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Bells, Whistles and Pretty Logos - What to Look For in a New Phone

By Edited Oct 10, 2016 0 0

Buying a new mobile phone can be a big investment. In today's world of high powered, good looking, smart phones, it's easy to spend a few hundreds on a phone. But how on Earth are you supposed to decide which one you want? There are thousands of mobile devices available on the market nowadays, and choosing between them can be hard. If you're in the market for a new smart phone, then there are a few things that you really need to keep in mind. In order to accurately compare mobile phones you need to know what you're looking at. And that's where we're here to help. Shopping around for a new mobile means understanding a little about mobile technology and how it works. So if you want a new phone, here are a few of the things that you need to think about...

Why You Need to Compare Mobile Phones...

Before we tell you what to look for, maybe you want to know why it's so important that you compare mobile phones. With so many models on the market, so many different brands and so much marketing, it's difficult to know exactly how phone models hold up to each other. Price isn't as big a factor as you may think it is, since with cell phones you're often paying for style and brand rather than for functionality. And just because something is popular doesn't necessarily mean that it's the best phone out there, or the best phone for you. Apple's iPhones are incredibly popular, but even the latest model of iPhone 5 is far from being the most powerful phone on the market, though that doesn't mean that it's a bad choice. Knowing what to look for is important because it will help to make sure that you're choosing the right phone for you.

Screen Size...

One of the most obvious things that you can look for is screen size. Gone are the days when we were looking for the smallest devices that we could find. Nowadays, since we regularly use our cell phones to browse the internet, watch videos or read emails, bigger screen size has become more desirable, because it makes the viewing experience more comfortable. Newer top end models are veering towards the five inch screen size as standard, though four to four and a half inches isn't a bad size either. Anything less than four inches is going to make web browsing a pain, with too much scrolling and zooming. Look for something that is comfortable to use and look at, but that is still portable enough for your needs.

Internal Storage...

One of the biggest differences between a cheaper phone and a more expensive model will be the amount of internal storage the phone has. Internal storage is measured in GB, and determines how much music, data, how many pictures and how many apps you can store on your device. If you're not big on music or picture taking then big internal storage might not be an issue for you, but if you want your whole music collection on your phone then you're going to need some big storage capabilities. Around 16 GB has become standard for a decent smart phone, less than that and you're rapidly going to run out of space and need to delete things frequently. More than 16 GB is probably going to cost you a premium, unless you go for a phone that has a micro-sim card expansion slot.

RAM and Processing Power...

The two things that determine how fast your phone is and how efficiently it works are RAM and processing power. For a solidly functioning smart phone you're looking at RAM of at least 1 GB. RAM is the extra internal memory that the phone keeps free in order to perform tasks. The more RAM you have the faster your phone will be and the better it will handle multi-tasking. A processor on the other hand is like your phone's brain. The more processing power you have the better and faster your phone will run. Different brands of phone use different kinds of processors, so it can be difficult to compare how much power individual phones have. Look for a number followed by GHz to give you an idea of how phones compare. The bigger the number of GHz, the more power you'll have. Look out for dual or quadruple processors, since they'll naturally have more processing power. Some new models even have six or eight processors, making them incredibly powerful.

Operating System...

Just like your home computer, a smart phone runs an operating system. There are four main operating systems for phones, each with its own pros and cons. All Apple phones use Apple's iOS system. The other popular choice is Android. Android phones tend to be more flexible than Apple system phones, and being popular means that you still get good support and a good variety of downloadable apps and software for your phone. The other two systems are less popular. Windows phones are generally made by Nokia or HTC, and whilst they can make good business phones with good compatibility between phone and Microsoft Office, they're not too popular and tend to be slow. Finally, Blackberry also uses their own operating system. Blackberry has recently gone out of fashion, and support for apps and software is low. However the operating system that you decide on really depends on you and what you're most comfortable using.


Finally, you might want to consider brand. The brand of phone you choose can go a long way to determining both the price and the reliability of the product you buy. Big brands like Apple and Samsung tend to come with premium prices. Brand names generally mean good reliability, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you want to pay top dollar for a device. There are more affordable brands, Huawei, for example, makes an excellent line of budget smart phones. Just make sure that whichever brand you go for has good customer support and service in your area.



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