Your perfect smartphone would be made of different smartphones


xiaomi mi mix (1200)If I could pick the best parts of every smartphone, here’s what my dream phone would look like.XiaomiI’m happy for those of you who wouldn’t change a thing about your smartphone. But for me, there’s no such thing as the perfect smartphone — at least not the ones available off the shelf today.

For example, my favorite phone is the Google Pixel, but I wish it had the design and camera of the Galaxy S8, as well Apple’s iOS App Store for the iPhone 7.

If I could build my dream phone, I’d pick 14 different parts from seven different smartphones to create the ultimate smartphone. Check out what parts my dream Franken-phone would use:


The Xiaomi Mi Mix’s front design.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix's front design.

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Save for the bottom border, the Xiaomi Mi Mix arguably has thinner borders around its display than the Galaxy S8, making for a gorgeous all-display smartphone. Unfortunately, the Mi Mix isn’t available to buy in the US, but that doesn’t matter because my custom phone is fictitious.

The iPhone 7’s glossy black back.

The iPhone 7's glossy black back.

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The Galaxy S8’s glass back is nice, but the iPhone 7’s glossy “jet black” option is the king of premium looks and feel.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium’s 4K screen.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium's 4K screen.

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I’d be perfectly happy with a 1080p screen, like you’d find on the iPhone 7 Plus or OnePlus 5. But if I’m building my dream phone, I might as well give it the highest resolution on any smartphone at the moment: the 4K display from Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium.

The Galaxy S8’s camera.

The Galaxy S8's camera.

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The Galaxy S8’s camera isn’t a dual-lens system like you’d find on the LG G6, OnePlus 5, or iPhone 7 Plus, but it’s still the best camera on a smartphone. And even though it’s not a dual-lens system, the Galaxy S8’s camera can still do things that dual-lens cameras can, like the portrait mode on the OnePlus 5 and iPhone 7.

The OnePlus 5’s fingerprint scanner.

First of all, the OnePlus 5’s fingerprint scanner is on the front of the phone, which I prefer over the rear-mounted scanners on the Galaxy S8 and LG G6.

Second, the OnePlus 5’s fingerprint scanner is the fastest and most accurate I’ve tried. Check out how fast it is compared with the Galaxy S8’s:

The Galaxy S8’s and LG G6’s water resistance.

The Galaxy S8's and LG G6's water resistance.

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Water resistance is a nice buffer for that “one time” your phone drops in water so you don’t have to buy a new phone.

Both the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 have the highest IP 68 water resistance on a smartphone right now, which means they can survive in up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone 7 is also water resistant, but not quite as much as the S8 or the G6. Its IP 67 rating allows it to go down to 1 meter of water (3 feet) for up to 30 minutes.

It’s not a huge difference, but I might as well get the most water resistance.

The latest version of Android with Google’s Pixel launcher.

The latest version of Android with Google's Pixel launcher.

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When it comes to operating systems, I lean toward Google’s Android with the Pixel launcher from the Google Pixel phone. It gets the latest Android updates directly from Google, and the Pixel launcher has a clean, modern look. Apple’s iOS operating system is also clean and modern, but it doesn’t let me put app icons where I like, and I can hide icons of apps I don’t use very often with the Android app drawer.

Plus, Google’s Android is much easier for handling and managing notifications than iOS.

The Apple App Store.

The Apple App Store.

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I’d love it if I could use Android and the Google Pixel’s launcher with apps designed for Apple’s iOS. I feel like some of my apps for iOS are slightly better-designed than their Android counterparts. For example, the iOS version of Twitter has menu buttons on the bottom, which makes them easier to tap with your thumb. Android’s Twitter version has the same buttons at the top, which is confounding.

That’s just one example, and many apps share the same design on both platforms, but there are others that are inconsistent on either platform, and iOS apps tend to win out.

The OnePlus 5’s 8 GB of RAM.

The OnePlus 5's 8 GB of RAM.

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The $540 OnePlus 5’s 8 GB of RAM makes for incredibly fast performance when you use a lot of apps throughout the day. Most phones today pack only 4 GB of RAM.

RAM is the memory in your device, and it makes for speedy and smooth multitasking. It’s like your phone’s back pocket, storing things like recently opened apps, and keeping them handy for when you need to open them again. The more RAM you have, the more apps you can run in the background without throttling your phone’s performance.

The iPhone 7’s A10 processor.

The iPhone 7's A10 processor.

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Apple’s A10 processor in the iPhone 7 marginally beats the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip under the hood in the OnePlus 5 and Galaxy S8 phones, according to benchmarking results from Trusted Reviews.

The Galaxy S8’s and LG G6’s wireless charging.

The Galaxy S8's and LG G6's wireless charging.

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Wireless charging is a nice feature to have. I can plop my phone on its wireless-charging dock on my desk and never have to worry about running out of battery. Sure, I could just plug it in, but wireless charging doesn’t need me to plug and unplug the charging cable.

The OnePlus 5’s Dash Charging.

The OnePlus 5's Dash Charging.

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For wired charging, the best solution is OnePlus’ Dash Charging. It keeps all of the parts that create heat during charging in the adapter itself. That allows the OnePlus 5 to stay cool during charging, which means its performance and charging speed isn’t throttled.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max’s huge battery.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max's huge battery.

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The ZenFone 3 Max itself might not have the best battery life, but it has the largest battery compared with most of the latest smartphones today. Combined with the software and hardware optimization from the Google Pixel, Galaxy S8, or iPhone 7, the ZenFone 3 Max’s 4,100-mAh battery could probably give me battery life for two or even three days.

The OnePlus 5’s price tag.

The OnePlus 5's price tag.

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Sure, I could have chosen the price tag of a free flip-phone. But for the sake of keeping this a little bit realistic, I’m going to stick with pricing that’s in the ballpark of a current and premium smartphone. The OnePlus 5’s $470 price tag is the one I’d go for.

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