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6 Important Things You Should Consider When Buying a Smartphone

Updated on May 1, 2020
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Nikhil is a BCA graduate by education and a technical writer by passion and choice. He loves staying up to date with the latest technology.

We cannot deny the fact that now we all are dependent on our smartphones for most of the personal and professional work. They have become an integral part of our lives and will stay for many decades to come.

Be it for watching videos on YouTube, taking pictures, learning new skills online, or connecting with our loved ones in any part of the world through video or voice call; smartphones are used in a plethora of things. For some people, this pocket-sized gadget is not less than a beloved family member. So, are you planning on adding a new member to your family?

Well, this post is not to tell you to stay away from it but to help you buy an ideal smartphone. The smartphone will make your life easier and hopefully minimizes your dependency on the same.

So, if you are planning to buy a new smartphone for yourself or you know someone who is, this post is for them. Below I've shared some of the most important things you should consider when buying a smartphone. So, let's check them out below step-by-step in no particular order:

1. Display

The first parameter you should look for when purchasing a smartphone is the display and its quality. Although these days, most of the smartphones come with good to great screen quality, you must select the ideal size and resolution for you.

In the end, you are going to view everything on your smartphone's screen only. It may be an LCD or AMOLED panel, but the critical thing to know which should suit your needs.

If you watch lots of videos, take pictures, or stream video content online, be sure to consider at least 5.5-inches full-HD+ (1080p+) display smartphone. It will help you give a fantastic immersing viewing experience.

Although if you're on a high budget and you want a better quality screen, you can go for Quad-HD or QHD+ (1440p+) display, which is a higher screen resolution. Remember, higher the resolution higher will be the price of a smartphone.

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2. Processor

A lot of people these days use smartphones for playing games, switching between apps, or doing multitasking. Thus, multitasking plays a vital role in your device's performance.

Having an excellent and fast processor on your smartphone is crucial. It gives you a better overall user experience as all the apps and tasks will be handled smoothly and quickly.

Choosing the right processor on a smartphone can be a difficult task, especially if you don't have sound technical knowledge. Although there are certain basic things, you can remember to judge the capability of a processor.

There may be many processors in the market, such as Exynos (by Samsung), Kirin (by Huawei), MediaTek, A12 or A13 Bionic (by Apple), or Helio, but the most popular one is Snapdragon.

The overall market share of Snapdragon-powered smartphones is much more than any other processor. All the Snapdragon processors are built by a US-based company called Qualcomm.

If you are on a standard budget, you can consider Snapdragon processors in 6000 series, such as Snapdragon 636, or 660. While if you are a heavy user, look for a processor with 7000 series, like Snapdragon 712, or 720. Although the higher you go, the more you will have to shell out money on buying a smartphone.

3. Camera

This is probably one of the most important things you should examine in a smartphone, especially if you love taking pictures or videos. One of the biggest myths while considering a good camera is the number of megapixels it has.

Having the highest megapixels in a camera does not necessarily mean it will produce great pictures or videos. You must also look for other features in the camera, such as ISO levels, pixel size, camera aperture, etc. while selecting a smartphone.

Unlike earlier times, these days, most of the smartphones come with two, three, or even four cameras at the back. Although the idea behind putting different cameras is innovative, it doesn't mean that it will give better results.

Even smartphones with two cameras might provide better quality images and videos as compared to the one with three or more camera sensors. It is due to software tuning in the camera and the pixel size in the lens.

If you are a selfie freak or use the front camera more often, a standard 16 megapixels will be pretty enough.

4. Built Quality

Are you looking to buy a mobile device that can last for at least a few years?

Well, while nobody can guarantee you about that particular thing, most of it also depends on the durability of your smartphone. So, the next parameter you should consider when buying a new smartphone is its durability.

Most of the smartphones in the market come with either metal or plastic body. So, now it's your choice which one you would like to buy. Are you confused about which one is ideal for you? Well, worry not; I will answer that as well.

On the one hand, metal is more robust and durable; it will be a little heavy to carry around and will cost you extra bucks. While on the other hand, plastic body smartphones may look as stylish as metal ones and can cost a little less; they may not be durable in the long-term. So, in the end it all depends on your personal choice and preference.

5. Storage

Storage is yet another critical aspect when you consider purchasing a new smartphone. In the end, all your pictures, videos, docs, apps, or any other file will be stored primarily in the phone's memory.

Although most of a smartphone's memory is taken up by the OS and pre-installed apps, you will get ample storage for keeping your docs and files.

As smartphones are getting cheaper day by day, companies have started offering more storage spaces in them. Nowadays, you can easily get a 64GB internal storage on any budget-level smartphone. However, if you can spend more than that, go for at least a 128GB storage option. A

lso, while considering the phone's internal memory, make sure to go for ample RAM size as well. Look for at least 4 or 6GB RAM smartphone that is readily available in mid-range to upper mid-range smartphones.

Storage memory also comes in a variety of technology, such as UFS 2.1, UFS 3.0, or UFS 3.1. It affects the quality of storage on a smartphone. As compared to the UFS 3.0 or 3.1, UFS 2.1 is the old storage technology.

