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What I want from smartphones in 2016

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2016 | 11:08 PM

Tech Times

Compiled by Kareem LaTouche and Stephanie Lyew

What I want from smartphones in 2016

Jefferson Graham


LOS ANGELES -- Smartphones got even better last year, with more beautiful screens, faster performance and better-than-ever cameras.

But we still have problems. As much as you love your phone, would you give it an A+? Or is there room for improvement?

Well, here's what I want to see fixed in 2016:

* The No. 1 request from consumers is longer-lasting batteries. Let's get a phone that lasts the entire day on a charge, what do you say? Forget about any other new feature for the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy of 2016. If Apple and Samsung can fix these, we don't really need anything else, do we?

* Screens that stop cracking so easily. Surely there's a solution for this. Apple almost got there with Sapphire glass in 2014, but then backed off, feeling the company making it hadn't perfected the crack-free screen yet. Hopefully we'll finally see it in 2016. (And note that Motorola says its Droid Turbo 2 has a shatter-proof screen.)

* Realistic memory in starter phones. You can't buy a phone with the starter 16 GB of memory and expect to function in life. Between a big operating system, never-ending collection of photos and videos and all those apps, you're out of room on the phone within days. The new standard -- it's got to be 64 GB. (At the very least, Apple could start offering expandable memory -- which we don't expect it to do -- and Samsung could return the memory card slot to Galaxy's.)

* Wireless charging. How many times have you run into someone's house and asked to plug in -- just for a minute? We saw early stage wireless charging on the newer Samsung phones and the Droid Turbo in 2016 -- it's time for wireless charging to become a reality on the iPhone in 2016, and big time, wouldn't you say?

* Finally, we need to find a way to rid our phones of bloatware. I don't want Apple Wallet, iBooks or Maps on my start page. Can I delete them on the iPhone 7, please? And those Samsung phones are no better: They're filled with bloatware, mostly from the wireless carriers. Let's fix this, people.