The three (in my opinion) most underrated smartphone features

Recently, I was telling you about the overrated features of the device. Today we will talk about those that do not receive so much attention, but without which I cannot imagine a smartphone.

As I’ve said many times, each of us uses the phone in a different way. Therefore, phones are a mixture of ideas and technologies, combined in such proportions to try to meet the needs of as many customers as possible. It does not always work, so some time ago I wrote for you a text about three, in my opinion, the most overrated functions of the phone. Of course every coin has two sides and just as there are widely advertised features in the market that I don’t like there are also ones that I can’t imagine using the phone without and I think their introduction has significantly increased the comfort of using the smart phone. Which of them are most important to me?

Quick charge

Of course, fast charging today, like everything else, is part of the manufacturers’ war of numbers. Two years ago, the speed of 65 W seemed extremely fast, while today we already have 120, or even – 150 W. Of course, with such values, each further improvement will bring less and less progress and I am absolutely not surprised by people. who do not understand the pursuit of not recharging the smartphone in 30 or 20 minutes.

Therefore, in the case of fast charging, I am not talking about the specific value with which energy is supplied to the phone, but about the concept of fast charging in general. Before appearing on phones, the problem titled “I have to leave the house in 5 minutes and I realize that my phone is dead” was extremely common for me. Yes, some people are used to charging their smartphone at night. I do not have. Therefore, fast charging is simply a technology that saves my skin at such times, and also – gives a bit more peace of mind when using the device, because I don’t have to plan strategically when it charges the phone. If I see that I have ten percent battery, I know that it takes several tens of minutes (and not two hours) for the smartphone to have energy for the next 24 hours.

wide angle camera

The story here is very similar to that of fast charging. It all started with LG phones, which were the first to feature a wide-angle lens. From them, the function was very quickly picked up by other manufacturers, and after a while it became standard in phones of all price ranges. And I must admit that if the most common shots of a wide-angle camera cannot match those of the main lens (usually lenses, for example with a much lower resolution of the matrix), in some cases it is an irreplaceable function.

With a wide-angle lens at hand, you simply don’t have to worry about whether we can get far enough from the photographed object to be able to cover it in full. The same goes for the moments when you take a picture of a group of friends. The ability to change the camera for a wider angle instead of combining how to do it to fit everyone in the frame is a great convenience, which we consider standard today, and which we don’t could only dream of in the past.

Gesture support

When it comes to supporting Android, smartphones have gone through three main stages of development. The first of these were phones with physical buttons in the bottom frame of the device. With their help we could, for example, return to the previous menu, return to the home screen or call up the application options. Often there was a fingerprint reader in the home button. Then, however, the iPhone X arrived and day by day these designs started to look just plain outdated. Then came the second phase, i.e. frameless phones, which were operated by system buttons on the screen. This phase is also the development phase of iPhone-like gestures, but most manufacturers have tried to solve them in their own way, quite clumsily and therefore – inconveniently.

I remember how the overlay update to (I think) Android 8 brought gesture support to my smartphone in my Huawei and I have to admit it was done in such a way that I bounced back to this feature like against the wall. However, now that the gestures are done correctly, I have to admit that I can’t imagine using the phone any other way. This way of navigating the menu seems to me today simply more natural and when a new smartphone comes to test, in addition to activating the dark mode, it is mandatory to define gestures as a method of navigation, because without this , everything I do on the smartphone takes 2x longer.

And without what options you can’t imagine using the phone?

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