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This is the smartphone design AndroidPIT readers want

This is the smartphone design AndroidPIT readers want

In last week's poll, we asked a grand total of nine questions on which design and external aspects you prefer in a smartphone. Now, we're back with the results. Here's what the ideal smartphone would look like according to AndroidPIT readers.

Since there were already so many questions in last week's poll, we limited ourselves to only asking about the external aspects of a smartphone. We're saving the internal specs for another poll later. That being said, here's what you said you want most in a smartphone.

The results

For the color, the majority (64%) want something darker, like black, grey or dark blue. The second largest group, with 17% of the vote, doesn't mind what color their smartphone is. The least popular colors are light colors like white or silver with only 8% and bright colors like red or green with 11%.

For the finish material, the clear winner is metal with 56% of the vote. Metal is followed by plastic with 18% of the vote and glass with 14%. I would guess that plastic beat glass not because of looks, but because of durability. 9% of respondents weren't bothered by having any particular type of finish, and only 3% were interested in having leather or similar fabrics on the back.

Here comes the big controversy of 2018, the notch. The majority is traditional, since 64% say they want no notch. 31% of readers don't care either way. Only 5% actually want to have a notch.

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The notch debate is finally settled. Only 5% actually want it. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

The best display technology, according to our readers, is Super AMOLED, which got 61% of the vote. If you have to make compromises on a device, it seems most don't want that compromise to be with the display. Super AMOLED was followed by plain old AMOLED with 15% of the vote, and 13% just didn't care about the display. The rest of the vote went to IPS and TFT with only 10% and 1% of the vote respectively. 

When it comes to audio, stereo on the front was the most sought-after configuration with 61% of the vote. The second most popular option was to have stereo on the sides, which got 17% of the vote. Another 16% didn't really mind about the speaker type or placement, and all the other options got less than 3% of the vote.

When it comes to built-in protection, 71% of readers want to have a waterproof and dust proof smartphone that has some type of drop protection. It seems that level of protection has already become the new standard. 18% need only waterproofing and dust proofing, while just 6% need splash protection and another 6% don't care.

For the charging port, 84% want to have USB Type-C. So it seems Micro USB is on its way out of favor for good, with only 11% of the vote. Only 5% don't care what type of charging port a phone has, and just 1% want to put up with proprietary or exclusive ports. 

Manufacturers are having a hard time convincing users to get on board with the forced no-headphone-jack trend. A vast majority want to have a headphone jack on their smartphones still, with 49% saying they want a headphone jack and HiFi and 31% saying they want a regular headphone jack. For the minority who want no jack, 9% want a Bluetooth headset included in the box and 2% want an adapter in the box. Just 10% don't care whether or not there is a jack.


To sum it all up, according to AndroidPIT readers, the perfect smartphone has a metal finish in a dark color, a Super AMOLED display with no notch, a front stereo speaker configuration and HiFi headphone jack, with USB Type-C for charging, plus water, dust and drop protection.

Does this match with your idea of the ideal smartphone? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Current Specs I look for:

    6" screen (close to it) / one hand friendly
    3gig RAM / 32gig ROM
    SD Card Memory (at least 64 gig)
    Doesn't matter if metal, or polymer, it's the fit within a case
    4000 mAh battery
    Fingerprint scanner on back
    OS Android Oreo (OS P isn't named, or ready)
    No notch
    13 - 16 mega pixel back
    8 mega pixel front with led flash
    GSM Network
    $200 - $300 price
    Headphone jack
    Fast Charging (doesn't matter if USB Type-C, or Micro USB)
    Good Bluetooth vs NFC

    That's just off the top of my head (and obviously we all want an octa-core processor that works)

  • flat or curved screen is top of the list for me, curved screen is a gimmick, flat screen please

  • red Jun 30, 2018 Link to comment

    This may be very old school, but I miss a physical switch to mute the phone. Long ago, Palm had that on the top of their phones. It was a very quick just to slide the switch.

  • Sounds awesome to me. But I doubt any OEM would make such a beast.

  • Battery size is always one of my top priorities. 3500+ minimum

  • Mark
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    Jun 30, 2018 Link to comment

    you should have had a removable battery option in you survey. You did not give us that choice and it will always be part of my ideal phone.

    • Removable back is great but do you care about waterproofing or not?

      • Mark
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        Jul 2, 2018 Link to comment

        No I do not care about water proofing, with a removable battery you do not need it. My Note 4 and S3 have both been thoroughly drown and are both still working fine because if you can remove the power source you prevent the damage. Only phones with sealed batteries need it, when they get wet they sit there and short out.

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