Not only this, but the newest UFS storage quality can also withstand higher temperatures up to 105-degrees Celsius.

The latest technology storage is also power efficient. Therefore, you must look into the storage quality when buying a smartphone.

Some of the latest smartphones with this technology include Realme X50 Pro 5G, OnePlus 7T Pro, Asus ROG Phone 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, etc.

6. Miscellaneous

Apart from all the parameters mentioned above, there are some miscellaneous things you should consider when planning for a new smartphone. These may include wireless charging, stereo speakers, headphone jack, and network carrier support.

Wireless charging is the technology of charging your device without the use of a cable. It costs with a wireless pad or holder. Although the feature never became popular in the smartphone industry, it may be useful for people who often go for traveling.

The stereo speakers are the dual-speakers at the top and bottom of your phone that give you a fantastic experience while watching video content or playing games.

When planning to buy a new smartphone, you should also consider whether it has a 3.5mm headphone jack or not. Although most of the new phones still come with the audio jack, it's best to confirm the same.

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Conclusion

As smartphone makers are testing and offering new features and technologies, customers are finding it difficult to choose the right phone for them. However, based on your needs and requirements, and of course, budget, you can buy a smartphone ideal for you.

Some Interesting Yet Worrisome Facts about Smartphones:

  • According to Bankmycell's latest stats of 2020, there are currently 3.5 billion smartphone users in the world. And this converts to about 45.04% of the world's population.
  • As per the prediction by Statista, the number of total mobile devices is expected to soar to about 7.33 billion by 2023.
  • Huawei and Xiaomi are the fastest-growing smartphone brands in the world, reports IDC (International Data Corporation).
  • Currently, India is the second-largest internet market in the world, only behind China, with over 560 million internet users, as per Statista.
  • According to Baylor, female college students all across the world spend ten hours daily on their mobile phones.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Nikhil Sharma

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    • Sowrabha Mahesh profile image

      sowspeaks 

      2 weeks ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Nikhil, thanks for that reply. I think you could make a detailed article out of it because we all face these issues and only some know how to handle them. It could be really useful.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      2 weeks ago from India

      Hello Ms. Sowrabha!

      Thanks a lot for appreciating my work. I always look forward to your opinion and feedback about my hub. And your insightful and appreciative comment had inspired me to write more such articles in the future.

      I'm really glad to know that you've shown my article to your tech-enthusiast kid. I hope that he must have also found it interesting to read and have got some insightful information from the same.

      And to answer your query about maintaining your smartphone, I would say that it depends on various factors. If your smartphone has around 2 or 4 GB RAM, and it is running slowly, you might try to clear clutter memories by going to the inbuilt cleaner app. Or else, you can explore and download one from the play store.

      However, I would recommend using the 'Files Go' app from Google to install on your phone. It is very small in size, offers various smart options to clean and delete necessary files, and most importantly, it is ad-free.

      I hope that after using the app, it will make some space on your smartphone and help it run smoothly. Thank you so much once again, Ms. Sowrabha, for leaving such a wonderful comment.

    • Sowrabha Mahesh profile image

      sowspeaks 

      3 weeks ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Nikhil! Simply loved your article.I am a techno dud and you have some given me very very useful information which will really help us understand our phone.I am showing your article to my son who is a tech-enthusiast. Really appreciate the way that you have put across all the key elements that one has to take into consideration while buying a phone and the choices we have. Decision making made easy.Would appreciate if you could make hubs on how to maintain phones, if your photos have started taking too much space what can one do, how can one store without overloading the space etc.Looking forward to more hubs from you.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      3 weeks ago from India

      I can understand that deciding to replace your current smartphone with the new one might not be easy, especially when you have tons of important contacts in your list. However, if you sync and do backup in your Gmail account rightly, you contact list will automatically be updated in the database. In this way, whenever you login to a new smartphone, all your backed up data including contacts will be restored in the new smartphone. But thank you Rajinder for leaving such an amazing comment and sharing your personal opinion.

      Definitely, let's connect on HP and on all other social media platforms.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      3 weeks ago from India

      Sure, Micha. Depending on your needs and budget, I can suggest you a good camera-centric smartphone. There are plenty of options available today in the market.

      If you have a budget of around $500 then you can consider Redmi Note K30 Pro or Realme X2 Pro. It maybe called differently in your country. And if you have a little higher budget, you can go for OnePlus 7T or Huawei P40.

      Hope these suggestions will help you decide an ideal smartphone, Micha.

      Thank you for asking the relevant question.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      3 weeks ago from India

      Thanks a lot Poonam for praising my work. I feel so grateful to know that I was able to make my readers like you understand the technicalities of smartphones buying.

      Thank you so much for reading my article snd providing your valuable insights.

    • Navin Srivastava 05 profile image

      Navin Srivastava 05 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Nikhil !!

      This covers all the aspects one will definitely want for his smartphone and I will surely have a quick look at it when I buy one again. And going through this, I learned some new terminologies. I guess you are also a tech enthusiast like me and are always updated on this subject. And this is something which is evolving every day. So, I urge you to write more technical articles in the future if you find some other interesting content. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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      Micha ELa 

      3 weeks ago from Philippines

      Will you suggest a smartphone that produces good quality photos. I love taking photos of nature. Thank you.

