If you could build the perfect Android phone, what specs would you add to it?

Posted Apr 02, 2012 at 3:49 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

We get a lot of people complaining about how they don’t like this phone because of a specific display technology or that they love another phone because it has x feature. we know the size of the phone and processor types and screen technologies are all subjective to personal taste, but they play a very important factor is creating the perfect phone.

If you had the power to create a phone with the best technology that’s currently available, what would you include? For fun, let us know which manufacturer would do the best job of constructing your dream phone.

  • wicked4u2c

    My perfect phone would consist of

    Quad Core 1.5GHz
    1GB RAm
    4.5″ Super Amoled + Display with Gorilla Glass
    Curved shape like the Nexus with a 3000MhA battery for some serious life.
    4G (DUH)
    A camera that will rival the iPhone 4s (front and rear of course with LED flash)
    Material would need to be made out of either Carbon Fiber, Titanium, or some sort of exotic material (NOT PLASTIC!).
    Of course pure Google OS (ICS or the latest)
    and room for a Micro-SD slot.

    That would be my perfect phone, is that really to much to ask for?

    • Steve Barry

      This sounds mighty fine to me, but I’ll throw in my $0.02 as well:
      –Removeable battery (just in case, never know)
      –Samsung is supposed to make the SGSIII with a ceramic backing. This sounds great in theory, but I’m curious to see how it’ll stand up to a pocket drop. Maybe it’s me but ceramic sounds kind of fragile to me.
      –I’d probably choose the A15 dual core over any other quad core setup, assuming you’re referring to the current A9 quads. 1.5GHz is good by me.
      –1GB RAM is good for now, but if something were to come out in the next six months, if they could up it to 2GB, I’d be mighty impressed.
      –As stated, microSD is HUGE to me
      –I don’t need a dedicated camera button, but it’s not like having one is a deal breaker in any way.
      –Power button on the side, not on the top. Personal preference.

      • Bryan Stoner

        Good attention to detail. A-9 and A-15 really is a deal breaker.

        The power button on the top seems like you’re just asking to push it to the floor so it’s cool you brought that up.

        Removable battery is a huge deal as well. If you aren’t that great of a care giver it’s not like that will eff you over in the long run. If you feel like your battery has aged too far just replace it.

        The ceramic does seem kind of iffy. But maybe it’s packed in with some other durable material.

      • Dan13

        You got the specs right on the bull’s eye for me. Having the RAM be increased to 2GB sounds mighty fine, but I would rather keep it at 1GB and increase the speed to DDR3. Now, it it were 2GB and DDR3, there would be no words to describe the possibilities.

    • Adam kAE

      pureview camera is better than anything…

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    I guess I’ll start things off with my dream phone design. The Flip concept phone is probably where I would start http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/01/19/how-cool-can-a-flip-phone-get/

    I’ve always been a huge fan of QWERTY keyboards, but I would love the ability to have tri-screen setup which enhances the phone’s usability. Internally, I’d go with Qualcomm’s S4 processor since it has every radio connection known to mankind built into its 28nm die along with incredible graphic and processing capabilities. Beef that up with 2GB of RAM, a 12 megapixel with HTC’s ImageSense technology (don’t forget about that separate imaging sensor), 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 2,500 mAh battery and a 4-inch 720p Super LCD display.

    As you all know, I’m a huge HTC has, so I’d trust them to come up manufacture the device, but my second choice would go to SONY since they are always creating phones which stand out.

    • Bryan Stoner

      3 4″ screens!!! Multitasking like a boss right there. I hope that’s what you mean cause that would be amazing.

    • uknowme

      Oh my God! I almost messed myself looking at that phone.

    • seanhollinsworth

      Don’t you think that the device would get too thick for your taste sometimes? I can hardly cope with the thickness of the One X, not to mention this.

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Battery life that lasted for days. 3 days preferred.

    • iamXiV92a

      Like my old Nokia 6620! That thing was indestructible

  • Dustin Earley

    I’ll take a Lumia 900 with Android please. Do what you will with the internals.

    • iamXiV92a

      THANK YOU!

      You see, everyone complained that Samsung won’t make a Nexus that’s better than their current Galaxy S offering, but what everyone is failing to see now is that the same goes for LG’s Nexus/Optimus G – they’re the same phone but it seems that people are ignoring/glazing over that fact.

      Nokia.. make a future-spec’d Android, it will truly stand out because we’ve got nothing else to compare it to.

