Describe your dream phone

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by randy98mtu, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. randy98mtu macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    This is just another take on the decision making process between Apple/iOS and Android. I'm not completely in love with either, so for me it's more of a compromise, so I started thinking in my head what my dream phone would be. Perhaps in describing it the decision will become more clear.


    Apple is the clear leader for me in fit, finish and materials. That said, I'm in the big screen camp. Give me something in the 4.7-5" range. But it still needs to have accurate color calibration. Every time I pick up a Samsung and go to a webpage, the white background looks too cool and has a blue tone to it. It's gotten to where I can see it even on pictures and home screens. It just does not have accurate colors. So for me I want the accuracy of the Apple display or the HTC One. On that note, I also love the front facing speakers on the HTC One. That is pure brilliance. I don't use my camera a whole lot as I have a very nice DSLR kit, but I do want the best possible in the 8-13 MP range that does well in low light. Stuff as much battery as you can in there and give it 64-128 gig of internal storage. I don't care for messing with SD cards.


    Again, Apple wins in polish. Everything looks clean. The upcoming control center looks great and solves all those issues. I'm not real particular in notifications, though I do like being able to quick reply from the lock screen ala intelliscreen. The big things I want from Android are the customizable grid setup. Let the user specify the grid size and put any icon they want anywhere on that grip. I also like widgets. I like going to my main home screen, seeing my weather, my music player and my wallpaper. For the music player, I'm completely invested in iTunes and need the ability to sync with iTunes. That said, iSyncr works fine so Android could work for me. I would also borrow the lockscreens from Android. I like the latest abilities to have a second "page" on the lockscreen for some app you frequently use. For me, it would likely be the music player. You also need the iPhone dialer. Why Android doesn't have visual voicemail built into the dialer baffles me. Wonder if it's a patent thing...

    In looking at those, my biggest gripes with Apple are with the screen size (can't be fixed) and some layout/customizability (can be fixed with jailbreak.) With Android, it's the overall polish of the OS that bothers me. The lack of iMessage is also a bummer, though all those closest to me have unlimited texting so it's not a big deal.

    Overall, I wish I could put jailbroken iOS 7 on an HTC One with a better camera. :) What will I do in September? I'll have my choice of a 5S on iOS 7 and wait for a jb, stick with my 5 on jb iOS 6, or switch to the HTC One.

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Your dream phone description?
  2. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012

    I pretty agree on all your points. I gave Android a shot for 3 months with the Galaxy S3. Ended up crawling back to the iPhone 5.

    My dream phone would be an iPhone with a slightly larger screen. ~4.5". Not too big on phablets. Also, better cameras are also nice.

    Customizing Android is cool, but I soon found out I was spending too much time installing little tweaks and messing with the layout of the home screens. I realized, what's the point? It gets old quickly.
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    a nexus device in the moto x body with LTE and good call quality/speaker phone.
  4. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2011
    Metro Vancouver, B.C, Canada
    It would be an Android phone with a 4.5" screen and high end internals. The screen can be 720p. I don't think I need a higher resolution. It would have a landscape slider keyboard with a tilt mechanism and feel of the Nokia E7. It would have a big enough battery that will allow me to run my GPS app for 6 straight hours while playing music over the car's BT connection. I don't care how thick it is.
  5. Liquorpuki macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    City of Angels
    Apple Industrial Design, ecosystem and SIRI integration
    Galaxy S4 Screen
    Nokia 1020 Camera
    Android or WP8 Datacentric UI
    WP8 People Hub
    Moto X Form Factor, customizability, and Touchless Controls
    Qi Charging
  6. JeffiJers macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2012
    A polished Nexus device on Verizon.

    Always missing my Galaxy Nexus.
  7. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
  8. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    A nexus 4 with 2 day battery, LTE, better camera and an s800. 1080p screen would be nice as well but not really necessary in a 4.7inch screen.
  9. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    instabuy, I would even take 1 day battery
  10. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    This, though I'll add LTE (should be a given this year) and good battery life, enough to get me through the day with moderate to heavy use.

    I could also go in completely the opposite direction. Give me an iPhone with 4.5-4.7" display with high ppi (720p is fine, would love 1080p) and iOS with much less restrictions (intents system similar to Android, ability to set default apps, more flexibility customizing layout, more gesture controls, file repository that all apps share) and I'd probably choose it instead, even over a Nexus. I live in a predominantly Apple household and a majority of my family/friends use OS X and iOS--and this isn't changing anytime soon, whether I like it or not. So while I love the flexibility of Android, I do miss the benefits of iOS in the Apple ecosystem (mostly iMessage, AirPlay/mirroring, AirDrop will likely be handy), prefer their customer service and support, and still like the design/feel of iOS. If Apple could loosen the restriction a bit and give me a bigger display, they'd have a chance to lure me back.

    Not holding my breath on that though. ;)
  11. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    I'd gladly take a bigger screened iphone, but I don't think I can live without a jailbreak anymore.. and waiting for one sucks. It's like hey I got a new phone, but I dont get all the functionality for 6+ months(if we're lucky)!
  12. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Yeah, I couldn't go back to iOS in it's present state, even if the display was larger. Thus, why I don't expect to be using an iPhone for quite a while.
  13. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Hell. I'd buy 3.
  14. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    My iPhone 5 is my dream phone/pocket computer. It does everything i want.
  15. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, my darling.
  16. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    HTC One Google Edition with a better camera and battery.
  17. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    Perhaps most of the design cues of my HTC One but in liquid metal and a tad shorter. I would throw in an expandable removable battery at 3000+mAh without sacrificing thinness. But how the battery can be removed and replaced would be similar to the sim tray on the left. It ejects from the side. I also wouldnt mind it able to dual boot like HD2 and have dual sim as well since I live in the Philippines. Also give it wireless charging and even water/resistance. My perfect combination of an Android has elements from HTC One + Nexus 4 + Xperia ZR (best midranger). Just cover it in liquid metal.
  18. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
  19. Jett0516 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2010
  20. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
  21. dkersten macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
    Moto X with a better camera, Nexus pricing, and with iMessage. Also it would be cool if the customization options were on Verizon, but I don't care as much about that
  22. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    1) 4.3 - 4.5" screen.

    2) Sexy build quality (or just damn high tech and durable) I really love the Nokia designs, too bad they backed a losing platform.

    3) Excellent call quality and noise cancellation (I still use it a lot as a phone!)

    4) Excellent camera with lightening fast access.

    5) Flagship specs

    As far as OS goes, I have to say I really love never having to mess with iTunes for file system or music management. Apple really needs to go with drag and drop, just use a valid antivirus or something if they are so afraid of nasties coming in.

    Since I really love the customization of Android, I would stick with them. OR at the very least I will have to learn to JB my iPhone.
  23. kilcher macrumors 65816


    Jul 3, 2011
    iPhone 5 w/ 4.5 - 5" screen, 1 day battery, a camera that doesn't blur photos w/ movement or low light, and either hardware or software to completely eliminate my need to carry a wallet. And as long as we're dreaming let's throw dent-proof and shatter-proof in there as well.

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