Smartphones have easily become the most popular gadget of the decade. It’s come to a point where not only does everyone and their mom have one, but they have become central to every part of our lives. And while the market may be incredibly saturated, there is a beauty that comes from such a high level of competition — innovation.
Yes, the smartphone industry is a cutthroat industry, but that competition does yield a lot of technological growth. When you consider how much smartphone design has changed over just the past year you can see how we all benefit from it.
And sure, Apple can indeed boast that it’s the first ever company to hit the trillion-dollar milestone in terms of company value, especially when they’re the only participating smartphone manufacturer in the iOS market. However, Android smartphones in the past year have created a big advantage in the form of innovation.
Here are three ways that innovations from Android phones will make you want to make the switch.
Quad DAC (Digital Audio Converter)
Before we talk about screen-to-body ratios, motorized cameras, under-screen fingerprint scanners, and the unrivaled customizability of the Android platform, let’s start off with the most basic thing that even the latest and greatest iPhone doesn’t have… an audio jack!
It’s sad that we live in an age where the headphone input is now actually a feature instead of an automatic. Android phones don’t just come with a headphone jack, some manufacturers like LG even equip their phones with quad DACS, which deliver sound quality that is substantially better than that of iPhones.
Near Bezel-less Chassis
When the iPhone X first came out, it was greeted with a lot of controversies. One of the reasons was the design of the screen, which was, admittedly, a beauty to look at. The iPhone X had an amazing screen-to-body ratio which was made possible by the notch. And while many Android phone manufacturers followed suit, a year later, it turned out that the notch may not even be a necessary design element.
Modern phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a near bezel-less chassis without a notch nor a punch hole like the one found on current Samsung flagships.
Motorized cameras is another of the latest trends to hit the Android smartphone market. There were several implementations from the likes of Oppo’s Find X, Samsung’s A80, and Asus’ Zenfone 6. But the latter two are designed in such a way that the main camera is able to orient itself toward the user, thus allowing it to also function as a front camera.
As a result, these cameras are easily the best to use for selfies and high-quality pictures. And while there are questions regarding the durability of these designs, you’ll be happy to know that these parts are designed for hundreds of thousands of users. And should these parts fail, there are many sites that sell electronic parts if you need to have your phone repaired.
Under-screen Fingerprint Scanners
While Apple has decided to ditch the fingerprint scanner in favor of an array of face detection sensors, Android manufacturers have found a way to install a fingerprint scanner beneath the screen. This design element is what allows Android phones to have an all-screen design.
But, don’t take this as a smear campaign against Apple. Their phones are incredibly secure and they still outmatch android phones in terms of raw computing power. Some people prefer to have only the essentials and Apple does that pretty well. But for those who crave innovation, well, the Android smartphone market is where you want to look for your next phone.