The Essential Things to Consider Before You Buy a Smartphone

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A phone is a significant purchase. You will use it every day for at least the next two years. So, you need to buy the right one.

Smartphones these days have become an indispensable part of our lives. We utilize them for communication, taking pictures, putting records on the cloud, web browsing, and even a power bank to charge other smartphones.

But there is a point. With the availability of a wide variety of smartphones in the market, it is not easy to choose which one to buy. It is a tough call to decide the one which will suit your needs the best.

So, all you need to do is consider the following factors before you buy your next smartphone:

Build Quality

Check out the build quality of the smartphone you wish to buy. It is about the durability of a smartphone. 

If you look at a smartphone, you will see that the handset is divided into two main types of builds — metal and plastic. Besides, some variants come with glass-coated panels. 

If you find yourself among those who frequently drop their phones, then go for a metal or plastic build smartphone. Such mobiles can sustain drops from two-three feet, but glass-made smartphones will shatter.

Display

The display is something you should carefully consider before you eventually purchase a smartphone. It will help if you visit a smartphone comparison site to compare features, including display sizes, of smartphones. 

You should choose the display size based on your smartphone usage. Go for a display within a 5.5-inch to 6-inch, full-HD or QHD resolution if you frequently stream videos, edit photos or videos, or download and view movies.

If you mostly use a smartphone to check emails, chat, and browse social media apps, then the perfect display sizes for you will be from 5-inch to 5.5-inch with HD or full-HD display.

However, displays larger than 6 inches make the smartphone bulky, so you will find it a bit difficult to carry around.

Processor

The processor is behind the computing power of a smartphone. The processing power also varies from device to device and depends on multiple factors, such as OS version, UI, bloatware, etc.

Again your usage will dictate what type of processor you should choose. If you use a smartphone for heavy tasks, like editing images, videos, documents, playing games, streaming videos, and often using the split-screen feature, go for Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Snapdragon 820/821. 

If you use a smartphone for light tasks, then go for MediaTek processor-based handsets.

Camera

Do not be under the influence of the belief that the smartphone camera is better if the megapixels are higher. Additionally, several specifications, such as camera aperture, ISO levels, pixel size, and autofocus, dictate the camera quality. For example, a 16MP rear or front camera may not be better than a 12MP camera.

It will help if you acquaint yourself with the significance of the number of pixels. If the pixel number is higher, it means that the image size is bigger. An image with a higher number of pixels appears sharper on a screen.

A professional photographer might want a camera with a 12 or 16MP sensor under f/2.0 or lower aperture for getting quick shots even in low light. If you are not a professional photographer, go for an 8MP 0r 12MP camera with f/2.0-f/2.2 aperture.

Battery

The battery usage depends on the way you use the smartphone. The heavier your usage is, the more powerful battery you need to choose. 

If you mostly work on apps, play games, and stream videos, then go for a smartphone with at least a 3500mAh battery. And, if you are a light user, a handset with a 3000mAh battery would be sufficient for you.

Storage

You will use your smartphone to store pictures, videos, and documents, so its storage capacity is an essential factor to consider. The operating system and the pre-installed apps take away a large portion of the storage space. So, if you find mentions of 16GB,32GB,64GB, or more, you will not get precisely that storage space.

If you keep fewer apps on your smartphone, go for 32GB storage. And go for the 64GB or 128GB variants if you keep many apps on your mobile. There are also options for you to buy a smartphone with microSD support.

Affordability

The last thing to consider is your affordability. So, before you buy a smartphone, refer to a website to compare mobile phone prices. And choose the one that you can afford. Nowadays, there is a considerable variation in mobile prices. You will come across mobiles from lower to higher price ranges. 

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