What's your preferred phone screen aspect ratio? (poll results)

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it – that seems to be the takeaway from our latest poll on mobile phone screen aspect ratio preferences. In the year when flagship phone displays from most major brands grew taller and narrower, shifting from 16:9 aspect ratios to 18.5:9 (Galaxy S8), 19.5:9 (iPhone X), or straight up 2:1 Univisium standard (LG V30), we wanted to ask you if that’s ok with you, and whether you miss the older standard. It turns out that the new format is somewhat forced on users, as more than half of our 2530 respondents prefer the standard 16:9 ratio that …


iOS 11 update has slowed down older iPhones (Poll Results)

The Apple iOS 11 software update was one of the biggest changes to the system, bringing a lot of new functionality and a brand new Control Center to iPhones, but initial reports by many suggest one thing: it has made older iPhones (iPhone 7 and earlier) stutter and run very slowly.
To double-check whether this is indeed true for the majority of users, we asked you, our readers, to share your impressions with your iPhones after the iOS 11 update and the results of the poll are in: the overwhelming majority of users of older iPhones do notice …

Surprise! Your main reasons not to buy the Note 8 are interface and price (poll results)

Last week, we asked you what would be your main reasons to eschew the fine Galaxy Note 8, and save your cash for another day, just as we did for the iPhone 8, where it turned out that folks are largely waiting on the elusive iPhone X. In the case of Samsung’s finest phablet to date, though, the main reason that was cited by no less than 44% of our 2969 respondents was the hefty $930 price tag that the Note 8 carries. 
Next in line were Samsung’s heavy Android coat of points called the Experience UI, followed by the sheer size of the device. …

Poll results: go away, glass phones?

In the past, we used to love glass-backed phones. They were rare and unique, and their shine brought about something different. Nowadays, most major manufacturers have glass-backed phones. Is that a bad thing?

Glass looks nice, sure — it’s shiny, it’s cool to the touch, it just reeks of “premium”. But being exposed to it with every flagship out there revealed one ugly truth — it’s a magnet for fingerprint grease, can be slippery, and feels particularly unpleasant when your hands are sweaty. Thus, not everyone is a fan of glass backs.

But glass isn’t there …

Poll results: the iPhone X notch draws hate and ridicule

So, Apple has finally updated its iPhone design and wow… did it do it in a controversial way. First, the only way to get the new form-factor is by coughing up $1k on the premium iPhone X, then, there is the fact that if you can only afford the more reasonably-priced iPhone 8 you’ll find that it’s rocking the 4-year-old design that we’ve had since the iPhone 6.

Anyway, not all is ponies and happiness with the iPhone X, however. Its all-display front actually has a weird-looking forehead. Some might say Apple’s top-notch phone is ruined by a top notch. Of course, it’s used to house the phone’s …

LG, Samsung, Apple or Essential: who did 'all-screen' best? (poll results)

We asked you recently whose approach to a “bezel-less,” “all-screen” or whatchamacallit panel with minimum amount of side, top and bottom bezels can be named. Nearly all major manufacturers went that route with at least one handset, and some with whole lineups, so it’s a growing trend that is likely to become the norm next year, and even go to the midrangers, so it’s important to judge whose approach may stick with users better. 
Almost half of our 4413 respondents chose Samsung’s thin strips and curved edges as the best solution to the all-screen …

Poll results: manual camera controls – not for everybody

It’s a pretty modern thing to have manual controls on your phone’s camera app. Well, unless you are Apple, who actually decided to take out the HDR button completely on the iPhone 8 (no worries, you can get it back, look here). That aside, most major players now have a “pro” mode or “manual” mode on their apps, letting users adjust ISO, shutter speed, color temperature, and focus as they desire.

But the phone makers have also been achieving amazing results with their handsets’ image post-processing. Auto modes have become extremely competent — they are super-fast …

And the main reason not to buy the iPhone 8 is… iPhone X (poll results)

We asked you what would be your main reasons for abstaining from buying the new iPhone 8, and, guess what, it’s the iPhone X, just as analysts are predicting. The iPhone 8 Plus now sells on par with the iPhone 8, which has never happened since Apple began announcing two phones instead of one, and it’s mostly because folks are waiting on the iPhone X, say carrier reps. 
The next big reason (21% of our 2952 respondents) for not getting the iPhone 8 is that your current iPhone works fine for you, while the legacy “surfboard” design that is getting …

Poll results: the Pixel Buds look… acceptable

So, after removing the headphone jack on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google now has its own wireless earbuds up for sale — the Pixel Buds. Small in-ear phones that come with a neckband to address all those “What if one falls off?” concerns — with the band, you can lose both at the same time!

We kid, we kid. The Pixel Buds do come with a special feature of their own and one that has us plenty excited — the real-time translation! We’ll see how that works once we get our hands on them…

Of course, the new earphones also have their own unique look. With large …

High-end phone prices increased drastically in 2017, was it justified? (poll results)

We asked you last week whether you’d rather make do without fragile glass rears, a bit of extra storage, or cropp-y 2:1 displays, if you could shave a hundred off the average retail prices of high-end phones this year, and the result was overwhelmingly yes. 
There has never been a year-on-year increase in flagship pricing as large as there was in 2017, and evidently most of you are at the opinion that phone makers are pushing the wrong buttons when it comes to meaningful upgrades that would justify the new normal $700+ price for a high-ender.
Retail …