Earlier this month CNET's David Carnoy compiled a list of 25 features he wanted for the next generation iTelephone. This is my own personal take on them… which isn't to say other people don't have different needs!
- OLED screen. I want my screen to be readable in daylight and have my favourite colours last as long as all the others.
- RFID. REALLY BAD IDEA. I don’t want to have to carry my phone in a metal sleeve like those new passports!
- Flash support. Apple refusing to support it on their best selling platform is one of the primary forces behind the elimination of Flash.
- Better sound from built-in speakers. Some people play music through the phone’s speakers on the train. I want them lynched.
- Better Google Voice support. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have a North American accent, but Google Voice never really worked well at all anyway.
- Expandable memory. Not likely, but it’d be cool I suppose. They could have a SIM card like slot if they’re afraid of dirt and disrupting the clean lines.
- HD output. Why?
- Less restrictive Bluetooth. As long as they gave the option to keep the restrictions in place.
- Improved voice control. Never used it in my current iPhone, and have never felt the need to. I suppose others might want it.
- 802.11n. I guess it’s the natural evolution, but if so give us the option to turn it off to save power.
- Removable battery. Would rather all that space for a catch mechanism etc be used for extra battery.
- Improved camera with video chat (camera on front). Ew, video chat.
- Multitasking. As long as it’s done well, and has the ability to be disabled. WiMo phones were terrible for this, and Android multitasking horror stories are everywhere.
- Biometric security. As long as it was implemented with sound cryptography instead of just being a gimmick.
- More memory. Would be nice to have more than 16GiB, but more likely I’d get the same amount which would then be cheaper.
- Reasonably priced tethering. For the same price that SingTel gives me GB, Optus in Australia gives me MB, and they charge more for tethering -_-.
- External keyboard support This has been what I’ve been asking for since I got my iPhone. Who would need a crappy netbook then?
- Better app organization and file management. I’d be happy with just a customisable heading for each page.
- 4G network compatible. Would be great to use in Singapore, but in most of Australia I barely get 3G. Can we get that working at least, Optus?!
- Trimmer, sleeker design. Having sides like the iPad would be schweet :)
- Improved 3D graphics. I’d be content with a more responsive UI, though I suppose I’m still on an iPhone 3G.
- Faster processor like the A4. This is where Apple really has all their competitors licked. I can’t wait to see the silicon that goes into the next iPhone!
- Better battery life. Another no-brainer.
I didn't include More carriers or Fewer failed and dropped calls because his critique was aimed at US phone companies.
Credit to designedbyitem.com for the gorgeous mockup image.