I like the camera idea VERY MUCH, as long as the camera (AND FLASH, THIS IS IMPORTANT) is really good quality (good low light performance MUCH more important than fake megapixel counts). Take a nice, STEADY (optical stabilization helps here) picture with low light and we'll be happy even if it is 8Mpx.|
My ideal phone is pretty much like the one I'm using now (MIX LITE), but:
-5.2" FULL screen, no borders, totally bezeless
-Fingerprint on the back, under the camera i.e.
-32GB of flash minimum. SD card support is nice. Or 64GB and then not even SD card support is needed.
-Good battery/battery life. Processor doesn't need to be "ultra fast", a SOC with good radio, decent performance and nice power consumption is MUCH preferred to a fast thing that eats power, needs a larger battery which makes for a heavier/bulkier phone.
-Better cameras (or cameras if front and back are separate). Front camera also needs a flash PLUS needs to flash the whole screen white at full light output when taking selfies.
The Doogee mix lite is almost perfect except:
-Fingerprint reader not that good and takes space in bezel
-A little bit heavy
-Cameras are not too good.
-Only has 16GB flash. This to me is the biggest problem. Need to use a SD card which adds to cost, power usage (and even a bit of weight and size, of course).
-No software updates. Already encountered bugs and freezes, already had to factory reset phone once. No updating means that problems google/android fixes in newer versions are not carried on to the Mix Lite.
On the plus side:
-Size is good. I will not consider a phone any larger than this. Phones nowadays are WAY WAY WAY WAY too large. 5.2" square screen is the best size. Resolution is not that important. Screen/size ratio is acceptable on the Mix. Of course, it can always use less bezels ...
-Battery duration is good enough.
-Speed etc is fine.
Manufacturers keep trying to sell features users don't really want, like 3 cameras or 6GB of RAM. We all know Android runs fine with 2/3GB of RAM and I will never consider a phone with more than 3GB of RAM better than one with just 3. It's only marketing, we all know that. Same with screen pixel counts: 1080p is perfectly fine for ANY size screen, even less if it's under 6". Also, battery numbers that are not real and don't translate into battery life performance. A 3000mah battery is fine if the SOC/screen/etc don't draw too much juice and unit is allowed to run plain Android w/o pre-installed bloatware.
Anyway, still looking for the "perfect phone", but I have to say the Mix Lite is close. And would be even closer if they came out with the exact same design and just upgrade the flash to 32GB and the firmware to vanilla Android 8 version!!