Tips – How to buy a smartphone?

Buying a smartphone is always hard, there are lots of models nowadays and daily comes a new one. It is hard to find which is the one for you. Here I have listed some tips on how to buy a smartphone. It will show you how to select the OS, processor, display and other features and then find a smartphone that matches all your requirements. I will go one by one and give you details about the parts.

Operating System

It is the most important part of a smartphone, it is the thing that makes a smartphone “smart”. Following are the operating systems that are famous:

Android –

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Android comes with integration of Google services like Gmail, Youtube, Maps, Search etc. Also the Google Play Store has thousands of apps, many of which are free to download. There are many good things in this OS like; it support plug-and-play, just connect it to the PC with USB cable and transfer files easily.

You can buy Android device ranging from 4000 INR to 50000 INR. Also the latest version of Android is Jelly Bean then KitKat so make sure you are buying one of these.

Windows –

Windows is quite good but it needs some improvements. It has tiles structure that makes it easy to use, all the things will be on your home screen, you don’t have to go anywhere. Windows Phones are usually come from Nokia so you will get good hardware. The app store is not as large as Android but it has around 2 lacs of apps in it.

iOS –

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This OS is found in iPhones only. Apple will provide you best of all smooth operations. Apple’s app store is also amazing. If you want to connect you iPhone with PC then you have to use iTunes. Also Apple’s devices are usually high priced.

Personally, I own an Android and a Windows smartphone and in my opinion nothing can beat Android when it comes to apps.

Processors

Processor is a very important part of your device. There are single core, dual core, quad core and octa core processors. But what you should buy? The common rule is the more number of cores the better is the device. There are many companies producing the processors:

ARM –

ARM is a UK based company and has given many processors like Cortex A5, A7, A8, A9, A12 and A15 with higher the number better is the chip. Here quad core A15 will always perform better than quad core A5. Also it may possible that some dual core may perform better than quad core.

Qualcomm –

Qualcomm is another player in processors market, it has given Snapdragon 600, Snapdragon 800, Exynos (octa core) and A7 (do not get confused with ARM A7). Many smartphones use Qualcomm’s processor and they are very reliable.

There are many other mid range processors too like Snapdragon 200, Snapdragon 400, MediaTek MT6589 and Intel Atom. The performance of processor depends on OS, an iPhone with dual core performs way better then many quad core Androids.

Display

Now comes the other important part of a smartphone, its display. To check the display of a smartphone, watch it from different angles and in different lights. If you planning to buy a smartphone with size greater than 5” then go with 1080p display otherwise 720 will be fine.

AMOLED displays are best in the market and then come IPS LCD. Avoid TFT LCDs.

If you are buying a small screen device then load a web page in it to see the quality but do not buy anything lower than 800 x 480 screen resolution.

Screen Size

The screen size between 4 to 5 inches is always preferable. Again it depends on your need, if you watch a lot of movies then a smartphone with bigger screen will be better for you but it is uncomfortable to wear a big screen device.

RAM

Again the simple formula works here: the more is the RAM the better the device will perform. Usually 1 GB RAM is enough but always remember the formula while buying a smartphone.

Storage

Everyone has a lot of data with him/her so we need a greater storage to save them. Generally a device with 8 GB of internal storage has only 6.5 GB user available and 16 GB internal storage has 11 GB user available so buy accordingly. Also remember that more megapixels camera will click large size photos and videos. It totally depends on your need. Try to buy a smartphone which support microSD card so that you can increase the device’s memory as per your need.

Camera

First thing is, stop believing that more megapixels will give you better picture, 5 MP camera is capable of 8” x 6” photos with 300 dpi. Go for good lens instead like Carl Zeiss lens. Always check the features of camera like if it has BSI sensor and LED flash.

For front camera, 1 MP is more than enough.

Some smartphone with great camera quality are Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Lumia 1520, Lumia 1020, Lumia 925, LG G2, iPhones and HTC One.

Battery

It is tha last but not least to consider while buying a smartphone. What if you are having a great smartphone with all features but its battery doesn’t last long, it wil make your device useless.

The more are the specs and features, the more battery it will need. A normal device with basic features must have at least 2000 mAh battery.

Lithium-polymer batteries are better than lithium-ion since they are light in weight and can retain charge for more time.

Make sure that the batteries are replaceable. If the device has 4000 mAh lithium-polymer non-removable battery like Lenovo P780 has then you can skip this.

So that was all about how to buy a smartphone. Make a list of requirements that you need in your smartphone and then select the one for you. Also I will prefer to buy a smartphone from established brand so that they give me good after sale service.

Aayushi Jain

Aayushi is the senior tech news reporter of Techno Stall. Most of the time, you'll find her searching for the latest and hottest gadgets. She's a computer science graduate, currently working for TCS, kind of a geeky girl. Follow her on Google+.

1 Comment
  1. Android will be my next choice. Currently a Symbian Belle user. I have chosen 3 Android phones and soon a decision will be taken :)

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