Mobile and Wireless: 10 Hot Smartphone Features Every User Needs

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-03-23 Print this article Print
A Striking Design

A Striking Design

Easily the most important feature of any popular smartphone is its design. Devices that come with ugly cases and a big, fat footprint are not going to appeal to anyone. In order for smartphone makers to be successful, they'll need to take a page out of Apple's book and deliver a good-looking design.
It's no secret that smartphones are a hot item across the world today. Consumers and business users in the United States, Europe and Asia are buying more smartphones than ever. And the vendors behind those devices are, in many cases, watching their revenue and profit figures soar because of it. But if anything is certain in today's smartphone market, it's that not all devices are created equal. Smartphones like Apple's iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are fan favorites, but handsets from Research In Motion and HTC seem to be taking a backseat. Despite their similarities to more popular offerings, devices like the BlackBerry Bold just can't keep up with today's top phones. Luckily for those vendors, however, each year presents a clean slate for them to address their mistakes and revive their handset businesses. But in order to do that, they'll need to make several changes and engage in some new strategies. Here's a look at 10 hot smartphone features that every supplier needs to include with their devices this year.  
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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