It seems like almost every phone coming out these days make only the most incremental changes to the actual capabilities of the phone, instead focusing on making a better fashion statement or a better software camera.
One would think that would be easy to get around—just look at cell phone reviews that don't focus on that stuff! Unfortunately, this seems to everything reviewers care about too, so I'm right out of luck there.
I am focused on three things:
- Solid reliability and function—I don't really need a Snapdragon 845, but I would love to have a body that can survive a few years of use.
- Battery life. I would prefer better battery life/battery optimization than top-of-the-line GPUs.
- Future compatibility. I want this phone to continue to receive support and/or updates for an extended period of time, so I'm afraid phones from over a year or so are right out.
Things I really don't care about, but seem to be the major players:
- The camera. I have a camera. If I want to take good shots, I won't use my phone.
- The "modern styling" that I'm going to cover with a case anyway and will turn into an old trend in a year or two.
- Perfect, top-of-the-line OLED edge-to-edge bezel-less always-on 600-nit screen with perfectly dark blacks.
- Gimmicks I don't need like under-screen fingerprint sensors. They aren't really necessary and are mainly used to flex on your friends.
Not even sure if a recent phone exists that meets these requirements, but—seeing as how phone reviewers tend to focus on what I don't care about—I figured I'd ask you guys what might be a good option.