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When something new is launching, especially when it comes to a phone, piece of software, or tablet (or all of the above), you usually hear a laundry list of new things that should compel you to buy the new thing. For our phones and tablets, it’s all about the packaged deal. How does it all work together, and how do the new features, whether they be software or hardware, make our lives easier? Or, if nothing else, inject a bit of fun into it? But, for some people, maybe even most, the laundry list of features usually gets whittled down to one feature or another, and that’s where we put the focus of our future purchase.

This isn’t new, though. Actually, if we look at, say, video games, and consoles specifically, we can see it happen quite frequently. For a console, the hardware is one thing, but it can come down to a video game to really drive sales. This can be compared to a phone or tablet’s “killer feature,” which we all know they have. It’s the one thing that stands out amongst the other list of features, and the one thing that we really want to get our hands on and try out.

I used the camera on my phone pretty regularly, but unless it was an absurdly bad shooter, I didn’t really pay much attention to what I was using. As long as I was able to take the photo, and it didn’t look horrible, I was usually content with it. That used to be the case, anyway. Over the last year or so, as my daughters have grown, I’ve started to care more about the camera that I use to take their photos. I should probably be using a dedicated device for this, but I’m still all about the consolidation of my devices, so the camera in my smartphone is super important.

That’s why the Nokia Lumia 920 called out to me. The camera on the Lumia 920 was said to be one of the greatest out there, so it seemed like an obvious choice for someone who already wanted to switch to Windows Phone 8 anyway. And since then, the camera hasn’t let me down yet. It really is amazing in low-light situations, and I’m not seeing any real drawbacks while taking photos outside, in the daylight, either. It really works quite well, and I’m consistently happy with the photos that I look over every day.

I know that some people would say that the Galaxy Note II’s killer feature is the huge display, but for me, that’s not the case. In my opinion, the killer feature with the Galaxy Note II is the S Pen and the coupled technology within. There are devices out there with big displays, and while the Galaxy Note II is the biggest (so far) for a phablet (because it is a phablet, even if I hate typing that word), I don’t consider that the handset’s “killer feature.” The S Pen, though, and the embedded, stylus-specific features the device boasts are pretty awesome to use.

If we’re talking about a display being the killer feature, I think we have to give that to HTC's DROID DNA at this point. It isn’t as big as the Galaxy Note II’s, as it measures in at “only” five inches, but the 1080p S-LCD 3 really is amazing. That is the killer feature for the DROID DNA, even if the device is just a big smartphone.

The LG Nexus 4? That device’s killer feature has to be the fact it’s running Android 4.2. Considering it’s the only device on the market to officially be using that specific version of Google’s mobile operating system, that’s definitely something to consider when you’re buying the newest Nexus device to hit the market.

But I want to hear about your device, Dear Reader. Tell me which smartphone you are using right now, and I want to hear which killer feature made you pull the trigger on your purchase. What is the one aspect to your phone that matters most to you, and is it still the one thing you use, or stare at, every day? Let me know!


