No wonder that technology has been a sole part of our everyday lives. Take these smartphones as an example. No matter what, we urban tech geek can’t think even a single day without these. As a result, buying a smartphone had become one of the most frequent purchases we do these days.
And that’s what today’s article is about.
I was a poor sufferer of my couple of hundred dollars wasted on a wrongsmartphone. And I guess I am not the only one like this. There are thousands of people being bullied every day by shiny advertisements of smartphone manufacturers.
What I have done here is, I discussed some of the most crucial factors that set the difference between a good and an average smartphone. Let’s glide through the article and hope that you won’t make a wrong buy of a smartphone like I did before knowing these facts.
5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Smartphone
• The OS and Its Upgrades: iOS, Windows or Android?
Let’s talk about the hardware later. For me, one of the most important buying factors is the operating system. As that’s the direct gateway of you and your experience with the smartphone.
If you had an eye on the smartphone technologies over last 10 years, you may have seen that the Android and Windows had come up with a number of version and changes in the interface. But compared to that, iOS hasn’t upgraded itself that much.
• Your Budget for the Phone
This particular buying factor isn’t about phones actually. It’s about the size of your pocket. As you’re already in a Smartphone generation, you might know that there are phones for prices starting from $100 to $1000+ and so on. So, based on your budget, you have to set your expectation limits.
Low budgetphones are obviously weak in performance. So, apart from the performance, concentrate on the structure, display and battery sizes. If you’re looking forward to an Android, try to achieve the as much latest version of OS as possible. This would make you a winner.
If you’re in a high budget, then you can set everything free. All you have to look for is, whether you’re getting latest and optimal specification for money or not.
• The Size of the Screen
That’s one of the underrated but yet, important specification that should look for. The screens may vary on a number of factors-
- The size of the hands of users (Large, Small, Medium)
- The capacity of the battery (as the battery life directly depends on the screen size)
- The expectation of display resolution.
Getting out of all these paraments, let me tell you what’s trendy now. If you’re looking for video games, movies, TV series or just an awesome display in the pocket, go for the Samsung Galaxy S8. This had got a pretty high resolution along with an aspect ratio of 18:9, which is great.
• The Camera Quality
Another important, but mistakenly understood the concept is the camera of the phones. In a smartphone, the quality of camera plays a big role at the user’s end. But often, we just look at the megapixel of it, and decide whether the camera is good or bad.
This is completely a wrong perception. Megapixels are one of many parameters in a Smartphone camera. What the other parameters are- the apertures, dual lenses, optical image stabilization and a few more. Learn how these features related to the performance of the camera.
Let me make one clear for you. The aperture is one particular spec that decides how much light will enter into the lens of the camera and how detailed the picture can be. The lower the aperture is, you’ll get a better picture with the phone.
• The Battery
Now, we are at the last, but one of the most important buying factors. And it’s the battery.
I know many of the Smartphone users had been quite frustrated about the performance of the battery. Although the other features are cool, because of the poor battery, everything else goes in vain.
What I think is, the performance of the battery doesn’t only depend on its mAH values. The screen size, the apps, the sensors everything sets out how long a battery can back the Smartphone up. So, if you’ve got a decent battery size, make sure you have a smaller display too. On the contrary, bigger batteries will do good even if the display is large.
The Bottom Line
Thanks for being until the very end of the article. Although there are numerous other buying factors of a Smartphone, we think we’ve already talked about the most important ones. As a bottom line, I would suggest you do make sure that, whichever smartphone you end up with, make sure it contains the proper value for the money.