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Features To Consider Before Buying Any Smartphone

You've just got that dough dangling in your pocket and you are thinking of buying a new smartphone? Well, we know what the feelings are, especially if you have never use a smartphone and your friends has. The heat, the butterfly swaying blindly across the bubbles that makes your heart beat, the aggressiveness.

Don't worry, the feelings are normal, and none can claim they haven't felt such when buying their dream items. But you must take it slowly or else you might end up buying something that doesn't worth it at all.

Of course we are here to guide you all the way. All you need to do is just keep reading. In this article, you'll learn what you need to first consider before buying a new smartphone. The features you need to target and look into, and the necessary functionality that will help in improving your daily life.

Don't forget, a smartphone is like a tiny machine that has its own heart, brain and muscles. Unlike anything organic, these are all fixed and doesn't act or goes beyond what is programmed into them. You end up buying a bad one, then you will have to stick with it maybe for the rest of your life. But we won't let that happen.

Now, to the main task. Here are five must features you need to consider before buying any smartphone.

1. Screen Size and Display

"Screen is the first and foremost thing that leads the way. It is the first thing you see, the first thing you touch when you pick up your smartphone everyday."

When choosing a smartphone, the first thing you should look at is the screen and display properties. Screen and display are two different components, packed into one body that act simultaneously. In a simpler way, screen is an external part of a display. Screen is what you look into to see a display. Hope you got it.

What matters when it comes to screen is the size. Most people have their own preferred choice, ranging from 4-inch to 6.5-inch which is the maximum when it comes to a smartphone, anything above this falls into Phablet territory followed by Tablet. Screen can be the exact size of a display or larger than a display, but a display is never larger than its screen.

Almost all smartphones are touch-enabled (touchscreen), meaning, you can operate it by just tapping the screen. But you need to know that there is something called "Multi-touch" in a touchscreen phone. This determines the number of fingers you can use to operate the phone at once (simultaneously). If a smartphone have a 2-point multi-touch touchscreen, then that means you can operate the phone simultaneously with two fingers at the maximum.

We have up to 10-point multi-touch, but that is all based on the smartphone you choose. One of the benefit of buying a smartphone that offers higher multi-touch is that you can easily operate apps that support advance gesture.

There are benefits in choosing a small screen size and large screen size as well as disadvantages when buying a new smartphone.

Benefits in choosing a small screen smartphone

  • The entire body structure is compact due to a small screen diagonal
  • It reduces weight of the device
  • It makes holding easier
  • it can fit into a tiny space

Benefits of choosing a large screen smartphone
  • It can easily be noticed when missing
  • The display is more larger, which means clearer pictures and details
  • Good for multitasking

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We consider 5.5-inch to be perfect, anything between 5-inch and 6-inch is consider good.

When it comes to display, two things rule. Resolution and Type.

i.) Screen Resolution

It is the amount of pixel a display contains. In a smartphone, we have from 320 to 1440 pixels, and there is a huge differences between each number. Do have it at the back of your mind that a display have no honor when it loses its resolution. It is like a twin side of it that should never be neglected if you really want a good smartphone. We don't know how much you pack in that big pocket of yours, but hey! you'll need to spend if you are determined to possess the best. Just hinting.

Resolution determines the clarity, the vivid of a display. It is like little fracture of pictures packed together to make one big picture. The higher the resolution the better the clarity of each tiny dot of pixel that combines. The most popular these days are HD/HD+ (720p), FHD/FHD+ (1080p) and QHD/QHD+ (1440p). QHD best them all.

Please note that the amount of resolution doesn't affects screen size and display. A 3.5-inch display can have a QHD resolution and a 5-inch display can have a HD resolution. That is why larger is not always better, and smaller can best the largest if it have a good resolution. Mind the resolution first before choosing a perfect display.

ii.) Display Type

In basic form, display type is the technology used in producing light and colors generated in the display. There are two different types that are currently topping the line, IPS (In-Plain Switching) which is a relative of LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), and AMOLED. In real life use, both produce sharp colors and has long life span (though that of AMOLED is longer), but, IPS is known for its unbias projected life colors while AMOLED has faint hue which most consider as unnatural.

