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Feature Options on a New Mobile

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

Time in the mobile phone world moves fast. The top of the range model that's on the market right now will be redundant, and consigned to be only decent, mid-range phone status within around six months or so, that's how fast phone technology moves nowadays. But just because new phone tech is constantly being released doesn't necessarily mean that you need to buy in to every new set of features that comes out. The difference between a top end phone and a decent smart phone can mean a couple of hundred pounds that you either spend on your mobile or get to keep in your pocket. Plus, not all features are created equal. Whilst some things are great to have, others just are not a necessity unless you're a certain kind of phone user. Today we're talking about feature options on new mobiles, and what you should and shouldn't go for. Choosing the features that you want carefully will end up both saving you money and getting you a phone that you're happy with. So, if you're thinking about getting a new mobile, read this first to find out what you really need.

4G vs. 3G Mobile Phones...

One of the biggest developments in mobile tech in the last few years has been 4G internet connectivity. Basically, a 4G phone will give you much faster internet speeds than a 3G mobile will. This seems like a great thing, but in actuality there are a few problems with 4G phones. The first is that many operators don't yet have 4G networks, so though your phone may be 4G capable, you may not be able to use 4G with your operator. And even if an operator does have a 4G network, it certainly doesn't cover the entire country, so depending on where you live you might not have access to the network. And then, 4G is expensive. A 4G data plan will easily end up costing you three to four times the price of a 3G mobile data plan. If you live in a 4G area, your operator has a network, and you use mobile internet for speed intensive tasks, such as video streaming, then you might want to consider a 4G phone. But for the average user, 4G just really isn't necessary on a mobile. You're better off sticking with a regular 3G phone for right now, and saving yourself a fair bit of money.

Screen Sizes...

Another growing trend on the mobile market is increased screen size. With the advent of touch screen smart phones, we've seen the size of screens increase dramatically. Top of the range phones nowadays are easily hitting the five inch screen mark. And this is a good thing. Not only does a large screen give you a better viewing experience, with wide screen video and web pages that don't need lots of scrolling to read, but you also get a better typing experience. Typing on an on screen keyboard is simply that much easier when that screen, and therefore that keyboard, is bigger. Whilst you might not be ready to shell out for the newest huge screen “phablet” phones, that can get screens of around six inches, it's best to go for the biggest screen that you can afford. A bigger screen is just going to give you a more comfortable phone experience, and that's definitely worth paying for.

More Power...

As tech gets newer, power stats go up. The CPU or processor in a top end mobile is rapidly reaching the 2 GHz point, and that's a lot of power. The processor in your phone determines how fast your phone is, and obviously more speed is good. But, there is a caveat to that. If you're an average user, you're probably not going to notice a huge difference between a 1.5 GHz processor and a 2 GHz one. If you're not doing intensive tasks on your phone, such as high end gaming, or even photo or video editing, you're just not going to be able to tell the difference between a mid-range and a high end processor. 1.5 GHz is more than powerful enough, and fast enough, for a regular phone user, and paying for more than that just won't be worth it. However, there is another consideration: RAM. RAM is the amount of memory that your phone reserves for everyday tasks, such as opening applications and keeping everything on your phone running smoothly. To some extent RAM also controls how fast your phone is, or at least how responsive it is to input. If you don't have enough RAM you'll notice that your phone seems to slow down, and maybe even freeze, as the device struggles to find enough memory to complete the task that you've given it. RAM is worth paying for, and the higher you get, the better. Around 1.5 GB should be your minimum RAM requirement for a smart phone.

Increased Storage...

We've also seen internal memory capacity on phones grow tremendously, with decent smart phones now coming with around 16 GB as standard. The more internal memory you have the more music, data, games and pictures you can keep on your phone, so you might think that big internal memory is great. Most high end phones are now 32 GB, and several are even 64 GB. All that extra memory is going to cost you a lot of extra money. The thing is though, that over time that memory is becoming less and less necessary. Firstly, many phones now come with Micro SD card slots, so you can add inexpensive memory cards to your device if you need more space. But also, more and more people are using cloud storage, with services such as Drop Box or Apple's Cloud, that allow you to store things online, and access them from your phone when you need them. These two factors combined mean that paying for extra storage on your mobile really should no longer be necessary. The 16 GB standard storage size is really more than enough for most people; if you need more, just get a cheap SD card or a free Drop Box account to store your stuff.



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