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Leah MaRie McGinley they will be anounceing it in barcolono in feb2013
Leah MaRie McGinley which s4 are you talkin about in phs, cuz the samsung galaxy s4 wont be coming out til jan-feb or march of 2013
SmithsLane fast, pretty and just generally fun to use! iPhone 4S represent! :P
Lenn Liggins Very solidly built, innovative, Lumia 920 and best phone out there going.
Anonymous HTC ONE X FTW BEST PROCESSOR JELLY BEAN IT ROCKS BEST PHONE IN THE WORLD!
Wayne Nowacki My phones S4 Pro Quad Core Processor, external memory, and that soon it will rock directly ported Nexus 4 roms: LG Optimus G
Bryson Aaron My htc evo had a HORRIFIC battery life, so switching from it to the gs3 has been like night and day to me.
Robert Hand The killer feature on my new Galaxy Note II is the battery. I haven't had to charge it once yet.......because its a VERIZON Galaxy Note II.....and they still haven't released it! Sprint is already discounting theirs for black friday & Verizon hasn't released their's yet....hello? Verizon?
Austin Wirl Retina display BANG GET HIT
Žiga Muhic 1.4 GHz Quad Core CPU, 4.8 inch Super Amoled HD Screen 306 ppi, 8.6 mm thin, Jelly Bean, 16 GB of internal storage, Smart Stay,...
Fernando Sidney Alexandre Chimuco 1.4 GHZ Quad Core processor and Gorila Glass 2 on Galaxy SIII... Amazin'
Lorne Shaggy Sloan That of i throw it hard enough i might be able to kill someone with it.
Dhruv Satra pure google
Naj Khan the alarm (must ring loud)
Josh Avondoglio On my GSIII, it's the large screen, great photo quality, and Jelly Bean with Project Butter.
Arvind Katiyar Its a Samsung it keeps crashing so its time to change but so many good phones dont know which.
Gordon Christie its made by Samsung
Barrington Parsons it's 4gee @ #
Dino Dimakopoulos Bigger screen. SD card. 8MP camera. 4G. No itunes. Non-proprietary cables. Basically everything my iPhone couldnt do/didnt have
Sam Kennedy Its not Apple!!!
Gary Bowling It has a pussy magnet installed.
Kevin Gray Being a GSM Nexus device is really enough...
Carmen Jessica The big screen , the big HD screen on my Note II:-)
Dontex Dacari Pure android with out a skin on my galaxy nexus...and on screen buttons that flow with the UI
Emily Maitz My screen size. I can't get the s beam to work though.
Josh Lazenby The screen.
Aaron Couts its rooted so it has many...
Brendan Breakdown Probably iMessage because it saves me money blocking SMS messages
Brandon Worley My HTC 8x... Integration My Droid DNA... Camera & screen resolution My i5... Stability Somedays its good be a rep
Darrell Wax the camera,nokia n8
Tony Valadez I like how HTC promised me an Icecream sandwich update over 6 months ago and I still haven't gotten it
Nathan Parks Camera app and Nfc. Love my s3
Nichson Tiang Great battery life and huge screen of my note2. Nothing else comes close of these 2 most wanted features of a smartphone put together.
Robin Bullock 9GB internal storage. Thin and light. Big bright screen.
Huner Mathias Nothing i hate mine
Elijah Ford Everything, (the HD screen )!!!.Galaxy S 2.
Alex Arana Inb4 The Apple logo on the back
Zac Luna I can call people
Howie Eastin Gs3......screen size and customization ....oh and speed but definitely moving to the note 2 when I get my upgrade
Mike Hogue S Pen with my Note 2
Abram Wenevermet Dennis I can talk on it..
Lynn Taylor That it kills itself.
Matt Couper @Amie, you really think the iPhone 5 has a better screen than the DNA? 4 inch 326ppi beats 5 inch 441ppi? LOL
Paul Keefe I like my stock android experience. Best os IMO.
Matt Couper Fingerprint scanner on my Atrix, why can't more phones gave this awesome feature!?
MinnieMouse Lovingu Waddell Samsung note 2 all the way!
Zach Cline The truth hurts doesn't it amie ?
Brent Legendre I love that I can make a phone call and it works and I can hear the other person
Jonathan Garisto What I like is timely updates on my galaxy nexus. Although the overall specs could be better
Eric Elhardt Wifi calling on my T Mobile MyTouch Q.
Bill Siembida 441ppi quad core
Gilbert Garcia That its not an iphone!
Chester Candelaria Screen size of the note 2 camera features battery life spen
Amie Lee Greenway The best thing about my phone right now is the amount of cool games I can download for free. Will be changing on Saturday of course.
Corey Stock There is nothing to dislike about the Droid DNA.
