The other day, Obinna Egbule was asking us what we really want from our phones. Good question because, let’s face it, most times the phone manufacturers

My ideal smartphone does not exist, but if it did…

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The other day, Obinna Egbule was asking us what we really want from our phones. Good question because, let’s face it, most times the phone manufacturers only give us what they think we want, not what we really want.

One of the first things I look for in a smartphone is the screen size. I know it’s 2013, and bigger seems to better but I hate big screen phones.  And that’s why I’m stuck with mid-range phones for now because it’s only the big phones that get all the high-end specs these days. Well, Acer have promised us a high-end phone that’s proud to be small. But considering how secretive they’ve been about the specs, I won’t be holding my breath on them.

So for me, the ideal smartphone does not exist. But if it did, it would be a hybrid of many of the smartphones in the market right now. That’s wishful thinking I know, but please indulge me.

Allow me to introduce to you the Impossidroid Z13:

The Display

I’ve already mentioned I hate big screens so the Impossidroid will have:

  • 3.5 inches display with ~300 ppi.
  • Super AMOLED screen type, for that Samsung Galaxy-esque, battery-saving crispness
  • Sapphire glass screen protection (like on the Ubuntu Edge) for that “only a diamond can scratch me” swag.

Operating System and User Interface

The Impossidroid Z13 will run on the latest Android version 4.3 Jelly Bean. I’m tempted to say the UI will be stock Android but Mr Mo might frown at that idea. So I’m gonna go for a hybrid of HTC sense 5, for it aesthetic brilliance, and Ubuntu Phone UI for the simplified user experience. But he notification system would have to be like the Blackberry 10’s Blackberry Hub. As much as I love Android, I’m barely tolerating its notification system.


The Impossidroid will have no less than 2 GB RAM because I hate lag. I like to be able multitask without having to fight the urge to fling my phone halfway across the room every 3 minutes. But RAM is almost no good without processing power so it will also have at least a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor.


An 8 megapixel Carls Zeiss lens camera powered by Nokia’s PureView technology should be just perfect; I’m not stuck on the megapixel race.


Would I  come off as too shallow-minded if I insisted the Impossidroid’s battery must last as long as a Nokia torchlight phone? Yeah.. I do come off as shallow. But seriously, I’d rather not be quoting milliampere-hours. A smartphone’s battery life is only as good as the software managing it. So yes, I’m sticking with my initial statement.


4G/LTE ready, USB, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are a given. I couldn’t care less for NFC. For me the koko is data compression. The Impossidroid will have data compression reminiscent of old school Blackberry. However visuals must still be as appealing as on Android. Is that too much to ask for; a first world smartphone for third world mobile networks?


I’m of the philosophy that apps run best from internal memory so I avoid moving them to external memory when possible. I’m not a serial app installer anyway, I tend to keep only what I use. But a lot of free space wouldn’t hurt, it’s quite healthy for your phone. So the Impossidroid will have a minimum of 16 GB internal memory.


Yes, I’m going there. The Impossidroid must be priced like a Tecno – little cash out, plenty value returned. I don’t care how the phone manufacturer does it but if it’s more than 35k I’m not buying. 😀

So guys what do you think? Would you buy my Impossidroid Z13?

Featured image source: Techexif


  1. What did I think?

    I think you need Professor Peller, that famed, long-dead magician.. to actualize your impossiDream!

  2. I also share your dream, but in terms of screen size, anything short of 5inches is a no no for me. My eyes are bad enough abeg.

    @eyeBeekay: LOL! Nice

  3. Imagine being used to a 32inch LCD TV or more and then made to watch a 14inch. Guy, that punishment is gruesome.

  4. Lol @eyeBeeKay, and which magician will raise Peller from the dead?

    @Ayodele, I guess I just have sharp eyes. And I’ve never been used to any screen over 4 inches because I’ve avoided them like the plague. So I won’t be experiencing any withdrawal symptoms

  5. corners would have to b cut. u dont have core i7 processors lasting all day in laptops. having a quad core already means ur battery life is gonna take a hit. i like the fact u didnt talk about the resolution of the screen. i think after a certain amount of dpi (about 230), any further increments is just an ego measuring contest. I would agree with you except in the OS region. yes BB has d best data compression, Android best implementation, Ubuntu best simplicity, i find it hard u didnt find a reason to take any elements from the iOS. I feel u shud have the fluidity and sublimity of such an operating system. If u have a wonderful operating system, trust me, the specification of the device wud b d last thing anyone would be bothered about. Most people dunno the differences between the iPhones, but at least they know d differences between a Dual Core & a Quad Core Android. This is because the iOS gives u reason to not bother about the hardware. A 3GS runs a game, so does a 4, so does a 4s, so does a 5. On the other hand, a Dual Core Samsung may struggle with a game, while its Krait brother doesnt.

    I just feel u hate Apples and u were a lil cynical about ur choices here. They must b good for something (definately not their batteries). Find a feature you would want to include from them, den imma think about ur Impossidroid.

    P.S. I agree with u about the phone screen, i feel the S3 or the iPhone 5 should be d end of phone screen sizes. My S4 is a bother with its humongous screen size. How u guys be giving Tecnos 9.5/10 ratings on here bewilders me. They are just phone clones from a generic Chinese manufacturer. Micromax, Tecno & Blu (as well as some local Indian chaps) all push out the same phone labelled differently. I dont think they are so great, but hey, they have brought smartness to d greater masses. Hope they are durable tho.

  6. @Kenenna, you do raise a very valid point about iOS and how well it manages the hardware to give a near-uniform User Experience across generations of Apple’s devices. I guess it just skipped my mind. I haven’t spent enough time around Apple devices (probably because of the “hate” you pointed out), so it was just natural that I didn’t even think to give iOS a mention.
    If I ever do an updated version of this article, I’ll be sure to keep that in mind 🙂

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