9 Things To Consider Before Buying A New Smartphone
If you’re in the market for a new smartphone it’s important to consider what features matter most to you. Some of the basic features you might want to think about include battery life, screen size, storage capacity, and processor speed.
Below are 9 things to consider before buying a new smartphone;
1. Life span
How long do you want it to last before upgrading? Do you want to upgrade your phone every year? We’ve found that most people upgrade their phones after about 2 years of use, so if you can find something that will last that long, you’re set!
Just make sure the manufacturer promises upgrades for at least two years after purchase and that the apps you use are for phones running at least version 2 of the operating system.
2. Operating System
The operating system that comes pre-installed on most smartphones is Android or iOS. Because the two operating systems are so different from one another, it might be best to decide which one you prefer before buying a new smartphone. Both operating systems have their own pros and cons; while some people prefer Android, others prefer iOS.
If you are someone who likes to tinker with their smartphone and flash custom ROMs or kernels onto their device, then Android may be the right choice for you.
3. Screen size
The size of a phone’s screen is measured in inches, diagonally from corner to corner. It describes how large the screen is from left to right and from top to bottom.
Smartphones come in a variety of screen sizes, from 5 inches to 6.4 inches and more. The bigger the phone is, the better it is for media consumption and gaming. However, it won’t be as easy to use with one hand and may not fit into your pockets comfortably.
4. Battery capacity
The battery is one of the most important parts of any smartphone because it’s useless without power. Some phones offer better battery life than others, and battery life varies greatly depending on how you use the phone.
Most mid-range and flagship smartphones these days come with at least a 4,000mAh battery. This means you can expect the device to last for about a day or two on a single charge depending on how much you use it. Some phones may even deliver up to two days of battery life (like the Realme 6 Pro) but those are rare. Most smartphones require charging once every day or two.
5. Display resolution
The resolution of a touch screen display refers to how many pixels (individual points of color) it can fit onto the screen, measured horizontally and vertically in pixels. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image will be that can be displayed on the screen. The most common resolutions are 1920 x 1080 (1080p), 1280 x 720 (720p), 2560 x 1440 (1440p), 3200 x 1800 (1800p) and 3840 x 2160
6. Storage capacity
If you plan on loading your phone up with apps, music and videos, you’ll want to make sure that you get a phone with enough storage capacity to accommodate all of those files. Many Android smartphones allow users to add extra storage via microSD cards, but iPhones don’t come with expandable storage of any kind.
7. Camera quality
Consider camera type. The best smartphone camera will capture high-quality images which means you will be able to take quality photographs and record the best videos.
8. Processor speed
Processor speed is measured in gigahertz (GHz). The higher the GHz, the faster a processor can complete tasks. For example, a smartphone with 2GHz will be able to perform calculations twice as fast as a 1GHz smartphone.
9. Manufacturer Support
If you plan on keeping your phone for more than a couple of years, then it’s important that you buy a device from a manufacturer that will still provide software updates and security patches after the first couple of years of use. Some manufacturers do this better than others; Samsung has recently.
Hopefully, this post has shown you some of the important factors to consider when buying a new smartphone.
From the type of phone you want to the features you need, to the technology that’s available now and will be available in the future.