Buying New Phone? TIPS FOR YOU! How to choose a better smartphone?
Saturday 30 November 2013

Buying New Phone? TIPS FOR YOU! How to choose a better smartphone?

Smartphones are plenty in the market now and you must be confused which one to buy. Let me guide you a little by giving you some useful information on how to buy the best Smartphone for you. Selecting OS and the features seems to be little tough while getting a Smartphone.

A GUIDE TO SELECTING OS
There are four OS available for Smartphones now. Android, Blackberry, iOS and the Windows phone.

 

Android Android is an open source operating system that runs on the majority of new phones developed by Google. The open source feature is advantage and disadvantage on same time.  Manufacturers like Samsung and HTC often modify its design and functionality, sometimes to the detriment of usability.

 

 

Blackberry Blackberry OS is made by Canadian company Research in Motion and helped kick off the Smartphone revolution years ago, but has had difficulty keeping up lately. Most BB devices have slower hardware and lack some of the core amenities that Android and iOS offer. Their last version Blackberry 10 has tried to solve this issues. But, didn’t.

 

 

iOS iOS runs on iPhone only and Apple plans to keep it that way. The iPhone kicked off the app revolution and in its fifth year, it is still the standard upon which all other phones are measured. iPhone maintains a simple and clean design different from Android’s complete tech approach with an app/game catalog that bests all other mobile platforms.

 

 

Windows Phone or Windows 8 Microsoft is all set to hit the markets with the Windows phone after the failure of Windows Mobile. Windows Phone is the only OS to employ a new type of interface. It is based almost entirely on the Zune MP3 player. Windows Phones uses Live Tiles instead of relying on a grid of shortcuts and a notification tray, which are half app icon, half widget. Everything on your homepage can display moving information or graphics.

 

A detailed OS comparison chart can be found here
chart credit :myphonedeals.co.uk ...

FEATURES OF SMARTPHONES

 

Screen size Make sure you can hold it. A small screen is annoying, but if you buy something like a  5.3-inch Galaxy Note  because it’s hip and the kids are doing it, make sure you’re not going to tire of having a massive phone in the next two years. Trends come and go, but you have to drag this piece of technology around with you all the time. Make sure it’s something that will actually fit in your pockets. Be sure to pay attention to the resolution (you want at least 800×480 pixels for a great experience). If you can, find a phone with a 720p or 1280×720 pixel resolution. That’s top of the line. Anything with the word “Retina” in the title and manufactured by  Apple  probably won’t let you down either.

 

 

MicroSD Having a microSD slot is not required, but it is nice if you like to listen to a lot of music, podcasts, or want fill your phone up with other items. A phone with at least 8GB of internal storage is also recommended, but if you’re buying a top-notch phone, expect 16-32GB of internal Flash storage. Space is good to have.

 

 

Up-to-date OS If you’re buying an Android phone, you want one with Android 4.3 or a clear date when an upgrade will arrive; If you’re on Windows Phone, make sure it has Windows Phone 8; If you’re buying a BlackBerry, make sure it’s a BB10 device; and if you’re buying an iPhone, make sure it’s a 5S, or at least a 5. Don’t buy a 3GS.

 

 

Processor We recommend a phone with at least a dual-core processor, as it will have a longer shelf life than a phone with a single-core CPU. Quad Core processors are also getting popular in market. Single-core phones are cheaper, and some OS’s like  Windows Phone and BlackBerry don’t offer dual-core devices. Dual core and Quad Core processor will perform better than single core processors. When you use multiple OS at a time, definitely, you feel it.

 

 

Camera Take a few test shots with your phone. Compare them with the iPhone 4S. If the phone you’re choosing just can’t measure up, then that sucks because even the iPhone’s camera ain’t that great. You won’t always have a DSLR with you when something cool happens, but you will have your phone. At least have one capable of taking a good picture. Currently, HTC, Samsung , Nokia, and Apple are leading in cameras. Try to take photos with different models at the time of purchase and compare it. Extra graphic chip will make better shots, even its pixel rate is little small.

 

 

Battery life The difference between a phone with great battery life (the Droid Razr Maxx) and a phone with poor battery life (Droid Bionic) is night and day. Battery life only gets worse with time. If your phone cannot hold a charge all day when you buy it, it’s going to be much much worse in 12-24 months. If possible, get a phone with a removable battery, so you can buy a spare or swap out a defective battery. “mAh” is the usit to specify the power of batteries. Battery consumption is related on display size and other hardwares. But, we strongly recommend you to choose large copacity batteries, or atleast 1800 mAh

 

 

Bloatware Be careful of bloatware or altered features, especially if you’re buying Android. For example, on the LG Revolution last year, Verizon and LG chose to remove all of the Google services from the phone and replace them with Microsoft Bing. As much as you may like Bing, this decision hampered the usability of Android and would have made your life hell at one point or another. The cleaner your device is, the better.

 

 

4G LTE If you are on a carrier that supports 4G LTE, then make sure you get a phone that supports the feature (and gets good battery life, unlike the HTC Thunderbolt). You may not feel that LTE is important now, but remember that you won’t be getting a phone for two years. By then, everyone will be on super fast 4G networks except you. 4G is worth the jump.

 

There is a lot of other considerations, like GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth speed, NFC, Extra buttons to manage music and camera, body type, sim type(Micro sim or not), scratch resistance, warranty etc….

We all know that, the brand is a big matter when buy a smart phone. I am not writing anything about that. I recommend you to review the brand, customer care facility, maintenance service, etc…

When you made the decision about smartphone model, I strongly recommend you to read online reviews about that model…

I know I have missed many features / specifications. If you have anything to tell, Comment it please. You can comment your tips and suggesions here. It will help others.