We can all get taken by the headline specifications and features of a smartphone, but have you ever really considered the smaller, less noticeable but useful features that you actually end up using quite a lot?
I think we sometimes take for granted what is on offer or do not appreciate how some features are on some handsets but not others and the impact they have.
I have mentioned previously on this blog how I actually really liked the ability to talk to the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S3 to take a picture meaning I could continue to hold the phone steady in 2 hands. It is not a make or break feature but one I have got used to using and I would prefer not to loose on any future handset.
With the release of the S4 from Samsung I have switched from the S3, to the S4. Thankfully the camera speech recognition is still there.
What I did use on the S3 is an SMS scheduling app to send messages at a pre-determined time after creation. I realised that I had not re-installed this app on the S4, and was about to when I noticed the following within messaging; Samsung have built in the ability to the S4 to schedule messages.
This is a fantastic little feature. It might not be suitable for everyone but for me I was really pleased to see this and it is just testament to thinking about the things and including them as standard.
I didn’t have to install that extra little app I can now manage it all within the standard messaging screen.
Other features on the S4 include the ability to translate a text message and the ability to create an emergency message in times of desperation.
The S4 is not alone in this, there are other devices from Sony and HTC etc. that all have their own small, unique benefits that make things fun, intuitive or simpler.
The point is, that if you then get used to using such features and switch to a different phone you can easily loose these small things which you become used to and it becomes a frustration to fine workarounds or add on apps.
We are all quick to criticise when technology doesn’t do something but do we comment on the things it does right?!
Are there any hidden or less publicised features on your phone that you like or rely upon?