7 design choices in phones today we wish we could change

Phones today may be better than ever before, but these bizarre decisions take them a step back

Most phones today generally share similar features, specs and design choices.

We rarely find phones that jump off the bandwagon to do something truly unique. When they do, we’d hope for really cool features like Samsung’s curved Infinity Display or a finger print sensor when that was first introduced. What we don’t want is the premature removal of a headphone jack, or the awkward positioning of finger print sensors.

Let’s bring on a list of weird design choices that should’ve be anticipated and avoided. 

Apple ditching the 3.5mm audio jack

We’re not saying it’s wrong; it is an inevitability, but perhaps Apple went forward with the change a couple of years too early. Instead of spearheading the age of the wireless, it led to an onslaught of complaints and parodies like memes. Other companies started taking hits at Apple, like the Google Pixel’s promotional material blatantly emphasising that the Pixel still has a headphone jack.

iPhone 7 users were simply not ready for the ditch. Cabled headphones don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, and Bluetooth technology simply isn’t seamless and quick enough to allow for a comfortable transition.

Apple didn’t live up to its promise either. It was claimed that phones could become thinner and far more compact without a 3.5mm cavity dug out of its body, but the iPhone 7 retains the same body as iPhones did three years ago. In fact, reusing the exact same design for three whole years deserves a listing of its own.   

Oppo R11 sticking to Micro USB

The Oppo R11 wouldn’t have featured in this list had this been 2016. But just a year later, its choice of including a Micro USB while all other flagships have hopped on to the USB-C wagon is a bizarre one.

All flagships today (besides the iPhone) have let go of the Micro USB and are embracing a Type-C future. In many ways, Oppo are sending its beloved flagship years behind, despite its handsome specs and bang for buck.

Why USB-C you may ask? Well, it’s the future. It’s faster, more durable, it carries more power and data – it’s reversible! In a couple of years, you’ll find most tech replacing whatever ports they currently use making the switch to Type-C.

What Oppo’s missing out on is future-proofing. Maybe in just a year’s time, people are going to look at the R11 – with its massive forehead and chin, LCD display and Micro USB port – like a device from an older time.