Smartphones are abundant these days, so much so that one will experience a lot of difficulties while picking one. However, here are a few key factors to look out for when getting one.
The build Quality of a smartphone basically deals with the durability and strength of that phone. Basically, the entire smartphone market has been divided into two build classes; metal and plastic. While most Android devices ( LG smartphone , Samsung, etc) are made with plastic, iPhones have predominantly been metal over the years. There are also a few smartphones that have glass coatings around them as well, although this trend is still something of a newcomer. If you are prone to dropping your phone a lot, then it might be better for you to choose an phone with a metal built phone. They can accommodate drops from about 3 feet and still come out unscathed, so they might be a better option. You can also get a pouch; at least, those will make things better and reduce the fatality of a fall.
The size and resolution of display is largely dependent on the way and manner in which you make use of the phone. If you are the type to regularly stream videos, edit photos or videos, or download and watch movies, then you will definitely want to get a smartphone that ranges from 5.5 inches to 6 inches in size. You will also find that Full HD or QHD should do nicely enough for you. This choice is particularly advisable due to the fact that anything that exceeds 6 inches will eventually become too bulky and large to be handled (I mean, you might as well call it a tablet). You also have to consider times when you aren’t using the phone for media and entertainment purposes. Also, if you’re a regular phone user and you usually just check your mail, go on social media and chat, then you should be fine with anything ranging from 5 inches to 5.5 inches. Full HD and QHD will do well here as well, as most social media platforms deal a lot with pictures and videos.
Specific Processor Type
The processing power of a smartphone is one of its most important and prominent features. As you probably already know, this variable changes from device to device and manufacturer to manufacturer. It also varies depending on several factors such as OS version, UI, bloatware and more. If you are a heavy smartphone operator who likes to edit pictures, play bulky games, stream and download, and perform other high energy tasks, then you should most probably get a smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 or Snapdragon 820/821. These processors were made to enhance capacity and make multitasking fluid and much easier for you. Light users will definitely be more than content with handsets that come with MediaTek processors.
Camera is a very delicate subject. Before anything, you should know that the fact that a phone has a higher number of megapixels to another does not necessarily mean that such a phone has a better camera than the other. There are also several other specifications and factors such as camera aperture, pixel size, autofocus, zoom sharpness, color contrast, etc that determine just how good a phone’s camera really is. This basically means that a rear camera with 16 megapixels isn’t specifically better than one with 12 megapixels.
The same applies to the front-facing cameras.
The only significance of megapixels is the fact that when a camera has a higher number of pixels, it means that such a camera has much bigger images, thus making the image sharper when viewed on a small screen. A photographer and picture enthusiast might want a smartphone with a camera with 12 or 16MP sensor under f/2.0 or lower aperture that can also capture speedy shots, even in places with dim lights. However, a casual shooter can do pretty well, even with an 8MP 0r 12MP camera with f/2.0-f/2.2 aperture.
The battery usage of a particular smartphone definitely differs from user to user, with a large dependence on the way and manner by which he/she uses the smartphone. If you are a heavy user and the type to work a lot with apps, whether for playing games, streaming videos and more, then you are going to need a phone that is able to hold on for quite a while. It is recommended that you go for a smartphone with at least a 3500mAh battery or above. If you are an average or a light user, then you should be fine with a handset that has a 3000mAh battery to run for a full day.
User Interface and Operating System Version
The user interface and the version of the phone’s operating system are also very important factors that should be put under heavy consideration when getting a smartphone. When it’s time to access something on the phone, the user interface is what you interact with. This means that it needs to be simple enough to ensure that you navigate through the phone as easily as possible. If you are looking for the basic smartphone experience.l, then you can go for a Nexus or Pixel (both from LG and Google respectively). However, different interfaces like ZenUI, Xperia UI, Samsung TouchWiz, EMUI and others provide a wide array of extra useful features that will help in spring applications as well as style options that the manufacturers feel will make the phones more advantageous. Regardless, it is highly recommended that you try the phone before buying it to ensure that you are comfortable with it and you have no issues with operating as well.