Frankenphone #1 – How to build the ultimate smartphone

by Jerry D on July 9, 2010

What if you could cherry-pick the best technology from today’s smartphones and combine them into one super-de-duper handset? Here’s our idea of a ‘Frankenphone’ monster, built from the chopped-off bits of five popular handsets…

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The perfect size?

Give us the size zero waistline of the Apple iPhone 4. At its launch earlier this year, Apple claimed that the new Jesus phone was the “world’s thinnest smartphone”. It measures a mere 9.3mm.

The best connectivity?

The jury is still out on 4G services, so we’ll take the 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) connectivity of the Samsung Galaxy S, which also features 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP.

The most impressive screen?

Does the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display seem a little cramped? Is the 4.3-inch screen on the Droid X too pocket-unfriendly? We think the sweetspot is a screen akin to the 3.7 inch AMOLED panel on the HTC Desire.

The highest screen resolution?

This is no contest. Apple’s 640 x 960 Retina display is getting collective oohs and ahhs from everybody who’s seen it. The pixel density is so high, says Apple, that “your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels.”

motorola droid x Frankenphone #1   How to build the ultimate smartphone

The best camera?

A good camera isn’t just defined by the number of megapixels that it has. If that were true, a handset like the Sony Ericsson Satio would beat everything with its 12 MP lens. So give us the 8 Megapixel package on the Droid X, which features autofocus, a dual LED flash, a mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), 16:9 image capture plus 720p HD video recording. Nice.

The fastest processor?

If a phone doesn’t have a 1GHz processor well… quite frankly we’re not interested. We’ll choose the ARM Cortex A8 in the Samsung Galaxy S. Or maybe the 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8650) chip in the HTC Incredible. Oh, decisions, decisions…

The most memory?

As far as memory is concerned, you want as much as you can get. Top of the tree here is the Samsung Galaxy S, which incorporates 16GB of internal memory, plus a microSD interface that can support flash memory cards up to 32GB. That makes a grand total of 48GB.

Nokia X6 Frankenphone #1   How to build the ultimate smartphone

The longest battery life?

Give me the battery life of the Nokia X6, which can eke out its battery power for over 400 hours on standby and keep you chatting for around 8 hours on an overnight charge.

The most flexible software?

Tricky. It obviously comes down to a straight fight between the iPhone OS (now iOS4) and Android. Apple’s software enjoys runaway developer support, superb usability and a gorgeous UI. But it’s also a closed system, something that the open-source Android is keen to point out at every turn. For now, we’re going with iOS4. But Android 2.2 is looking good and the gap is closing.

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That gives us a Frankenphone that is three parts Apple iPhone 4, three parts Samsung Galaxy S, one part HTC Desire, one part Droid X and one part Nokia X6. It’s a weird, but powerful mix.

It’s not much of a looker though. Probably because our stitching here isn’t exactly fine. In fact, I think I can see some of the joins…

If you had the pick of today’s advanced phone features, what sort of phone would you dream up? Let us know in the comments below.

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