With all the new apps coming out, the field of Mobile Journalism has got a lot more competitive. More competition usually means the quality overall will improve. 2018 has proven that and I think 2019 might get even more interesting in the field of professional apps. This is where the biggest improvements will be. But I am also hoping the hardware will bring a bigger revolution then 2018 has been. Because in that department it was a bit dissapointing.
Like always, the hype for the new iPhones was big. And the believers were not disappointed. Three new iPhones came out in 2018: the Xs, the XsMax and the Xr. And if you watched the release show you got the idea that these were the best smartphones ever made, with the best cameras ever to be found on a smartphone. Problem is, they say that every year.
In the past a new iPhone was indeed a bit of a revolution. The last couple of years however the changes are marginal. Not that those that bought the phones are unhappy, but if you already had a recent iPhone (8 or up) the changes weren’t worth the huge pricetag. If you are going to spend over a thousand euro’s on a new phone you want it to be spectacular.
Spectacular was also what the buyers of the RED Hydrogen One were hoping for. What they got is what Mashable described as the worst piece of technology that came out in 2018. RED is known for it great cameras that have been used to shoot some of the biggest TV and Movie productions in the last couple of years. So when they anounced that they were going to make a smartphone, people were excited.
Then came the delays. And even more delays. And even more delays. But that was not regarded as a big problem. RED cameras are usually delayed, so why not this one. But when it finaly did come out at the end of 2018 the people who got it were massively underwhelmed. The phone was slow, the screen bad and the UI even worse. And the biggest problem was the cameras. It was nowhere near as good as people expected. It is not the worst in the field, but most certainly not the best.
The best cameras on smartphones this year were to be found on the new Samsung phones (Note9 and S9) and the Huawei phones (P20 pro and the Mate20). Again, nothing really revolutionary, but better then the rest. But there is room for improvement. And personally I am hoping that improvement will come from Nokia.
There have been rumours about the new Nokia 9 for a while now. It will be a phone that has not two, not three, not four, but five cameras on the back. And Nokia is partnering with Zeiss for this one which is promising. Latest rumours say it will be released in january of 2019. But for now, we only have rumours.