On this edition of the Friday Debate, we talk about what shapes out to be the most exciting season for Android smartphones in living memory. Over the next few months, a host of amazing, well designed, supremely powerful Android smartphones will hit the market. The only bad thing about it is that some of us we’ll have to make up our mind and choose just one of these devices. So what will it be, out of the Note 3, One Max, Sony i1, LG G2, Moto X, or the next Nexus? Or did we miss something?
Join us in the discussion, vote in our poll, and sound off in the comments!
Call me old fashioned, but I’m still not totally sold on the supra 5-inch trend, so the upcoming Note 3 and One Max aren’t really on my radar, unless the developers can do something really interesting with the software.
A new Nexus smartphone would be very welcome news for all the obvious reasons. If the rumors about it being based somewhat on the LG G2 turn out to be true, then I’ll be buying one, no questions asked.
Which brings me to the next flagship handsets, the LG G2 and Sony i1. These two interest me the most right now, and not just because I want to see what Qualcomm’s latest processor can do.
Ok, the power of the Snapdragon 800 certainly interests me, but I’m also curious to see if LGs others hardware features, like 192kHz sound and GRAM, really bring noticeable improvements to consumers. I think it says something about the state of smartphone hardware that manufacturers have to include niche improvements, like 24 bit audio, in order to differentiate their product from the competition. Despite the subtle benefits, I’m not convinced that the majority of consumers are going to notice these features.
The G2 and x1 may finally shows us that we’re reaching the peak of smartphone hardware. Which leaves me wondering where the next big innovation is going to come from?
Even if you’re not planning on buying any of these handsets, it’s going to be interesting to see how these smartphones shape the Android market over the coming months.
It looks like we’re going to stay busy for quite a while, doesn’t it? To be honest, I love my larger screens with their higher resolutions and pixel densities but I’ve been reminded of a very important notion recently – when I got my hands on the Moto X. Number one, we’re spoiled. We forget how good a device can be even when it doesn’t teeter on the bleeding edge. However, more importantly, number two – that sometimes optimizing what we already have is sometimes better than shoving in more power.
I thoroughly enjoy using the Moto X and I can’t wait to get my own. I’m even going to probably sign up for a two year contract with AT&T just to get my own customized version. And to be honest my general reaction to the Moto X makes me hope that those rumors of Motorola making their own Nexus device actually pan out.
I was recently asked on my G+ page if I thought Motorola should design the Nexus 5. I don’t. Not because they wouldn’t be good at it, but because what we would expect from the Nexus 5 just doesn’t fit in line with what Moto is trying to do right now. They want 720p, S4 Pro, battery saving and optimized specs – all things that the Nexus 4 fit in line with. If the Moto X is what I’m raving about right now, with its smaller, easier to use form factor and (somewhat surprisingly) blazing performance, then I would be more than happy to see Motorola side step the Nexus 5 and instead make a second generation Nexus 4.
I’m not a big fan of massive 5+ inch displays so like Robert, the Note 3 and the One Max don’t interest me. However, I am very interested in the LG G2 and the Sony Honami. I probably won’t pick up the G2 itself, but if the Nexus 5 is based on the G2, then I’ll definitely be picking that up (I’ll probably be picking up the Nexus 5 no matter what).
While I’m not a fan of LG’s Optimus UI, I am a fan of Sony’s Xperia UI and a massive fan of the Honami leaks. The Honami looks to be an absolute monster and couple that with Sony’s beautiful smartphone design and added features like waterproofing, I’m genuinely looking forward to the Honami. Plus, if the camera lives up to the hype, I won’t pick up the Lumia 1020 (Yep, I’m picking up the Lumia just for the camera).
The Moto X won’t be coming over to my shores anytime soon, so that means it’s no longer a viable option for me, but I can certainly understand its appeal. It would be very difficult for me to see Motorola make a Nexus based on the Moto X’s specs, because the Nexus smartphone line is aimed at a completely different audience. The spec-maniacs buy Nexus phones, while the Moto X is aimed at the mainstream audience.
All in all, the next few months will be another whirlwind of releases which makes me glad that I held off on purchasing the HTC One or Galaxy S4.
It’s been a crazy year of awesome devices with plenty to come, making it difficult to settle on just a single handset I’m looking forward to. Nonetheless, as crazy as I am about my Note 2, I’m going to have to say the Moto X. After using the Nexus 7 (2013) I’m really looking forward to the next Nexus handset, but man, the Moto X is something else — one of a kind, if you will. Everything about it is unique — from the hardware and all the way down to customization with the Moto Maker. This isn’t a top of the line device like the G2, but it’s still one dang good handset.
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Have to agree with Robert, there’s just (probably) going to be thinner devices with thinner bezels, more power, better cameras, better screen, more memory and stuff like that. I’d like to see the battery innovations to be used in phones insted of just being concepts and that solar panel screen is also cool, but I’d say a bit too much of a gimmick (at least in where I live when there are times that we don’t see then sun for a whole day!). I hope Google can at least come up with something exciting and new with KLP! And Nexus 5 FTW, of course :)
I know that feel, bro! We need Snow Panel Screens, but haven’t you heard of Nokia’s self-charging phones (powered by Radio Waves) and batteries that recharge with your movement? http://now.msn.com/nokia-developing-self-charging-phone-powered-by-radio-waves & http://www.phonearena.com/news/Self-charging-battery-developed-by-Georgia-Tech-uses-your-movement-to-recharge_id33432
I’ve heard of the Nokia’s invention, but sadly this stuff always take so long that by the time it is used in a commercial phone, we can use the Galaxy Note of that year as a table :D
Honami and Nexus 5.
