2015 Is A Boring Year For Smartphones

In terms of technology, 2015 definitely won’t be known as a year of smartphone innovation. I have been writing about smartphones since 2006 and although smartphones have come a long way, 2015 is also a year with the least innovation since 2006.

The most innovative smartphone of 2015 is, perhaps, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Here’s what I said in my first impressions article earlier this year.

“The most significant thing to be said about the Galaxy S6 Edge is that it’s hard to let go of. The design is the best that’s ever been on a smartphone. Holding it gives you such a soothing feeling and makes you feel like you are holding a bar of gold. You have to handle this thing to understand that.”

Even though the honeymoon period with the phone wore off and I started noticing some faults. For example, as a music player, the Galaxy S6 Edge is subpar. Another complaint, although a minor one, was the battery life. I don’t think there was one day where I didn’t have to charge the phone by 5 p.m.

The Galaxy Note 5 was released in late summer and there is a lot to like about it: the gorgeous screen, the improved S-Pen features, the improved camera, etc. However, the device really isn’t much of an upgrade from the Note 4 — but it’s at least more of an upgrade than the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are when compared to Apple’s 2014 devices.

The iPhone still doesn't take videos with stereo sound.

The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have been upgraded to take 4K videos. But what good are ultra-high definition videos if there is no ultra-high def sound; the iPhone still takes videos with monaural sound. Apple needs to learn that it’s 2015, not 20o5. However, Apple’s customers probably don’t care — just as long as their smartphone has the Apple label on it. It’s also important to note that the resolution of both new iPhone screens is far below what other smartphones are offering.

This isn’t to say that my iPhone 6s Plus is a bad phone — after all, I still own it. The iOS operating system is still excellent and the phone has less bugs than my Galaxy Note 5, also an excellent phone. I am just upset that my new devices feel too much like, well, devices from the previous year.

Let’s hope that Samsung and Apple can come up with real game-changers in 2016, like they did in 2014. The marketplace certainly can use more innovation, especially in the smartphone industry.

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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