How to Buy the Right Smartphone

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By 2018-01-07

By Shafiya Nawzer

Smart phones are the most widely used devices. One can use it to multi task and complete any activity at the tap of a finger. It has a touch screen interface, Internet access, and an operating system capable of running downloaded apps. Comprised with features such as: camera, telephone calls, internet, banking and mp3 players, they usually fit right into your palm. As crucial part of a person's life today, it is connected to almost every activity. Here is a guide to help you choose the right Smartphone!

Design
A smartphone's size and design varies as per each person's needs and how one uses his/her phone. The younger generations appear to be attracted to very thin, vibrant color phones that look eye catchy and attractive. For people who often stream videos, edit photos or videos, or download and view movies, a smartphone display ranging from 5.5 inch to 6 inches, full-HD or QHD resolution should be good. If you are a regular user and largely use the smartphone for checking emails, chatting and browsing social media apps, then anything from 5 inch to 5.5 inches with HD or full-HD display is perfect for you.

Screens such as the Samsung Galaxy line and iPhone X, tend to offer richer hues than handsets with LCD screens, as well as deeper black levels and wider viewing angles. If you want even more colours on your screen, look for a model that supports HDR. This technology also enables superior contrast in movies and TV shows. A phone's resolution, full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) is the bare minimum; most high-end phones these days offer quad-HD resolution, or 2560 x 1440 pixels. For durability, make sure your phone is water resistant, and classified as "IP67" which means the phone is able to survive 3 feet under water for 30 minutes.

Camera
We live in an era where the camera quality appears to be the most vital thing when buying a phone. A good picture and video is not just determined by your phone's resolution but with the camera quality to capture low light images, speed of image captured, front camera quality, both side flashes, auto focus and zoom pictures.

Since most of us use our phones as cameras we tend to want the perfect image and selfie. The iphone 8 plus and iphone X has dual cameras offering 2x optical zoom and portrait mood to blur the background. Also the iphone X introduced an exclusive TrueDepth camera on the front that enables portraits. For better camera quality specifications such as aperture, ISO levels, pixel size, auto focus, and more are essential.

Battery Life
Most phone users had the problem of their battery life having a short life span as they cannot survive a day without charging. It's important to note that increased usage and larger screens will use up more power than average. The battery usage differs from user to user depending on the way he/she uses the phone. If you are a heavy user and work on apps, play games, stream videos and more then go for a smart phone with at least 3500mAh battery or above. If you are an average or light user, a handset with 3000mAh battery would be good enough to run for a full day. Many factors including the screen size, processor and operating system, determine how long a phone lasts on a charge.

Wireless Charging
With Apple finally embracing wireless charging with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, a lot more attention is being paid to the feature. The idea is to place your device on a compatible wireless charging mat. Qi wireless chargers are the predominant standard, and they will work with the latest iPhones, Galaxy phones and other handsets that support wireless charging.

Storage
Phones with 16GB are a rip-off, even if they are budget models. Opt for 32GB if you can to store more games, photos and video. 64GB is the new standard for flagship phones. A microSD card slot is nice to have for expanding storage, but it's only available on certain Android phones only. A 32GB/64GB/128GB/ 256GB or more don't really come with exact mentioned space. Users who like to keep a large number of apps can go for 64GB or 128GB variants.
The latest phones such as the iphone 8 and X come with 256GB storage capacity. Mobiles with memory card slots have the option of expanded memory to store photos, videos and music. A microSD card can help expand your storage. Available on many Android phones, opting for as much internal storage as possible is highly recommended.

Fingerprint vs Facial
Recognition Security
A fingerprint sensor makes it fairly easy to unlock your phone without having to enter a password or PIN. For instance, LG places its sensor in the middle on the back of its phones, while Samsung's sensor is awkwardly located next to the camera on the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8.

The iPhone's Touch ID lets you buy items in the App Store and real-world goods via Apple Pay, while fingerprint sensors in Samsung phones can be used with the Samsung Pay service or Android Pay.

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