How to Select Best Smartphone to Buy?

HitBerryPublished on   19 Apr, 2016Updated on   26 May, 2021

Which phone do you use? Is it iPhone or Samsung? These two phone brand has almost hauled down all other smartphone companies and is now competing in the market. Surely you will buy one of them. But, there are still few more things to consider before buying the phone.
The phones you are trying to buy should fit your preferences. Buying phone with necessary features is important. Why pay more for the phones with a better camera but no performance? Below is the list of checklist you need to follow before buying a phone.

Essentials before Buying Phone

1.    Don’t be Penny Pincher
You inevitably hang out with your new phone when bought, so purchase the phone which you like. Don’t be a penny pincher; even if it costs you more, the features you’d get will be enough to satisfy you.
2.    Features you require
If you know what features you need for your new phone, you can evade paying more for unnecessary features. Of course, a modular phone would be better – adding features you like, but should wait!
3.    Design Preference
The design of the phone is the only thing that matters when it comes to building relation. The relationship stands for the comfort, build quality and the sleek design.

Types of Smartphones

•    Gaming Phone
•    Multi-Tasking Phone
•    Phone with High Storage
•    Phone with high battery backup
•    Phone with Best Camera

Things to Consider Before Buying Phone

Here is the checklist you should follow before buying a smartphone.

1.    Price of the Phone

It’s true that the phones with high monetary value have a better specification than of budgetary phones, but you get better features for the price you pay. The recent launch of phones changed the way it was. Now, you can get better-featured phones less in price than expected.
•    High Price Phones
?    Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
?    Apple iPhone 6s+
?    Sony Xperia X
•    Budget Phones
?    Huawei Honor 5c
?    Moto X Pure Edition
?    Xiaomi Redmi Series

2.    Operating System Used

Android OS used

  • Android Operating System

Android has been dominant in the mobile world for a better reason. You get a better choice in using, installing and other. People widely use Android as it provides better capabilities than IOS or windows.
With the latest Android N and most of the devices updated to Marshmallow; Android offers voice assistant, Google Pay and optimised battery life. But, Android is slower in updates than IOS and Windows.

  • Windows Operating System

Windows Operating System was not the very best OS chosen till the Win 10 came as kick-starter. The new Win 10 features more area of developing apps and wide varieties of the system.
Win 10 unlocked the new area of app support which is quite good. But still, the capacity is lagging, as its competitor is Android.

  • IOS

IOS is the system designed solely by Apple Inc. for its devices like iPod, iPhone and iPad. IOS 10 Beta was released a couple of weeks ago with more features added like Siri and iMessages.
IOS updates are regularly provided to every phone. Not for the older version, but to some extent, they too get updates.

3.    Display Quality and Size

  • Display Size

The screen size matters according to your preferences. Some might like big sized screen and some might like small, easy-fit phones.

Screen size and display
I.    Small Sized Display [3.5 to 4-inches]
This type of phone is suitable for those who love to use latest but easy fit phones. This kind of phone is usable for daily tasks.
II.    Medium-Sized Display [4 to 5-inches]
Most of the phones with better features fall under this category. This type of phone is best for utilities and multi-tasking.
III.    Large Sized Display [5 to 6-inches]
The trend of phablets falls under this category. The phones with this size are better for gaming, watching HD movies and multitasking.

  • Display Quality

Before buying a phone, you must compare display quality and its features. The display quality differs according to DPI [Density per Inch], screen resolution [qHD, HD, FHD, Quad HD] and contrast ratio.

4.    Design

  • Build Quality

First, check whether the phone you are trying to buy has a better quality of material used. Most of the cheap smartphone use hard plastic, and new phones are with a metal body.
You can choose among the phones with either uni-body or dual body. The uni-body phones do not allow you to view back panel, while dual body phones have that feature.

Phone design

  • Shape of Phone

The form of the phone comes into mind when you complete viewing the build quality. The form of the phone might be curved, sleek, slim or bold. Not only that, phone’ shape differ from screen size to design.

5.    Performance

  • RAM

The more RAM in your device, the more multi-tasking you can do. The highest RAM till now is 6 GB introduced by One Plus 3. The RAM enables you to do more out of your phone. The phones with 512 MB and 1 GB RAM are now outdated.
The standard phone would have 2 GB RAM, mid-level phones with 4 GB RAM and high-end phone with 6 GB RAM. The iPhone 6s+ do have 2 GB RAM, but the performance is equal to 6 GB RAM on Android.

  • Internal Storage

The internal storage of 4 GB and 8 GB won’t give you more features. They will have partitioned storage which has lower app installing memory.
The phone with at least of 16 GB of ROM is recommendable. You will find more of 32 GB, 64 GB or even 128 GB phone. Not just the internal storage, check whether the phone supports memory expansion or not.

  • Camera

The camera is more important than of processor, design and display. People love capturing moments, especially taking selfies. Thus, you must be able to choose a right phone with better rear and front pixels.

Camera Quality
The phone we see now in the market come at least with 13 MP camera; with little add-ons and fast shooting capacity. Thus, the phone with 13 MP or higher rear camera is recommended. Similarly, the phone with a minimum of 5 MP FF camera is recommended.
Apart from that, dual LED flash in rear and front facing flash has become a trend. So, find the phone with these additional features.

  • Processor

The heart of any phone is a processor. The good processor transforms into better multitasking, gaming experience, photos/videos editing and faster application switching.
Do not see the clocked speed of the processor while buying a phone as most of the phone clocked around 2 GHz or more comes with Dual Core. What you need to see is the chipset used. Go for Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset than MediaTek chipset as they are far more ahead than any other. You may also try phones with Helio x10 by MediaTek as they are surely Deca-Core processor.

  • Battery Backup

When you considered all design, form factor, camera and processor, find out how long the phone last on a single charge. Most of the phones come with 2500 mAh to 4100 mAh battery, which lasts not more than 1-2 days at max.
The old 2500 mAh battery won’t be enough for you, so the battery capacity with more than 3500 mAh is recommended for you. Along with that, buy a phone with removable battery, to reduce the cost of repairing your device.

battery backup of the phone
6.    Other Essential Features

  • 4G Enabled

3G is history; now it is the era of 4G or LTE. So, check whether the phone you are considering supports 4G network or not.

  • Fingerprint Scanner

The recent trend for every phone is a fingerprint scanner. This scanner can unlock your phone, guard your data and apps. Check it double time, do the sensor respond quick enough? It is not quite a compulsion but why not care when you get some extra feature.

  • Wireless Charging

Samsung first launched the feature of wireless charging, and now this trend is followed again. This feature is mostly supported on high-end Samsung phones. So, if you are considering buying one, just think about it.
That’s it! This checklist is the must for those who are targeting to get a new smartphone.