4 things phone manufacturers lie about, speakers, display, cameras and performance | Tech

Here are four things that phone manufacturers don’t advertise most honestly.

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Presentation and marketing smartphones can be a key factor when it comes to successful sales. We have seen recently premiere of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro devicesa Apple managed to “sell” the idea of ​​the camera cutout to the world again and call it that Dynamic Island. Of course, this is not an example of false marketing, but it is a brand that excels at it.

However, there are those other, more basic aspects of the phone that you should definitely know are often presented in a slightly misleading way. Let’s start with what we consider one of the biggest marketing sins – presenting a device with one speaker as if it has two.

“Fake” stereo speakers

Many phones these days are advertised as having two speakers, but if we scratch the surface a little, they’ve had them since the dawn of smartphones, and even before. Once upon a time, a headset was just that – just a headset. However, lately manufacturers have started to count it as a second speaker by allowing it to emit some high frequencies in tandem with your phone’s real speaker, all of which they call “stereo”.

Of course, it’s technically true that this “speaker system” is stereo, but the earpiece produces far lower quality sound than the speakers on the bottom of the device. Even Applewhose phone speakers are among the best on the market, does just that.

If you want to hear what stereo speakers really sound like on a phone, you can do so on phones like ASUS ROG Phone 6D Ultimate, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4and even cheaper Redmi Note 11 Pro+.

These devices have two “real” speakers, the only question is whether they “fire” the sound from the side or directly into the user, which can make a big difference.

A huge screen that it is not

Screen size isn’t something brands are trying to trick us with, it’s just a fact that consumers often don’t take into account. Screens are measured diagonally, in inches, so if you do not read the specifications of the phone in detail, i.e. its dimensions, it may happen that a phone with a 6.5-inch screen, like Sony Xperia 5 IVbe less wide than iPhone 13, which has a 6.1-inch screen. Wondering how this is possible? It’s very simple – it’s the aspect ratio.

Smartphones initially came with screens with an aspect ratio of 16:9. This was the time when we called phones with a screen diagonal of 5.5 inches phablets (something between a phone and a tablet). However, if we take the extreme from 2017, such as Xiaomi Mi Max 2 of 6.44 inches, and compare it to Xperia 1 IV on the phone, we will very quickly understand how much of a difference it really is – Mi Max 2 is 17.8 mm wider and 9.1 mm higher. Why? Because we’re comparing a phone with a 16:9 aspect ratio to a phone with a 21:9 aspect ratio.

Therefore, carefully check all three dimensions of the phone before buying, and not just the diagonal of the screen, because it can very easily happen that the width or height is a problem in your work.

“Fake” additional cameras

Although on sites such as AliExpress you can find phones whose secondary cameras are really fake, this time we’re talking about the trend of adding fully functional secondary cameras that serve no purpose.

It is not rare to see that many manufacturers put a system of three or more cameras in their devices, even the cheapest ones. This type of system usually consists of a main camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, a 2 MP macro and a depth sensor, and the manufacturer advertises its device as a phone with four cameras.

If you buy a device like this, the depth sensor is there to help supposedly portrait photography, and you can really take ultra-wide and macro photography, the only question is – do you really want to?

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The quality of these cameras is usually of questionable quality, and you will quickly realize that the ultra-wide-angle sensor is usable only in ideal lighting conditions, and macro photography is a nice idea only on paper, but it won’t be of much use to you.

If someone asks us, we would prefer one great camera to one average and three unusable ones.

“Fake” performance

Buyers who care about phone specifications often buy devices based on synthetic tests. However, some manufacturers have a history of manipulating these tests by putting the phone into a special operating mode when it detects that the test is running, which will not affect daily operation later.

Another item that must be taken into consideration is sustainable performance, and benchmark tests often don’t show that. The cooling system in the phone itself is a key factor in this field – the slower the phone heats up, the longer the high performance time.

The best example of this are Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets. Qualcomm turned to the company for the production of these processors Samsungand their production process was far inferior to of TSMC. This resulted in the fact that after a while the chipset overheated and dropped the clock speed, i.e. the performance dropped to the level Snapdragon 865 processors we’ve seen in 2020 devices.

Fortunately, the production of the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 the chipset was returned to TSMC factories, so customers have much more stable performance at their disposal.

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