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The Future Is Calling: The Phones That Are Light-Years Ahead

June 23, 2022 - 4 min read

When it comes to game-changing tech, the original Apple iPhone – launched in 2007 – is right up there. Why? Because it was the device that triggered the smartphone revolution. Fast forward 15 years and it’s hard to imagine life without smartphones, or a time when we had to rely on landlines. Smartphones put the sum of the world’s knowledge at our fingertips, along with all our friends, family and entertainment.

However, as revolutionary as that original iPhone felt, it seems like a child’s toy compared to the incredibly advanced phones we have now, including the new iPhone models. Things like folding screens, advanced AR (Augmented Reality) and professional-grade cameras are continuing to change the tech landscape.

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The Future Of Smartphones

As The Good Guys celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, John Wong, The Good Guys Buyer – Mobiles and Plans, is excited about what the future has in store.

“Folding screens sounded like science fiction just a few years ago. Now they’re not only real but allowing you to fit far more ‘phone’ in your pocket than ever before. The latest phone tech advancements make a huge difference to both  productivity and portability.”

John predicts that foldable smart mobile phones are going to become more standard soon. “Rolling and folding phones are becoming more waterproof and durable. Fairly soon they’re going to become mainstream across the brands, opening up more possibilities.”

His other prediction is that phones are going to become more adaptable. “We’ve already seen Samsung adding the S Pen stylus across more phones, and Apple iPhones becoming compatible with PlayStation and Xbox controllers. These next-gen handsets are going to offer even more flexibility in terms of how people can use their phones.”

These are the top features to look for when buying your next phone.

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5G

Out of all the phone technologies we’ve been hearing about these last few years, it’s 5G that’ll bring the biggest innovation. Think back to when we moved from 2G to 3G and, suddenly, checking your emails from anywhere became a valid option, untethering us from our desks. Moving from 3G to 4G meant we could watch videos with minimal buffering. Switching from 4G to 5G means internet speeds that are more than 10 times faster for games, higher-definition videos, and the internet of things. It’s also more robust – if you’ve ever had a call not go through while at the footy because there were too many people on the network at once, you’ll appreciate the extra bandwidth the 5G network provides.

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5G phones used to be available in ultra-premium models only, but they’re more accessible now than ever before. With superfast 5G connectivity, the new Motorola Edge 20 Pro 5G also offers a 10-inch screen, massive 4000mAh battery and an 8K rear camera.

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Folding Screens

At some point we’ve all wished that we could make the phone screen a little bigger, whether to get a better view of a picture, multitask by watching a video while making notes, or just because you want a tablet you can put in your pocket. Folding and rolling screens make that a reality, and it’s something you have to see to believe.

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 is one of the most innovative phones on the market. You can use the front screen for calls and texts, and then unfold your phone when you want a productivity powerhouse.

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“Folding screens sounded like science fiction just a few years ago. Now they’re not only real but allowing you to fit far more ‘phone’ in your pocket than ever before.” John Wong, The Good Guys Buyer – Mobiles and Plans

Styluses

Back in the olden days, Palm Pilots seemed like magic because you could write on a digital screen. The styluses of today are far more advanced and allow you to not just take handwritten notes in meetings, but also draw detailed digital art while you’re travelling to work on the train.

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The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a powerful beast of a phone, showing off the best of what Samsung can do when it comes to expert-level cameras, vivid screens, and a built-in S Pen stylus.

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LiDAR

LiDAR sounds super nerdy but makes a world of difference. It refers to the newest depth-sensing sensors that measure how long it takes light to bounce off an object. This key technology makes AR applications more realistic because it can tell where objects are in relation to the AR. It’s also great for people with low vision because it can tell you when you’re near objects, people or even doorways.

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The Apple iPhone 13 Pro is an amazing phone, chock-full of features and three expert-level cameras, not to mention a LiDAR sensor to make digital worlds come to life.

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Pro Camera Systems

There have been entire movies and video clips shot exclusively on phones, the most famous example being Stupid Love by Lady Gaga. So if you are an aspiring movie-maker, or want to capture expert-level video clips of the kids, then you’ll need a pro-level camera system.

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The iPhone 13 Pro Max has one of the best camera arrays on the market. With ProRes image files, Dolby Vision HDR video recording up to 4K and cinematic mode, it’s perfect for budding directors and movie stars.

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With 70 years of experience in home, lifestyle and phone tech, The Good Guys know all about the best smartphones and latest phone features. Visit us in store or online for expert advice, the best brands and the best prices.

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