Top 10 Features to look for when buying a Smartphone: Part 1

With hundreds of handheld devices swarming the market, it’s tough to choose one. When we surrounded by hundreds of items to choose from, we suffer from a very common psychological phenomenon known as analysis paralysis.

Don’t worry, that’s why we are going to present an in-depth guide on how to choose a smartphone.

Note: We like to keep our articles short and informative. Long articles can bring fatigue to the readers and may not yield more value to them. In the age of information, keeping the articles short prove much more beneficial than the long time-consuming posts. For this sole reason, we have divided the guide into two parts.

  1. Screen size and resolutionscreensize

Screen size and its resolution plays a vital role in user-experience. Whether its small screen or a big screen smartphone, the actual preference may differ on the needs of the user.

Mobile advertisements are misleading in nature and can cause a lot of guilt during the actual use of the phone. Generally, top brands feature bigger screen size, but if you are choosing something cheaper then the whole equation changes.

Cheaper phones have a bad habit of advertising their specifications on the higher side due to marketing reasons. This can easily mislead anyone who is buying the phone without knowing the proper importance of screen size and resolution.

There can be chances that you might be lured to believe that the phone display is better than other smartphones in the market.  Do not fall in the trap. Make a proper comparison with the best smartphone displays out there. Only then, you can make your final call.

Always try to choose smartphones that use AMOLED or IPS technology on their display. This can lead to best display experiences. Do not go for cheaper LCD screens as they are not good in rendering colors and also lack pixel density. Viewing angels can also lead you into trouble.

Bigger screens are better as they allow easy swipe from one corner to the other and also easy controlling of the screen icons. But, big screens can easily hamper your mobility. So choose according to your preference and how much are you willing to invest in the screen size of the smartphone.

  1. Storage Capacity

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Many users neglect the storage feature of the smartphone. Users generally ignore storage capacity of the smartphone, they are willing to buy. Most of the smartphones sports 2 GB of internal memory and 2GB is more than enough(really?). Actually it’s not sufficient, as we can easily fall in the trap of what to keep and what to delete during prolonged usage. The problem happens to most of us and this the problem can become more intense when the smartphone lacks micro SD card.

Users eventually get frustrated with storage options and they easily end up buying a new smartphone. But we don’t want you to go through the same cycle.

The internal memory is tricky to understand because smartphones apps data are stored in the internal memory making it dry really fast. In light comparison, android phones have the option to transfer the app installation to the micro-SD, but don’t get fooled here. Android phones still use the internal memory to store chunks of app information. And that’s bad.

Smartphones are branded as 16, 32 or 64 GB variants, but this doesn’t actually mean that they come pre-installed with that amount of storage. It means that the smartphone supports storage up to that limit and you need to buy an external micro SD card to get it working properly. Choose wisely, when buying a smartphone, heavy entertainment lovers should opt for higher storage capacity smartphones.

Budget phones are the culprit, as they cut down a lot on the internal memory. In contrast, the high-end smartphones are much better.

  1. Build Quality

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Build Quality is another important feature that a buyer should take into account before buying a smartphone. This is for the sole reason that costly phones, sometimes comes with a very bad build quality.

Let’s take a scenario, you buy a costly smartphone with an extraordinary processor, memory card and other amazing features and in the next second, it drops from your hand making the phone useless. There is no point in investing so much into the phone, when it can break into pieces with the slightest touch of the ground.

A great smartphone comes with a sturdy finish and is capable of absorbing the day to day bruises in a very smart way.

Thorough testing the build quality is a tricky situation, where the user needs to read reviews online and know the smartphone build materials.

The finish can either be a metal finish or a plastic cover finish. Anything different can really hamper the build quality of the phone. For the screen, Gorialla fits the bill best and can be used without any second thoughts.

  1. Battery Life

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Battery Life is another tricky feature to understand. Chances are that you have gone through a bad experience with your smartphone’s battery life. But, the battery life can depend on many factors including the software the phone is running.

Some smartphones include the option to save battery by entering “Battery saver mode”. It also depends on the hardware of the smartphone, as it can encompass two processors, one slower and the other faster (power hungry). So it can switch processor according to the running application, resulting in saving battery life.

My advice on this is to read independent reviews, which are brutally honest about battery life in general. Good battery life can amplify the experience of your smartphone.

  1. Network Support

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Smartphones are all about connectivity and without connectivity they are as good as bricks. There are majorly two important factors one should look after when choosing a smartphone.

  1. Getting a smartphone that can run with 4G or 3G. If you are heavy internet user, it is wise to look for 4G, otherwise 3G will suffice all your needs.
  2. Choosing between GSM and CDMA. CDMA technology is used majorly in US and is best suited for local usage because you cannot change the SIM during roaming. For roaming, GSM fits the bill, as you can easily change to the local SIM.

Another important option to look for is the dual-SIM option. Dual-Sim can really change the equation for those who are looking to use more than one connection.

This ends part 1 of “Top 10 Features to look for when buying a Smartphone”. Stay hooked to the site as we post the 2nd part in few days’ time from now.