Chris Kang Windows Mobile not that I'm a luddite, there's just things about older mobile OS's I like (like Palm OS) that are major pluses over modern ones. It's less dumbed down for starters
Amie Lee Greenway @Zach stfu Android fanboy.
Nick Koval screen size
Ningbo Li Phone quality and camera nothing can compare Nokia
Zach Cline iPhone 5 sucks. Apple is trying to say they have the best display on the market . BS-HTC 's droid dna has @ 1080p display with a pixel density of 440 PPI. That blows the iPhone out of the water lol.
Arxi Kay using as a hammer. yes. i broke it.
Dave Keller Google Voice Search and Google Now are both absolutely amazing.
Giemuel Uy the Chuck Norris Emergency Speed Dial
CeeGii Borels "Not an iPhone" that feature
King Jeremy not one fuk
Marti Ruiz easy to ke screenshot, tlt down to mute, superamoled screen tec,
Kevin Pizana the body of my bionic cracking in random spots and the way its peeling...
Darren Monks My evo 3D
Felix Tran No. I detest my phone....
Mark Goodrich Screen is much better although smaller on the iPhone 5
Steve Johns S beam share shot NFC Hehe love my gs3 :)
Antonio Horn My screen size and spen. Note 2
Ian Baylon 3D video and pictures. EVO 3D.
Chris Roberts Funny how I hear All the Isheep who constantly say they switched to IOS because their Android kept freezing lol.. First of all when was the last time you owned an Android device? Second was it an entry level Android device?? Third how do you use your phones? lol I'm loving my SGS3 and loving every minute of it especially even more now because of Jellybean Siri who????
Chris Taylor GS3's screen. It's killer.
Eduardo Ordaz My phones camera and battery life. It lasts me through the day and it has a great camera that's on par with a lot of the super phones.
Tyler Kirchman Price. And monthly price. Virgin mobile Kyocera rise
Kyle Mezrahi the best smartphone camera in the world. lumia 920. also, super sensitive touch. :D
Alberto Garcia Flores Galaxy S3 battery, camera, motion features..
Ashwin Kannoth The word 'Nexus'/
Christopher Fox S3 the battery. Killer battery. Never seen any like it
Juan Patata Maxx Ellul It supports sms and calls :)
Ignacio Gonzalez The fact that it's been a good workhorse for me. Droid RAZR. I want the Galaxy Note 2. I miss having a Samsung...even though I always bitched about their shitty update schedule. Then after owning a Motorola, I realized...they probably all have a shitty update schedule.
Mike Burglund wi-fi tethering! no need to buy the more expensive ipad when you always have your phone on you anyway. stick it to the man! :P
Steve Dreifuerst It's an iPhone. I can't think of anything that I like about it except the battery life. Only 36 days more with this POS. Onto a Droid DNA.
Jorge El Maleante Morales EVO 4g LTE. Camera and screen.
John Shabanowitz My phone has 2 killer features. Google Now and dictation.
Shabraiz Adams The revolutionary new connector.
Cameron Gunter That for short, you call it a MoPho...
Rafo Sky HTC ONE X+ brilliant
Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas Pure Motion HD+,Pureview camera,beautiful design,Nokia Maps,you now baby the beast Nokia Lumia 920
Terrance Henderson It's not an iphone
Jose Angel Santiago S beam galaxy s3
Yeo Salolin Sony Xperi TL Camera, Rapid shiot and Beautiful!!
Whitney Stark Great camera and it doesn't constantly freeze up like my Android phones did - iPhone 4S
Remi Clement Blackberry curve 9320: Definitely bbm and the ease of being able to share information and media via different apps mediums and also the new slimmer case and new button shapes is cooler
Kristen Luce All of the ROMs... that is, until the SGS3 came out (I have a SGS2).
Isaac Castillo Dare I say? The app killer? Bshahaha!!!
Dave Keller Photosphere on my Nexus 4 is a pretty killer feature
Dennis Heggenstaller A screen bigger than 4"
George Av It's not a iPhone lol
Lucass Forward (Iphone4) design. iOS. and all my apps
Dalton Davis Nothing! It's the iPhone
Mark Goodrich It's a iPhone! Need I say more? Lol...
Jaylen Riley 4" Retina Display
Ispongklong Dacoycoy A 14.2 download speed even if it is only a midrage device
Malik Valbrun Supposedly, updates smh lol - Verizon Galaxy Nexus
Daniel Quintero freedom to do what I want with it
Jared Greenberg It's not a BlackBerry.




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