There’s a plethora of smartphones available in the market. Every month, phone manufacturers create a frenzy by launching “the next big thing” equipped with the latest technology and unbeatable features. With a lot of choices available, you may feel confused about selecting the right smartphone for you. So, when you are in the market to look for a new smartphone, consider these 9 things before buying.
Smartphone Buying Tips
- Screen Size and Resolution
If you often stare at your mobile screen like most of us do, your smartphone screen needs to be bright enough to see when outdoors and sharp enough to see when browsing the internet.
And if big screens appeal to you, don’t settle for a smartphone that has a resolution below 1920 x 1080p. If you are willing to splurge, a sharper smartphone with 2560 x 1440 Quad HD resolutions is perfect.
Consider the screen size, too. If you are into editing videos or photos, downloading movies or streaming videos live, a screen size ranging from 5.5-inch to 6-inch, QHD or full-HD resolution should be good enough for you. Anything larger than that may make your handset difficult to carry around because of the bulk.
You’ll find two types of builds in smartphones: plastic and metal. But there’ll be some with glass-coated panels too. If you are a clumsy user, who keeps dropping the phone, go for a metal or plastic built smartphone.
A plastic or metal body smartphones can sustain a drop from a height of 2 to 3 feet. The same cannot be said about glass-coated panels for obvious reasons.
Before you buy a new smartphone, check how much storage space the pre installed apps take up. Although a MicroSD card in your phone can increase the storage capacity, know that a larger internal storage memory is always better than an external memory card.
The mobile variants in the market have an internal memory of 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB. Select the variant depending on your usage. If you use your smartphone for saving movies, file, music and heavy apps, then 64GB or 128GB would make sense; otherwise, 32GB is just good enough.
You may even consider buying a 16GB smartphone model and insert a MicroSD card for the extra storage.
For a heavy user who constantly use the phone to edit images, videos, documents, and play games, then a smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820/821 or Snapdragon 652 should be good enough. For a light user, a smartphone with MediaTek processor should be fine.
If you are an extensive user of the apps, stream videos, attend to calls, conduct video conferences, play games, then your mobile needs to have a battery of 3500mAH or above. If you are a light user, a 3000mAh battery works to be fine.
Audio quality is of prime importance to people who indulge in video streaming and video conference. So, if you are one of those, then a mobile phone with a front camera should be good for you. If you are not, then a handset with the speaker at the bottom or at the back should be fine for you.
The higher the number of pixels in the smartphone, bigger and sharper is the image. A smartphone with 12 or 16MP sensor under f/2.0 or lower aperture camera that can capture speedy shots in low lights works perfectly well for a photography enthusiast.
For a casual photographer, a smartphone with an 8MP or 12MP camera with f/2.0-f/2.2 aperture is good enough.
- Operating Systems
There are various versions of Android operating systems in the market; namely, Lollipop, KitKat, Marshmallow and Nougat. Each of these versions offers unique functions and features. Lollipop and KitKat are outdated. So, if you are looking for a smartphone, go for either Nougat or Marshmallow.
Lastly, consider the price. If you are on a budget, ask yourself, is it worth? If it’s not, buy a cheaper smartphone, but if it’s worth, go ahead and indulge. Buy the mobile on EMI with MoneyTap’s mobile loan.