These days smartphones have become an integral part of our lives. We use them for different purposes including internet browsing, communication ,saving documents and many more other uses.
With the rise in technology, there is a wide variety of smartphones available in the market. Hence, making a decision may be tough at times.
Here are some things you should consider before you buy a new smartphone:
This is definitely one of the top things you consider before buying most goods. The price of smartphones vary greatly depending on factors such as memory, processor speed, display and camera. The amount of money or budget you have will determine the kind of phone you buy.
However, overtime, the price of a particular model can drop steeply as upgrades make their way into the market. So you can take advantage of those offers.
Phones have two kinds of memory- Random Access Memory (RAM) and Read Only Memory (ROM). RAM determines the speed of the phone and its ease of operation while ROM is used to store the OS, apps and all the videos, photos and songs that you want to store on the phone.
Therefore, phones with higher RAM will be faster while those with higher ROM will have more storage. An average user can be good with a 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. A heavy user on the other hand can go for at least 3-4 GB RAM and 64 or 128 GB ROM.
The battery usage differs from user to user depending on the way they use the phone. If you are an average user, a phone with 3000mAh battery will be good to run you through the day. A heavy user should go for a phone with a long lasting battery. A phone with at least 3500mAh battery or above will be good.
For any processor to be at best, the amount of available RAM is also very crucial. Look at the processing speed that is expressed in terms of Gigahertz (GHz). The higher the speed the faster the processor. If you are more into photo/ video editing or streaming videos and online games, go for a faster processor.
If you are a heavy user or if you often stream videos or edit photos and videos, then a smartphone display ranging from 5-5 inch to 6-inch , full -HD or QHD resolution will be good enough for you.
There are a number of factors that will affect good quality photos apart from megapixels. This includes ISO levels, aperture and speed of autofocus. If you are likely to take a lot of pictures, then go for a phone with 12 or 16 MP camera that has an aperture of f/2.0 or lower. If you are not soo much into camera, then a phone with 8-12 MP camera and aperture of f/2.2 will be fine with you.
7. Phones age.
If the phone is 3 to 4 years old in the market , chances are high that it will stop receiving critical software updates and security patches. It might also be incapable of running newer version apps that require more processing and memory power.
However, if you are not a heavy user of the phone, an older model or refurbished phone will still be good.
8. Build quality.
The body of smartphones is made up of metal or plastic. Nowadays some phones come with glass covered panels . A metal bodied smartphone is more likely to withstand drops from one or two feet . The survival of a plastic bodied phone is however limited. Phones with a glass back can have a feeling of depth if anything is under the glass.
9. Security features.
It is always good to look for a phone with additional security features like fingerprint or iris scanner. They not only can be used to lock and unlock your phone but also to secure your valuable files and documents on the phone.
10. User interface and Os.
There are two operating systems (Os) to choose from- Android or iOs. If you opt for iOs , then you are by default opting for an Apple iphone. All other smartphone makers function on the Android Os. Often the Android Os is tweaked by manufactures to add features which could result in bloatware, thereby slowing down the phone. So try the phone out before making the decision.
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