Smartphones are generally in a better place than where they were years ago. Unlike before, it’s really hard to find a bad smartphone today. Most of them have good screens, good cameras, and decent battery life. The problem is that we end up having phones that look the same. Despite efforts by most phone makers, they can barely keep up. Only Apple and Samsung managed to ride the wave and make money out of it. What does it take to make a great smartphone in 2017? Here are my 5 MUST-HAVE smartphone features 2017:

Dual Cameras

anticipated smartphones 2017 - Huawei P10

I know, I know. This isn’t an original feature. Heck, there was a phone that did this before this was a trend. Too bad that phone was ahead of its time. Some flagship smartphones like the LG G5, Huawei P9, and even the iPhone 7 Plus carry dual cameras. If a phone maker needs to stand out,Β then it should focus on getting good dual cameras and EVEN BETTER camera software. Don’t think for a second that software doesn’t matter.

Fingerprint Reader

madebygoogle pixel phone

This one’s a no-brainer. Unlike the recent dual camera trend, this one lasted for a long time. Some may point out the flaws of fingerprint readers but they are WAY MORE CONVENIENT than typing a passcode. If you own a phone with a fingerprint reader, could you go back to a phone without one?

Water Resistance

5 reasons iphone 7 water resistance

First off, I want to get this out of the way: being WATER RESISTANT is NOT the same as being WATERPROOF! Unless water has no way of entering your phone, there’s still a chance for water damage to happen despite the phone being water resistant.

That said, I love that more phone makers are starting to put out water-resistant phones. Samsung has been doing that for a long time since the Galaxy S5 but I’m glad that this has become a must-have.

Stereo Speakers

must-have smartphone features - stereo speakers

HTC basically started this trend of having front-facing stereo speakers on phones with the One M7. You can’t just release a good smartphone without good speakers. (If you’re Samsung, maybe you can?) It surprised me when HTC decided to ditch the idea entirely with the One A9. (They had to copy the iPhone.) Ever since I got the iPhone 7, I use the speakers more often than not.

A Good Front Camera

oppo f1s

Huawei got a bigger foothold on the market thanks to its dual cameras. OPPO and Vivo got it thanks to the front camera.Β It’s still insane to me that a good front camera for selfies sells phones. Apparently OPPO and Vivo saw the opportunity and took it to the next level!

The OPPO F1s has a 16MP front camera and the Vivo V5 has a 20MP front camera. Despite that being insane enough, Vivo just released the V5 Plus with TWO front-facing cameras last month! INSANE!

Even the flagship smartphones only have 7-8MP front cameras. If this is one way to get to the top 5 smartphone makers in the world, then might as well do it.

What do YOU think of my list of must-have smartphone features 2017? Did I miss anything? Shout out in the comments below!