6 Things to Consider When Buying a Smartphone
So let’s do tech today…what are those things you consider in choosing your smartphones?
Smartphones generally make our lives easier. They help us make calls, get directions, take photos, share information, listen to music and more. But there is one thing they definitely don’t make easier – choosing the right smartphone. What is the best operating system? What features and specs are important? Is a bigger display better? In this article we try to answer all of these questions, and help you choose the suitable smartphone for you.
#1 – Operating System
In today’s world of smartphones there are really only three options when it comes to the operating system – Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Android is certainly the most popular option, since Android phones come from many different manufacturers including Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG etc., who create smartphones of all shapes and sizes. Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, is available only on iPhones.
Most smartphone users today are interested in cool apps, and when it comes to applications there isn’t an enormous difference between these two operating systems, although iOS users often get certain hot games and apps first. If you are interested in trying the latest and greatest apps, then definitely skip phones running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS, which has the lowest amount of apps available out of all three operating systems.
Oh, did i hear hear someone mention Blackberry? Thought not…
2 – Specs
When you are looking at specs, you need to pay attention to two main things – processor and system memory (RAM). A fast processor will enable you to open apps easily and play games smoothly. Today’s high-end smartphones usually feature quad-core processors; however, some models like the latest iPhone run on a dual-core processor. If you want a device that is more future-proof, opt for a smartphone with a quad-core processor.
Most mid-range and high-end smartphones today come with anywhere between 1-3 GB of RAM. More RAM will help you use multiple applications at once, and switch between them faster.
3 – Storage
For most users storage is one of the most important things when it comes to phones – it enables us to take a lot of photos, save important files, and install many apps. Basically every smartphone today comes with at least a few gigabytes of internal storage. Some phones come with only internal storage (i.e. Apple’s iPhone), while some other smartphones come with the possibility of using SD cards as external storage. This is great option to have, since you can have multiple SD cards of different sizes and swap between them when needed.
4 – Size
During early 2000s, the trend was to create smaller phones, but with smartphones it’s the complete opposite. People like to view pictures, watch videos and play games on their smartphone, and a bigger screen enables them to enjoy the content better. However, when buying a smartphone you have to ask yourself is the huge screen worth it for you? For example, if you have smaller hands then any smartphone with a screen larger than 4 inches will be hard to use with only one hand. Also keep in mind that bigger phones tend to be heavier and harder to carry around. Most people will agree that the perfect size for a smartphone screen in 2014 is anywhere between 4-5 inches.
#5 – Camera
Let’s face it; smartphones completely changed the way we take photos. Before them, you had to carry a bulky camera in order to take a simple photo with your friends or when you travel; but today all you need is your smartphone. The quality of most smartphone cameras is still far from even the cheapest DSLR cameras, but they are getting better every year.
When choosing a smartphone, make sure that it has a pretty good camera, as it is one of the features you’ll probably use the most. Opting for a higher-megapixel camera is the easiest way to make sure it’s decent. Of course, this doesn’t mean that a camera with less megapixels is always worse, as many critics agree that iPhone 5s’s 8 MP camera is better than Samsung Galaxy S4’s 13 MP camera.
6 – Choosing the best carrier and contract
Don’t forget to explore carrier and contract options when you’re buying a new smartphone. Excitement over owning a new phone can be greatly reduced when you find out that service in your area is not that great. So, make sure to check coverage of all carriers in your area and opt for the best one. Of course, pay attention to the contract details as well. Certain carriers might have better contracts, but don’t go with them for this reason alone, especially not at the expense of the coverage in your city.