My friends and I were talking about all the dream features we would like to see on the next generation of cell phones. When I went to look some of them up, I was surprised to find so many of our ideas were already available. I doubt anyone will cram all of these features into one phone, but we should see many of these features in Android hardware over the next year.
1. Fingerprint Scanner – Am I the only one tired of having to remember so many passwords and pins? I’m ready for biometric security and fingerprint sensors are the way to go. The technology has come a long way and is ready for cell phones. It would be great for micro payments and online shopping too.
Example: AuthenTec AES1711 Fingerprint Sensor
2. 12.1-megapixel Camera – The 3MP camera found in the T-Mobile G1 is decent, but there are much better options. Samsung recently released the Memoir with 8MP camera. Later this year we will see the first 12.1MP camera from Sony. If I can take photos on the go and upload them to Twitter, I want them to be of the best quality and look like they were taken with a camera and not a phone.
Example: Sony Ericsson Idou
3. 4.1″ Screen – There comes a point where screens can get too big, but I think 4″ is just right to fit in your pocket. The T-Mobile G1 is the largest touch screen phone I have ever owned, but another inch would be great for web browsing and watching video.
Example: Toshiba TG01
4. HDMI Port – Adding HDMI to your phone opens the door to a rich multimedia experience. You could store your favorite HD movies on your phone and easily play them on a friends television. Games could be downloaded to your phone and then played on the big screen. Other applications could also benefit from a large screen.
Example: NVIDIA Tegra APX2600
5. Waterproof – How many phones have you dropped in the toilet? I’ve killed about 3 myself. Fujitsu recently released a waterproof phone that can be submersed in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. This would also be great for that time when your best friend shoves you in the pool and you have your wallet and phone in your pockets.
Example: Fujitsu F-01A
6. SDXC – The largest memory I can buy for my G1 is the Sandisk 16GB microSD Card. Soon, we should see 32GB microSD cards hit retail. I hope my next phone supports SDXC (eXtended Capacity) memory cards. This next generation form of flash memory will support up to 2 TB (thats over 100HD movies) and have transfer speeds up to 300MB/s.
Example: SD Association SDXC
7. Built in FM Receiver and Transmitter – This has been around for several years, but I don’t know why a FM transmitter is not standard. All the new phones have Bluetooth, but most of our cars do not. Now that your phone is always connected, this is the perfect solution for listening to podcasts and internet radio.
Example: Sony Ericsson W980
8. EEStor EESU – Ok I know this is a real dream and we might not see it for years. EEStor is a small company out of Texas that claims to have developed a new super capacitor for energy storage. Most of the press has focused on their use in electric vehicles or the next generation of weapons. My hope is that they target consumer electronics like laptops and cell phones. Imagine plugging your phone in for 5 minutes and having a charge that would last you a week.
Example: ZENN Cars future EESU
9. Projector – Projector phones have finally made their way over to the US. Maybe this is more of a novelty, but I still think it would be cool to have a projector in my phone. You could play YouTube clips on the wall at a friends place. Imagine a virtual box score thrown up on the wall while you watch the big game with friends.
Example: Logic Bolt
I could keep going on and on, but what hardware features would you like to see on your next phone? Do you have any ideas for phones that are not currently available? Would you like to watch DTV on your phone?