8 Important Tips in Picking the Right Smart Phone
Shopping for a smartphone can be sometimes tricky due to the numerous components that may come along with it, different types of connectivity and further complications therein, various operating systems, and difficultly in its judging quality. It’s almost fortunate that most phone devices need to be replaced after a couple of years after being bought, — though a good smartphone purchase can last a bit longer than a bad one.
Though many of us might just opt to buy the latest iPhone or the latest flagship from some other manufacturer, that’s not always going to be the best move financially. Even if that is the route you go, there are some decisions you’ll still have to make, whether it’s deciding which device to go with or figuring out how much memory you should get with your new device. This guide should be able to offer some help in your decision.
Think about the Size
The choice of picking the right size might be obvious if peradventure you’ve owned a smartphone before, but if you’re new to them, it will be important to get out and get your hands on some devices to try them out. The larger phones will be handy for a lot of things: browsing the Web, watching videos, playing games, and being productive on the phone. This is because it can be easier to read and more can fit onto the screen.
Though Big screens do have their own drawbacks. For one, a big screen is going to have a bigger power demand than a smaller screen despite having the same specifications. Additionally, if you don’t have big hands, the big screen might not be the right choice for you, as it can require a lot of re-positioning to interact with webpages or apps.
Small-screen devices have their advantages and disadvantages, as well. Obviously they’re more portable, and they’ll be less prone to battery consumption than bigger counterparts. However, the drawback of having a device that can more easily fit into your pocket is that some things have a hard time fitting inside the device. Bigger devices can just fit more options more easily, and thus may have higher tech specs than a small phone at an equal price.
Checkout the Processor Speed
The processor is essentially the brain of a device, though there are other elements that also constitute a brain when compared to a human. As such, paying attention to what you’re getting will be important. To learn about processors in the simplest way, there are only two things you need to pay attention to: the number of cores and the clock speed.
The clock speed tells you how fast each core can process information. If you see clock speeds listed in megahertz (abbreviated MHz), you’re probably looking at an older device that won’t perform to today’s standards. Most quality cores run with speeds listed in gigahertz (abbreviated GHz). The Higher the GHz the better the processor speed of the device.
Understand memory: ROM, RAM, and internal storage
Read-Only Memory (ROM) and Random Access Memory (RAM) are both vital parts of computer devices and are also no exception in when dealing with smartphones too. Both store information. ROM stores the most important information and is generally faster than RAM, but is smaller if not including internal storage. RAM is special for storing a lot more information and will store data on programs currently running or that the device expects will be needed soon.
RAM tends to be measured in gigabytes these days for more powerful devices, and the more of it, the better the smartphone could be. It is essentially your device’s multitasking memory. Each app running on a smartphone needs a chunk of RAM, some apps— like games — require bigger chunks. The operating system itself also needs a share. If you want smooth switching between lots of applications, you’ll want more RAM space or a minimal operating system. If you won’t need to run so many apps, you can make do with less. Keep in mind that just knowing how much RAM a device has doesn’t tell you everything.
Talking about ROM in smartphones can be tricky. It’s not necessarily going to be on any spec sheet for a device, and it might be called “internal storage.” It also might not be easy to tell what speed it runs at, or if it includes multiple storage chips that run at different speeds. The operating system mostly will be stored on ROM, and other sections may allow for applications to be installed. You shouldn’t worry much about ROM if your phone has large internal storage, but if there is a little space, it might be a good move to get your hands on the device to see how much space is actually available for apps and more.
Consider external storage versus internal storage
If you already know that it’s an iPhone you want, you can ignore this section. For those looking into smartphones running different operating systems, you’ll want to think about how much storage space you want on your device and for what things you’re going to use that storage space on.
Many — but not all — smartphones offer a certain amount of internal storage while also making a slot for micro-SD cards available. This slot allows users to majorly increase the available storage space on the device without high cost. High-speed, Class 10, 32GB micro-SD cards can be had for steal compared to the cost of upgrading from a model with 8GB of internal storage to one with 32GB.
Deciding which route to go will depend on your uses. If you don’t need a ton of different apps and plan to use the space mostly for music or photos, then an SD card will do the job perfectly and be the cheaper option. Even if you do want a ton of apps but only plan to use a handful of them regularly, you can generally store apps on either internal storage or an SD card, so you might be all right storing only your most-used apps on the phone while putting the rest onto an SD card. For the fastest app usage, you’ll want to keep things on the internal storage. However, remembering that last section about ROM, the actual sizes and speeds of the internal storage can be hard to determine and may take a bit of research on individual phones.
Operating systems and apps – know what you’re getting into