A controversy accompanies the release of every major smartphone. This is true essentially without fail. Seriously, you can practically set your watch by it: a new model comes out, and a few hours later, there's a YouTube video of someone damaging the hologram generator just by gently twisting the atomic memory core. A few forum posts and news articles later, the manufacturer is in full damage control mode.
Some of these "gates" — Antennagate, Bendgate, Stylusgate — are more real than others, but by and large, they come and go with very little net impact on a phone's legacy. (I've even poked fun at the phenomenon in the past, which generated a controversy in its own right.) It's not that these events aren't news, of course — buyers have a right to know the good and the bad of the $700 slab of glass and circuitry they're considering buying — but let's just say that I used an iPhone 4 for a full year without incident. I bet I'd be able to do that with a Galaxy Note 5, too.
But in the spirit of gates and everything we love and hate about them, I figured I'd just go ahead and predict the next one. Will it be a Cameragate? A Screengate? Or perhaps a Batterygate? (Let's be honest: virtually every phone on the market doesn't last long enough on a charge.) You're about to find out.