What would your perfect smartphone be based entirely on software?Evan Selleck - Contributing Editor
Not that long ago, Taylor asked you what your perfect smartphone would be. and, through the comments, there were plenty of great answers. A lot of you, almost all of you, want a wide mixture of hardware. A little bit of Nokia, some of HTC, maybe even some Samsung thrown in there for good measure. It's a great question, and all of your answers were fantastic. I was speaking with Taylor a few nights ago, and we were talking about the Messages Beta that Apple released to show off their next operating system, Mountain Lion. While we were talking about it, I may have typed, "I miss webOS," and after a moment of shock, I realized that it was true. But, not for the entire software, but for one feature: messaging.
And that got me thinking: the perfect smartphone, what would it be based entirely off software? When Taylor asked you what your perfect phone would be, the main focus was on hardware. And in today's market, there's no denying that hardware is probably one of the most talked about feature. But, what about software? Each mobile platform offers its own unique take on usage, and offers features that others don't. So, let's ask what your favorite smartphone would be, but let's lay a bit of ground rules first.
First, let's focus on four options for hardware.
We'll start with the display size. Many of you out there have an idea of what your perfect device would feel like in your hand, and just how big you want the display. So, we'll offer up two options: 3.7-inches, and 4.3-inches. While it may not be the perfect size to you, let's just play along for a bit. 3.7- and 4.3-inches seem to be some of the most popular sizes out there, which is why we're using those sizes.
And then you get to pick between either a 1.4GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor, or NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. There may be some other processor out there you want to choose, but as it goes with the display size above, let's just stick to these two options. After all, we're mainly focusing on the software.
And that's where the fun begins. For me, just as I mentioned above, I have to offer up Messaging from webOS first. It was just really, really well done. The fact that you could connect to different messaging services, as well as continue to have a conversation with a contact whether it was within text messages or from another instant messaging platform. It's one thing that I think other platforms are missing.
I think I'd pick up HTC's weather widget from Sense 4.0, too. I'd grab Android's notification bar (not necessarily the whole shade, just the bar), and I'd pick up the refined look of iOS for application icons.
I'll leave the rest up to you. Tell me what your favorite device would be based entirely on software. What type of Franken-phone would you create, if you had a set standard for hardware, but could use any software from any device? Let me know in the comments below.