Applies to – anyone with a smartphone that might be looking to upgrade soon

You might have noticed over the years, that smartphones have gotten bigger, fancier and generally smarter….. but where will manufacturers draw the line with how much “stuff” they can pack into a handheld device?

Cameras

What was wrong with just one camera on the back of the phone and one camera on the front? Samsung has just released a new smartphone with FOUR cameras on the back (the Samsung A9), a little excessive if you ask me. The four cameras include an 8-megapixel, 120-degree ultra wide angle lens, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, the main lens that comes in at 24-megapixels and a 5-megapixel depth camera with live focus. To me, that’s just way too much! But if you’re looking for a phone that can pretty much take a picture of absolutely anything and turn it into a work of art right in front of your eyes, then maybe the Samsung A9 is for you (you can read more about it here). I can understand smartphones having two cameras to do the fancy things like blurring the background of a photo to focus on a person or object, but why would you really need four cameras?

Size of the phone

What about the size of a smartphone? Back in 2010 when I had my first proper smartphone, it was the size of my palm (cleverly named Palm Pre). It had a touch screen but it also had a hidden keyboard which you slid out. Admittedly, the keyboard buttons were tiny and I could only really press them using my fingernails, so it wasn’t very practical. But it was a great size and easily fit in my coat pocket. Over the years, every smartphone that I’ve had has grown in size. I’ve had a few Blackberry’s that varied in size, a couple of iPhones and quite a number of Android phones.
My current smartphone, a Sony Xperia XZ1, is the biggest phone I think I’ve had. The screen size isn’t that impressive as a lot of the front of the phone is wasted on space for the speakers. The reason I bought the phone was for the camera, which was the best single camera on the market at the time. Since then, Sony seemed to have followed the big companies (like Samsung and Apple) and have increased the screen size, added more cameras and made the phones bigger. I think when I’m due to upgrade I’ll be downsizing as I can’t imagine having a bigger phone than I’ve got at the moment.

Storage capacity

Another thing that’s drastically changed over the years is the storage capacity. My phone currently has an internal storage capacity of 64GB. To put that into perspective, I currently have 17.25GB of storage left, I’ve used 17GB of storage on Photos and videos (around 2094 photos and videos, mainly of my dogs!), 1.6GB for Music, 15GB on apps, 12GB is used for System files and the rest is miscellaneous files. Pretty much everything on my phone is backed up to Google Drive/Google Photos so I could potentially free up at least 17GB of storage if I wanted to. But I have 17GB of storage still available, without deleting all my files off my phone, so what’s the point? And also, why does the Android system need 12GB to run? If you have a phone that only has 16GB of internal storage, does that mean that after the system files, you only have 4GB for photos, videos, music, apps? It just doesn’t make sense to me? Of course, on phones that have a smaller internal storage capacity, they perhaps won’t be as high tech as some that have more internal storage capacity, so they wouldn’t need as much space for system files I guess.
So get ready for even more upgrades coming in 2019, including foldable screens, better cameras and more durable phones (now this would be handy as I’m so clumsy, I drop my phone all the time).
As ever, if you have any questions, just drop me a comment 🙂
Thanks
Jess