This article was written before the announcement of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X.
For a long time, when someone asked me What phone should I buy for mojo? I’d answer Buy the Plus version of the newest iPhone without thinking.
While that’s still my answer for now, I don’t know for how long that’s gonna be the case.
Android for sure has come a long way. And while the operating system undoubtedly still has some disadvantages comparing to iOS, it’s getting better with every new version.
But in this article, I want to focus on hardware and cameras. Of course, there are many many more new Android phones than new iPhones. So naturally, there will be more hardware innovation on that side. Manufacturers start to realize that outstanding camera performance for many people is the most important thing on a new phone. In the last months only, multiple Android phone manufacturers announced new phones with innovative camera specifications.
- The camera with the largest aperture? It’s in the LG V30, with an f1.6 lens.
- Recording (and streaming) with both the front and rear camera simultaneously? You’ll need the Nokia 8.
- A superb DSLR quality camera and a holographic display? I’d bet on the RED Hydrogen with a separate camera module. That could really revolutionize the way we shoot with a smartphone because it’s the first smartphone that’s made especially for professional videographers. (Okay really, I know it will take at least another 6 months, there is no guarantee that it will be as good as they promise, it’s freakin’ expensive, so it’s kinda risky that I spent 1200 USD on it, but I’m sooooo curious!)
Of course, writing all this is not really fair when the announcement of the new iPhone(s) is just a month away. But apart from it’s augmented reality options, most rumors on the new iPhone are about wireless charging and the OLED screen. Maybe Apple will surprise us all. But if not, for the next year, we have to rely on other manufacturers to push the limits of mobile journalism.