Smartphones has become an integral part of our daily lives.It serves different purposes for different persons.Some play games,some watch videos,films or web series,some read ebooks,some get busy on social media platform and some even work on their smartphones.
Regarding these varieties of uses the question automatically arises which phone should you buy?Which phone will suit your purpose?Believe me the answer is not so easy.There are so many options to choose from that nobody can name you a particular smartphone that suits your requirements.They can give you a shortlist of options but the final choice has to be yours.
Here is a list of 10 things you should consider before buying a smartphone.
The first thing you have to decide is the budget i.e. the amount you are willing to pay for a new phone.Don’t fix a particular amount but go for a range.Nowadays smartphones come at almost any price range.You should settle on a range because that way you will have an option of paying a few bucks more or less when you finally make the decision.
The above will not suit a person who has no restrictions on budget.If that is the case always go for high end flagships since they are the company’s(whichever you select) best built model.
Never try to fix a budget after going to a store or shop.With the number of choices and salesmen trying to sell you a particular brand you ,more often than not will get distracted,and will pay more than you had thought of at the end of the day.You can buy online to solve this problem.
Smartphones all over the world are running mostly on 2 operating systems(OS),the Android and the IOS.There are others but they are restricted to some particular regions and have very few users.Well if you opt for the IOS then you have no alternatives but to buy an Apple phone.Also you will not be able to consider any budget coz Apple phones are costly.
If you choose Android then always go for the devices which has the latest version of Android the current being Android 10.Many companies use their own User Interfaces on top of Android like Xiaomi,Samsung,Oppo.You may choose one or you may go for stock Android/Android One phones like Nokia,Motorola or the Google Pixel.With these you will get Android updates faster and on a regular basis.
3)DESIGN AND BUILD
Design is a factor which depends completely on the buyer.Different people have different likings but don’t forget the build.Phones come in plastic or metal frames with glass in front.Some even have glass backs.If you have a history of dropping phones you should stay away from buying those.The glass should be Corning Gorilla Glass as it is most durable.
With the evolution of smartphones you also get dust and water resistant phones nowadays.Choose such phones but see if they are IP certified or not.Yes the current IP68 rating will increase your budget a little bit and in that case atleast go for splash resistant phones.
In this section you have to look for two things the display size and the type of display.First the size.That again is a personal choice but if you use the phone a lot and are a one handed user go for small display sized phones.Nowadays with the bezels almost disappearing small displays means a mininimum of 6″.
Many people have a personal liking for big displayed smartphones.Big displays means big sizes which gives better gaming and video watching experience but with 2 handed use.You should keep that in mind.
Now for type of display.There are 2 types,the LCD and the AmoLED.LCD displays in general are brighter and AmoLED are more detailed and colourful.In short the latter is better than LCD though with technological improvements the gap has reduced quite a bit.IPS LCD capacitive touchscreens are quite good.
A 6″ Amoled display would be my ideal choice.
Off late almost all phones have octa core processors still you can observe there are differences in the GHz value.More GHz means better processors.
The main difference is the chipset.The most common is Qualcomm Snapdragon which come in deifferent versions,the latest being the Snapdragon 865 found in the highest end flagships.The commonest ones used in mid range phones are the Snapdragon 730G or 720 both quite capable.
Besides these Mediatek chipsets are also used by different companies which will satisfy your needs quite well.Samsung uses Exynos and Huawei the Kirin chipsets which are very good but a touch less than Snapdragon.So try to choose a phone with Snapdragon chipset.
The A13 bionic chipset used in Apple iPhones is the best chipset in the world.The latest Snapdragon 865 has reduced the gap with it considerably but the Snapdragon 865 is costly and automatically increases the price of the phones they are in.
This segment will win the popularity award by a big margin.Everybody wants their phone cameras to be of excellent quality and I do not blame them for that.Rather I suggest the selection procedure should be changed.
By selection procedure I mean don’t just go for a phone with bigger mega pixel(MP) count.Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, Google Pixel 4A and the upcoming Sony Xperia 1 II all come with 12MP main cameras and these are perhaps the best mobile cameras in the world.As a matter of fact the display of your phone also plays an important part as photos in good displays look more beautiful than they actually are.
So when selecting phones look for focal lengths,aperture,exposure of the cameras and then buy.The three phones mentioned above come with such a price tag that is not affordable for all so you have to select from what you have in front and what you will be able to buy.
Another aspect you should notice about cameras is the zoom available.Go for phones with high optical zoom because hybrid or digital zoom doesn’t ensure good photos.If they did then professional photographers wouldn’t carry those big lenses along with their cameras.
More photos, more videos and games require more storage and RAM.Again the mentioned values are not what you get actually as system apps and OS counts for a portion of the internal storage.Besides RAM management is very important for smoother performance.
You will find phones with 6,8 and even 12GB RAM but if they do not have good RAM management then its of no use.Moreover apps and games requiring such big RAMs are very few.So in my opinion 4GB RAM is sufficient and 6GB is more than good enough.On board storage of 128GB is a lot and if you have the option of external storage then it will be an extra topping on the cake.
For your information the IPhone 11 Pro Max has 4GB RAM and surely you cannot deny that it is one of the best phones in the market.
Security while unlocking a phone is of the prime importance.Phone unlocking by password or patterns are very common and easy to hack.Face unlock is not available in all phones and even if available they are not all of good quality.
The most common is the fingerprint sensor which you can get in even a very low priced phone but obviously quality will differ.By quality I mean the speed with which the phone is unlocked and the percentage of failed attempts.But these you cannot judge while buying the phone.So if you are not buying a latest model then you can check the reviews earlier.
This is something which some of you may not agree with.But a phone with good audio quality is really important.You shouldn’t forget that phones were discovered for talking.Also if more than one person is watching a video then you need good sound quality.If you do lots of video conferencing then go for front facing speakers.
This is the age of wireless headphones,mainly bluetooth types and at the max USB Type C headphones.Still not all companies provide with such headphones and many of you like me love wired headphones.There are many phones with 3.5 mm jack and you can select them.
Battery could be the first thing to consider when buying a smartphone but usage time and type of users vary so much that I put it at the last.However big your battery is if you use your phone the whole day and play games of high graphics your phone battery is bound to die sooner.
Still if you are to set a benchmark then I will say that 4000mAH battery should be a minimium.No phone should be bought if with moderate usage its battery doesn’t last a day.
Usage is completely different for different users and depending on that the above mentioned points may come in a different order to some people.But you have to consider the points mentioned above.
5G is coming but you don’t know when.So if you buy a 5G set it may not be of any use for the next 1-2 years.For countries like USA where 5G is available but not everywhere you will also have to consider if your SIM supports it or not.
There will be some points which will vary from man to man.I feel that the above mentioned points are enough.What do you think?Please comment and let me know.