Phones have become more…smart. From the first wireless phone call being made on April 3rd, 1973, phones have become thinner, and mainly have become a computer in our pockets, with flagship devices leading the way. Being introduced sometimes once a year, they have sure become more…smart.
With that being said, flagship smartphones have not only become more advanced, they’ve also become less advanced.
This is going to be a mixture of an Op-ed, and a review of the ZTE Blade Max 2s.
So, with that said, let me explain.
Us as consumers expect a Flagship devices price and quality to be an equal match to each other. Not 1% off, but equal. We expect that a mid-range device, such as the Umidigi F1, or the ZTE Blade Max 2s, to be the cheaper, and the worst devices. While we expect the flagship devices, such as the LG V40, the iPhone XS Max, and the Samsung GALAXY s10+, to be the most expensive, and the best devices a man can own.
But lately, this just isn’t true…
Smartphones have become very…dull if you want to say. They have a screen — most likely under 6.5”, on the front, a rear and front facing camera, a fingerprint reader, some ports for charging, audio consumption (I’m looking at you, Apple), and maybe a port for some added features, like on the Essential Phone. But other than that, that’s how it’s been for the last five to seven years.
Phonemakers need to find more ways to stand out. They do this by pushing these criterias to the next level. Samsung has done this with the Samsung Galaxy S10+, by removing the front camera,making the device almost bezel-less, and adding a camera in between the screen. Apple and LG have made it so there’s this “notch” on the screen, but LG has taken away the speaker for phone calls, and replaced it with the screen.
Yeah, you read that right.
And for cameras….Companies like Oppo have created cameras that pop out of the top. Samsung has caught up with these chinese manufacturers, and created a phone where the camera slides up and FLIPS from the front.
You read THAT right too.
They also keep making phones slimmer, and slimmer, and covering them with premium materials, and giving them fancy, curved edges.
As a geek, I love innovation. I love it when one of my favorite companies, ZTE in this case, releases a smartphone that is…well…different than the others.
Phones with very thin bezels are great to look at…Although,it makes it so the company has to add a notch, or a motorized camera, on the phone, and that makes it more prone to breaking.
Phones with curved edges and glass all over are stunning to the eye…Although, they break, scratch really easily, and are slippery all around. At that point, you’re most likely to put a skin, or a case over it, to remove the aesthetics the company had to offer.
Thin phones are breathtaking. Although, the phone has absolutely zero room for a headphone jack, or they make it so small, that batteries explode.
Companies like Apple and Samsung takeaway durability, battery life, and and many other really important aspects of a smartphone for one main thing.
Making the phone desirable.
A while ago, there was a fine line between phones that are mid range, such as the Samsung Galaxy J3 Achieve, and phones that are flagships, such as the Samsung Galaxy S9+. but now, that line has faded away, and the two sides are intertwining.
Now, depending on which phones you compare which aspects you find important, you find that mid range devices can not only a better deal for your money, but a better deal overall.
The ZTE Blade max 2s is one of those phones that is a mid-range device, but comparable, and sometimes better, to flagships.
It has a 4000 mAH battery, that can last you all day. It has a 6 inch Screen, a thin design, and a fingerprint reader. All features that the iPhone X lacks.
Oh, and it has a headphone jack.
I get a full day with the ZTE phone, but when i had the Iphone X, i had to charge twice, maybe three times a day.
If you want to take a look at my review of the ZTE Blade Max 2s, please click HERE.
It’s not the best in everything though. The software support sucks, the speaker isn’t as good as the iPhone X, and the ZTE Blade Max 2s is made out of plastic, unlike the iPhone X. The iPhone X has a WAY better camera than the ZTE, and the iPhone also has water resistance,unlike the ZTE.
And some of the new features on a flagship can be found on regular devices. The Pixel 3XL’s camera app can be hacked to be put on any device, and Apple’s Face ID is present on almost all android devices.
Overall, if you want a device that will do the things you want it to do, get a mid-range device, like the Umidigi F1, or the ZTE Blade Max 2s. If you want to get a device, spend a lot of money, and have a few bells and whistles that may not be so important, then go with a flagship.