A simple guide that will help you to choose the best smartphone for you even if you are a complete beginner in using smartphones.
- The Purpose – Decide for what do you want to use your smartphone the most? Do you want to take cool photos? What about selfies? Are you going to play games or watch movies on the phone? Do you want to use a smartphone during your extreme sports activities? Make a list with the expectations of your smartphone and determine your budget.
- The Size and the Build – although this is not the most important factor when choosing a smartphone, the truth is that if the device has to be comfortable for you to work with if you want to enjoy it to the fullest. The display size usually means the length of the diagonal of the screen.
The most commonly used materials for smartphone panels are polycarbonate (plastic), aluminum and glass. We will discuss more about the pros and cons of all of them in another guide.
Except the materials used for the build of the device, you can also choose amongst different types of smartphones, such as flip-phone, slider and etc.
- The Operating system and the user interface – If you are a complete beginner in using smartphones, it is worth it to explore a little bit further the differences between the mobile operating systems. The easiest way to do that is to try different devices. Ask your friends to show you how to work with their smartphone brands or check the models in the stores and ask the shop assistants. A research on the web will also be helpful but the best way to get the feeling of which operating system is right for you is to test in real.
Android OS is developed by Google – it is the most popular operating system
iOS is developed by Apple – it powers all the Apple’s devices
Windows is developed by Microsoft
Ubuntu is Linux for smartphones
There are lots of new operating systems but those are the most popular. We will post a separate guide for tips and advice when choosing an OS. Keep in mind that even if you choose a smartphone with an OS you haven’t tried before, you will get used to it really fast.
Each brand of smartphones works with a custom user interface. Sometimes the user interface is so heavily customized that it appears like another OS. Just try different devices and brands to get the idea what you like the most.
- Display type – there different display types. The most popular is IPS LCD, but there are also AMOLED, OLED and etc. We won’t get into many details in this guide. Usually the more affordable phones sport an LCD screen while the more advanced models feature an AMOLED display. Again, look through different models and get the idea what works for you.
- Processor and RAM – The processors are the little engines that make the whole little machine work. The powerful processors naturally increase the price of the devices. The mid-ranged smartphones and the low-end devices usually work with quad-core (four) and lower processors, but that is not an ultimate rule. The most famous brands of chipsets for smartphones are of the companies MediaTek and Qualcomm Snapdragon. We will discuss further the different types of processors in another guide. According to the amount of RAM memory – the more the better.
- Storage (memory) – the amount of storage that you need in your device depends on the way you use your smartphone.
If you want to store music, apps and photos, you need a smartphone with more memory – 32GB+. Always check whether the model you are buying supports microSD cards. If you need more memory, you should opt for a handset that supports microSD cards for expansion of the storage already provided.
- Camera – well, this is a huge topic with a lot of details.
The first thing that most people look is the number of pixels of the camera sensor. But that is not always the best factor for the performance of the camera. I would recommend to opt for the cameras with the most features – LED flash (dual is even better), laser autofocus, different modes (panorama and etc) and the capability to record quality videos – 4K. There will be another guide dedicated on the smartphone cameras.
- Connectivity – this is one of the most important factors when buying a smartphone. The most common features that are must in the device are: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support (wireless connectivity), GPS (for using apps, like Maps and etc.) and LTE – a speedy mobile internet. In addition it is recommended to choose a smartphone with different slots especially if you intend to connect it to different devices, like USB v2.0, Type-C and etc.
Don’t hesitate to ask the shop assistant for every question you have about the slots. The NFC connectivity is important especially if you intend to try different methods of fast payment in stores.
- The battery – usually the listed number near the battery means the capacity of the battery – for instance 3400mAh.
If you want a device with a longer battery life, you should opt for a model with a higher number. Keep in mind that the battery life depends on many factors though, like the performance of the processor, the usage of the apps and etc.
New features that are nice to use are the Wireless charging and the Fast Charging. They make the boring daily task of recharging the device a piece of cake.
- Extras – today the smartphones are packed with extras. Almost every smartphone released in the recent years features different sensors, like a fingerprint sensor for an enhanced security of the device.
If you are looking for an extra tough smartphone opt for the rugged devices with water-resistant, dust-resistant capabilities and rugged cases.
- Where and when to buy smartphones? When you choose a few models that you like, it is worth it to check as many retailers as you can. Amazon and eBay will provide you with information not only about the prices and different deals, but also with customer reviews. It is definitely worth it to read a few customer reviews before buying. Shopping right after the big holidays seems to be one of the best times of the year for scoring a deal.
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