It’s not an overstatement to announce that in this era of our century, smartphones have become as necessary and important as our clothes and accessories! So whether you’re looking to buy a low-end, mid-end or even high end device, we’ve got you covered. Before you dance into the phone store with your hard earned cash, please take the time to read this. It’s quite necessary in order to avoid making a wrong decision.
Below is a comprehensive break-down of some salient factors to consider.
There are many things that you’ll want to take into consideration when buying a new phone, but one of the biggest is price. Most newer devices will run you quite a bit, but if you’re riding a 2-year contract — or just happen to find the right deal — you can snag one of our top picks at a great price. Even if you’re on a budget, you still have some great options for a new phone. If you’re really in a crunch, you can also go with an older phone instead of the latest tech. This will save you some cash and still get you a great device.
Displays on smartphones are all across the board these days, and what size you get really depends on just what you’ll be using your phone for. People that like gaming or watching videos may want to go for a large screen, while those that are just using social networks and email may not need one quite as big. You’ll also want to consider things like contrast, saturation, and screen brightness. Some screens may look great to you but not to others — and vice versa — so it’s always best to take a look at a few for comparison to see which fits you best. There are different types of display technologies like IPS-LCD and AMOLED as well that will affect a display’s appearance both indoors and out.
If you’re buying a new smartphone you most likely already know what software or platform you like — the big players at this point are iOS, developed by Apple for the iPhone, and also Android (developed by Google) run by many devices not forgetting Windows Mobile developed by Microsoft for Windows Phone . For the most part, all of the devices in this list are running the latest software for their respective platforms, or will soon be upgraded to do just that. In many cases you’ll want to stick with the platform you’re currently using so you won’t have to adjust to a different usage style or having to pay for apps & games you’ve already purchased on another platform.
Breaking things down, iOS is plainly simple to setup and use, with very little room for error. The software remains the same across the latest generation of devices. Google’s Android is much more customizable and comes in a few flavors, some devices having “skinned” versions of the software based on choices from the manufacturer. Windows Phone devices bring the best of what Windows users love on the desktop into a mobile experience for smartphone use.
Also keep in mind that many older devices will still be updated to the latest software, fixing bugs and adding new features along the way. However many are also becoming outdated after just a few years, so if you want the latest & greatest you’ll have to buy a new device to stay current.
Perhaps the single most important feature to consider when buying a new smartphone is battery life. The battery is the heart of your phone when on the go, so 99% of the time bigger is always better.
Everyone will use their phone in different ways, so you’ll have to take into account how you will be using your phone to know just how much battery you’ll be able to squeak out in a day. Watching videos, streaming music, or playing games all use a lot of battery, while web browsing and sending emails won’t have the same immediate effect on battery life.
Batteries are measured in milliampere-hour (mAh) and the higher the number, the bigger the battery. Most newer devices will make it through a day of casual use, but heavy users many run short if they don’t find the time to top-off throughout the day. There are plenty of things you can do to prolong your battery life as well — turning down the screen brightness, disabling features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not in use, or just limiting your overall usage time. Charging up when you can doesn’t hurt either. We’ve got plenty tips on battery saving should help regardless of which phone you end up buying.
It used to be that we used a standalone camera for taking photos, but as technology evolves, more and more people are using their smartphone camera as their full-time camera. If you’re one of these people, you’ll want to make sure that the camera in your device is up to the challenge so you get the best shots no matter what the situation may be.
Most phones will have a rear and front camera, the later being used for “selfies” or things like video chat — meaning the rear stats are what really matter in the long run. Most decent smartphone cameras come in at around 8MP, with some devices sporting cameras of 13 MP, 16 MP or more. The camera software on the device can also play a big part in just how good your photos look as well.
One of such devices that offer killer camera quality is the HTC ONE M9.
This is by no means a conclusive list of factors to consider before buying a phone but it seeks to cover the basic need. You might decide to ditch this guide and buy that dream phone irrespective of its cons; or you might decide to follow this guide and search wisely and diligently. Whatever your thoughts and decision is do let us know in the comments box below. Thank you