 or later?
    Damnit.
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    08-19-2015 06:22 PM
  9. GSOgymrat's Avatar
    Screen size and quality. I rarely make calls or text and my phone is used mostly as a small tablet. A large clear screen is the first thing I look for.
    08-19-2015 06:25 PM
  10. Almeuit's Avatar
    I voted camera .
    08-20-2015 08:27 AM
  11. anon(9072051)'s Avatar
    Funny, none of the most important things for me are included in the poll
    I know what you mean. The thing that popped into my head immediately was sound, as in much improved user controls for earpiece volume, mic volume, and speakerphone/stereo speaker adjustments. I don't think you should have to root and flash to be able fine tune the sound from something that's still categorized as a phone.

    Given the options provided, though, I'd have to go with screen.
    08-20-2015 09:09 AM
  12. Aquila's Avatar
    I do not remember what I voted for, but generally agree with the poll - camera, battery life and build quality are way ahead of the rest of the list for me.

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    08-20-2015 12:37 PM
  13. Sizzers's Avatar
    SQ and battery: I'm now very much a Moto man so no chance of a replaceable battery *grrr*

    Build quality used to be VERY important to me, but now I'm hooked on a particular line of TPU case so not as important as it used to be when I solely used a vertical leather pouch case.
    08-20-2015 03:25 PM
  14. LeoRex's Avatar
    I vote 'None of the Above' and kind of agree with one of Javier's points... most important thing for me is the software experience. I mean, I pick up an S6 and yeah, the display might be a little bit nicer than the one on my Nexus 6. And the camera on my wife's G4 is awesome. But using either phone for a few minutes, I'm just not a really big fan of OEMs going in and reinventing the wheel and breaking Android like they do.
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    08-21-2015 01:39 PM
  15. Aquila's Avatar
    I'd agree that software is pretty huge on the list.

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    08-22-2015 10:00 AM
  16. Ry's Avatar
    I vote 'None of the Above' and kind of agree with one of Javier's points... most important thing for me is the software experience. I mean, I pick up an S6 and yeah, the display might be a little bit nicer than the one on my Nexus 6. And the camera on my wife's G4 is awesome. But using either phone for a few minutes, I'm just not a really big fan of OEMs going in and reinventing the wheel and breaking Android like they do.
    Software experience is one the reasons my next phone is going to be the third generation Moto X. With the first generation Moto X, Motorola fundamentally changed how I use a phone.

    LED indicator? Nope. I love Moto Display.

    I drive to work solo (at least an hour commute) and having the phone read my text messages to me is awesome.

    Posted via Android Central App (Moto X)
    Laura Knotek and Aquila like this.
    08-22-2015 02:37 PM
  17. Inders99's Avatar
    Most important for me is removable battery. Being able to swap out a battery on the fly to get back to a full charge immediately is invaluable to me. It provides the freedom to use the phone as hard as I like, always untethered from a charging cable/source, as a spare battery can be at the ready again faster than I can drain the one in the phone. Rinse and repeat that cycle endlessly as wanted/needed.

    Also, I never need to worry about managing the charge level of that one sealed/embedded battery hoping to maintain its longevity from prematurely losing its capacity, or worse having to deal with one that outright fails where the only recourse is to take the phone somewhere (or ship it to a service center) to have the battery replaced. Instead I can have multiple batteries (as many as I want) to spread out the wear and tear or just use and abuse them without worry as they can be easily replaced myself (at minimal cost).
    I agree 100%. Not sure why this isn't a bigger factor. I purchased the LG G4 and didn't think I'd use the extra battery much but it's really become an outstanding feature of this device. I really hope these fragile sealed back phones don't make their way to all manufacturers. Just seems like it's a step in the wrong direction considering these live in portable state most of the time.
    08-23-2015 05:59 AM
  18. Aquila's Avatar
    Updated as of 8/23/15 07:31:



    Not a lot of changes - battery life feel slightly behind build quality, camera increased its lead, microSD was passed by screen quality and removable battery fell even further behind.

    From a hardware standpoint, this poll pretty much has it right - Camera, Build, Battery life and Screen Quality are by far and away going to remain the most important factors for most users, if not in that specific order - because these are the 4 things that become deal breakers on otherwise very respectable phones. Check all 4 of these boxes (as Moto says they're doing, LG and Samsung are doing) - and deliver a great software experience and this seems to be a recipe for success.
    08-23-2015 07:38 AM
  19. Crashdamage's Avatar
    I voted 'Other' and put this in the comments:

    Needs to make phone calls reliably. Smartphones are a lol of things, but they are still phones. My wife and I both make hundreds, probably thousands of calls per year each, mostly for business.
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    08-23-2015 08:02 AM
  20. FishenFool's Avatar
    All this stuff about camera and music makes no sense to me. If I want to take pictures I use a real camera. If I want music I use a dedicated Portable media player. I care more about software, sound quality on calls, ability to automate things, and a quality voice assistant.

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    08-23-2015 08:47 AM
  21. dpham00's Avatar
    All this stuff about camera and music makes no sense to me. If I want to take pictures I use a real camera. If I want music I use a dedicated Portable media player. I care more about software, sound quality on calls, ability to automate things, and a quality voice assistant.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk
    Then you are in the minority. When out and about, most people I see use their smartphones as cameras and music players. It is more convenient for most people to carry one device

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 5
    08-23-2015 09:57 AM
  22. Aquila's Avatar
    According to the poll it's time to drop NFC and wireless charging too (along with removable battery and SD cards) since few folks care/use them.
    Few folks prioritize those features more than all other features. Obviously the OEM's need to make a decision about which features add enough value to lead to enough additional sales to justify their inclusion and the impact on the overall user experience for their target audience. NFC and Wireless charging are pretty different from each other - the lack of NFC removes functionality from the device, while I'd argue that wireless charging, SD cards and removable batteries do not add or remove any functionality, they simply change how existing functionality can be utilized.
    08-24-2015 09:42 AM
  23. LeoRex's Avatar
    NFC and Wireless charging are pretty different from each other - the lack of NFC removes functionality from the device.
    And that functionality is really still underutilized.... which may or may not change. With wireless payments becoming much more widespread (ish), it might nudge up a bit on the 'f's to give' scale.
    08-24-2015 03:29 PM
  24. jemfalor's Avatar
    i doubt there's a most important list for me. camera, stereo mic and speakers, screen, nfc, microsd, various sensors etc all are important. right now, the removal of microsd on certain brand phones makes microsd the top of the list. with some lower tier phones lacking nfc, that should top the list. if all phones could support amoled, why not? that should top the list. if phone camera could be better or more practical than carrying another camera, why not? that should top the list too.

    it's better to have them now than to realise you need them only later..

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    08-24-2015 08:38 PM
  25. Ry's Avatar
    According to the poll it's time to drop NFC and wireless charging too (along with removable battery and SD cards) since few folks care/use them.
    That would make sense if the poll ranked owner preferences.

    In this case, it doesn't.



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    08-24-2015 08:52 PM
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