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I regret that these things are gone in smartphones. But nobody wanted that

And quite a few years ago, innovations were pouring out of manufacturers’ sleeves. I’m not talking about solutions like the LG G Flex – a phone that was bent like a “banana” – and why was that? Because he could be – that’s the simplest explanation. You must keep in mind that some manufacturers of e…

And quite a few years ago, innovations were pouring out of manufacturers’ sleeves. I’m not talking about solutions like the LG G Flex – a phone that was bent like a “banana” – and why was that? Because he could be – that’s the simplest explanation. You have to keep in mind that some consumer electronics manufacturers created certain solutions because they could simply afford it. You know, technology just makes it possible and … that’s pretty much it. Mobile devices were at one point very grateful objects of all innovations, one of which was mainly to “make noise”. Others, on the contrary, brought certain added value.

The Lumia 950 and its iris scanner

Few of you will remember this news, because … few people bought the Lumia 950 or its XL variant. They weren’t super successful mobiles, they have to admit that. They weren’t necessarily stable (the software was responsible for that). They stood out from the competition in terms of processing quality and failure rate. But imagine a solution that will be able to scan your iris even when you’re wearing motorcycle goggles. Even if you have sunglasses on. The infrared scanner was out of this world and I liked it – lousy – damn.

Plus it was a very, very quick fix. The Lumia 950 unlocked with lightning speed and that’s what I meant. The device had to be convenient and above all – give me some value. I didn’t have to do anything to open the main menu – just glance at the screen. The phone did the rest for me. Bad lighting (or even the lack of it) was not a hindrance. And this technology didn’t discriminate against anyone – it’s no secret that people with darker skin… are rather less “recognized” by the algorithms.

Experiments in the spirit of LG

LG is one of those manufacturers that has produced some of the best phones. In my opinion, the LG G4 is one of the best flagships in history. The G3 was also a “freak” in its day. However, the LG G5 was recombined, although the direction was quite interesting. Imagine a modular phone – even before Motorola. The smartphone could become equipment for listening to music in great comfort thanks to the DAC, it could also get new photographic functions thanks to a specific extension (it was called “LG Friends”). Interesting idea, but a bit annoying. We agree, LG didn’t think of that. It was one step away from implementing a serious innovation in the smartphone market.

I thought to myself that if only the LG G5 could “quickly” replace the battery without turning off the device (internal battery for a few minutes of work + replaceable battery) or simply replace the module in the same way … it would be amazing. LG would have created a game changer, but there was probably a bit of a lack of thought…

But we also had the V series – in which we had additional screens to show the abbreviated status of the device (that was awesome, why isn’t it practiced now?!). LG has been at the forefront of what could be considered innovation for a while, but … business, hard data and numbers won out in the end. Today, this manufacturer is no longer on the market. But remember that they are still getting important updates (those who are eligible) to their phones. That’s pretty nice of them.

Physical Docks – Turn your phone into a computer

Motorola Atrix designed a dock that made it possible to use the phone in the form of a computer. Samsung also had its own docking adventure: DeX allowed you to run a desktop experience—one that lets you do more with the device. It is extremely important that your device is as versatile as possible. However, it is not always possible to make it so that customers “buy” it. DeX didn’t really catch on in the market – consumers just didn’t see the need to treat their phones like … PCs.

It was the same with the Lumia 950/950 XL. The rustic desktop experience in Windows 10 Mobile was just… bad and unstable. It’s hard for me to even directly say how much it didn’t go as well as it should have. In addition, in order for programs to run properly in desktop mode, developers had to adapt them to this view. Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile had huge issues with developer interest. and what? And nothing. Shortly after the premiere of the Lumia 950/950 XL and other handsets, Microsoft announced the end of this project – it was defeated in concert and this is what they saw. It’s a shame, because Windows in the mobile version was really interesting, and if it hadn’t been destroyed in such a brutal way, I’d probably still be using it. Seriously – the best smartphone experience I’ve ever had is this OS. Now crucify me for these heresies!

Rugged phones

I know, such devices can still be found. But it is a shame that manufacturers of candle cell phones have forgotten that there is such a group of users who expect immunity from the device above all. I myself liked such devices – but they came mainly from Polish suppliers of Chinese models, to which only the brand was added. And that’s about it. Honestly? That was not enough in my opinion. Samsung has had a certain marriage with this approach, and its rugged devices have gotten pretty good reviews.

But on the other hand, we have iPhone cases that turn them into real battleships. And for some, that will be enough. However, I remember a test in which I froze one such device, broke it out of the ice, kicked it, drove it with a car and … it worked. I was incredibly impressed. Today? Phones are very fragile and one drop can equal a “spider” covering the entire device. Well… not a great prospect – definitely.

Physical keyboards

I understand that nowadays a smartphone should be compact, small and thin. I know that manufacturers are competing for millimeters in the thickness of devices, and the less … the better. But I feel sorry for those devices somewhere in which there was a physical keyboard – sliding from the side. Do you know how many times it would be better if I wrote on it? In tandem: on-screen keyboard + autocorrect, I can still hit fat bulls. And yes, maybe I could get rid of them a bit. Besides, I like that I “know what I have under my fingers”. Enough.

and you? What do you think? What things do you think we have irretrievably lost and … we have to accept their departure? Let me know in the comments – as always, it’s your section and your right to have your say!

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