You may find AMOLED interesting because of its total perfection when it comes to reflecting black color which most time looks grey-ish on IPS display, and its infinite contrast. In this aspect, you will need to choose the one you fall in love with.

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2. Processor and RAM

The next thing you would want to consider after patronizing the about-to-be-yours smartphone is how powerful it is. The word powerful here means, how well can it perform when running a task. This is also crucial, and you must take note of every single datails of what governs the hardware of the smartphone you want to buy. Although it may be hard to verify this when shopping, you can do a quick research online if you have a spare internet-enabled phone by searching the product and model name.

"Processor can be compare to the heart, RAM the brain and GPU the muscles"

What mostly determine the overall goodness of a smartphone in the hardware sector is the processor. Most time, the type of processor equipped determines the type of GPU installed. For instance, Qualcomm top of the line is Snapdragon 845, which is accompanied by Adreno 630 GPU. Meaning, if you are buying a smartphone with a Snapdragon 845 processor then it will definitely comes with Adreno 630 GPU. In MediaTek, we have the Helio X30 which is mostly accompanied by Mali-T880 MP4 GPU.

We have old generation processors and new generation processors, these can simply be classified as 32-bit and 64-bit. The ones we mentioned above are new generation processors and are based on 64-bit architecture. New is always better than old, look carefully before choosing one. Below are highlights of Qualcomm processors mostly used in order of how powerful they are.

Qualcomm Processors

  • Snapdragon 210 -> Adreno 304 GPU -> 32-bit -> maximum of 4-core
  • Snapdragon 400 -> Adreno 306 GPU -> 32-bit - maximum of 4-core
  • Snapdragon 410 -> Adreno 306 GPU -> 64-bit -> maximum of 4-core
  • Snapdragon 615 -> Adreno 405 -> 64-bit -> maximum of 8-core
  • Snapdragon 801 -> Adreno 330 GPU -> 32-bit -> maximum of 4-core
  • Snapdragon 805 - Adreno 420 GPU -> 32-bit -> maximum of 4-core
  • Snapdragon 808 -> Adreno 418 -> 64-bit -> maximum of 6-core
  • Snapdragon 810 -> Adreno 420 -> 64-bit -> maximum of 8-core
  • Snapdragon 820 -> Adreno 530 -> 64-bit -> maximum of 4-core
  • Snapdragon 821 -> Adreno 530 -> 64-bit -> maximum of 4-core
  • Snapdragon 835 -> Adreno 540 -> 64-bit -> maximum of 8-core
  • Snapdragon 845 -> Adreno 630 -> 64-bit -> maximum of 8-core

You can see from the list that the powerful is not always the latest while the latest is not always the powerful. Care needs to be taken when choosing one as it directly affect the type of GPU your smartphone will be packing, and also the architecture.

RAM as we previously said, can be regarded as the brain of a smartphone. The level of its capacity does not depend on the processor as the GPU does, and that is a good thing. But sometimes, the type of processor determines the maximum capacity the RAM of a phone can contained. For instance, let's say a phone with a Snapdragon 210 processor, it will be fruitless to equip it with 4GB of RAM.

The processor falls among the lowest, can attain a maximum speed of 1.1GHz, and is not even a 64-bit. 4GB RAM on this processor will be like having too much knowledge about something that does not exist. So, choose wisely. The higher the type of processor the better. We choose 3GB of RAM as the average and the recommended size.

3. Camera

This is the fun part. Taking pictures and selfie of yourself is what you will probably want to do after buying a new phone, especially now that the festive period is around the corner. Two things are worth taking a look at, the megapixel and the sensor. It is impossible to know the clarity of a smartphone camera from the outside by just glaring at the lens, and most stores wouldn't let you turn on the phone before buying (even if the package is not sealed). So, to be on the safe side, you need to browse the internet once more and look for the smartphone camera specs or check the package description.

