Seven things you must check before buying a new phone

The moment you took the decision to buy a smartphone, you should consider some of the basics to purchase a good phone. The following seven things will help you to make a better decision before you buy a new phone.

Operating system

Android Phones gives you more choices while the iPhone are easy to use. Choose iPhone If you want something that’s easy to use and gets both the New apps as it releases, and the software updates. Android is better if you want more hardware choices and more affordable options with extreme customization options.

Price

Don’t pay more than you need to for a phone. Decide what are the requirement. While the iPhone 8, Galaxy S8 and premium Android phones start at around $700 and cost upward of $1,000, there are great cheap phone options below $500 and even some solid choices for less than $300.

Screen

Buy a phone with a screen smaller than 5.5 inches if one-hand use is important to you or if you have smaller hands. Get a bigger-screen phone if you like to watch a lot of videos, play games or want to take advantage of the multi window mode in Android. For a phone’s display, color quality and brightness matter more than resolution. A 4K screen on a phone is nice to have but kind of overkill. Pay more attention to how bright the display is, so it will be easy to see outdoors, and how colorful the panel is ( AMOLED panels are better than LCD in this regard).

Camera

Along with battery life, the camera has become the most important smartphone feature. Pay attention to specs such as aperture (lower numbers are better) and special features such as dual lenses and optical image stabilization. Ignore the megapixels.

Processor

The processor matters less than it used to. Even mid range phones now offer good-enough performance for most users. But if you want the most power for games and augmented reality, buy an Android phone with a Snapdragon 835 processor or higher. The A11 Bionic processor in the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X is the fastest mobile chip yet.

Battery

Don’t settle for a smartphone that lasts less than 10 hours on charge. Even budget phones now boast long-lasting batteries.

Storage

Get at least 32GB of storage. 64GB is the new standard for flagship phones.  A microSD card slot is nice to have for expanding storage, but it’s only available on certain Android phones and in all the iPhone.

 

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