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How to Buy the Right Smartphone

Updated on October 10, 2016

I often get messages from friends asking me advice on what is the best smartphone on the market today. The reality, however, is that there is a superior phone to the other in an absolute sense. Everything depends on your disposable income, the needs you have and ... well, yes, by your tastes.

I therefore decided to make a compare with some of the low-range, mid-range and top-range smartphone features. You choose which is really good for you, but carefully review the features of the smartphone and - I recommend - do not stop to parameters such as price and aesthetics. Design and price are factors that play a key role in the purchase of a new phone, but woe to go no further. You must also take into consideration features such as resolution and screen size, the weight of the device, building materials, quantity and type of memory, operating system and more.

How to choose a smartphone

Here are the main features that you need to consider to find the best smartphone fully meet your needs.

The screen - The resolution of the display there is very little to say, the higher the better. However, we must also consider the type of screen, which can be equipped smartphone.

  • The TFT LCD display is those used on most low-cost terminals. They provide good image quality but there are problems with the colors, which are quite faded when changing the viewing angle.
  • The IPS (In-Panel-Switching) displays are an evolution of the TFT and are featured on many tops of the range phones, the first of the Apple iPhone. Reproduce colors in an almost perfect (thanks to the pixel backlit) and have many white "loads". They do not present the problems of the TFT when you change the viewing angle and consume less power than the latter.
  • The AMOLED (Active Matrix OLED) are found on many high-end smartphones and media, such as the Samsung Galaxy. Their main characteristic is that the pixels emit their own light and do not require backlighting. They do not present any major problems in color reproduction but they are less "readable" than IPS under the sunlight. On the other hand, they reproduce intense blacks, because the pixels are physically turned off to play them.

Internal memory - Smartphones can have a fixed memory or with expandable as well. For expandable means when applications, photos, videos and other data can be moved to the microSD. It should be considered that the use of external memories slightly slows the execution of the app and accessing data.

4G / LTE Support - Now many mid-range smartphones and the vast majority of the top of the line terminals support the 4G / LTE network, but must be careful to cellular imported from China. Many of them, in fact, lack of support for the frequency band 800MHz, support only the bands at 1800MHz and 2600MHz, and this means that in some areas where the signal of the operators traveling only on the frequencies 800MHz 4G connection does not available.

Dual-SIM support – Most of the smartphones, have the dual-SIM support, that allows you to use two SIM cards simultaneously. But be careful, because they are not all equal. We are the terminals DSDS (Dual SIM Dual Standby) that make be an unattainable SIM / occupied when the other is in use for a call and rare smartphone DSFA (Dual Sim Full Active) and instead allow you to keep the two always SIM active simultaneously. Also, it is noted that in many dual-SIM phones for the second SIM slot is also used for microSD, this means that you must choose whether to use two SIM or expand the memory of the phone (you cannot do both at once).

Operating system - There is a better operating system of the other in an absolute sense but you have to know the pros and cons of each to choose one that best suits your needs.

  • Android is the most popular operating system, has park endless applications and gives huge freedom of choice to the user. Applications, for example, can be downloaded from external sources to the Google Play Store and you can customize virtually every aspect of the phone. In contrast, Android is more susceptible to attack by malware than other Mobile operating systems and its distribution is fragmented, which means that the updates released by Google will not arrive at the same time on all devices. Another important thing to consider is that many manufacturers customize the Android versions installed on their own devices with the alternative and additional applications interfaces that can affect overall system performance.
  • iOS is the operating system of the iPhone. It is simple to use but this simplicity is "charged" with very little ability to customize the terminal. The applications can be downloaded only from the App Store and you cannot set different default applications other than "standard" in the system. Among the positive aspects of iOS, there are updates, which are available on day one on all terminals (even older ones), and the near absence of malware. Furthermore, the average quality of applications is higher than Android.
  • Windows Phone is the least popular platform among the three, its store is not as rich as that of Android and Apple, but the ability to customize the system is quite good (though more limited than that of Android). Also noteworthy is that its performance is always excellent on cheaper devices and no large malware problems.

Cameras - Most of the smartphone has a pair of cameras, one front, and one rear. The rear is generally better than the frontal one, but in some cases, in so-called selfie-phone, also the front cameras can ensure high performance. To judge the quality of a camera does not stop at the number of megapixels, go on the Internet and look for reviews that contain any of the shots and video test. Some top of the range smartphone, such as the Apple iPhone, have an even optical stabilizer that can almost cancel flickering in movies and blur in photos. There are also devices with a dual rear camera, which depending on the choices made by the manufacturer, can make panoramic photos, photos with zoom or improved standards of higher quality photos.

Battery - The battery capacity of smartphones is expressed in mAh (milliampere). As a result, there is more mAh, the higher - at least potentially - the autonomy of the device. Some phones allow you to easily remove the battery and replace it with another (in this case it comes to smartphones with removable battery), while others do not allow to make this work and provide for the battery replacement only after a "surgery "technical assistance (in these cases, however, it comes to smartphones with a non-removable battery).

Sensor for detecting fingerprints - Many smartphones, not just those of high-end feature but also in mid-range has a sensor for fingerprint detection allowing you to quickly unlock your phone and speed up the process of identification in applications and digital stores. But attention, responsiveness and the precision of these sensors varies a lot from device to device (terminals on economic hard to find fast and accurate impression sensors like those of top of the range).

Warranty – Before buying a smartphone, especially if imported, carefully check the terms of the guarantee: may not conform to those of the standard warranty to which we are accustomed.

© 2016 Akramul Haq Sagar

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