It seems like building your own dream phone is imminentAnna Scantlin - Contributing Editor
There's a certain appeal to being able to make things the way you want them. However, in many aspects of our lives that's just not how things work. You might get to choose the career path you want to take, but you don't always get to choose your own uniform. You might get to choose the college you want to attend, but you don't always get to choose the cost of going. Alternatively, you could choose cost over location and not be able to attend the college you really wanted to go to. So while we have control over certain things, we don't have control over everything.
It's very much the same when it comes to choosing smartphones - at least for now. You might be able to choose Samsung, HTC, Apple or LG but you still have a lot of limitations on what phones you can choose from. They're all premade devices, and up until this point you have had to choose which phone suits you best. While this isn't a bad thing most of the time, there have probably been certain times where you just feel like there hasn't been any phone that was good for you. It might have been a bad mixure of specs, screen sizes, memory allotments or even the camera. I'm willing to bet that at least one point in your life you wished you could mash two or more phones together to create your perfect dream device.
While nobody seems to have made any serious strides regarding the creation of a "dream phone" per se, I am inclined to say that Motorola seems to be heading in that direction. With the creation of their Moto X device last year, along with the Moto Maker which allows you to choose a base color as well as an accent color (and even allowing the option for a wooded back) it was the first real step to the next level of customization when it came to smartphones. Android might have made the first real step towards customization on the software side of things, so the design of the hardware seemed like the next step towards customization on a deeper level.
But there's still that one piece of the puzzle that's missing, and that's the actual internal specs of a smartphone. Thus far we haven't been able to choose things like screen size, processing power, battery size, camera, etc. It's all been laid out for us, and hopefully the combinations that companies have created have been enough to tickle your fancy to the point of actually purchasing the smartphone. Still, it would be nice to be able to pick and choose the exact specs of your smartphone if you so choose to. Once again, it seems like Motorola is going to be the first to the finish line if their alleged plans come into play.
CEO of Motorola, Dennis Woodside, hints that they hope to add into Moto Maker the ability to choose screen size and added features "within the next year".
It's another small step towards full customization of a smartphone, but it seems to me that Motorola's ambition towards improving customization will soon make creating an entire phone by our own choosing a very real thing. Whether that's through something similar to Moto Maker, or something more along the lines of Phonebloks, I couldn't be sure. But at this point, I wouldn't be surprised if they were able to make both happen. I hope it happens, and soon. I would like nothing more than to take my Lumia's camera and a couple of features and mix it with my HTC One. Although that will never happen, whose to say that the next best thing isn't whatever Motorola's cooking up?
Readers, what would your dream phone be like if you had the opportunity to create one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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