Article by: Lucas Ramos
Illustration by: Sung Hee Bae
Worldwide, smartphones, cellular phones known to perform many of the functions of a computer, are known for versatility, usability, and their overall ability to accomplish all kinds of tasks. Whether for taking photos, sending snaps through Snapchat, playing social mobile games, or browsing the internet, smartphones are able to tend to all kinds of needs, and as a result have garnered the attention and popularity of the world. However, as one of the hottest items on the market, every technological giant has their own flagship smartphone, all listing the key features that you can’t live without. Samsung boasts that their cameras can record in 4K, LG capitalizes on their phones’ high-resolutions, and Apple claims that iPhones have the most optimized mobile operating system. However, wouldn’t it be nice to have all these features rolled into one phone? According to MKBHD, his dream smartphone would have features from a plethora of different features from several phones, such as the iPhone’s camera, body of an HTC One, LG G3’s 5.5 inch screen and the soft-touch finish of the Nokia Lumia series. Thus, I ask people their personal idea of what their dream “super”-smartphone would be.
For Joseph Hadaway, a senior, his dream smartphone would simply be one that can do more. He feels that using a smartphone “is generally lacking compared to his laptop,” hence his tendency to avoid using it beyond calling and the applications on it. Thus, the device that he would want now would definitely be much more computationally powerful than what exists today, so for his current Samsung Galaxy S3, he would settle with a larger battery to keep his phone going longer between charges, just so that he can use his phone for longer without the worry of it dying on him.
Jamie Campos, on the other hand, would want a much more interesting idea. “I want my smartphone to be modular, being capable of changing uses as needed. For example: if you don’t need a bluetooth connection, then take it out and replace it with something more useful, such as more processors or an external drive. Ultimately, it allows people to upgrade their phones, and potentially spend money on only parts of the phone they care about, so that hard-earned cash isn’t wasted on a feature a person would never use. Instead, only the parts that they care about will be of the highest quality they can afford.” This innovative idea is actually already in development. Under the codename of Project Ara, its uses and prices vary greatly, from being a cheap Smartphone with low cost features to a flagship one with all the latest technologies that exist.
Smartphones are an incredibly important part of today’s society, and it is likely only going to grow in the future. While everyone has their own personal preferences now, it could happen in the future that everyone has a modular phone, each person arranging theirs with different parts for various utilities. However, as technology can always grow, its impossible to tell what happens in the future, as phones may be in a form that no one can think of now and that everyone will be comfortable with using.