  • Bryan Stoner

    Exynos 4412 SoC (1.5Ghz Quad core CPU / Arm Mali T604 GPU ) or Tegra 3 A-15 architecture
    5″ 1280×800 Super Amoled HD Lotus glass display (curved as well, feels nice in the pocket)
    High performance 5mp back facing camera / 1.2mp front facing camera
    1 Full sized USB port. THAT’s RIGHT I SAID IT!
    1 Micro HDMI port or at least come with the adapter for your tv
    1 Micro SD card slot
    Removable battery cover / 2600MhA battery
    3.5mm Headphone jack, GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi, 4G, NFC
    The little LED light! Love that thing.

    The neat things:
    Capacitive touch slider on the side for volume
    Extremely low power screen on the back to change song, check notifications, check battery, quick reply to a call, toggle power widgets. (reacts to light, particular gesture)

    If ASUS could convert the style of their Zenbook series to phone form then I would fall in love <3 I also really like the software suite they packaged with the Transformer. So definitely ASUS as the manufacturer as well (even though i'd like a Samsung processor).

  • Mark Henley

    My perfect phone will include:
    - 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Prime processor
    - 3GB DDR4 RAM
    - 5″ HD Super AMOLED Plus with Gorilla Glass and 1920 x 1080 resolution
    - Curved shape with a removable 5000mAh battery
    - 4G LTE
    - 13MP rear camera and 4MP front camera (both have LED flash)
    - 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB flash storage and up to 128GB microSD support
    - Sleep/Wake button on the right side, along with volume up/down button and ringer/mute slider, with the volume up button as the camera shutter.
    - The latest Android version

    • Mark Henley

      - Anti-glare display
      - 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth
      - A stripped-off version (remove the shell in front of the pins) of the 30-pin connector that works on both sides

    • Mark Henley

      Result: Super thin and light phone, probably just weighs 130g heavy and 7.2mm thin.

      • Mark Henley

        Sorry, just 108g heavy and 6.3mm thin and manufactured by Google, would love it to be part of the Nexus series.

    • SkinnX86

      Totally agree with you here mate.

      12.1mp camera from Sony – my partner has a Xperia S and the quality is amazing. There are some higher mp CMOS’ on the market so maybe a 16mp!(fed up of nexi having poor cams – nexus 4 anyone?)

      Dunno if 5000ma battery is possible in a small(ish) phone yet, but Motorola’s 3000ma sounds lengthy enough.

      2gb of ram just for plenty of multitasking :-) DDR3 sounds good if possible too. Maybe even 3gb worth.

      Either Exynos 5250, Snapdragon S4 or Tegra 4 as the processor running at no less than 1.5Ghz.

      Note 2 size screen with the quality / colour representation of a bravia engine device (my partners Xperia S is really something in these departments)

      4G is not necessary for me (please don’t kill me ;-) ) it wastes battery and hsdpa+ is quick for many of my tasks.

      NFC, GPS, BT 4.0, WiFi Direct, DLNA, Miracast. MicroSD coupled with at least 16gb in board (if sandisk can push 64gb into a microSD then why not put that into a phone!?). True USB would be nice but bulky, mini HDMI and micro USB is plenty.

      Pure Android (starting with 4.2) for quick updates.

      I’ll second Nick Gray, I loved the G1s qwerty but not the bulk, take acer (or is it Asus) their sliders keyboard is really thin.

      Oh and SGS3′s 50gb of Dropbox storage for free lol :-)

      If I think of more I’ll let you guys know.

      • Mark Henley

        Don’t worry, I won’t kill you for no 4G, but you gotta admit my stripped-off 30-pin connector idea is brilliant. I gotta replace the microSD support to microSDXC support (just love how the SDXC can store so much and how the microSD is so small so why not combine those two together, limited to 128GB). Love your idea about a 16MP camera. Bluetooth 4.0, of course. I want it to be the first smartphone to have 32-bit colour. If I think of more I’ll tell you.

  • AngelesMEC

    Quad core 2.0GHz CPU
    2GB RAM
    4.5 – 4.8 inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display
    Gorilla Glass 2
    0.8mm thin or less
    less bezel
    carbon fiber build
    internal memory 128GB
    microSD support up to as high as possible but speedy
    latest Android version

    If possible:
    Computer grade graphics and artificial intelligence seen on Iron Man’s suit.
    Never ending power source found in Iron Man’s chest piece.

  • aditya sunkara

    My pefect phone would be pretty comfy kind of thing…

    start with processor.. Qualcomm s4 processor along with a 2GB of RAM
    An 5.5″(vertically) super LCD+ 16M color support
    a 3500Mah removable battery
    stock Android
    a micro sd slot along with Bluetooth 4 and NFC and a mini USB port and a HDMI port
    An IR controller to use the phone as universal remote
    Beats audio support
    A powerful Wifi modem
    and a sliding secondary touch panel for qwerty keyboard and extended display(would love watch movies on a larger display)
    and not but not least multi textured and colored back panels so adjust to my mood!

