If you could create your own phone, what would it be like?

Anna Scantlin
Contributing Editor from Kansas City, MO
Published: August 14, 2013

Here on PhoneDog we often bring up how cool it would be if we were actually able to create our own phone entirely - especially when it came to the rumors about the recently announced Moto X, which turned out to be pretty far off base from being as customizable as we thought it would be. Although Moto X still offers more when it comes to customization than most phones, at least from a design standpoint, it still doesn't exactly fit the bill of being fully customizable. So, at the hands of having our (overhyped) dreams crushed, why don't we take a moment and discuss what it would be like if we really could create that one phone to rule them all?

And when I say creating that one phone to rule them all, I mean you can imagine whatever you want. Maybe you like the build of an iPhone but you'd rather have it run the latest version of Android and share the same specs as an HTC One. Maybe you like the build and camera of the Nokia Lumias, but would rather have it run on iOS instead of Windows Phone. Or maybe the phone you currently own is the perfect device, and the only thing you would change is being able to whimsically update the components to keep it up-to-date with other flagships. We might be limited by todays standards when it comes to actually bringing these phones to fruition, but nobody can stop our little noggins from dreaming. So with that being said, let's get started!

If I were to construct the perfect phone for me, I think it would go a little something like this:


From a hardware standpoint, there are a lot of phones that I actually really like the look and feel of. The iPhone 4S, for example, is the best phone for one-handed use to me. With that phone I could do anything - text, web browse and even play games without ever really needing to use my other hand. It was the perfect multitasking device. But that being said, after using the HTC One I'm remembering the benefits of a larger screen. However, the One is still too large for me to comfortably use one-handed, so I'd have to say that a size in-between the comfortable 3.5-inch 4S and the 4.7-inch HTC One would probably be 4.3-inches.

The actual material I would want the phone to be made out of would actually be going back quite a bit - when I owned a Palm Pixi, the rubberized texture on the back of the phone was actually very pleasant. I didn't feel like I really needed a case, or at most it would only need a bumper. It was just a pleasant material to the touch, and I think I would like to have that on a phone again.

Of course, you can't forget the camera. On the back of my phone, I would really like to see a 10-megapixel UltraPixel camera. I like UltraPixel, but the 4-megapixels that's underneath that fancy name on my HTC One really isn't cutting it for me - especially when it comes to zooming. But I can admit that the camera really is good at taking low-light photos, but I'm sure it could do better if we could fit more megapixels in there.

I would probably keep the same processor and amount of RAM as I already have in my One. It's fast, it's smooth, and it works great for me.


Over the past few years I've grown to love both Android and iOS immensely. I still can't decide which one I like better. But even before these two were introduced into my life there was another platform that stole my heart, and that platform was webOS. I don't know what it was about it, but I very much enjoyed the interface that webOS had. It was beautiful, simple, and I think it could have been something great if it had been developed further before it was killed off. I think if webOS was still around today that I would rather use that on my phone rather than Android or iOS. Of course, this is strictly speaking from what I think webOS would be like, because obviously we'll never know what it could truly amount to at this point. Isn't dreaming fun? S Pen functionality would be nice, too.

Connectivity & Carrier

Of course I would want my phone to have LTE, and preferrably unlimited amounts of it, but instead of being on Sprint's network I think I would rather be running off of Verizon's towers with Sprint's or T-Mobile's prices. It's been my experience that Verizon really does have the most coverage in the country - even in zones where no other carrier worked, Verizon was still getting a medium strength signal. I don't know what kind of foul wizardry they use over at Big Red but it's working and it's working well. Now if only they didn't charge me an arm and a leg and my first born child.

What about you?

So now you know what my phone would look like if I created it, but what would yours look like? Share your creations with us in the comments below!

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