Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Some important things to consider before buying a smartphone

The smartphone has become one of the crucial parts of our life. There are many options available in the market when it comes to buying a new smartphone. Hence, it becomes quite essential to know what's right for you. Today we talk about some important aspects of a smartphone, which people usually ignore. So, go ahead and make yourself ready for making a great decision.

1. Choose the best OS for you

Before buying a smartphone, it is essential to decide which OS fits best for you. There is a lot of debate between Android and Windows OS. Each OS is best for its purpose. Get the iPhone if you want the best security and hottest apps. Windows OS is good if you want a neat and quick user interface. It is both, comfortable to use and well built. Android is also a good option if you want to access the vast library of apps.

IMO, iOS is the best as long as you are willing to pay for its premium yet expensive services. For people with thin pockets, decide between Android and Windows OS. Windows OS suits best for official work, but it'll also not disappoint you for entertainment purpose. Smartphones running on Windows OS have better battery backup as compared to smartphones that are running Android OS.

2. Think twice before buying a bigger smartphone

It is a very obvious decision to go for a smartphone with large screen size. Large screen size serves you best when it comes to watching movies, browsing the web and playing games. But, things may get worse when it comes to handling those beasts. You need both hands to operate a phablet, and it hardly fits in your pocket. The sweet spot for screen size lies between 4.5-5.4 inches. So, think twice before shifting to a phablet otherwise you'll regret it later.

3. Phone resolution doesn't matter

I often see people blindly falling for higher screen resolution despite the low screen size of their smartphone. Higher resolution unquestionably makes text and images crispier, but it is overkill for a small sized screen. You need a bigger screen size to fill those extra pixels. Pixel density(PPI) also plays an important role when it comes to image quality and overall detail. Two smartphones with same resolution may have different pixel density. Higher the PPI is, better will be the picture quality. It is recommended to go with a smartphone that has 300+ PPI density.

4. Never overlook GPU

People often ignore GPU when buying a smartphone instead they are more focused on CPU cores. A smartphone with a weak GPU struggles to play HD videos and even mid-end games even if it powers an octa-core processor. A high-end GPU can counterbalance the performance of your smartphone if it has a weak CPU, but a high-end CPU can't counterbalance the performance of your phone, which has a low-end GPU. Also, you may judge the performance of a smartphone by knowing about its GPU. Yes, a GPU is that important.

If you are curious about knowing which GPU is best, then check this list from Futuremark- Best smartphone GPUs/chipsets/CPU.

5. Don't compromise with low battery backup

Sometimes we compromise with battery size (mAh) for a smartphone which offers a great hardware at a low price point. Believe it or not, people who do such kind of mistake, often regret later. Though there are power banks available in the market to tackle this issue, you will still regret your decision later. Always go for at least 2100+ mAh battery, though, it is recommended to go for a 3000+ mAh battery for an overall great experience.

6. Always research about actual RAM what is the exact meaning behind this? Total RAM and available free RAM are two different things. The later one is crucial in deciding the performance of a phone. A majority of people fall for total RAM instead of available free RAM. Available free RAM depends on the bloatware i.e. applications which come pre-installed with a smartphone. According to this fact, two smartphones with the same amount of total RAM may differ in performance. It is because one has more available RAM than that of another. So, it is an excellent idea to research about available RAM instead of blindly believing on total RAM.

7. Real world performance differs from the one on paper

Every smartphone company claims to provide powerful hardware at a low price tag, but they don't perform accordingly in the real world. That's where the catch is. If you ever thought of buying a smartphone by looking at its spec, then you are doing it wrong. Many factors affect the performance of a smartphone. Hence, it'll not surprise me if two smartphones with the same spec differ in performance. Taking a look at benchmarks before buying a smartphone is always a smart idea.

So, these are 7 most important things to consider before the purchase of a smartphone. I hope it'll help you in making a right decision.

Feel free to give your suggestions about anything that should be added to this post.

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