Smartphones have become central to our daily lives, from waking us up in the morning to telling us our schedule, to the forecast, instant news, communicating and even entertainment, among many other uses. These days phones are no longer only confined to making calls. So when we set out to buy one, we find ourselves swamped in options. Phones of all kinds are flooding the market with their numerous features.
So how do we decide which smartphone to go for? We have asked the experts to share some essential tips on which specifications to consider when buying a smartphone;
“Cell phone providers are nearly as perplexing as the phones they sell. They each have their own set of plans, partner with different phone manufacturers, and offer varying degrees of service and coverage. You must also select if you want to pay as you go for your smartphone or be trapped into a contract. A contract can save you money, but it also means you'll be stuck with the same cell phone operator for years. You're stuck if you choose the wrong business or plan and sign a contract.”
Naomi Stone, Development Manager at Room Service 360
“When considering how much to spend on a smartphone, there are two factors to consider: the phone's price and the plan's pricing. The phone's cost is a one-time expense. Cell phone providers also frequently run deals and discounts, so the phone you desire may be less expensive than you think. In some circumstances, the phone is free if you sign up for a specific plan. Make sure the price of the phone you want is within your budget before you buy it.”
Amber Morland, CEO & Founder of WinCope
“For many people, choosing the correct smartphone boils down to selecting the appropriate operating system. The operating system of a smartphone is the platform on which it runs numerous programs. While they may all link you to the Internet, e-mail, phone conversations, and messages, each have its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Apple's iOS, which runs iPhones, Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows Mobile, and Research in Motion's Blackberry OS are four of the most popular smartphone operating systems today.”
Adam Fard, Founder & Head Of Design Adam Fard' UX Agency
“For starters, the most important thing to consider is not only your budget but your requirements. What exactly do you want out of your new smartphone? Do you want to take pictures? Maybe play games? The right smartphone for you is the one that is good at all of the things you need from it.
“Here’s a fun way to think of it. According to most people, there are five key aspects to a smartphone—the screen, the specs, the software, the camera, and of course, the price. Imagine a pentagon made of play-dough, with these five aspects at each corner. These five corners can stretch outward to determine how good each aspect is. But, if you stretch one corner too much, the other corners don't get to stretch as much. That’s essentially the balancing act I’m talking about.
“Each specialty is often a trade-off. If you go for a gaming-heavy smartphone, you usually miss out on the camera department. If you choose a high fidelity or high refresh rate screen, you often lose out on battery life.
“Of course, some smartphones are knowers of all and masters of none. And there are certainly cases where those are the best choice for you. But in the end, the gist of my tip is to know yourself. Know what you want out of your device, and search accordingly. The perfect smartphone is out there waiting for you. All you have to do is find it.”
Edward Eugen, Tech and Gadget Reviewer 10Beasts
“Last year's flagship features always make their way down to this year's mid-range devices. For a fraction of the price of a premium phone, you can have a wonderful phone that does practically everything a premium phone can do.”
Becky Ronalds, Owner at Ranking Mom
“In my opinion, you should check the processor of your smartphone. The Processor is the mobile phone's brain. This is the part of the system that receives and executes instructions from the operating system and programs. The Processor is in charge of the calculations that the smartphone performs; therefore, the more powerful it is, the better the phone's performance.
“Users who want a device that can handle more demanding applications, such as video editors and games with realistic visuals, should go for a device with a powerful chip. They also get better with age. An intermediate processor is usually enough for those who do not require a lot of computational capacity to surf the Internet, use social networking applications, and utilize messengers without crashing or lagging.
“There are two significant variables to consider when evaluating processors for mobile phones: the number of cores (quad-core for four cores, Hexa-core for six, and octa-core for eight) and the speeds, measured in GHz. The more cores a processor has, the more instructions it can execute at once. The faster the processor, the more of these instructions each core can process in a given amount of time.”
Michael Robinson, Security Expert of Cheap SSL Security
“The amount of memory space used by the device for basic functions is referred to as RAM. It is used to store files and data temporarily so that the system can start applications more quickly. This specification influences the user's perception of the device's responsiveness to instructions, as well as the quality of the user experience while multiple apps are open in the background.
“Assume you have several apps open on your smartphone. This memory stores the state in which you left the programs and occupies a piece of the RAM to allow the apps to resume where you left off previously. The smartphone would not be able to complete this work without RAM, and users would have to reload everything from the start every time they wished to use a specific app.
“More costly phones today have RAM in the 8 GB or even 12 GB range, but less-priced phones can have half that or even less. In the case of Apple, it's worth noting that the corporation doesn't publicly disclose the RAM capacity of its iPhones. Developers and technicians who disassemble the gadgets frequently reveal the numbers informally.”
Ryan Dalal, CEO & Founder of Merge PDF