  • RX-78-7

    My perfect phone is a mix from what we have available right now(nothing out of this world , but manufactures don’t bother putting it together) and stock android.

    Phone A)

    -S4 Pro (quad+Adreno320) clocked at 1.5GHz
    -2GB Ram
    -32/64GB non expandable(One X+)
    - 4.7″ SLCD2( One x+) 720P
    -Unibody design that looks like the One X, but with micro-arc oxidation(one S) back.
    -Same camera found on the One X+( same aperture and with the image chip)
    -2,800 to 3,300mah battery(device could be anywhere from 8.9 to 9.3 thin and I would be okay with it.

    This one is a bit more out there in terms of parts not being available right now, but nothing too extreme.

    Phone B)

    *Exynos 5(dual+mail604) clocked at 1.8
    -2GB Ram
    -4.7″ True HD IPS+ with in cell technology(LG Optimus G)
    -32/64GB non expandable(One X+)
    -Unibody design similar to the LG Nexus(rounded, with flat back), but instead of having a gorilla glass back and plastic borders, it would be a mix of polycarbonate(One X) for the borders and micro arc oxidation(One S) for the flat back.
    -2,800 to 3,300mah battery, this one could be a bit thinner than Phone A thanks to the in cell tech found in the display.

    There you have it nothing that’s out of reach, in fact the only part not available right now is the Exynos 5. The one OEM that seems to have stepped up their build materials in HTC, hopefully they can fix their battery problems.

  • Marihan

    i love this phone in the picture and i saw the video on it and its awesoooome dont change one little detail, its perfect the way it is

  • veracu

    Call me silly but a nexus device with the specs of retina mbp. 5″ screen, 16:9 ratio, gorilla glass, good material, 4g lte, light and long battery life.
    Silliness aside, it would be sweet to go to the manufacturer of my choice and personally order the parts I want for my one of a kind device for the carrier of my choice. I’d lay a 2 g’s down on one for that freedom.

  • Mike Lowrey

    In contrast to most guys here i would prefer a smaller phone ;)

    4″ screen with 1280*720
    edge to edge display in aluminum body
    1.7 dual core ARM-A15 Exynos
    2 GB RAM
    32 Gig internal storage + microSD
    and most importantly minimum 2500 mah battery or higher

    It would be so great :)

  • orangestrat

    Snapdragon S4, and a 4.3″ 720p LCD2/3 display. Make it a nexus so it runs stock like a @#$% dream.

  • Adam kAE

    Lumia 920 hardware[need a xenon flash] with symbian belle OS is perfect for me…

    • seanhollinsworth

      THE PERFECT ANDROID PHONE! We’re not talking about Symbian Belle fans here

  • seanhollinsworth

    My perfect phone would be a Nexus phone with these specs:
    - An octa-core 2.2GHz CPU with a 72-core ULP GeForce GPU (Nvidia and Qualcomm)
    - 4GB DDR4 RAM (Intel and Qualcomm)
    - 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage, 128GB microSD support (Kingston and Transcend)
    - A layer of Lotus Glass on top of a layer of Gorilla Glass 2 on front and back (Corning)
    - 5-inch Super AMOLED HD+ with full RGB matrix, 2560 x 1440 resolution, 587ppi pixel density and 888-nit display (HTC, Samsung, Sony and LG)
    - 16 megapixel rear camera sensor with all the features a DSLR camera and a present digital camera would have (can film 1080p@45fps) (HTC, Samsung and Sony)
    - 5000mAh battery (Motorola)
    - High quality earpiece and speaker (Beats Audio (HTC) and Dolby)
    - 5 megapixel front camera with all the features of the rear camera and an ultra-wide angle of 120 degrees (HTC, Samsung and Sony)
    - Stock Android 4.2 (Google)
    - Kevlar, titanium, carbon fiber back (Motorola)

    • seanhollinsworth

      (The front camera can shoot 1080p@30fps).


    MY perfect Android phone: Samsung note 3 or 4 to have

    128 GB on board memory

    160 GB SD memory

    160 GB extended SD memory capability

    8 GB ram 2 GHz Quad Core

    5.5 Super Amoled + HD display. display and camera to rival I phone retina display

    Titanium exterior and 3500 Mha battery………………now what

  • Jim1984

    frankly i would not need any specs, only this app is enough http://www.mobogenie.com