Megapixel determines the quantity, the amount of resolution a camera can take, and the video resolution during recording, but it does not determines the picture and video quality and clarity. We don't want to go deep in this aspect because a phone camera cannot be judged from the outside, and it is impossible to know what is inside because you have not even buy the phone. Just know that the higher the megapixel the better (most time but not always). And do make sure that at least Auto Focus and Image Stabilization (OIS / EIS) is written among the camera description.

4. Operating System

When buying a new smartphone, the operating system it runs is also part of what you should consider. As of now, we have five different mobile operating systems for smartphone—Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows and Ubuntu. There are advantages and disadvantage when it comes to each of them, something we won't want to talk about because if we do you might end up scrolling down for two more hours. Personally, people know me as an Android fan, and I do because of its barrier breaking which i consider as part of fun.

The truth is, what I like you may not like. But to be honest, if you want something secure, then you'll need to choose something different other than Android. Security is not guaranteed on Android OS, if you treasure your privacy above all else then don't go for it. But if you are the type that care less about security, privacy, and has less coins to spend, then Android is your best shot. You are the rich type, go for iOS because it is perfect. You want something average (security + app + price), go for Windows. You want security and every other things average, go for BlackBerry. You want to be unique, go for Ubuntu.

5. Battery

We have been talking about the display, powerful processor, outstanding camera, but, all of these also rely on one thing to function, to survive, and that is the battery. It is what powers the entire system, both the hardware and the software. Without a good battery backup, well, the entire system is doom. So, how do you know the battery your dream smartphone possess is on the good side or bad side? First, lets start from the capacity. The higher the capacity the better.

We have two types of battery commonly used nowadays, Lithium Ion and Lithium Polymer. The first is very popular and almost 85% of smartphones released these days posses it. Unlike Lithium Ion, Lithium Polymer is rarely used, why? Because it is costlier than the first in terms of production. Manufacturers are mostly not willing to use it except the device is somehow exclusive.

Smartphone market is already spoilt, and no one wants to make a huge sacrifice that will leave their pocket empty. Li-ion is good, but Li-Po is better, it last longer and has a good life span. Most Apple products are powered by Li-Polymer batteries. If your dream smartphone has Li-Po, then that is a sign of a good battery. If it has Li-ion, don't worry, it doesn't matter much.

Capacity, which can be describe as the rate of flow, is an efficiency of a battery. In mobile phone battery, it is measure in milliampere per hour (mAh). As we already said, the higher it is the better. Let's take this as an example, you see a smartphone that has the following configuration.

Screen size: 5.0-inch
Resolution: full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Processor: 1.4GHz octa-core
Rear camera: 8-megapixel
Front camera: 5-megapixel
Battery: 2,000mAh

2000mAh is likely to be sufficient for this set up, but it'll be better if it is 2500mAh, considering it make use of a full-HD resolution. The processor speed is average and can maintain the battery. But the display, well, If it is HD, 2000mAh will be okay.

"Two things are to be consider when choosing a battery for a smartphone, the display properties and the processor. These two things draws power at the highest scale."

Other factors you might want to look into when buying a smartphone are the built-in storage capacity and connectivity. Average phone released these days comes equipped with 16GB of inbuilt storage with an external storage support of atleast 32GB. If you are lucky yours may be 128GB or 256GB. You have 4G LTE and USB Type-C top the line in connectivity, it is a sign of a good purchase.

That is all. You are now fully equipped and ready to burst into that store. You have the right as a customer to demand every single details of what you are about to purchase, it is your right, and don't let it elude you. You are the shy type? Gosh! then you'll be unlucky.

Hope we've helped. That's the least we can do, we can't follow you into that store you know. Go and grab it.

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