A big, significant part of being passionate about technology has always been to admire and to be awed by the latest-and-greatest breaching the limitations of what used to be latest-and-greatest a while back. You might not necessarily need what’s new, but it is still charming to flaunt it, explore it and – while doing so – get used to it.
Call them fads, inconveniences or trends – but for many, these features are what make their gadgets special. So if you are out looking for a new Smartphone, here are some buzzwords that you will come across frequently these days. Here is what you should know.
VR headsets are grossly imperfect. However, if you haven’t tried one before, the experience is sure to leave a lasting smile on your face. Google cardboard opened the virtual reality experience for the masses and today you can enjoy immersive 360-degree Videos for as little as a few hundred bucks.
BUT, not every phone is VR compatible. Make sure your phone has a gyroscope sensor and for a decent experience on VR, your display should have at least Full HD resolution. To resolve all confusion, Google will soon start issuing daydream certification.
USB Type C
USB Type-C port is a reversible port, and basically, this means you don’t have to worry about the orientation of your charging cable while inserting it into the charging port. Convenient? Not really.
Since most of the cables are still USB Type A, you will have to carry your charging cable or easy-to-lose adapters with you at all times. Besides, the third party USB Type C cables have serious security issues which could damage your phone, and thus it’s hard to trust the one your friend is using or the flimsy one that comes with a power bank.
As of today, living with a USB Type C sucks, but it is indeed the way forward. If your USB Type-C port is based on USB 3.0 and not USB 2.0 standard (which is rarely the case) you get to enjoy some performance benefits too.
The fingerprint sensor has caught on and transitioned from being a gimmick to a necessity in a very short time. Partly because of the good quality capacitive sensors available even at affordable prices, and primarily because it does make sense.
There are rear-mounted and front-mounted ones to choose from, but it’s often merely a matter of getting used to.
USB Type C Audio
As if USB Type C wasn’t irritating enough, the 3.5 mm audio jack, a universally trusted companion has been shown the door. For now LeEco, Oppo and Motorola are the only prominent brands to embrace USB Type C audio but more will soon follow.
As far our experience with LeEco Lossless CDLA audio goes, the sound quality might indeed improve.
Metal and 2.5D Glass construction
The design is perhaps the most artistic thing about your smartphone. How comfortable it is to hold in hands, and how many heads it manages to turn is understandably important to all classes of users. More often than not manufacturers play safe with a tried and trusted formula, and these days the word “Metal” and “2.5D Glass” are widely accepted as mandatory elements of “premium design”.
For those who need to know, 2.5D glass subtly curves at the corners to facilitate a smooth transition from glass to side edge. It makes a noticeable difference, but only if you dare to live without a case or protective tempered glass.
But a good design is certainly more than labels, as Nextbit Robin recently proved.
NOTE: These are some of the most popular smartphone trends these days, based on the searches we get on our portal Smartprix, the best online comparison website.