There were times when people used to communicate via letters, telegrams and then emails. Today is an age of smartphones. It is virtually impossible to imagine life without one. Be it instant messaging, capturing happy moments in few clicks or watching your favorite show or movie, smartphones has the answer and solution for everything. It has become a new way of life. When it comes to the selection and buying of this indispensable commodity, there are a plethora of options flooding the market today. Latest brands, cutting-edge designs, models, features makes the decision of this important purchase very overwhelming and confusing for the consumers. We present you this very handy buying guide to select the best phone for you:
- Display & Screen size:
It is important to identify the right screen size and display as per your usage and comfort level. There was a time when people preferred smaller size phones as they were only used for calling and texting. Everything changed as the Smartphones entered the market. From 3.5 inches screens, the ideal screen size became 4.5 and 5 inches. Big advantages of this size phones are:
- Perfect size (Not too big nor too small) and supports the versatility and functionality of smartphones such as emails, Ms word & excel usage etc.
- They are sleek & light weight
- Comfortable to hold and easily fits in pocket (as against bigger tablets/ phablets)
Bigger tablets are useful for anyone who is looking for a phone to read e-books, watching movies, frequent web browsing and has slight vision problems. Their bigger size makes it little difficult to hold or pocket them.
Fast becoming one of the major criteria of selection, choosing the smartphone with the right camera is a difficult task. The thumb rule to check the quality of the camera is by looking the test videos and photos of the shortlisted phones. A quick checklist for a good camera in smartphones:
- Go for a newer model and phone. They usually have a better camera than older ones.
- Do some research and read the reviews online for feedback if the pictures are out of focus, blurry, over washed or with good clarity and accuracy.
- Review sample videos and pictures: Check both these aspects as some smartphones take great pictures but average videos. Check for the quality of video and if the audio is choppy, very high pitched or distorted.
- Battery Life-Longevity:
Smartphones with poor battery life are such put-offs. Ideally, a good smartphone should last for a day with moderate use. Normally a battery with the specification of 2000 mAh battery and can give 15 hours of talk time lasts the full day of use.
- Operating system, Processor, and Memory (RAM):
A must look at features in smartphones is good OS, processing power, and memory. This does not necessarily mean more memory or power but good performance. There are a lot of great options in mid-range segment with better specs in terms of processor and memory. Some features to look at in mid-range segment are:
- 1-2 GB RAM provides good performance
- 8+ Megapixel camera-good picture and video quality
- 1280*720 (720p) power display -gives enough power for essential tasks
- Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich or higher-loaded with power and features
- Space & storage:
Always go for a phone with expandable storage and cloud storage features to save money and space. With an array of options available, prices vary significantly with different levels of storage making it one of the imperative feature. Many brands and phones these days offers 32 GB or more of expandable storage at competitive prices.
- Build quality and Design:
One of the ignored features, while choosing smartphone due to the availability of various phone cases, design and build quality of a good smartphone is really important. Manufacturers are putting a lot of efforts and expertise in building phenomenal designs such as custom made Moto X or Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s leather back. A little caution in handling the phone, avoiding drops and falls can definitely serve the justice to these magnificent designs.
With multiple features to look at before selecting and buying the best smartphone, the key is to do thorough research and look for the features that interest you most, are user-friendly as per your requirements and obviously not leaving a hole in your pocket.