Our mobile wish list for 2013

Our mobile wish list for 2013
From Full HD displays to cameras and mobile services, we take a moment to share our mobile predictions and hopes for 2013.

Although 2012 was a truly phenomenal year for all fans of mobile technology, the industry is showing no signs of slowing down. What could big the next big thing that will lure you to upgrade from your shinny new handset? We share our 5 most anticipated improvements in the mobile technology for 2013!

1080p screens

While high-end smartphones, such as Samsung Galaxy S III or HTC One X, can boast about having exceptionally crisp and vibrant displays, there's always room for improvement. Internet is already afloat with rumours that Full HD aka 1080p resolution mobile displays will make an entrance this year, and that the first contenders are to be revealed during the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) next week. What does it mean for the consumer? The higher the resolution, the higher is the pixels density, which in turns means that you'll be able to view even the most delicate little details on the screen without any difficulty. What we also hope to see is improvement in the usability of mobile displays: sunlight legibility and the ability to use displays with gloves immediately come to mind.
back cover of Motorola RAZR i

Build quality

2012 showed us top-tier smartphones race to the quad-core processor podium, and it's a given that this year manufacturers will continue to push the envelope. But, in all honesty, the tech is evolving at such pace that software developers can barely keep up. So what's the point in all that muscle under the hood if you can't really explore it? Instead of trying to topple high-end PC's, we'd like phone manufacturers to take a step back from specs and give some much-needed attention to the build quality of their creations. There're already some great examples out there - the Kevlar and aluminium build materials in Motorola RAZR i not only ensure that the phone can survive an occasional drop to the floor, but those also greatly contribute to the expensive feel of the handset. In short, we want manufactures to get a bit more daring, a bit more creative with their choice of materials that should ultimately reflect the actual price of the handset.
samsung battery


Another thing that is high on our wish list for 2013 is battery life. The reason why you're forced to charge your smartphone every night, lest risk running into unpleasant surprises in the morning, is not really that the mobile processors or displays forgo energy efficiency in the name of performance. The logic defying truth is that, in all these years, battery technology has seen the least number of improvements in comparison to other common components in the phone. On top of that, batteries degrade over time, meaning you'll get worse and worse performance as you use your phone. Needless to say, the trend of phones with integrated batteries to keep the design seamless isn't helping this problem. Wireless charging is a nice addition, but, frankly, there's a very solid chance that the main stumbling block for innovation in phones will be something as trivial as, well, battery life.
LG L7 camera


Thanks to the rise of social networking services like Facebook and Twitter, smartphone cameras are now more important than ever. After a few years of arms race, most of the mobile industry seems to have settled on 8 Mpix cameras. Of course, it's only a matter of time before higher-resolution camera sensors will inevitably replace them, and when they do, we hope to see a greater degree of attention on the practically of mobile cameras. One of the manufactures that got it right last year was Nokia. As the first phone with built-in optical image stabilisation technology, the Nokia Lumia 920 can capture detailed and blur-free photos or videos in low light conditions, which has long been considered the Achilles heel of mobile cameras. As more companies take the extra effort to improve cameras beyond just pushing the number of pixels, smartphones are well on their way to make standalone cameras obsolete.

Integrated with everything

As smartphones become increasingly prevalent in our daily lives, it's not far fetched to believe that these tiny yet powerful machines will soon be able to do virtually everything. The trend is already there - just try and count down the number of various cross-platform cloud services you might be already using, for example, Google Play, XBox Live, Spotify, Dropbox, and so on. One of the directions mobile apps and services will clearly branch out is the ability to wirelessly interact with other gadgets, including TVs, game consoles and tablets. It's all about making our lives a little easier, and, whatever new and groundbreaking service will come out in 2013, you can be sure that a smartphone will be right in the thick of it.

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