We all love our smartphones. They are like miniature computers. We get basic phone functions, along with advanced features, like internet browsing, accessing email, interacting on online social networks, listening to music, watching videos, uploading pictures, and using apps. Oh, and how much we all love that oh-so-useful-and-friendly QWERTY keypad to make texting and emailing easy. There are a number of things that you need to consider before you even think about which smartphone you want to purchase. Let’s get started.
Choose the Right OS
It all started with the Blackberry boom…and then there were some more. With BlackBerry boom dying down, most consumers swiveled towards other three dominant smartphone platforms – Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone. While iOS and Android are by far the most popular options, Windows Phone is growing slowly but steadily and seems to be locked in the third-place spot. Choosing an operating system might be the most important decision you make when it comes to actually buy your smartphone — it’s what you’ll be interacting with for hours every day.
Big-screen phones are growing on shoppers. In fact, phablets (phones with displays 5 inches or larger) now account for about a quarter of all smartphones sold. A smaller display allows for a more compact design. But if you want something bigger, you’ll want to opt for an Android or Windows Phone handset. Make sure you can use the keypad easily or use the finger swipe technology to make calls and send messages.
Don’t obsess over megapixels
Just when you thought the megapixel war was over, there’s now a handful of smartphones with 20-MP cameras or higher — and more are certainly on the way. However, the quality of both the sensor and the images is more important for bigger pixels and, therefore, sharper-looking photos.
Don’t Settle for Low Battery Life
What should matter in fact is how much juice your smartphone provides on a charge. If you care about endurance, the closer you get to 3,000 mAh (milliamp hours) — or above the better. The average phone lasts 6:46.
Splurge for the Best Device, Be Wary of Upgrade Plans
Take our advice. If you can afford to pay more up front for your smartphone to get the best possible hardware, do it. Over the course of two years, you’ll wind up paying much more for the service than the handset anyway. Carriers are making it easier to upgrade phones every year (or sooner). Check your options.