Over time, features that were once available only in high-end models trickle down to become standard on virtually every smartphone. So, what currently cutting-edge feature would you most like to see become mainstream?
There was a time that virtually every feature we take for granted now was available only on the most expensive models. Color screens, 3G, GPS, Wi-Fi, even Bluetooth used to be reserved for those with deep pockets.
Hot New Features
The latest crop of expensive smartphones sport features that haven't yet worked their way down to mid-range or entry-level ones.
The EVO 4G broke ground in another area, too: it was the first smartphone in the U.S. with WiMAX, a fourth-generation wireless standard. Verizon is expected to release its own 4G models with the rival standard LTE this winter, while AT&T and T-Mobile are likely prepping devices for next year.
Quite a few high-end models with WVGA (800 x 600) screens are available, but the iPhone 4 jumped over this with a 960 x 640 display.
Devices like the Motorola Droid X, Samsung Vibrant, and others have 1 GHz processors, and both HTC and Motorola are expected to offer models with even faster chips in the coming months.
Nokia has taken the lead in putting very high-end cameras in its smartphones -- the Nokia N8 will have a 12 megapixel one.
The HTC EVO 4G and Motorola Droid X have Wi-Fi hotspot software so that they can share their 3G/4G connections with other computers.
A few Enterprise-oriented phones have included fingerprint scanners, allowing users to dispense with written passwords and instead use biometric security.
Hitting the Mainstream?
So far, all of these bleeding-edge features have been relegated to smartphones with high pricetags. Which one of these are you most looking forward to becoming so common it's on every phone, no matter how cheap?
Vote in the poll, and if you marked "other" please be sure to let us know what feature you are looking forward to in the Brighthand Forums.
You're also encouraged to explain your reasons for your vote in the forums.