Six Things To Consider Before Buying a New Smartphone
With the rise of numerous mobile phones in the market, one might be having the confusion of which and what phone to choose from considering the numbers of brands, phone’s configuration with different prices available in the market today.
We all can’t do without our mobile phones (Smartphones most especially) these days because they play a major role in this modern era, Looking at all the options mentioned above, it is very certain that one could end up buying a phone that won’t serve its intended purpose or beyond expectations.
In order to avoid falling victim of getting the wrong phone for your needs, we have filtered out some major things to put into consideration before you go ahead in buying that phone.
The tips we will be discussing won’t be on just any kind of phones but Smartphones specifically be it Android, iOS or Windows mobile but before that, I want to remind you of some of the key questions you should ask while buying a new smartphone.
- What are the Hardware and Software configurations of the smartphone you are buying?
- Does it have a large battery capacity?, How long will the battery last? or
- Does it support fast charging?
Now let’s go to our business of the day;
Six Things To Consider Before Buying a New Smartphone
One mistake people do make or allow me to say that the general mobile notion is that the high the cost of your device, the higher the specifications will be, well, this may be true but not in all situations (just in case of iOS and Android devices).
The most important factors to consider is not only the price of the device or the company that manufactures the smartphone you are buying. So, therefore, let’s get stared.
1) The Operating System
First thing first, As we know that the popularly used operating systems are iOS, Android, and Windows with each of having different functions and features.
And the widely used OS is the iOS or Android, it is important to note that you must take into consideration if you are going for the iOS or Android operating system device.
Here are my tips for you; If you are looking to buy a smartphone with sophisticated features and unique design that will give you seamless user experience then you should go for iOS but mind you the smartphones with this OS comes heavy with price tags so you should know what you are up against.
Meanwhile with Android, the interface offers you a wholesome customizable user experience or should I say it gives you the FREEDOM to do much more with your device which can be very educative, and also you have lots I mean lots of access to millions of Applications on its AppStore called Google Playstore, Most of this applications are mostly Free for download and are very useful for your daily needs irrespectives of their funtions unlike iOS apps that are majorly been paid for before you can access them and this is why the Android OS is being accepted by all and most especially to the Developers and Tech Enthusiats.
Another important thing that must come to your mind is the cost of the smartphone you are planning to get in regard to your budget.
One thing for sure is that the higher the price, the higher the configurations, however, this doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank or inconvenience yourself in order to get the high specifications and features.
There are many brands out there with a lower price that will still provide you with the specifications that will serve your needs.
So all you have to do is to shop around (Online or Sales outlet) with the budget you have in mind and this will give you a strong decision making on the type of smartphone you want to buy.
However, if you still want the higher the price, the higher the configurations (be it iOS or Android device), you might want to save up for that.
3) Processor/Processing Power
This is one feature that can’t be overlooked because the processor or the processing power of a phone will determine how swift your smartphone will operate under the demands of multiple applications running and countless web pages all being opened at once with no glitches encountered.
With most of the recent smartphones on the market today, each phone has its own test of processing power which varies from one another depending on several factors such as the OS version, UI, bloatware and many more.
As a heavy user (most especially on Android smartphones) who needs to do lots of activities on his/her smartphone either for editing images/videos/documents online or offline, play heavy games, stream videos or use apps on split-screen mode, then smartphones with chipsets like Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 or Snapdragon 820/821 to the latest version should be your choice. Meanwhile for a light user can still settle for MediaTek processors.
4) BUILD / DISPLAY OR SCREEN SIZE
The body built of a smartphone speaks much about its durability because this will determine whether the phone you’re buying will be able to stand the challenge of usability or not. The entire handset market is largely divided into two types of builds which are the: Metal and Plastic.
And also there are some that even have glass-coated panels, but those are very limited. If you are one of those that are prone to dropping your smartphone, then it is advisable you go for a metallic or plastic built smartphone.
Concerning the size and resolution of the display depends on how you use your smartphone. If you often stream videos, edit photos or videos, or download and view movies, then a smartphone display ranging from 5.5-inch to 6-inch, full-HD or QHD resolution should be good enough for you.
Anything larger than a 6-inch display not just makes the handset extra bulky, but also difficult to carry around. If you are a regular user and largely use the smartphone for checking emails, chatting and browsing social media apps, then anything from 5-inch to 5.5-inch HD or full-HD display handsets is perfect.
5) RAM AND STORAGE CAPACITY
This feature is as crucial as the processor in a smartphone is its capacity to store memory. With endless apps, hundreds of selfies and a bank of your favorite relevant memes and videos, it can be easy to see your brand new phone suddenly become slower as its storage capacity runs out.
There are two important things to note in this regard when buying a new smartphone, they are “Will the RAM and built-in/Internal storage be enough for your needs and Will I be able to use an additional external storage such as a microSD card”. No matter the built-in capacity of your smartphone there is a large part of the memory that is already occupied by the OS and the apps that comes pre-installed on the smartphone. It is best advised to go for a model with a large RAM and built-in storage capacity.
The truth is that most storage with 16GB/32GB/64GB or more doesn’t really come with the exact capacity mentioned. Therefore, you should try to buy a mobile phone with the RAM of 1GB upward and internal storage space of up to 16GB/32 GB or a model that supports microSD card depending on your type of usage.
6) BATTERY CAPACITY
In this case, most battery usage differs depending on the way the user operates the smartphone. It is advisable that as a heavy user who works on many applications, play games, stream videos and lots more then you should go for a smartphone with at least 3,500mAh battery or above and if you are an average or light user, a device with 3,000mAh battery capacity should be good enough to run for a full day.
And also you should consider buying a smartphone with a fast charging feature. Most Android smartphone makers include the special chargers that are able to charge up a battery to at least a half charge in just a matter of minutes.
You can also consider buying some smartphones with removable batteries as some non-removable batteries make it hard when you want to replace it after a long period of using the battery.
Buying a smartphone with removable battery is advantageous because when you decide to replace it, you can easily replace it without going through any stress.
Being a camera freak or not, the camera with good quality should be high in your considerations when buying a new smartphone.
The high number of pixels means that the size of the image is bigger, which makes it sharper and clearer when seen on a small screen. As a camera freaked or enthusiasts, a camera with the sensor of 12MP or 16MP under f/2.0 or lower aperture should be okay for speedy shots even in low lights.
A casual shooter can go by even with an 8MP or 12MP camera with f/2.0 – f/2.2 aperture.
However, the higher number of megapixels does not really mean that the smartphone camera is better. Several specifications such as camera aperture, ISO levels, pixel size, autofocus and more are essential as well.
A 16MP rear camera does not necessarily mean it is better than a 12MP sensor, the same thing is also applicable for the front-facing camera.
The truth behind this is that most budget smartphones don’t usually have great cameras, so you should consider saving some more to get a higher sensor.
You should also consider the Network connectivity of the smartphone you are buying, you should therefore, check well with the type of connectivity that will suit your needs in accordance with your budget and location. The available network connections are; 2G, 3G, 4G LTE and lastly the 5G network which is still in development.
I believe after considering all these factors mentioned above, it should help you make the best decision when going to spend your money on a new smartphone.
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