Playing games at the Royal Vegas will drain your phone's battery in no time. The games require a constant connection to a server in order to work, and for the screen to be on non stop. This means that smartphones are only good for a few hours of quality entertainment, after which they will inevitably run out of juice. And it's not the software's fault - or maybe it is, a bit, as the games you find at the Royal Vegas are very immersive. I often play them long enough for my phone to simply turn off in my hand, which can be a very frightening situation - especially if you don't have a power outlet at hand.
Aside from battery life, there is another thing I hope smartphone makers will improve a lot this year: their sensitivity. One of the reasons why I'm constantly looking for smaller screen devices is that they are less sensitive to shock. My trusted Lumia 620, with its 3.8" screen, has fallen countless times on all kinds of surfaces, from grass to concrete, and has survived each time with a few minor scratches. But when it comes to newer models, with 5" screens and a fifth-of-an-inch thickness, I'm afraid even to handle them. But smaller screen devices seem not to be "trendy" enough for smartphone makers today. THe smallest phone I've found lately has a screen of at least 4.5" - it's great when I play or watch a movie, but I'm afraid to put it in my front pocket, let alone drop it on the floor. No matter how advanced the materials used to make them would be - I'm still worried for their integrity.
Last but not least, don't forget to bring your Savvy travelers screen wipes as proper screen cleaners are not available in all areas of the world...
From my point of view, these are the traits smartphones should improve to become my best friends on the road. What about you?
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Article written by George