We all have different needs and wants when choosing a smartphone. While some may prefer a more business-oriented device that allows for remote working, others might want to enjoy the entertainment capabilities more, such as downloading movies and music to enjoy on the go. Factors such as storage, battery life, and display are some of the most important things to look at when choosing a smartphone.
By reading mobile phone reviews and comparing brands and functionality, you can look at the specifications of each phone, as well as determine which smartphone would suit your needs best. There are a few factors which will influence your decision, and we will look at 7 of these in more depth:
1. RAM – Ram refers to the smartphone’s ability to run applications and programs. It is important to remember pre-loaded specifications such as the home screen, keyboard and software make up for at least half a gigabyte of RAM.
2. Storage – we measure Smartphone storage in gigabytes. The more gigabytes you have, the more applications and media you can store on your phone. Smartphones are available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The price will obviously increase as the storage size goes up. For entertainment, we recommend you do not choose a smartphone with less than 64GB of storage. We can save media such as photos and videos online on a cloud service, or even on an SD card which can be purchased separately and used in the SD slot on the device. Always check if your phone has an SD slot, as not all devices do.
3. Battery life – Battery life on a smartphone depends on how much you use it, as well as the programs you are running on your device. Things such as videos and music will use more battery power and therefore run your battery down faster. When choosing a smartphone, look for one that has a higher mAh value, as this will mean your battery lasts longer.
4. Screen size – This is an important factor and depends on what you will use your smartphone for. Screen sizes vary from small, medium, to large and even extra large on some devices. If you are using your phone for entertainment and business, a larger screen size would be more appropriate.
5. Camera – A camera’s quality is measured in pixels and aperture value. The aperture value determines how much light can get in when taking a photograph. The lower the value, the wider the aperture, and vice versa. Smartphone cameras have all but replaced the need for a separate camera, as the quality of most smartphones is outstanding.
6. Display quality – There are 2 main types of screen displays on smartphones, AMOLED and LCD displays. Both contribute to how bright an image will appear, and how wide the viewing angle is. While both LCD and AMOLED displays have their pros and cons, AMOLED provides better color richness and a wider viewing angle.
After reviewing each specification above, and selecting which would suit your needs best, compare the devices from a few brands, as well as deciding on whether you will purchase your phone outright or take it out on a contract with a service provider. Hopefully, this will make your smartphone shopping experience a more pleasant one.