What is essential to the success of a mobile phone? Obviously, functionality and performance must be considered, but the industrial design also should not be ignored. We have seen a lot of avant-garde, unique designs that may be very attractive, but the experience is very terrible. Below, we come to count the 10 kinds of designs that you need to avoid when buy mobile phones.
Poor battery life
A recent NPD study found that three out of four Americans cover up their significantly pricey investments with a protective case. And ultimately, performance makes or breaks the usefulness of a product. If the battery won’t last, after all, that gleaming unibody housing won’t do you any good. The only solution is to carry a large capacity mobile power, such as Kinkoo Infinite One 8000mAh Portable Backup Battery Charger.
Give it the finger
What’s even worse than putting a fingerprint scanner on the back of a phone, where you have to grope around in order to find it, and manage to smudge your camera more often than not? How about placing it on the back of a phone as large as the 5.9-inch HTC One Max, which is almost too large to even hold with one hand, let alone swipe with it.
Blaming the victim
One word: Antennagate. It doesn’t matter how gorgeous your phone design. If you have to instruct your iPhone 4 customers how to hold the handset so that they don’t cover a crucial antenna and therefore choke the cell signal, you’re doing it wrong. Especially if you’re insulting your buyers in the process.
Too big to use
I can respect a company’s desire to bring niche devices to customers who really want them, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom takes “ridiculous” to a new level. Although its 10x optical zooming camera admittedly brings flexible shooting controls and 16-megapixel files, the woefully impractical smartphone/camera hybrid hulker takes some hardware shortcuts, is too heavy to hold for long stretches, and is too bulbous to fit into your pocket.
Too small to use
Small phones used to be trendy — I get it. However, phones like the HP Veer, of the Palm Pre family line, turn toward the ludicrous with a 2.6-inch display barely large enough to tap (the QWERTY keyboard helped), a non-standard charging port, and a separate connector in case you wanted to use headphones. Veer, veer away.
SIMs in hard-to-reach places
Oh, so you want to change the micro-SIM card on the Nokia Lumia 620? No problem. Step 1: Remove the back panel. Step 2: Take out the battery. Step 3: Locate the SIM card tray hidden in the side of the battery wall beneath the microSD card slot. Luckily, the Lumia 620 is a good quality, affordable smartphone in other respects.
There’s nothing wrong with the HTC Status’ Facebook button perse, but if you’re going to sacrifice screen size for that physical keyboard, at least support landscape mode. Apart from committing the sin of smallness, the main problem with Microsoft’s Kin phones is that it completely bypassed basic features. Sure, it connected to social networks like a champ, but if you wanted to enter a calendar item, forget it. It also completely lacked an app store.
Two screens are not better than one
It will take more than a live appearance by magician David Blane to get us to forget the dual-screened monstrosity that was the Kyocera Echo. Unfortunately, Kyocera’s unique design that folded out into a 4.7-inch screen didn’t just push the envelope, it tore it. Turns out, split screen apps work well only in theory, and nobody likes a seam through their display.
Dear phone-maker: If you are trying to sell a device with an interesting feature, such as a stylus, or want to position it to take memos, please include a stylus with the phone, as well as a place to sheath it. I’m talking to you, LG Intuition.
Oh, the rage that rained down on HTC when it unveiled the Rhyme. The handset itself was great: a perky, polished design sporting a custom version of Android. Instead, it was the light-up charm accessory built for ladies’ purses that earned this grape-colored phone its wrath.