Once upon a time a cellphone was used to make phone calls on the go. As technology grew as well as people’s needs and demands the cellphone turned into the smartphone and making phone calls was no longer the leading demand. Smartphones have become so advanced that I do not think the word ‘phone’ does justice to what Apple, Samsung, HTC and tens of other smartphone manufactures are producing.
This is what it looked like the last time a company bragged about a mobile phone’s ability to make phone calls.
If you were to make a pie chart to describe your mobile phone use, how much of that chart would be taken up by phone calls as opposed to surfing the internet, watching movies or playing games? If phone calls came in last place you are not alone.
According to Business Insider, here is the breakdown of how people are using their smartphones.
Somewhere within the red 10% falls the amount of time you are using your mobile device to make a phone call.
If you look at the direction smartphone manufacturers are going, it is clear that video is one of the, if not the main influence when it comes to today’s smartphone designs. When communication on the go was all we were looking for, there was no importance to the size of a screen and companies were trying to produce the smallest phone possible. Since the focus has completely turned to visual, it looks like smartphones are making a complete U-turn where size does matter and the bigger the better.
According to YouTube, over 40% of their global watch time is taking place on a mobile device. In numbers that means out of the 6 billion hours of video that are watched each month, over 3.6 billion of those hours are being viewed on a mobile device.
When it comes to the app market the numbers speak for themselves.
The question is no longer IF you are using your mobile device for video but rather which is the best smartphone for the ultimate video experience?
Size DOES Matter and Bigger Is Better!
Size absolutely matters when it comes to a good video experience. The challenge for companies is how to balance a large screen but keep a device small enough that it can still fit in your pocket.
With the exception of the iPhone, every other company has stretched their phone screens to the limit.
If size is your deciding factor then the Samsung Note 3 with its 5.7″ screen is the device for you. Samsung’s latest commercial shows off their new huge Note 3 screen while making fun of Apple’s small hardware.
Does the commercial make sense?
The only question is, did Samsung super size the Note 3 just a bit too much?
Good Sound = Good Video Experience.
Since HTC announced their partnership with Beats, the HTC One definitely leads the pack when it comes to marketing and buzz.
The HTC One was also the first device to put dual speakers on the front side of the device to enhance volume and sound quality.
What I found strange was the fact that with certain types of audio, the HTC One is actually louder when the Beats option is turned off!
But volume is not everything and the real challenge again is finding the balance between volume boost and quality sound. Here is a short demo of sound comparison between the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5.
There is another serious player involved when it comes to sound quality. Sony, who has always produced great audio and video products, has released their latest smartphone called the Xperia Z2. Along with built in noise cancelation and a dual speaker on the front side of the phone, the Xperia Z2 produces a loud and very clear audio experience.
Here is where things might get a bit competitive but not sure this would be the deal maker or breaker. Surprisingly, the iPhone has a pixel density of only 326 PPI while the HTC One, Samsung galaxy S4, Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z2 all have over 400 PPI with the HTC One leading the pack with 446 PPI. Does it make that big of a difference? I am not convinced.
So here they are: iPhone 5s, Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and the Samsung Note 3.
I don’t think anyone will be disappointed with any of these options and it was just too hard to crown one over the rest. My personal choice would have been the Note 3 or the HTC One based on screen size and sound quality but ya know what they say about personal taste.
Which one is your pick and why? Let us know in the comments below.
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