Have you been thinking of buying a new smartphone? It’s important that you know what you want to get from your new device. That makes it easier to narrow down and thin out the field of contenders.
Come along with me as we consider a few pointers on our way to buying a new smartphone.
Which phone is the best?
Would you go with Android?
If you’re considering getting an Android phone, get one that runs on Android 8.0 Oreo or higher, or one that can be upgraded to 8.0 Oreo.
Here’s why: This current OS will get you the most recent features which include autofill in Chrome, and the ability to shrink a video to a small thumbnail in order for you to navigate around while doing other things.
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While last year’s Android 7.0 Nougat is still going strong, do well not to go for anything with an older version if you don’t want to lose out on speed and other wonderful features.
Or you’re more iPhone inclined?
Older iPhones, though cheaper, stand the risk of losing out on newer hardware-based features in future phones.
iOS updates are timely for almost every phone, with iPhones being able to sync better with other Apple products, like the Mac.
Things to keep in mind
High image quality is not necessarily dependant on how high the megapixels are. Depending on the amount of light a camera lets in and the software processing the pics, a 12-megapixel camera may end up taking better photos than a 16-megapixel camera.
Unless your aim is to get a budget phone, 8-megapixel rear cameras do not get served with flagship or high-end phones anymore.
Two rear cameras on a phone mean that the second camera is there to create a bokeh (or optional depth aka background blur) effect, telephoto, a wide-angle option or provide more image detail.
Battery life and performance
Always do well to get a 3000mAh battery or above. Those are the ones that can last a decent amount of time.
Since most phones need to be charged at least once a day, get you an extra charger for your workplace, and if you so desire, a power bank.
Unless you’re only going to make phone calls and use messaging apps like WhatsApp, choosing anything below 3GB of RAM when buying a new smartphone would be an injustice perpetrated against yourself.
Higher RAM ensures that your apps load faster and run smoothly. Also, browsers such as Google’s Chrome do consume a considerable amount of RAM so do well to be properly covered on that side as well.
Screen size is important.
If you’re in for a large screen, look for a minimum screen resolution of 1080p.
For devices with a screen size of 5.5-inch and larger, 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution is even better.
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