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Things to Note When Buying a New Smartphone

In the past, buying a phone was easier because they performed basic functions such as receiving and making calls, sending and receiving text messages (SMS). All that has changed and improved. Now, we have transcended to the period where phones can do amazing things some of which are taking photos, web browsing, streaming videos online, instant messaging, video calls, viewing and printing documents.

The current issue is that the phone manufacturing industry is so populated. There are too many manufacturers of phones and gadgets in the market now which makes it almost impossible to know which one to choose. This is because most of them either emulate or compete with each other. If you are among the people who buy phones for yourself or loved ones at any time of the year, then this should guide you through choosing the best smartphone.

What do you intend using it for?

If you aim to use your phone for basic functions such as making and receiving calls as well as SMS messaging, then there is no reason to spend a ton of money buying a sophisticated smartphone. However, if you intend using your mobile phone for many purposes, then you should get a phone that can fulfill those criteria. Most smartphones are built with several utility functions and despite the large availability of various smartphones, each of them have a feature they are best at.

Take the Nokia Lumia 1020 which comes with a huge 41MP back camera for example. This is a device that is admired and mostly used by professional photographers and travelers. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Note 4 is enjoyable especially by some office workers and writers who prefer to use its S-pen for writing instead of punching keyboard. Some models of Motorola Razr are rugged and strong making them the most preferred by people who do a lot of restless work which may involve running around.

There are more phones to mention and if you are clear about your lifestyle and personality, you can easily pick one that well suits you.


In as much as most smartphones come with great specs - big screens, fast processors and great software, this can only mean "the better the specs, the better the battery has to be". This is because the sophisticated components and software in a phone will surely consume a lot of battery juice. The battery capacity of any mobile phone you choose to use should be reliable.
2000mAh (Milliampere hour) batteries are good but will not last a day if your connection is on 3G, or you are a techy or social media lover who can't do without staying connected to the internet community. Batteries that range between 3000mAh and above are the surest nowadays especially for busy people who don't have time to charge up their phones during the day or those who live in locations where power supply is very limited.

Body Size

Phones come in different sizes which suit different people.
Compact Size (Below 4.5 inches): Many phones, including the 4-inch iPhone and the 4.3-inch HTC One mini provide smaller, more pocket-friendly form factors.
Standard Size (4.5 to 5.1 inches): This is the mainstream size for flagship phones such as the Galaxy S5, Nokia Lumia and HTC One.
Large Devices (Over 5.5 inches): Large devices are also known as "phablets" (phone + tablets). They have bigger screens, which provide a generous viewing area and easier on-screen typing. An example is the iPhone 6 plus. Sometimes, they can be bulky.
These days, most people are comfortable with phablets. This is because users have a better experience when watching videos or playing games on the smartphone. If you are used to standard or compact size, you may want to push your limits to go for a bigger screen.

Operating System

Operating systems in various smartphones serves a major role and may possibly determine if you can even handle the device. The four (4) most popular types of Operating systems or OS are - Android OS, Windows OS, iOS and BlackBerry OS. They all have their pros and cons.
Android OS   has been all over since it arrived in cheap smartphones like Tecno in 2012.
Windows OS   is found on Windows phones, the experience is very similar to the one on our Windows PC.
Apple iOS  is an operating system from Apple Inc. seems to be one of the most sophisticated among the others, despite its beautiful and rich looking user interface.
Blackberry OS  is an operating system is found on BlackBerry Devices. The operating system is as secure and personalized as that of Apple's iOS. In a way, Blackberry OS is a bit more flexible than iOS since it supports sharing files and data.

Storage and Expansion

Smartphones run with storage capacities which determine how much data it can save. Along with the processor, it can also determine the speed of the device you want to use. There are 2 memory storage found in smartphones—RAM (Random access memory) and ROM (Read-Only memory). The higher the RAM, the faster your mobile device will run; the higher the ROM, the more space you will have to store file or data in your phone.
A good Smartphone also comes with option for expandable memory where you can slot in your memory SD card just in case the internal memory (ROM) gets full.


This is important because most people love to take pictures and it is better to take clear photos. Smartphones with at least 5MP back camera are good, although the new models are coming with a better megapixel, like 8MP and higher. Good smartphones also come with at least 2MP front camera for taking selfies and performing video calls.

However, there are other factors that determine the clarity of the pictures a phone's camera can produce. These factors are the asperture and focal points. As photographers will like to go for phones with high MP quality, you too can buy a phone of same quality as long as it's within your own budget.