The SmartPhone Buying Guide

Smartphones have transformed over the past two decades and they have become an integral part of our lives. They have a wide spectrum of applications; some of them being making calls, clicking pictures, accessing the internet, playing games and the list goes on and on.

Nowadays, we can buy smartphones for as low as INR 5000 and as high as INR 1,00,000 +. India being the second-largest market for smartphones in the world offers a wide range of choices for smartphone users. But then with this sheer number of choices, it often becomes difficult for us to chose which smartphone to pick and almost becomes an exercise involving spending hours on the internet to figure out the features and decide one.

Here’s a list of some essential things you should consider before buying a new smartphone.

BUILD QUALITY

The very first thing which is taken into consideration while buying a smartphone is the build quality. The build quality of a material defines its durability. So better the build quality of the smartphone, the more durable it would be. There are mainly two categorizations in the smartphone industry based on the build quality – metal and plastic.

Nowadays, some phone manufacturers are using glass coverings, but these are very rare. The ones with the metal body are the sturdiest as they can survive a drop from 2-3 feet whereas the survival of the other two body types is limited.

DISPLAY

Display type and quality are yet another important factor when it comes to smartphones. The media experience depends solely on the display quality. Better the display quality, richer the media experience. There are mainly two types of display technology – LCD and AMOLED. The main difference between them being the projection of light. LCD screens are said to offer brighter and better display in direct sunlight whereas the AMOLED display provides sharper contrast and more saturated colors.

CAMERA

In this picture and video-loving world, camera quality is one of the most important aspects of any phone. But most people just focus on the number of megapixels which is not the right criteria to judge a camera. Just having a higher number of megapixels does not ensure a better camera quality. The overall camera quality depends on several other factors apart from megapixels like ISO, aperture, etc. The other features to look out for are the number of Cameras, Aperture Size, hybrid autofocus, optical stabilization, manual modes, special effects, unique selfie feature, and many more. 

PROCESSOR

This is the hub of the device on which the overall performance of a phone like its clock speed, refresh-rate, etc depends. It acts as the brain of a device and is responsible for controlling every function and action call. The processing speed is mentioned in terms of GHz (Giga Hertz). The higher the GHz, the faster would be the processor and thus the overall performance of the phone would also be faster.

BATTERY

It is one of the most important features to consider when deciding on a new phone. We cannot keep our phones connected to the charger or power bank throughout the day. So, it becomes really important to keep the battery capacity in consideration. The battery capacity is denoted in milliampere-hour (mAh) which is the amount of electrical charge a particular battery will hold.

INTERNAL STORAGE

It is the amount of space that is available in your device by default i.e, without any external attachments. The ideal storage space for a smartphone varies depending on the user. Some people prefer to keep lots of data and applications while others don’t. Hence they should accordingly choose the device whose Internal Storage suits their need the best. Although one can always expand the device storage via MicroSD cards.

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