Which feature would you add to your current phone?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from  Arizona
| January 14, 2014

One of the most common aspects of getting a phone is what's next. We all recognize it, and we all take part in it. It doesn't matter how great a phone is in 2013, because there's always going to be another phone that comes down the line that's better. Even if that means you have to jump from one mobile ecosystem to another, there's always going to be something better at some point in the future. The grass is always greener, and all that.

For the people who can't wait to get their hands on new technology and new devices, we know the score. It's obvious. In the mobile market the companies we know and love (or hate) have resigned themselves to yearly refreshes, so as soon as a phone's launched, we are immediately aware of the fact that in one year's time (give or take a bit), we're going to be faced with the option of upgrading or not.

And come on, we're going to upgrade, right?

Most will. That's why the early upgrade plans from T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have caught on so quickly after their introductions. Partly the reason, anyway. Carriers want you to upgrade, so you stay under their umbrella of network and payments. And, let's face it, after a long enough time with your phone, you probably want to change things up, too. So, upgrading is the best way to do that.

Especially if a manufacturer decides not to upgrade your phone to a current version of the software that's out there. Even if that doesn't really matter for the big picture, we always want something new. Eventually. How long it takes for that feeling to settle in for your gadgets is completely different person to person. For me, it all depends on the device in question.

So, with all that in mind, it shouldn't come as a surprise that we talk about upgrading a lot around these parts. We discuss what's next, and how cool it would be to get your hands on the next device. We look forward, just as much as we talk about what's already here.

Not everyone wants to, or can, upgrade, though. Whatever the reason, it's not going to happen for a lot of people. And while some people out there may cringe at the idea of keeping their current device any longer than they have to, a lot of folks don't think like that.

When I saw that HTC wasn't going to upgrade a small line of devices past Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, I couldn't help but think that just a few features added to that particular device would probably make those who own it pretty happy. Even those who thought they'd be upgraded further. Just a little additions, here and there, can really change the overall appeal of a device.

I got to thinking about certain devices I've used recently, and how badly just a feature addition or tweak would have changed my overall view of the device, or even make me like it more.

Motorola's Moto X is a great device, if you can deal with the camera. It was close to being my favorite handset of the year in 2013. And if I could have Motorola do it over again, or just change one thing, it would be the camera. 10MP should be a good camera, but it just didn't translate well in the final product. At least, not for what I was looking for.

And then there's Apple's iPhone 5s, which is a well-rounded device. While I'd honestly like a slightly larger display, the one thing I want Apple to add to their platform is voice controls without having to activate a button. Yes, I want a similar idea to Motorola's Voice Controls in the Moto X, but for iOS. It would be pretty great to just have the iPhone 6 sitting next to me, and to be able to start up a conversation/search with Siri without actually having to touch the iPhone.

But, that's just a brief example. I'm more curious to hear about what you'd add to your current phone, to make it better in some capacity. Which feature would you add to your phone, if given the opportunity? Let me know!

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