There are so many different things about our smartphones to like. And manufacturers know that, too. It's one of the reasons why they pack them full with new features and make sure that they're powered by the best possible specs (for the price you're paying and what they're asking). People want a certain level of effectiveness for what they're paying for.
For anyone who has been using mobile phones for an extended period of time, then you've been following along as our technology has improved drastically over the years. I can still remember certain milestones: Finally upgrading away from VGA cameras. Getting a front-facing camera on our phones. So on and so forth. And that's just the camera we're talking about here. Our processors, and especially our displays, have improved so much.
We've reached a point where our cameras are just . . . good. Yeah, there are still rankings out there, and entire sites and publications dedicated to finding out which ones are "the best", but it's safe to say that if you have a smartphone launched in the last few years --even the entry-level devices-- then the camera is probably pretty great.
Recently, a friend of mine told me that they are switching from their iPhone X to the Galaxy S9+, simply because they want the best camera possible.
Now, this threw me off for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I know this friend of mine reads up on the publications that rate this kind of thing, so I already know that they were aware that most of them rated the Google Pixel 2 XL as a better camera than the iPhone X already. I pointed that out to them, and all they had to say was that they didn't want the Pixel 2 XL at all, or the Pixel 2 for that matter, so it wasn't even on their radar.
Okay, fair enough.
The second thing that stood out to me is that I know this person really likes their iPhone, and the fact that they are switching to Android to get a better camera -- when the iPhone X's camera is already ridiculously good -- basically boggles my mind. That isn't to say that there is anything wrong with Android or the Galaxy S9, because there isn't. This is more like I know this person is going to switch back to the iPhone at some point, and that's just because they like iOS more and they've already tried to switch once before.
The differences between cameras aren't drastic anymore. Like I was saying earlier, they're all pretty great. But that conversation with my friend got me thinking: Are you genuinely happy with the camera on your current daily driver? Which phone are you using right now, and did the camera play a part in the reasons why you bought it? Or was it just a nice bonus? If you could change the camera in one way or another, even if it's related to software, what would you change? Let me know!