Do you wonder what to check before buying a smartphone? There are certain factors which you should always consider. In this article, we are explaining what to look for when buying a smartphone. These are the necessary criteria for buying a smartphone that you can find in expensive models and in the best phones under 10000 also. Check them out!
- Processor and RAM
A processor is the backbone of your smartphone’s functioning. It is the AI that makes your phone smart. Snapdragon, Kirin 990, and Apple A 13 Bionic are some of the popular processors. RAM stores the memory of ongoing tasks in your phone. It ensures smooth multitasking with different apps on your phone. If you are a heavy user, go for at least 6-8 GB RAM; otherwise, 3-4 GB will be enough for you.
- Operating System (OS)
A smartphone buying guide can’t be complete without including this most basic but most vital smartphone feature. As the name suggests, an operating system helps you operate your phone. There are two leading players in the OS world – Android and iOS. There is a separate fan base for both these interfaces. Which OS you prefer entirely depends on your comfort level. It should be simple and straightforward with minimum complications.
The essential requirement of any smartphone battery is 6 hours of screen time once fully charged. If you go further with your budget, you can get 8-10 hours of screen time in one charge. You need to assess your usage to decide on how much battery power you need. An average user needs anywhere between 3500-5000 mAh of battery. Also, check if the charger provided with the phone is a fast charger or not. A battery-saving mode in your smartphone also helps in emergencies.
The storage of smartphones starts with 64 GB. But it is hardly sufficient to maintain apps, photos, and videos on your phone. So it would help to opt for higher range or flagship models with 128 GB of storage. Some companies even offer 512 GB storage capacity. You can decide your requirement based on the extent of your usage. Also, check the expandable memory provided by the smartphone. Sufficient storage is a necessary criterion for buying a smartphone.
Smartphones are increasing the size of their display left, right and, center. It has reached up to 9 inches. And there are various types of resolutions offered by smartphones these days – full HD, Full HD+, OLED, AMOLED, etc. Choose a more prominent display with the latest resolution if you indulge in games and media on your phone. Or else go for the average size and display quality. Also, check for gorilla 5 or 6 protection on your phone screen.
- Camera Quality
It’s not about MP anymore. Instead, camera quality is judged by various modern additions to smartphones. Wide-angle shooter, macro lens, portrait lens, color filter lens, etc., are the features to look for in a smartphone camera. If you are an avid photographer, you shouldn’t miss checking these camera features before buying a smartphone.
- Durability of Handset
The build quality of any handset decides its durability. Smartphones are mainly manufactured in either plastic or metal. Both the materials are durable. But plastic, being more flexible, causes less damage when your phone falls or gets damaged due to any impact. Although rare, some handsets come with glass-coated panels as well. But you need to handle them with care.
Here are some add-on features that can’t be classified as basic. But these can surely improve your smartphone experience.
- Wireless Charging
A wireless charger is wonderfully convenient. You can charge your phone anywhere without looking out for a socket.
- Security Features
You can find security features like fingerprint unlock in budget phones also. But you all keep sensitive and personal data on your phone. Thus, you must also look for extra security features like face unlock and iris scanner when buying a smartphone.
- IP Rating
IP rating indicates how easily dust and water can penetrate your phone. Check it before buying your next smartphone to know how carefully you need to handle your phone.
- Dual SIM
You can easily get this feature in smartphones. Most smartphone companies in India include dual SIM facility in their handsets.
- 5G Enabled
Should you prioritize 5G? Yes, if you want to make your mobile phone future-proof. But it is not a necessary criterion for buying a smartphone. The reason being you can’t expect instant 5g speed in your phones. 5G is a new technology that is in its development stage.
Author Bio: Shiv Nanda is a financial analyst who currently lives in Bangalore (refusing to acknowledge the name change) and works with MoneyTap, India’s first app-based credit-line. Shiv is a true finance geek, and his friends love that. They always rely on him for advice on their investment choices, budgeting skills, personal financial matters and when they want to get a loan. He has made it his life’s mission to help and educate people on various financial topics, so email him your questions at [email protected]