Weekend Rant: Open letter to all Android phone manufacturers

Hello Mobilista’s, this is another weekend and we have another reason to pour out our hearts on topical issues. Today, we write an open letter to all the Android manufacturers out there. We know they’re seeing this, and we hope they read, take a cue and learn.

Android

Dear OEM,

This is the loud voice crying out from the ignorant multitude of your customers. We know you have caught us out so many times with great products we cannot resist. We have fallen prey to the sweetness of your products time without number.

On the contrary, we know competition has been hard on you. You’re constantly innovating to bring us better products and more “value for money”. Yes, we agree to all this. But then, there are some things you are not doing. We have noticed, and thought to call your attention to them. You think you are deceiving us and going scot free, but we know those little tricks of yours.

First of all, some of you have eternally decided to sticking with 1GB RAM on your phones. We don’t like that. In fact we are not happy. Ever since you started bringing Android phones to Nigeria, almost every phone you have launched carries 1 GB RAM. Even in 2016, the few devices you have launched all carry 1 GB RAM. That’s bad. I know you will argue that the average users doesn’t care about RAM. But I respond by saying that the average user cares about speed.

You can further argue that the phone still performs fluidly on 1 GB RAM, but we all know that the experience on 2 GB RAM is far better. Please OEM, you know yourself, please change. We know you actually do it for cost cutting 🙂 admit this and we’ll forgive you.

Our second problem is that many new phones now have fake bezels – this is the space between the glass and the phone’s frame. You claim the phone is bezel-less, but if we look closely there’s a black lining all around the screen. See the phone in Oga Mo’s hands below:

Gionee M5 mini hands on front
Notice the black lining around the phone screen

The screen is supposed to extend till the end of the frame, but you can clearly see the black lining around it. This is very noticeable when the screen lights up. Dear OEM, this is a wrong approach biko. Gives us bezels or none at all.

These days, it’s so hard to find a decent device with 5-inch screen and good specs. Screens are just getting too big, finding a nice phone with 5 inch screen or lesser (with good specs) is now like Gulder Ultimate Search. People ask for recommendations and I find myself mentioning last year or 2 year old devices. Please OEM, do something about this.

Finally Sir/Ma, we have seen some phones with small battery capacity, but with quick charge. This new style kinda confuses us. We have always thought Quick charge was meant for phones with huge batteries – pushing them to charge fast. What would be the need for fast charge on a small battery?

We would round up here and we hope that you don’t hold a grudge. Accept it in good faith and possibly surprise us with your next releases. Hoping to see positive responses from you soonest.

Yours Faithfully,

Elroy
MobilityArena.com

 

Editors Note: As always in our routine, this was meant to be published early yesterday, but forgive us for the lateness. 

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7 comments

  1. Yes ohhh tell them although m not an android fan but it’s hard to find a 5″ phone or less with good spec. I think the variety should b between big and small not big and bigger.

  2. We have always thought Quick charge was meant for phones with huge batteries – pushing them to charge fast. What would be the need for fast charge on a small battery?

    Really? I thought quick charge is an advancement in charging technology, andis just for speed and convenience, and less power consumption.? What’s the charging technology got to do with the battery size? And what is the bad side of your phone zooming from 0 to 100 in 30 minutes flat?

    You can further argue that the phone still performs fluidly on 1 GB RAM, but we all know that the experience on 2 GB RAM is far better. Please OEM, you know yourself, please change.

    I used to have the 1GB version of the Infinix Note 2 (X600). I got the opportunity to upgrade to the 2GB variety, but seriously, I have not noticed any difference in performance o. Like I have often said, for the average user, all these specs things is just for bragging in beer parlors. In real life usage (for the average user), it matters nada!

    Screens are just getting too big, finding a nice phone with 5 inch screen or lesser (with good specs) is now like Gulder Ultimate Search.

    All over the world, people are realizing that size matters. Check out large swathes of Asia, even women go for jumbo (that too!). You may want to ask yourself why.

    I think the mistake you are making is in still regarding a smartphone as a phone. Smartphones are computers with calling features. Smartphones are primarily mini computers, and who wants to watch videos and surf the net on a device with a tiny screen like 5 inches? I am certainly eyeing a phone with a screen size of 6.5 inches now. You want a phone for calling, go for a feature phone with 2 inches of screen size sir!

    Let the OEMs keep making them even bigger. We love that!

  3. Recently I was helping a friend to look for a replacement phone after she lost hers. We debated screen size and she said “I have small hands, I can’t do a big screen”.

    In my research, I found that there were only so many quality 5″ Android phones. And that was another thing I noticed. Almost all of the inexpensive Android phones had the exact same specs: 5″ (average quality) screens, MediaTek chips, and 1GB RAM. And there are loads of these phones being churned out with little variation.

    Seeing I’ve spent the past few weeks reading through loads of user reviews, some of the complaints you’ve mentioned here Eleoy kept coming up. Just goes to show that your complaints aren’t just applicable to techies, there are people with enough experience of Android to realise it’s hard to get a 5″ Android phone with good specs. But then, maybe we get what we’re willing to pay? You know what they say about paying peanuts…

  4. You are quite right bro. We don’t get what we want and they don’t want to give it to us.
    But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t buy phones anymore. I read your post and made another one to extend it! We need to create some sort of online awareness about this.

    Now, we can combine some of these features as it suits our needs to bring out the best for what we need and this is what I did => http://jackobian.com/threads/what-features-do-you-want-most-in-android-phones-this-2016.27/

    Hopefully, it’ll add value and color to this post!

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