What are some of the greatest mobile design features in modern phones? In terms of smartphones, at least, some of the best features include screen size and displays, as well as durability against damage, and the quality of the software and operating system that a phone runs. These features may not be the greatest for every user, but they make a significant difference to the appearance, value for money, and the speed and performance of your phone. With applications to phones that include the Motorola RAZR i, the Apple iPhone, and the Samsung Galaxy, as well as many more, why are these design features so special?

1 – Screen Size and Displays

More and more phones are going for larger touchscreen displays, with most now being more than 4 inches in size; phones like the Motorola RAZR i have also experimented with edge to edge screens, which take up virtually the entire handset. The quality of phone displays is also marked by their HD or near HD pixel densities, as well as by their LED backlighting and ability to capture the best of streaming videos and apps. Some impressive resolutions for current phones include the LG Optimus G’s 760 x 1280p density, as well as the Nokia Lumia 920’s PureMotion HD+ display.

2 – Durability

With phones now in almost constant use, they need to be designed to withstand dropping, scratching, and getting wet; one of the more recent innovations in phone durability has been Gorilla Glass, which combines with Kevlar backing to make a phone much less likely to shatter or crack when dropped onto the ground. There are also several smartphones that are being developed as particularly tough devices – the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2, for example, can survive for 30 minutes underwater.

3 – Software and Processing Power

The effect of software on your phone comes down to whether you’re an Android or an iOS user – the latter’s connection to Apple means that you can be limited in terms of finding the same range of apps and programs as the more open source Android. Android is particularly recommended if you do want access to a lot of extra features. How well Android works is also dependent on the widgets provided with individual phones.

For example, the Motorola RAZR i includes a ‘Circles’ and quick find feature that makes it easier to select short cuts that you regularly use. Some other OS options include Windows Metro on Windows Phones, as well as Symbian for Nokias; however, use of either depends on your commitment to Windows devices, as well as whether you want to use a very specific OS, as is the case with Symbian.

However, the ultimate test of an OS is whether it can be backed up by a processor that will enable a phone to run with slowing down when using different apps. Top of the range phones consequently include processors that clock over 1 GHz, with phones like the RAZR i and the Samsung Galaxy S IV pushing up into the 2 GHz mark.