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Forget 3D graphics, curved screens and eye-tracking on smartphones, the majority of users are more interested in battery life when it comes to buying a new device.

Forget 3D graphics, curved screens and eye-tracking on smartphones, the majority of users are more interested in battery life when it comes to buying a new device.

New research by price comparison site uSwitch.com has found that we see the most important thing about any smartphone is how easy it is to use, with 29pc voting it a top priority. Next up was phone call reception with 19pc - the same as battery life.

Fingerprint scanners, 3D-like graphics and voice control have all been introduced as mainstream smartphone features in the last two years.

Ernest Doku from uSwitch.com said of the results: "It's becoming increasingly hard for smartphone makers to differentiate their handsets from those of their rivals. They hope that flash features like fingerprint ID on the iPhone 5s, or Amazon's Fire Phone and its 'Dynamic Perspective' display, will give their phones the edge.

It's actually the basics that affect the every day user experience - like long battery life - that people really care about."

hnews@herald.ie


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