Is your smartphone old and shabby so you are considering buying a phone? Or you are getting a smartphone for the first time?
Whatever reason it may be, I’m sure you wouldn’t want to spend your cash buying a smartphone only to get home and be disappointed because it can’t do what your friend’s smartphone does or because you try to play the latest games but it turns out your new device is unsupported!
Well, the tech world as we all know is developing real fast so smartphones now come with high end specs and awesome features. So now, what are these specs? how do they affect your mobile and why should you put them into consideration?
Now that was just a sneak peak of these factors to consider when buying a smartphone. Now you might be wondering, what is ‘Ram’ ? What do I mean by connectivity? Ok..lets go into proper details of these things.
Now, the first question that should come to your mind when buying a phone should be ‘what kind of phone do i want?’ Now operating system is the program that manages the phone’s hardware and software resources. It is the base on which the phone is built.
There are different kinds of operating systems in the mobile market. There are the old and outdated ones which includes Java and Symbian OS, then we have the latest OS which are very common in this present time. They include the Android OS, Iphone (IOS) and the Windows mobile OS.
Based on present demand, I’ll be limiting this post to just the android, iphone, and windows operating systems because they are the ones in vogue now and of course, you didn’t come here to find out what to consider in buying a java phone because the choices are not as variant as the latest operating systems.
Android devices constitute more percentage of the smartphone community worldwide. They are very flexible,easily customisable and great for gaming. Androids are well known for greater features on a much more affordable price.
The iphone family are well known for their uniqueness and class. With slightly better security than the android and windows counterparts. Iphones are well known for their jaw dropping prices which gives them a classy surrounding.
The windows mobile os was invented in an attempt to bring the windows pc experience on a mobile platform. This operating system has a professional looking interface rather than a flashy as in the android or classy as in the iphone.
Now, you have decided on which operating system to opt for after taking a thorough look at their properties, so we can now move on to the economical aspect which is Pricing.
You should select a mobile phone based on your financial capability or how much budget you have at hand.
Pricing infact should be the first on this list but I feel you should have a choice on operating system first then if your financial resources is giving a red light, you should consider going back to the OS stage and picking another choice that matches your resources.
Storage is a very important factor to consider when buying a smartphone. Without good storage space, you can’t save as much files as you might want on your phone.
Storage comes in to perspectives which is RAM (Random access memory) and ROM (Read only memory)
Controls your devices’s ability to run specific tasks and also to keep operations running in the background even while you do other things with the phone.
In a practical example, mayb you were playing a game..lets say dream league soccer then minimize it to go and reply your whatsapp and instagram message, without enough RAM, you wont come back and meet your dream league soccer where you left it, instead, it will restart again which is not welcoming.
Note that applications that consume big ROM space also requires slightly higher RAM requirements
Many people normally confuse ram with CPU, but they actually have totally different functions which you will see when I describe the CPU on number 9 of this list.
Is the storage space that you see in your file manager. It enebles you to store music, applications, documents, videos, and any other available file formats.
RAM and ROM are both measured in bytes. 1024 byte makes a kilo byte and then 1024 kb makes a Mega byte and also 1024 mb makes a Giga Byte (Gb).
Modern day phone memory capacities are described in Giga bytes. The average RAM space for a standard phone should be 1GB while you can opt for bigger capacities….2GB, 4GB and so on, buy I think the highest ram capacity by any mobile phone right now is 8GB.
For ROM, an average phone should have at least 8GB. Bigger RoM means, you can store more data in your phone.
After considering the three factors above, the next thing coming to your mind should be the battery capacity. You don’t want to buy a smartphone that can’t last as long as you want before having to use the wall socket again.
Battery capacity is measured in ‘maH’ A smartphone should have a capacity of 2000 maH on average.
Obviously higher capacities like 3000maH, 4000maH and even 5000mah will last longer but in a bid to flatten smart phones as much as possible, batter capacities of 3000-4000 maH are widely used because 5000maH upwards gives the phones a bit more width.
Of course, who doesn’t want to take pictures on the go? The mobile phones camera is also a very important factor when buying a phone infact, your camera quality plays a vital role in your social media profile like Instagram,facebook and the likes.
Always opt for a phone with a standard camera quality so you don’t take pictures that will be looking like the ones from the world war one era.
The Samsung brand (android) and the Iphone(ios) family are very prominent in this area. Just recently, Huawei surprised the world with the Huawei P30! which outclasses every other smartphone camera.
Camera quality is measured in pixels or better still, mega pixels. An average smartphone’s camera should be about 5MP.
Note also that a 5mp camera on one product can be a bit brighter than a 5mp camera on another product. That is why consideration of the ‘Product or Brand’ is also added to this list.
The quality of the display should also be considered when buying a phone. The difference in display quality is why some smartphones have thier screens looking like bricked blocks of colour while some look like they are displayed from underwater with a glossy look.
Most quality displays are described as HD (High definition). The display quality has nothing to do with the screen size of the smartphone.
Smartphones come in different width and lengths ranging from 4inch portable sizes to 7-12 inch tablets. It is left for you to choose the size you prefer.
The brand of phone you are buying is also a key factor here. It is advisable to choose a brand that has support services within your region so you can easily contact the company incase of any issues.
Another imoortant area where brand plays a role is the features of the phone. Some brands are well known for their battery life, some for their camera esepecially the iphone(ios) and the samsung brand (android), some others can be well known for their cheap prices and so on and so forth.
As time goes on, companies providing the various operating systems try to fix errors, add new features and make updates to their operating systems which is why we have different versions of operating systems software.
So It is advisable to opt for the software versions that has the features you want when next you are buying a phone. (Preferably and much more likely to be the latest available OS version).
The central processing unit (CPU) as the name implies is responsible for the speed at which your phone responds to commands i.e the rate at which it processes data.
CPU capacity is measured in Hertz. An average smartphone should have a CPU of 800Hz. Do not overlook this feature when next you are buying a phone if you want a smartphonephone that will respond as fast as possible
This refers to the methods of connections used your mobile to other devices and services.
A standard mobile phone should have the following connection features
MOBILE NETWORK: This enables you to connect with your service provider’s packet data services in order to browse the internet with paid subscriptions. Mobile connectivity comes in varying speed which you should consider when buying a phone. They are (In an acending order of speed):
WIFI connectivity is a must also. It enables you to connect to routers and public hotspots and browse the internet.
BLUETOOTH: Of course, all devices (java and symbian included) should have bluetooth connectivity.
So there we have it! I believe you will be able to choose your preferred device now without much hassle.
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