    • Connect Rajinder profile image

      Rajinder Soni 

      3 weeks ago from New Delhi

      First of all, switching from an old phone to new one is not an easy task for people like me who have got more than 5000 contacts of clients in their phone. I know there are various applications which we can use for cloud storage of our contacts but still it is something which is difficult for me. Sometimes there are fears in our mind that you cannot relate to. This is one of them. But I liked the way you have presented information in this hub, especially pointing out important specificaions and requirements within a phone.

      Looking ahead to receive more valuable hubs from you. I am also writing a fan mail to you and we can connect together at HP through this.

    • Poonam-Malik profile image

      POONAM MALIK 

      3 weeks ago from Faridabad

      It is a well-rounded article taking all the important points to consider while buying a new phone. Even a nontechnical person like me starts feeling comfortable with technical jargon. It is a definite must-read for prospective phone buyers.

      The last one of the interesting facts about smartphones is really interesting. Glad to know females are same all over the globe.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      3 weeks ago from India

      It's really great to know that you will be referring to my article as and when you will plan on buying a new smartphone. I'll write more such articles in the future so that to help more and more readers in a direct or indirect way. Thank you Arnaba mam for appreciating my work.

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      Arnaba Saha 

      3 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Hello Nikhil Ji,

      It is due time that I buy a new phone and I am definitely coming back to this hub to check the specification and features for my new phone. Thanks for this wonderful hub. Keep going.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      5 weeks ago from India

      Hey, thanks a lot @Aakash. Yes, I'm a gadget and smartphone freak. I spend most of my time reading tech blogs and articles. And I'm committed to helping everyone through my articles.

      Yes, you're right Aakash, smartphones have become a necessity in our lives. Therefore, it's more important to choose the right one for us. I'm glad you liked my article. Please stay connected.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      5 weeks ago from India

      Thank you so much @Prantika mam for going through my article. Your words of appreciation have inspired me to keep writing such articles and helping the readers in any way possible. It's good to know that you're keeping my article handy. Thank you again for your kind words.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      5 weeks ago from Assam, India

      hey Nikhil it's nice article to read. To the point and very well written. I will try to check these basic points before purchasing the next mobile phone. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful article.

    • AndazeAkash profile image

      AndazeAkash 

      5 weeks ago

      Your knowledge about gadgets are quite impressive. I had found the information worthy as you had covered all the necessary points like display and all. Already smartphone has become primary thing now a days for everyone. Good work. Keep writing brother.

    • Prantika Samanta profile image

      Prantika Samanta 

      6 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you for sharing such an informative article. This is going to benefit a lot of smartphone buyers as you have covered almost all the important features that one should keep in mind before buying a smartphone.

      I may need a smartphone soon and so I'm keeping the article handy.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      7 weeks ago from India

      Yes, sir. I've carefully considered and mentioned almost all the points a smartphone buyer should look for.

      I'm very happy to know that you found this article useful. Thanks a lot, Nitin sir, for writing such a wonderful comment.

    • nitinkhaire profile image

      Nitin Khaire 

      7 weeks ago from Mumbai

      Your article is very helpful for smartphone buyers, Nikhil. I will certainly go through these points the next time I want to buy one.

      It's a well-written article. Keep it up.

      All the points you have mentioned are crucial when selecting a new smartphone.

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      Priyanka Choudhary 

      7 weeks ago

      Well explained, and I will keep all the aspects you mentioned in the article in my mind, as I am already planning to get one

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      7 weeks ago from India

      I feel glad to know that you found this hub interesting, @Meeenal. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      7 weeks ago from India

      You're right, @Liz. I think I missed adding the most important thing while buying any product i.e., cost. I'll surely add it in the article. Thank you for letting me know :)

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      7 weeks ago from India

      Thank you @Ekktha for leaving such awesome comment.

      Yes, as and when you or someone you know go to buy a new smartphone, please do share this article with him/her. I'm sure it will help them decide how to choose the right smartphone.

    • sachnikh profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sharma 

      7 weeks ago from India

      Completely agree with you, Prateek. Choosing the right storage capacity and battery size are really important aspects when it comes to buying a smartphone. After all, a massive battery helps you to use your smartphone for longer period of time.

      Thank you, Prateek. I'm glad that you find this article valuable. It's my responsibility to to serve valuable information with my readers.

    • PrateekJain24 profile image

      Prateek Jain 

      7 weeks ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Very well explained Nikhil, I usually look two important things while buying a Smartphone that is storage capacity and battery performance. These are the important thing in my list while buying any android phone online or offline. You have listed some facts and figures and the end which are not known to me before. Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us.

    • Ekktha Raawal profile image

      Ekktha Raawal 

      7 weeks ago from Indore, India

      You have really mentioned some basic and most crucial features one should look for while buying a cell phone. Next time when I buy a phone, will definitely go through your article.

    • SwamanMeenal profile image

      Meenal 

      7 weeks ago from Singapore

      Interesting Article.I did not know some facts.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      This is a useful list of considerations to bear in mind. I would also add cost.

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