Smartphones have become an integral part of our day-to-day lives and it has become apparent some people can’t do without it. Meaning it’s the first thing they look at when they wake up and the last thing before shutting eye. Doesn’t matter whether it’s for doing the simplest task like snapping a photo, playing a game or even bingeing on Netflix and saving documents on the cloud. Many people are now preferring the smartphone to the computer for the simplest reason of being pocket-size, easy to carry around and pretty much does the same thing a computer does. In other words, a mini computer if I may call it that.
But in case you haven’t gotten one or you have had one before but are thinking of purchasing a new one, you have to get your priorities straight. Not all smartphones do the same things or have the same features. They may have the same functionality in receiving calls and text messages but may actually differ in a lot of things like their operating systems. Just so you don’t fret, here are 7 guiding pointers for you.
Are you thinking Android OS or IOS? Android is Linux–based platform for mobile phones and IOS is an operating system created by Apple Inc. exclusively for its hardware. Being the leading mobile operating systems around these two bring a lot to the table. Question is, which one do you prefer? They’ve both had updates over the years with Android having the Android Nougat 7 as the latest and soon unveiling Android O (pretty sure it will be given a delicious name, just not sure what it will be) and IOS having IOS 10, soon to introduce IOS 11. Therefore I would recommend buying a smartphone with possibly Android Marshmallow 6.0, Nougat 7.0 and iPhone IOS 10 and if you are guaranteed an upgrade, even better.
Design and Functionality
One’s personal taste plays a very important role in selecting a phone that suits one best both in terms of software and outward appearance. One may prefer a sturdy look characterised by straight lines sharp metal edges and another may prefer more rounded lines and a sinuous design. But with each passing month and launches in succession of each other, one must admit that smartphones are starting to resemble one another, for example, one may easily confuse the google Pixel XL for the iPhone 7 and the choices available are strongly influenced by marketing campaigns and trends. The design is based on functionality, meaning, a metal unibody is stylish and trendy but in some cases prevents one from using some features such as microSD card or a removable battery. Therefore before buying, check the quality of the device to make sure you will be able to use it in the way that is most comfortable and convenient for you provided these elements are important to you.
Size and type of display
There are the main types in Android when it comes to the display technology; LCD and AMOLED. The difference between the two lies in the projection of light. LCD screens tend to be brighter and display content better when in direct light while the AMOLED display offers sharper contrast and more saturated colours. But with the passage of time and the arrival of new technologies, the difference is becoming barely noticeable. That said, Full-HD or QHD resolution for images is almost always impeccable. And for those who like to receive news updates or simply get lost in the HD graphics of the latest Android or IOS games, you should really consider a smartphone that’s a equipped with a display of at least 5.2in. And if you prefer a phone for WhatsApp and Facebook, then one with a smaller screen size will work great.
The processor is the hub of a device on which depends the overall performance. And often times, processor capability is what limits software updates. It’s preferable to use devices with Qualcomm and MediaTek. Huawei with its Kirin processor is also proving to hold its own and offering good performance to its users. It should also be noted that for any processor to be its best in what it does, the amount of available RAM is very crucial. But we also need to look at the smartphone and its specs as a whole.
Internal memory and space
It’s always important to check the RAM and internal space when scoping for a new smartphone and not going with what it says on the sticker. The pre-installed apps take a certain amount of space on the device. It’s important to note that even though you can use an external SD card, a larger internal memory is best and recommended. But then again it depends on what you’re going to use the space on your device for. Are you looking to store music, movies and images? Then a 64 or 128GB is recommended, if not, then you can stick to the 32GB. You can always be flexible with what you want. Plus you can always take advantage of cloud space that is like up to infinity provided you have an internet connection. But as a general rule, you’re advised to go for 2GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB internal memory.
Battery life has given many people a lot to deal with and it’s crucial to consider when choosing a new smartphone. Do not be fooled, a higher number of mAh does not mean a longer battery life cycle. There are many factors that come into play and it’s very important to know what they are. For example, you should know that screens with a higher resolution consume more energy while the latest processors optimise battery life. Then there’s the Doze mode or Sleep mode and quick charging technology. You’re advised to look at reviews about the device you’re thinking about purchasing. At the moment, a 3000 mAh battery seems to be the standard.
Software and integrated functions
Are you looking for a phone that can do absolutely everything or almost everything? Fingerprint sensors, heart rate monitors, Swiss army knife and bat mobile on your priority list in what you’re looking for? You have a buffet of devices to select from ranging from the latest top of the chart to mid-range smartphones but don’t limit yourself to choose a smartphone based on the hardware features. Activate your device display and explore the software in-depth to find out what other hidden features are there and if it provides other hidden options that work best for you. If you’re one that shares your phone with your children, ensure you have guest mode functionality, enjoy reading eBooks then select an interface that allows you to adjust the hue of the display and implements some anti strain eye protection.
In general, you have lots to consider so get your list with your priorities straight and go buy that phone you want so much. Put in mind that prices differ depending on what type of device you’re buying. Otherwise, you are on the verge of enjoying the new world of technology.