Buying a smartphone
"Anything can change because the smartphone revolution is still in the early stages" ~ Tim Cook
Your smartphone always stays with you. It can be an accessory as well as a necessity. Choosing the right smartphone is critical as it's probably the most important thing you own. It not only helps you stay connected to the world but is also your go-to device for social media, snapping photos, music and movies. In short, it contains 'our life' and makes our lives easier.
Finding the right smartphone to suit your needs and aesthetic preferences can be a daunting task as there are so many options to choose from. Smartphones can differ based on factors such as operating systems, memory specifications, display screen size, cost and camera megapixels. To help you choose the right handset the next time you're shopping for a smartphone, here are some tips to consider that will help you make a more well-informed decision
Operating System - Android and IOS are the most common operating systems and choosing between the two is a tough decision to make. They both have their share of unique features. Some say that IOS powered smartphones as easier to use, but Android is more customisable gives you more choice in terms of price ranges. If you are torn in this situation, choose a handset that fits your budget and research the apps you would like to use. Once you have a comparison in terms of costing and your core requirements, the decision will be a little simpler.
Display Screen - your preference in screen size may vary depending on how you plan to use your phone. A smaller screen size, less than 5.5 inches maybe great for someone with smaller hands, but if you are a gamer or watch movies on your phone, for example, you may want a handset with a bigger screen size and better screen resolution such as a full HD.
Camera - with the rise in the 'selfie culture', the camera has become one of the most import features in a smartphone. Along with the megapixel, do consider other specs such as aperture and dual lenses.
Battery Life - a smartphone with a good battery life is as critical as any other feature on a handset. Try not to settle for a phone with a battery capacity less than 3,000 mAh. A good capacity battery should last you at least a full day on a single charge. It is also important to consider which features on your handset you will be using the most, as these may be more battery consuming than others.
Processor - most smartphones these days already come with a decent processor. However, depending on your requirements from your phone, the processor can make or break your user experience. If you are a gamer or require virtual reality features, you will need a more powerful processor than a user with basic requirements.
Storage - a minimum of 32GB storage is recommended. This holds especially true if you are planning to play games, download movies and music or shoot 4K videos. A microSD card slot is always a nice option to have for expanding your memory capacity. However, this option is not always available on all phones.
Before you make your final decision, always see how you feel about the smartphone in your hand. Do you like it aesthetically, be it a plastic, glass or a metal finish? Are the accessories important to you compatible with your preferred handset? Take all these factors into consideration before making that decision, because your smartphone is an extension of your arm.