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12 things to consider while buying a smartphone

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12 things to consider while buying a smartphone Smartphones | File Photo

Whether you need a new phone because your old one conked out or you are simply a smartphone addict who frequently change your mobile phone, there are a few things you may want to consider when buying a new phone.

1. Build quality

Body of smartphones are made of metal or plastic. Though there are glass-coated panels, they are not very popular. Durability of your smartphone hugely depends on its build quality. A metal-bodied smartphone is more likely to withstand drops from two to three feet. Survival of a plastic bodied phone is limited. At the same time, you cannot expect glass-coated panels to survive any drop. So give due weightage to it.

2. Size and resolution of display

You should pick the size and resolution of your display depending on your usage. If you love watching videos and stream a lot of them on your device, then a screen of either 5.5 or 6.0 full-HD or QHD would be ideal for you. They give you clearer and sharper pictures. Bigger phones are bulky and you will find it difficult to carry them around. So a device with over 6.0 inch screen is not ideal. A five-inch HD or full-HD screen would fit the needs like checking emails, chats and other similar ones.

Then comes the types of display. There are mainly two types of display – IPS display and LED display. Handset major Samsung is a great advocate of Super AMOLED display. Similarly, iPhones and other devices of Apple boast of IPS displays. Both the displays have advantages and disadvantages. Hence, it is not easy to judge which is better.

3. Processor

Performance of your smartphone hugely depends on the processor. Similarly, the performance of the processor depends on factors like Operating System, User Interface, bloatwares and more. Choose the processor on the basis of your requirement. A stronger Qualcomm Snapdragon (652/820/821) processor is required for editing images and videos online as well as for playing games. They are also good when streaming videos online or multitasking (using multiple apps at a single time). On the other end, MediaTek processors are good enough for light use.

4. Camera

Most people hold a wrong consumption that megapixels are the sole determinants of good photos. Megapixels stand for size of images and as pixels go high, the images get sharper on small screens. Apart from megapixels, other features like camera aperture, ISO levels, autofocus, etc., do play key roles in creating clear pictures. Any camera with 13 MP or above with f/2.0 or lower aperture will be good for photography enthusiasts while an 8 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture will be sufficient for casual use.

5. Battery

Battery life directly depends on the use. A 3500 mAh battery would be ideal for those watching videos, playing games and working on mobile apps. Similarly, a battery of 3000 mAh will be sufficient for mild use or light use.

6. User Interface and OS

Give due weightage on user interface and operating system. These days, we do nearly-everything through mobile and hence, the interface should be simple and user-friendly. Motorola handsets, Google’s Nexus and Pixel smartphones, Android One, etc., are some of those smartphones, which give pure Android experience. Various handset makers depend on other user interfaces like EMUI, ZenUI, Samsung TouchWiz, and Xperia UI to offer well-designed features to sort applications.

7. Storage

Pick a phone that supports sufficient storage. Remember you won’t get as much storage as the figure states like 16GB\32 GB\64GB etc. Part of these storage is consumed by the pre-installed apps and you get only the remaining part of storage. So choose a device depending on your use and the number of apps. If you are picking a phone with low internal storage then make sure that it supports microSD card for expanding the storage.

8. Security features

It’s always good to go for a phone that comes with additional security features like finger print scanner or iris scanner. These can be used not only to lock/unlock your phones but also to protect your valuable files and documents on the phone.

9. Audio/Speakers

These days, everyone uses their phones to watch videos and movies, listen to music, and more. Prefer phones with front-facing speakers for gaining voice clarity even when using the phones on landscape mode. Also check the quality of speakers and audio system before buying.

10. Headphone Jack/USB port

Phones comes with either micro-USB or USB Type-C. Devices, which support USB Type-C is more futuristic. Check the availability of 3.5 mm audio jack or USB Type-C based headphone jacks. Some handset makers have started ditching 3.5 mm audio jack in their devices.

11. Add-ons

Check the additional apps, which you get as pre-installed apps. Some devices come with lots of pre-installed apps while some come with very little. Check whether these apps are boon or bane.

12. Price

Make sure you have chosen a phone that fits your pocket and budget. Phone should be chosen depending on the requirement. Consider whether you really need a premium phone to do all your needs. If not, prefer a mid-range or budget smartphones that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

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