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Smartphone Buying Guide: How to pick the Right smartphone in 2021

        Smartphones have influenced our life so much that they have become an essential part of our life. Smartphones are now just as capable as bulky PCs and laptops. Smartphones can even take good photos and videos and that's why choosing a good smartphone is essential, which can do things fast and fluently, and even take occasional photos and record videos without any hiccups. 

           But, there are so many smartphones to choose from, which can go quite confusing very easily, if you are looking for a smartphone. So, we are here to help you decide the essentials that you need to look, in order to get the best product for your valuable money. 

 


Things that you must look at while buying a smartphone:         

  •         Platform 
  •         Processor         
  •         RAM
  •         Screen
  •         Size
  •         Camera 
  •         Storage
  •         Battery
  •         Connectivity

Platform: Platform is the interface that helps us interact with our smartphone. You can think of it as an environment, that we see on the screen and touch to operate our smartphone.

 

 

           Basically, there are 2 really popular smartphone platforms i.e. Android and iOS. Both of them have their own fair share of advantages and flaws. 

           If you like to customize your device then you should go for an Android. But, if you are looking for a simple yet powerful then go for an iOS device(i.e. an iPhone). However, the biggest con of an iPhone is that they are quite expensive. If budget is an issue then you should look for an android device.

           One more reason to go for an iPhone is, they are supported for 5 years of software and security updates from Apple. So, if you care about software and security updates, then there's no other phone out there besides Apple's iPhone for long term support.

I actually wrote an entire page about this topic. So, if you are interested in reading more, Click HERE.

 

Processor: Your smartphone processor, also known as chipset or SoC, is a component that controls everything going on in your smartphone and ensures it functions correctly. Think of it as the brain of the smartphone.

 

 

            Processors processes everything that we do on a smartphone, with speeds similar to blink of an eye. It does every single task so swiftly and efficiently. We never even realize that something is taking the commands for us, processing it and executing at the speed of light. So, it's important to choose a good processor. Some of the popular brands for the processor are Qualcomm Snapdragon, Apple Bionic, MediaTek Helio, and Samsung Exynos. 

            If you use your phone just for calling, texting, social media, or watching videos, then the processor won't be that much of a deal. But, if you are a power user (or even if you like to play games a lot), then you should buy a smartphone with mid-range or high-end processors from Qualcomm(In case of an Android). Mid-range processors include Snapdragon 700 series & high-end processors include Snapdragon 800 series. Snapdragon processors perform best when it comes to android smartphones.

           But, if you want to buy an iPhone and you are a power-user then you should look for a processor of A12 Bionic or higher. 

 

RAM: RAM basically means Random Access Memory. RAM is the storage which gives temporary storage access to the applications running on screen or in the background. Think of it as a blackboard. Information written on blackboard is present as long as you need it. You can erase what's written on it and rewrite something new as you desire.

 


              RAM needs to hold the data to function on the smartphone as an application. Many apps run in the background like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. They need to run in the background just to provide features like send notifications even when you aren't using your phone. 

           Well, if you use your phone for common tasks, such as browsing the web and watching videos then 3-4 GB of RAM is more than enough. But, if you are a power user and heavy multi-tasker(or even if you are a gamer), then at least 6 GB or more is recommended in my opinion.


Size: Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger every year when it comes to the size of a smartphone. However, bigger isn't always better. Big smartphones can get quite uncomfortable and annoying to handle. One-handed operation is literally impossible with devices bigger than 6 inches. In my opinion, the ideal size of a smartphone should be around 5.4 inches. 

 


Screen: A smartphone screen is an input and output device. We can give input to a smartphone via touching the screen itself. That's why the smartphone screen is usually referred to as the touchscreen. It's also an output device because it displays information in pictorial form on your screen.

Screen is basically what you look at when you press the power button. Also, you have to touch the screen, so that you can operate the smartphone.                  

          My recommendation for screen type will be for an IPS-LCD or an AMOLED Display. Both of the display panels are actually really good. However, AMOLED is superior in terms of color reproduction and brightness than the LCD. 

          Another thing to consider is screen resolution. Make sure that you buy a smartphone with Full HD(FHD), FHD+, and Quad HD(QHD) resolution. The difference b/w FHD, FHD+, and QHD isn't that great and will not gonna be a deal-breaker. So, it doesn't matter which one you pick.

  

 
 

Camera: A camera on a smartphone is a little module behind the back and front of the smartphone which provides the capability of capturing and recording photos and videos.

Smartphones these days have gotten pretty good in terms of clicking pictures. But, there are very few companies that offer a pretty decent camera at a low price point. My personal advice will be to check the camera comparison of the smartphone that you are looking for, on YouTube, especially if you are buying a smartphone on a low budget. Some people think that more megapixels and more cameras result in better photos and it isn't always the case for a smartphone.

          If you really want to buy a phone for camera oriented purpose, then companies like Google's Pixel and Apple's iPhone lineup provide the best camera you can get in a smartphone. They are the leaders in the smartphone realm in terms of camera quality.

 


Storage: Read-only memory (ROM) is a type of storage medium that permanently stores data on personal computers (PCs) and other electronic devices.

           Pretty much everything that we store on our phone eats up storage. So, its important that you pick a smartphone that has sufficient storage. Normally, 32 GB of storage is enough for a person who does normal tasks. So, in my opinion, a smartphone should have at least 32 GB of storage.

 

 

Battery:  A battery is a cell which powers up your smartphone. A battery is present inside every single phone and most smartphone now these days doesn't have the option to remove or upgrade the battery easily.  

         Smartphones these days can last easily for like 6-10 hours of continuous use. So, buy a phone with at least 4,000 mAh or beyond to ensure that you don't have to charge your phone over and over again.

 

 

Internet Connectivity(OPTIONAL): Internet Connectivity is basically how you connect your device to an internet connection. Wireless Internet Connection makes use of radio frequency bands to connect to the internet and offers a very high speed. Some of well known frequency bands are 3G, 4G, and 5G.

Well, as many of you may know that, some smartphones are coming with a feature known as "5G". I am sure that some of you have heard the term that, "5G is the future of smartphones". Yes, it is indeed true. But, 5G isn't gonna be truly implemented for like 3-4 years in a country like India. 4G is available in pretty much every smartphone at this time. 5G phones are expensive and the technology isn't even here. 

           5G capable phones does provide better speeds as compared to 4G phones even if you are using 4G LTE on your device. It could be beneficial for mobile gamers. I think you should be completely fine with 4G but it's completely up to you.


These are the things that you must know if you are planning to buy a smartphone!    

                            

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