I also like G2 but it won’t come to Sweden soon anyway.
Honami and Nexus 5. Although if Honami turns out to have as fat bezels as it’s been leaked then I will skip it, no matter how it turns out. If Nexus 5 turns out to be like G2 then it will be a must buy.
I also like G2 but it won’t come to Sweden soon anyway.
Oppo Find 7, Meizu MX3 or the Xiaomi MI3.
Budget at its best
Nexus 5 and HTC One Max
Honami is way to big with the huge bezels, why does it have to be so much bigger than the Xperia Z, doesn´t make any sense. That alone makes in totally uninteresting. Otherwise Nexus and and Oppo Find 7
Ubuntu Edge for me, thank you!
Ubuntu Edge doesn’t exist perhaps never will.
nexus 5 and note 3
Nexus 5 take my money now.
New oppo find 5 should be interesting
FREEEEEEEEEEEE AND OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPEN!!!!!!!!so much for that theory. This is why Android has a 40+% return rate. Android will be dead in two years
You’re an idiot.
Note 3 ftw
Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia ZR.
Note 3 for home & office, stylus is pretty helpful.
while ZR for traveling / outdoor activities at weekend.
No interest on limited phone like G2, Nexus, or One. Those have non-expandable memory, not futureproof/ quickly obsolete. will highly dependent on cloud for storage, not suited for my current need & activities.
How are the phones you listed “not future proof”? My Galaxy Nexus runs 4.3 just fine. It’ll run KLP with no issues. My Nexus 4 runs 4.3 and it’ll run KLP. It has quad core blah blah blah. The phones coming out today have slightly more powerful processors but as far as the Nexus not being future proof, I don’t believe that.
Sony xperia honami i1 FTW
HTC One Max and Note 3
tough choice between i1, Note and new Nexus. But I chose the i1
Xperia Z Ultra in purple color! (It’s upcoming in most part of the world)
It’s the ultimate my-desktop replacement :D So very powerful, pretty and big enough *.*
I have enough time to save. Just perfect!
One Max if they keep their bezels in check.
New Nexus hopefully with Key Lime Pie and Snapdragon 800.
Not sure why Adam is going for Lumia 1020 “just for the camera”, when for less he can buy a Nikon D5200 which is a mid range DSLR that can take 50 times better photos. 41mpix on Lumia is just a gimmick.
Granted D5200 is not as portable as Lumia 1020, but he can still buy a digital camera for 1/3rd of Lumia 1020 price and still get better pictures…
Haha, I have a DSLR I just want to relive the glory days of Nokia…
Also I haven’t used windows phone 8 as much as ios and android. It’s always nice knowing how the other side lives and the Lumia 1020 is the only one I think I can live with for a few weeks:)
The 42MP on the Lumia 1020 is far from a gimmick my friend you should read this article (http://m.androidauthority.com/nokia-lumia-1020-android-competition-242874/) which explains it all. 42MP allows it to digitally zoom because optical zoom adds too much bulk to a smartphone.
Although, now I’ve been eyeing the new Canon EOS 70D.
Adam your link is dead.
HTC one max.Can’t wait
HTC One Max FTW!!!!!
the Moto X kinda does a great job of demonstrating that we’ve reached “good enough” with the processor. this year, and definitely next year, are the year of the subsystem, instead of just the processor. so low light cameras, huge mega-pixel cameras, 3d cameras, 1080p60 video cameras, 4k video cameras, … yea the camera in general. And other things: IR blaster — intuitive software for it … these are things they are working on with phones now. But in the near future you might see laser pointer/laser measuring devices (distance, angle, speed, temperature — you can even get basic chemical composition with a simple laser). Likewise there is a whole revolution in the making with contextually aware, always-on software once we get down into the sub 20nm range.
I’d just like to see an Minimize and Exit button in each and every app on Android. That way multitasking would be much better, I believe. We could minimize the apps we want to continue using and terminate the ones we are done with, which would free up RAM for the processes/apps we actually want running/to get back to, to continue working on them.
Currently minimizing with the Home button gives us no certainty that the minimized app will be open as we left it when going back after working with other app/s, specially if our device has only 1GB, even with less RAM It’d be possible to multitask better having these buttons I’d like.
What do you think? Wouldn’t this be an improvement?
LG G2 for me, if I don’t like the UI I’ll just flash CM10 then bam my LG G2 is pretty much a nexus 5.
Sony Honami ; I dont think anything like that has happened to Smartphone world. Atleast that’s what rumors say
i1 nd note 3
I can’t wait for the Oppo Find 7, whatever it is gonna bring. After the hugely successful Oppo Find 5 with its monthly updates and great hardware and design it for sure is one of the most anticipated phones of 2014. I hope that nobody is gonna tell me that it is chinese crap cause it looks like nowadays chineses= quality for good price like Japan cars back in the days, so yeah GO OPPO !!!
I’m a fan of +5 inch devices but I don’t really think Samsung or HTC would come with something in their +5 inch devices that they haven’t put in their this years flagship already … If I were to buy a device from the above it would be HTC One Max but I wouldn’t expect nothing more than in the One except for the processor …. BUT what I am really excited about is the Moto X So that would be my Choice
Honami minus dat dere bezel of peace.
iPhone 5S no one? No? Anyone out there?
For the past year, Sony and LG have been playing tug of war with my interest and with the G2, I thought LG had won. But, Sony is definitely taking it back with the honami and if it is all that it promises to be, than Sony has one and my next smartphone will be one of theirs.
Vote doesn’t work and the Note 3 with 3Gig and a quad 800, WOOHOO
whats a iphone?