2023: A Year of Safe Choices for Smartphone Manufacturers
As we look back at the year 2023, it’s clear that it wasn’t the most exciting year for smartphone innovation. With various conflicts affecting the industry, including trade and patent wars, as well as a global recession, manufacturers played it safe with incremental updates rather than making bold moves.
Among the notable devices of the year, the Xiaomi 13 Pro stood out for its outstanding design, build, display, performance, and camera capabilities. Despite its dated selfie camera, it still impressed many users.
Another device that made an impression was the OnePlus Open, a foldable phone that managed to address the bulkiness issue often associated with such devices. Its proper size, superb design, and excellent performance made it a standout in the market.
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max, while not perfect due to its limiting iOS, still earned its place on the list with its lighter design and long-overdue switch to a USB-C port.
A surprising entry was the Nothing Phone (2), which defied expectations with its exceptional speed, fluid interface, and unique Glyph UI, setting itself apart from other devices on the market.
For photography enthusiasts, the Huawei P60 Pro received praise for its variable aperture main camera and natural image processing, despite lacking Google apps and services.
Honorable mentions went to the OnePlus Nord 3 and the vivo V27 Pro for their rounded specs and affordable pricing, and beautiful design with excellent OLED and camera quality, respectively.
Overall, 2023 may have been a lackluster year for smartphone innovation, but it still gave us a few notable devices. As we look ahead to 2024, there’s hope for more interesting and innovative smartphones to come.