Purchasing a new Smartphone is a little confusing because smartphones these days have become an integral part of our lives. We use them for communication, taking pictures, saving documents on the cloud, internet browsing, and even as a power bank to charge other smartphones.
But then, with the wide variety of smartphones available in the market, it is never easy to decide which one to pick. It is always tough deciding the one that may suit our needs best.
I have been using my current phone for almost 3 years. The wear and tear over this period have made me realise I need a new one really soon. So, I began looking for a new smartphone to replace my older one. But I soon realised there are a number of options available. And so, I decided to make a checklist of all the things to consider before buying a new smartphone.
Checklist of things you need to consider before buying your new smartphone
Here’s a definitive checklist of things you need to consider before buying your new smartphone, like 1#Memory,
5#Build Quality, etc.
We know phones have two kinds of memory – Read Only Memory (ROM) and Random Access Memory (RAM). RAM along with the processor determines the ease of operation and speed of the phone. While ROM takes care of the storage. It is used to store all your videos, photos, songs, OS, apps and more. For a heavy user like me, 3 to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM can serve the purpose.
The processor along with RAM determines the speed and ease of operation of your phone. Thus, it stands to reason, phones with higher processing speed are much faster. For someone who spends a lot of time streaming online videos or playing games, opt for a faster processor.
Are you the kind of user likely to have multiple apps open at the same time? Do you see yourself as a strong user of smartphones or video sharing games? Heavy internet use appears to drain out batteries more quickly. If you belong to this consumer group then it’s best to go for a long-lasting battery phone.
There’s a lot of excitement about built-in cameras on handsets with manufacturers seeking to outdo each other by providing more megapixels. Don’t let you fool this man. A camera with more megapixels doesn’t create better images by itself. In addition to megapixels, good quality images are a function of factors such as ISO rates, aperture, and autofocus speed. When you’re going to take a lot of photos, then go for a phone with a 12 or 16 MP camera that has an f/2.0 or lower aperture, even in low light, for decent performance. Unless your camera use isn’t going to be heavy, you should have a phone with a min. 8-12 MP camera and f/2.2 aperture perfect.
Screen size and resolution are the first things you’ll note about a handset. A display with a resolution of 5.5 inches to 6 inches or more, full-HD or QHD, is usually good enough for an average user.
Security features such as fingerprint sensors, face unlock or iris sensors provide the much-needed security to your phones. Especially, if you have confidential files, documents or apps in your phone these features act as passwords.
The market is largely divided into metal and plastic builds for phones. You may even find glass-coated panels, but it isn’t advisable to use such phones if you are prone to dropping your phone often. While glass-based phones can shatter, metal and plastic built phones can sustain drops from 2 to 3 feet.
User interface/OS version
User interface and the OS version too are key factors to consider while choosing a smartphone. These are the interfaces that one would have to interact with each time to access anything, so it should be easy and simple.
A large part of the smartphone’s storage is taken away from the OS and the apps the device comes pre-installed with.
A 16GB/32GB/64GB or more don’t really come with the exact mentioned space. If you like to keep fewer apps on your devices, you can go for 32GB storage.
Headphone jack/USB port
Ports too can be a factor to consider. Although both micro-USB and USB Type-C ports are available in smartphones these days, it is preferable to switch to USB Type-C not just because it is easy to plug in but also it is future-proof.
More number of smartphones have started incorporating the new standard. Few have started ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack as well but there might be good two years before all the OEMs completely switched to USB Type-C based headphones jacks.
As mentioned earlier, smartphones come at price points that vary greatly. Obviously, prices tend to go up as you go higher up the value chain in terms of processor speeds, memory, camera, and display.