If you’ve been reading smartphone reviews over the last few years, you might have noticed that some features on one phone outweigh others when it comes to a phone receiving a good review or not. It can be stressful purchasing a new phone, especially with prices going over the $1,000.
Fortunately, you don’t need to spend as much; all you need to know is what you should be looking for as you shop for your next smartphone.
Below is a list of what you should be paying attention to:
Like most people, you will probably be spending hours every day staring at the phone’s screen. Make sure that your purchase is bright enough outdoors and sharp enough to offer you a clear view of texts while surfing.
If you opt for a large screen phone, its resolution should not be anything less than 1920 x 1080 p. You can splurge on a sharper 2560 x 1440 Quad HD resolution phone for sharper images and texts.
At the same time, consider the phone’s screen size. Make sure that you can reach across it quickly. Take note that larger screens are great for movies, while smaller ones make it easy to handle the phone without dropping it.
IPS or AMOLED Display?
Instead of looking into the technical aspects of each display, the visual features will help you choose what type of smartphone display works best for you. While both have their advantages, each display type also comes with its disadvantages.
OLED, Super AMOLED, and AMOLED smartphones give you brighter colors, and more deep blacks as well as more viewing angles. In some cases, unfortunately, colors may appear over saturated.
On the other hand, IPS displays produce less color saturation than AMOLEDs. However, black levels are not as good, but viewing angles are excellent.
Many people would instead save money by purchasing cheaper smartphones, but they are usually shipped with little onboard storage space. Choose a phone that offers you at least 64GB storage if you will be downloading movies and music.
Plus, today’s apps are significantly bigger, and your pictures and videos will take lots of space if you are not using cloud backup. Services like Google Photos and Apple Photos allow you to send images to the cloud without storing them on your device. Also, a couple of Android smartphones have microSD card slots that you can use for boosting storage space.
Older-model or refurbished smartphones are a big temptation if you want to save a couple of bucks, but there are a few things you need to consider before purchasing such a phone.
If the phone is 2 to 3 years old on the market, the chances are high that it will stop receiving critical software updates and security patches. Moreover, the phone might be incapable of running newer version apps that require more processing and memory power.
However, if you will only be sending texts or checking e-mails, an older or refurbished smartphone will do you right.
Design and Functionality
While choosing a new smartphone, one of the biggest decision makers is personal taste regarding outward appearance and software. While some prefer rounded lines and a flowing design, others prefer a sturdy look with straight lines and sharp edges.
However, each month sees the introduction of smartphones that are increasingly looking alike due to trends and marketing campaigns. However, choose the phone’s design based on its functionality.
For instance, a trendy and stylish metal unibody looks great, but it might prevent you from using functionalities like a removable battery or microSD card. Before purchasing, make sure you check on the device’s quality to be sure that you can use it comfortably and conveniently.
Before purchasing any smartphone, make sure that you’ve read reviews or talked to people who already own the particular model you want. Obviously, you want a phone that will last a full day.
One of the biggest complaints from smartphone owners is that they have what they call “always dead” phones. If you count yourself as been among these phone owners, its time you consider purchasing a phone fitted with fast charging capabilities.
In addition, many Android phones have special chargers that can juice up the battery to half charge in a few minutes. iPhone owners should consider purchasing an iPad charger for better charging performance.
If family and friends photos are your passion, you need a phone that’s fitted with a good quality camera. Phones within the expensive range – iPhone X and Galaxy S9 – are capable of taking great photos in low light situations without the flash. In most cases, budget phones will not offer you such great pictures; so, consider paying a bit more if photos are important to you.
If possible, spend some time researching a bit more about the company behind the phone. Some safe bets include names like Samsung, Apple, and LG. A few other companies have come under fire for numerous reasons including sending of private user data to third parties.
Know When to Buy
It’s tempting to purchase a smartphone as soon as it’s released to the market; however, be patient. For starters, you will likely pay a high price, and while you will end up with a new shiny phone, your wallet will frown.
It is best if you could wait a couple of months and watch out for phones that do not sell well. Such phones will eventually drop prices by almost 50% in a couple of months.
Your Current Smartphone
If you have been using smartphones, the chances are that it’s either an Android or iPhone phone. The market is mostly (90%) served by Apple and Google operating systems, and these companies are working hard to ensure you stay with them.
If you have used a particular platform for several years, you might have purchased movies, TV shows, and music that’s inaccessible if you decide to change platforms. For instance, a diehard Apple fan with hundreds of Apple Music and iTunes movies is better off purchasing an Apple phone. If you are not tied to a particular smartphone operating system, you can always buy a phone based on the most value and innovation.