BUYING A SMARTPHONE? HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT FOR
By Cleotex Digital Solutions
Smartphones today have become indispensable companions, from social media to games, music and videos. Choosing the right smartphone thus becomes a big deal. Here is what you should look out for;
- Operating System
There are four operating systems to choose from; android, blackberry, Ios and windows.
Android dominates the smartphone market in the world. For this reason there are numerous varieties of phones running this system.
The android system is an open operating system meaning it can be customized with different widgets, launchers and more.
The latest version of android is 5.0(lollipop) which offers better design and improved settings.
The smartphone users who opt for this system says it’s due to its assortment of apps. Apple’s application store (iTunes) tends to have the best apps since developers have an easier time targeting a smaller set of devices which have same specifications.
IPhone enjoys the largest collection of accessories, because there is usually less variation in design from one model to the next.
This system is secure since the devices are few and it also has one of the best cameras.
- Windows Phone Windows phones are not very common. These phones run on the windows system and were owned by Nokia previously.
Nokia has since gotten out of the smartphone market. The dynamic smart screen and the cloud storage are some of the compelling features of the phones.
This phones run on the blackberry operating system. These phones are quite unique and not very common .
Some of the blackberry phones have the touch screen and the physical keyboard. There are few apps for this system.
The screen size is important. Customers nowadays choose the bigger screens so that they conveniently play games, watch movies or even stream from their gadgets.
A bigger screen is also convenient for reading class notes and eBooks.
The phones resolution, brightness, color quality and viewing angles are some of the factors to consider. The resolution is normally given in pixels and the greater it is the better the screen e.g. Galaxy S6 has 1440 pixels.
Another factor to consider when it comes to the screen is that it should be bright enough so that it can be visible outdoors in the direct sunlight.
The trend in smartphones is that they are becoming lighter and slimmer as the days go by and as technology advances.
Heavy phones are inconvenient and that’s why customers nowadays prefer the slimmer and lighter phones.
Mobile phones are portable gadgets therefore a phone that is about 5 ounces is recommended.
To date most of the smart phone users are mostly interested in the camera. With the emergence of social media, everyone needs quality photos.
As you choose on the camera don’t check on the megapixels only but also the image quality, aperture, speed, optimal zoom and low light photo quality.
You should be able to get a quality photo indoors without using the flash. Manufacturers are now paying attention to front camera quality as users are interested in better quality selfies, front cameras now have a flash just like the rear camera. The phone should also have a flash.
The processor determines the speed of the phone. A fast processer results in apps opening faster, games don’t hang and load faster.
A smartphones RAM is critical for multitasking. Most smartphones with 1GB of RAM or more can allow for multitasking.
7. Internal Storage
The internal storage of a smartphone is one of the crucial things to look out for as you purchase a phone. The internal storage determines how many apps and data a phone can carry.
Some phones don’t have a memory card slot and in that case the internal memory must be considered. The memory card can store apps and media too.
The battery capacity is stated in mAh. Phones that have 2200mAh are recommended.
Another consideration is the removable battery. Most of the latest phones don’t have a removable battery.
The challenge with these phones is that, once your battery stops holding charge for long and you need to replace it, you have to take it to a service center for replacement.
You can’t also carry a spare battery with the non-removable battery phones. But who does that with the power banks nowadays.
9. Service Center
This one of the ignored by most smartphone users. When buying a phone you need to research and see if the brand has a service center in your country.
Smartphones are really delicate and with a service center if the phone is damaged you can take it for repair without any further hustle.
Avoid phones with no service centers in your region.
This includes the 2G, 3G and 4G connection. Most smartphones today have 3G connectivity. For streaming and video conferencing purposes 4G smartphones can be acquired.
The 3G and 4G connectivity consume a lot of mobile data due to the speed. Some of the phones use WIFI only and don’t use mobile data. This cannot be ignored.
As you purchase any phone warranty is key. The warranty covers the phone for a certain period and in case of any damage and faults the phone can be repaired for free.
Most new phones come with a warranty against manufacturer faults.
13. Sim Card
Sim cards can be normal sized, micro size (smaller) and nano (smallest).Most smartphones are single sim. When purchasing a phone it is good to look at how many sim cards the phone can use and make a decision depending on your requirements.