5 things you should know before buying a Smartphone

buying a smartphone

Smartphone is the single most personal possession of a person in this modern era.  It contains everything from your bank account numbers to your very personal photos. Also, due to its vast utility, it is kept in reach all the time. So if a device will be in your constant usage, it is important that it you know what to buy.  Its not easy to decide which phone to buy esp. if you know nothing about smartphones. To make your decision easier, we have developed these 5 points that will help you make the Right Choice!

1. Smartphone Operating Systems
Apple ios Windows Blackberry

What is an Operating System? The answer is simple. It is the interface of the phone which you control using your fingers. There are several types of Operating Systems available in Smartphones but the top Four are

- Android

- iOS

- Windows Phone

- BlackBerry

a) Android - Made by Google, Android is the most popular and widely used Operating System available in smartphones. Featuring in devices of famous companies like Samsung, LG, Motorola and HTC, Android rules them all. You Want to Know Why? Because of its Flexibility. You can install any kind of Software in it, change its appearance and customize in every way possible. It also allows support to other Gadgets like Wearables and Fitness Trackers making it an Ideal Candidate as your smartphone's Operating System.

b) iOS - It is the operating System found in Apple devices i.e. iPhones and iPads. It is a dominant smartphone OS only after Android. It is liked by many for its smooth usage and various in built features. One of its most famous features is Siri, a voice activated assistant for you to boss around. 

c) Windows Phone - This operating system is the product of Microsoft and is currently the OS of Microsoft Lumia (previously Nokia Lumia) Devices. Though not in league with Android or iOS, Windows Phone is currently a growing platform

d) BlackBerry - This is the proprietary operating system of BlackBerry devices. Despite its downward Spiral, BlackBerry OS is still used by many esp. people who prefer Security over features. 

2. Screen Size & Terminologies

Size of smartphone screen

Screen of a smartphone is of immense importance. Not only is it the only way to communicate with your smartphone, it also adds to the design of your device.  so you should know everything there is to know about it. 

- Size

- Resolution

- Touchscreen Technologies

a) Size - Several Sizes of Smartphone Screens [Image Above] are available nowadays. The size of the screen determines the size of your phone. Bigger the screen, bigger the phone. Most of the high-end devices now come in sizes of 5" and above. Despite the trend of increasing Screen size, lots of smartphone buyers prefer to buy a phone with 4.7" Screen because it is easy to hold and use with one hand. Following Image better shows your thumb reach over different Screen sizes

best smartphone screen size

b) Resolutions - Resolutions is an important specification of not just smartphones, but every screen including TVs and Monitors. It is represented either using two no. (e.g. 1920 x 1080) or with a single no. with a 'p' (e.g. 1080p). It determines how many pixels your screen has. A phone with 1080p resolutions has a 'Full HD Display; while resolutions above it are called QHD. You don't need to get into the details of Resolutions. Just Remember, Higher Resolution, better the Screen!
c) Touchscreen Technologies - Many smartphone company use their own screen technology in their devices while others have vendors for them. You should know the screen technologies that are common in smartphones and a popular phone which boasts it

  • Retina Display - Apple iPhone 6
  • HD Super AMOLED - Samsung Galaxy S6 
  • IPS - Apple iPhone 5
  • Super LCD - HTC One M9 
  • Pure Motion HD+ - Nokia Lumia 920

3. Under the Hood (Specifications)
smartphones specifications

On the inside, a smartphone is like a Laptop.A Processor, RAM, Storage and Battery, all is very similar to the computers we carry around daily. Here are a few 'Under the Hood' things that you need to know about a smartphone.

- Processor
- Ram
- Internal Storage
- Battery Size
- Camera Rating

a) Processor - Every Smartphone has a Processor and there are two parts to its specification. First is the no. of Cores and Second is its speed. e.g. HTC One M8 has a Quadcore 2.3 GHz. Processor. Which means it has 4 cores and 2.3 GHz. Speed. A quad-core Phone with 1.5 GHz. speed is good just about enough to handle all kinds of Apps. Most Android and Windows Phone have Snapdragon processors made by Qualcomm. Samsung and Apple have their own Propriety design processors. Keep it simple! Higher the Numbers, faster the Phone is.  

b) RAM (GB) - Another feature of the device which is important for its smooth function esp. Multitasking. RAM is usually measure in GB. e.g. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has 3 GB of RAM. Again, Higher the No. of GBs, smoother the phone is.

c) Internal Storage (GB) - This is a very important feature of the phone. Measured in GB, it determines how much data you can store in your phone. Although many phones offer external storage capabilities, all the apps are stored in Internal Storage which means larger the Internal Storage, more apps can you Install.

d) Battery Size (mAh.) - Smartphones are notorious for their low battery life. On Full usage, they barely last a day. Therefore, you should know how much battery your future phone should have. Measured in mAh., battery of above 3000 mAh. means a your phone will easily last a day. Higher the mAh, better the battery  

e) Camera Rating (MegaPixels) - Camera quality is measure by its Megapixels (MP). Higher the MP, better the Camera. A 13 MP Camera captures images with more details than a 8 MP Camera but there are other factors at play as well. Currently the best Cameras in the smartphones are of Apple, Samsung and Sony.

4. Network Capability

Cellular Networks run on various bandwidths and not all phones support all Bandwidths. Before buying a phone, you should know which kind of bandwidth it supports. These are the current bandwidths used by cellular companies

- 3G

- 4G LTE

The main difference between them is internet speed. LTE offers the faster Mobile Data Speed. Most modern day phones come with LTE Support. If you are buying a phone from a Carrier, make sure you ask them if they have 4G LTE in their bandwidth and does the phone you are buying support it or not. 

5. Best Phones Right Now

Best Smartphones 2015

You should know top 10 phones currently available. Even if you dont have the budget to a buy a device, you can compare the phone in your budget with these high-end state-of-the-art tech phones and compare its features.

  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Apple iPhone 6
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • One Plus One
  • Motorola Droid Turbo
  • LG G3
  • HTC One M9
  • Google Nexus 6
  • Sony Xperia Z3

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  1. really nice post..thanks mate for this info..

    1. You are most welcome bro :)
      With the current prices of smartphones, it is very necessary to do some research before buying one.


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